The Combined Board of Trustees of Kelston Deaf Education Centre and van Asch Deaf Education Centre is accountable for student achievement.

It does this by providing an environment that supports and encourages quality educational outcomes. The Combined Board is responsible for ensuring that each Centre focuses their strategic planning on improving student achievement through high quality teaching and learning programmes.

The Combined Board is made up of six parent trustees, a staff trustee, two student trustees and the two Principals. Up to four additional trustees may be co-opted to ensure that the views of the Deaf community and of Maori are represented on the board.

Back row, left to right: Rachel Douglas (Board Chair & Parent Trustee), David Foster (Principal – Kelston) Middle row, left to right: Bernie Mulcahy-Bouwman (Principal – van Asch), Meghan Coppage (Student Trustee – Kelston), Crystal Skinley (Parent Trustee), Jill Le Prou (Board Secretary), Merran Gwyndell (Parent Trustee), Front row, left to right: Cha’nel Kaa-Luke (Student Trustee – van Asch), Rachel Coppage (Parent Trustee), Krista Clifford (Staff Trustee), Ratu Ratu (Parent Trustee) Insert: Dr David McKee (Parent Trustee)





The Combined Board meets regularly and meetings are open to the public. For information about meeting venues and times please contact the Board Secretary, Jill Le Prou,

Please note: Minutes from BOT meetings must be ratified at the next Board meeting. They will then be uploaded to the website. For example, the minutes from the February BOT meeting cannot be uploaded until after the March BOT meeting.

  • Monday 27 February (Kelston Deaf Education Centre)
  • Friday 24 March (Wellington Airport)
  • Friday 19 May (Wellington Airport)
  • Friday 23 June (Wellington Airport)
  • Friday 25 August (Wellington Airport)
  • Sunday 24 September and Monday 25 September (Strategic Planning Day – van Asch Deaf Education Centre)
  • Friday 3 November (Wellington Airport)
  • Friday 8 December (Wellington Airport)

The venue will be adjusted to either KDEC or VADEC as necessary.