Bombay School - Our Best Always - Ake Runga - Years 0 to 8

2020 Board of Trustees

Voted in at the May 2019 election.

Matthew Bagley

Board Chairperson


General Information

I am a Bombay resident and father of two girls. My children have now left Bombay School. I have been a school Board member for the last 7 years, 4 of those as Board secretary and this year as Board chair.

Bombay school has undergone significant change in the last 6 years; new Principal, changes in staff, school layout, and teaching delivery. I am proud of the changes that have been made and in the role the Board has played. Strong governance and clear strategic goals have formed the foundation on which these changes could be made successfully. I’m equally proud that these changes have
strengthened the connections between the school and our community, and reinforced the special character and culture of our school.

I am co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for the Virsae Group, an Auckland based software development company that provides service management software to customers world-wide. I have 30 years experience in the information and communication technology sector and have enjoyed bringing this knowledge and experience to Bombay school. I understand strategic planning, and offer experience in governance and management in both public and commercial environments.

Paul Petersen

Principal + BOT CEO


General Information

As Principal, Paul is the Senior Leader of the School Staff and Chief Executive Officer to the Board of Trustees.
Paul has 22 years experience teaching in the New Zealand system. He has taught in a range of locations and across a range of deciles. He was Deputy Principal at Macleans Primary and Manurewa West. Paul was Principal of Carlton School (5 Years) in Whanganui before joining Bombay.
Paul and Kirsty have two sons - Campbell and Liam. Liam attends Bombay School and Campbell is at Hauraki Plains College.

Susie Stafford Bush

Deputy Principal + Staff Rep


General Information

Susie is the Deputy Principal. As part of the senior leadership team, Susie leads the Senior School. Susie has extensive experience and is a key curriculum leader at school. She serves as the staff representative on the board.

Michelle McRobbie

Michael Pascoe



General Information

I am married to Kylie Pascoe and we are the proud parents of 2 boys at Bombay School; Joshua (10)

and Flynn (8). Family life keeps me very active via bush walks and local community fun runs. Outside of family orientated activity I

am an avid fan of Ice Hockey and have played for the last 20 years.

I graduated from the University of Auckland in 1996 with an Arts Degree in Biological Anthropology. My career didn’t follow my

educational passions and I now work as an Account Manager for a German multinational engineering company in the field of factory

and building automation. As a part of my role I am responsible for budgets, project management, developing relationships and

health & safety.

What I want for and from Bombay school is an environment where children can be themselves and to find success. I want an

atmosphere where learning can flourish and personalities develop. I want our children to have a place where they will grow into the

best people they can possibly be.

Two things drive me on a daily basis; I am a massive advocate for critical thinking skills and I have a passion for equality. I’m often

accused of giving “another dad lesson” on some science or humanitarian topic. While core educational subjects are fundamental

essentials to any education, I also believe that extracurricular pursuits outside of academia (participation in sports, charity and/or

service to the community) need to be encouraged to develop well rounded future adults.

I believe as an elected trustee I can add value to the governance of Bombay School and I relish the opportunity to work with the

other trustees to achieve the best for the students, families, teachers and community of a flourishing school.

Kelly Jones

BOT Secretary


Becky Causebrook

BOT Treasurer


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