Board of Trustees Members

School Principal

Mark Potter

Board Chair

Kate Lee-Gleisner

Kia ora koutou,

I’m Kate, Mum to Jessa (Y6 in 2022) and Livie (Y4). I’ve been on the Board since mid 2021. Some of you will know me as the school’s netball coordinator.

Our family has lived in Berhampore since 2010, but we had a stint in London from mid-2018. In our experience, schooling in the UK was characterised by lots of rules and direction from teachers and not much free time or kids being empowered to make good choices for themselves. When we returned to NZ in March 2020, I was quickly reminded of all that is precious about primary education in New Zealand and at Berhampore School in particular. My motivation in offering my time to the Board is to help nurture and celebrate these qualities, while also ensuring the school continues to improve and evolve to reflect and serve its community.  

In 2021, I led the development of our new strategic plan on behalf of the Board. I really enjoyed the opportunity that the strategy process provided to consult with staff, tamariki and whānau, and am keen to continue to work with the Board and the staff to deliver on vision the strategy sets out.

Staff Representative

Courtney Miles

Kia Ora Koutou, 

My name is Courtney Miles and I am the staff representative for the Berhampore School Board. I moved to Wellington 18 months ago and am loving it. I teach in the Junior Team and have a passion for health and wellbeing. I spend a lot of time in the garden (at home and school) and enjoy incorporating this into the teaching day. I am looking forward to improving my knowledge of how the school is run, and what the board undertakes

Board Member

Hannah van Voorthuysen

Kia ora koutou,

I’m the mother of Leila in Year 2 and we’ve recently returned from three years in Solomon Islands. Prior to this we lived in Berhampore and have really enjoyed coming back to the community. I’m a long-time public servant and have experienced the schooling system in a few different countries.

Berhampore School has so many strengths, especially its diversity and creativity. It’s important to continue to build on these strengths while looking at how to continue to improve and develop in other areas for the benefit for our children and the community. 

Board Member

Erin Grace

Hi Everyone,

I’m Erin and my son Henry is in Room 6. I’ve previously been the chair of Henry’s daycare governance group, which was challenging and rewarding.

In my day job, I’m a people manager at one of the agencies in Parliament with a focus on diverse and inclusive leadership.

Berhampore School is part of a diverse and welcoming community and I’d like to be part of the great mahi that goes on to make it such a neat place.


Board Member

Juliet Barker

Tēnā koutou katoa. Ko Juliet Barker tōku ingoa. My husband Steve and I have three boys, Hunter in Kororā (Year 6), Thom in Room 6 (Year 2) and Wyn who is a year away from joining Berhampore School. Added to the mix we also have an energetic puppy called Tora.  

As an Architect with experience both abroad and in New Zealand I am passionate about providing the best possible built environment for children to learn and play. I would be very pleased to be able to contribute specialist skills towards the schools property assets and future developments. 

PPMET Representative

Lacey Blass

Hi I’m Lacey, mum to 3 boys, Kohen 10, Meyer 7, and Paxton 3. Our family has been a part of the Montessori Unit at Berhampore for 4 years now, and our youngest has just started at Montessori preschool in Kingston. My husband, Justin, and I are from the States, but we have lived in Wellington for 15 years, most recently in Brooklyn. We love being a part of Berhampore School and value all the ways that the community pushes and shapes what it means to educate. You may have seen Justin at school as well helping coach the Berhampore School basketball team. Professionally I have my Master’s in Education and I am a CliftonStrengths coach who works with individuals and teams in professional development.


Sam Green

My name is Sam Green and I have two energetic boys, Seb and Teddy, who attend Berhampore School. I also have a daughter Gabriella, but she is a couple years away from starting school. I have been an accountant, in some shape or form, for almost 16 years and enjoy applying some of the skills learnt in my profession to my role as trustee on the Berhampore School Board – a position I have held since July 2020. I joined the board with a passion to see some planning and action put in place to create new play spaces for our tamariki and we are making progress on the board’s masterplan – a framework for the indoor and outdoor spaces we want at our future school. I have benefited greatly from the insights into the inner workings of Berhampore school, and have admiration for the incredible job our management and teaching team do for our tamariki each day.

Co-Opted Board Member

Sarah-Jane Hickman

I’m Sarah-Jane (SJ). My husband Josh and I have two daughters at Berhampore School, Elsie in Year 4 and Greer in Year 1. We also have Rufus, an energetic whippet who is well known to the children at Berhampore School. Our family have lived in Berhampore since 2012 and we love living in such a vibrant, diverse and supportive community. 

I’m a lawyer with 15 years’ experience working in private practice and in- house legal roles in New Zealand and the UK, across a wide range of legal areas.

I’ve been assisting the Board in a secretarial capacity since December 2020. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the Board and I am keen to use my skills to continue to foster good governance and help to deliver the school’s strategic plan for the benefit of our tamariki and the Berhampore community. 

Co-Opted Board Member

Susan Fullerton-Smith

Logan and I have 2 children, Matilda aged 13 who is at SWIS and Frankie aged 8, at Berhampore School. We also have a dog called Flo.

Having worked across many Government agencies, I’m currently a communications specialist within Primary Health Care, which includes work towards the on-going COVID response. I’m also a musician, playing viola with Orchestra Wellington.

As a family living with Autism, I have a special interest in advocacy for those children and their families needing additional support.