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: Crystal Skinley (Parent Trustee), Merran Gwyndell (Parent Trustee), Tom Purvis (Acting CEO - KDEC, at time of photo), Krista Clifford (Staff Trustee), Bernie Mulcahy-Bouwman (Principal - van Asch), Cha'nel Kaa-Luke (Student Trustee - van Asch), Amy-Nicole Hartley (Student Trustee – KDEC), Rachel Coppage (Parent Trustee), Jill Le Prou (Board Secretary), Rachel Douglas (Board Chair & Parent Trustee) Front row, left to right: 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.

  • Tuesday 6 March - van Asch Deaf Education Centre
  • Friday 13 April - Kelston Deaf Education Centre
  • Friday 15 June - Wellington (venue to be advised)
  • Friday 17 August - MOE Offices, Wellington
  • Sunday 23 September - van Asch Deaf Education Centre
  • Monday 24 September - Strategic Planning Day - van Asch Deaf Education Centre
  • Friday 30 November - MOE Offices, Wellington