Meet the GMS team

The GMS Team

The GMS team comprise a group of professional and skilled consultants who, collectively have many years of experience in governance and management roles within a wide range of educational and other nonprofit organisations.

Our people understand the issues facing trustees, professional managers and leaders in addressing today’s pressures. All organisations have to face changing needs and challenging issues. The experience of others who have faced similar issues is especially beneficial in helping facilitate those transitions.

Contact the GMS team members here

Barbara Judge

Barbara is highly experienced in governance and industrial relations.  She is a qualified mediator and trainer.  She worked previously with the NZ School Trustees Association as an industrial relations/personnel advisor and since 2001 has provided advice, mentoring and mediation between individuals and groups in schools and resolving deep seated conflicts. Barbara provides specialist assistance with independent investigations and represents organisations in Employment Relations Service mediations and on occasion in the Employment Relations Authority.

Larry Forbes

Larry was formerly a primary and middle school principal.  As an education consultant he is vastly experienced in performance management areas, including principal and staff appointments, principal and teacher appraisal and the delivery of innovative appraisal training and mentoring programmes.

Larry has developed specialist skills in designing and carrying out in-depth reviews of schools which are experiencing particular challenges, especially in relation to issues of employment and staff  management.  He is a Ministry of Education approved provider of BOT training and has proven experience as a Limited Statutory Manager undertaking Ministry of Education support contracts.

Judy Hucker

Judy was previously a primary school principal. She has proven strengths in curriculum and school leadership. She has developed specialist skills in the personnel areas of performance management (appraisals of principals and teachers) and principal appointment.  Judy also has particular skills in working in schools where there are high levels of conflict. She has a highly successful track record as a Limited Statutory Manager in Ministry of Education intervention contracts.

Alan Curtis

Alan has over 20 years experience working with schools in governance and has considerable experience in the role and objectives of boards of trustees in today’s education environment.  He is currently a board chair of two school boards, and filling a number of special adviser roles for different schools.  He is also providing board training through the Ministry training programme and is currently developing a range of new training material covering the board’s role in finance and in property and asset management.

Alan has a strong commercial management background as a manager and qualified accountant in the IT industry.  He has extensive experience in employment matters, strategic thinking planning and direction, school accounting and finance and especially in ICT.

Kath Hon

Kath has acted as a financial adviser to several large Auckland secondary schools on a consulting basis.  This involved providing financial advice to boards of trustees and senior management and implementing change in financial systems including internal control, annual budget process.

She has considerable experience in financial reporting including statutory financial statements, annual audit process and monthly management reporting.  Kath also has experience in the financial management of multi-million dollar board and community funded projects.  Kath has worked with large schools including Epsom Girls Grammar School, Rosehill College, Avondale College, Penrose High School, Macleans College, Tamaki College and Westlake Girls.

She was engaged by the audit partner of an Auckland accounting practice to manage the school audits they were performing in a large number of secondary schools (35), on behalf of the Auditor General.  This involved providing training to the firm’s auditors in understanding the annual Audit Brief put out by the Audit Office; providing training to school finance personnel in the preparation of annual financial statements and the conversion to international accounting standards; offering advice to the audit team on technical and contentious matters; liaising with the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Auditor General as required.

During this time Kath provided her services to the Auckland College of Education for financial management training for new and aspiring school principals.

Contact the GMS team members here

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