Board of Trustees

Alice Scranney,

Chair and Parent Trustee

Alice Scranney

I completed my first three-year term on the School Board from May 2013- 2016 and was then successfully re-elected to the Board for a further three year term.  I have been Board Chair since July 2014.

I truly believe in community-based education. I consider myself to be a motivated and energetic individual with a good sense of humour. I am pragmatic and practically-minded and I can often problem solve quickly.

As Board of Trustees Chairperson, I aim to use my experience to work with other Board members and all school staff to help ensure that our ‘School for the community’ is the best that it can be.

With both my children now at Hira School, I am now relishing the idea of being more involved in their education.
Symon Beattie,


Symon Beattie

2016 was the beginning of my journey at Hira School.

As an educator, I am a passionate about empowering students with the knowledge and skills to become adaptable and resilient lifelong learners. I value the differentiated learning promoted in the Hira School Curriculum and the strong culture of collaboration that exists in the school.

My wife, Mel, and I live in Stoke and have two preschool aged daughters, Isla and Madelyn. We love to spend our weekends at the beach or out on the water.

Please feel free to pop into my office anytime for a chat.
Shelley Fowler,

Parent Trustee - Treasurer

Shelley Fowler

It is a privilege to have been initially co-opted onto the school board as Treasurer from the start of 2017, and then transferred to a selected parent representative position in May.  I was then elected into a 3-year term from December 2017.  I have previous experience in management and administration, and I’m currently studying towards a Legal Executive Diploma.

I enjoy running, playing touch rugby, soccer and tennis. We enjoy spending weekends camping, bush walking and hanging out at Cable Bay Beach.

We have two children at Hira School and know Hira School is the perfect place for them.
Pam Stack,

Staff Trustee

Pam Stack

In late May 2016 I was re-elected to the Board of Trustees as Staff Trustee to represent teachers and staff for a further three years.

I have been teaching the children in the middle school (currently Years 2-4) and been Deputy Principal since my arrival at Hira School in 2002.

I love working in small rural schools. The sense of belonging and community presence that exists at Hira makes it a pleasure to be part of.

My roots are in the small seaside village of Hector on the West Coast. I gravitate back there whenever possible for relaxation and recharging.

Meanwhile in my home in Nelson, I enjoy anything musical, reading, keeping fit and spending time with whanau and friends.
Correne Brewerton,

Parent Trustee

Correne Brewerton

I took over the role of Board minute-taker in October 2013 and was subsequently ‘selected’ to fill a Parent Trustee vacancy from February 2015 until May 2016.  I was then successfully elected for a three-year term as a Parent Trustee.

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the school’s motivated and productive Board and to contribute my administration skills.

I’ve had an association with Hira for over 30 years, and it’s both exciting and rewarding to be involved with the growth and development of Hira School.  I currently have one child at Hira School.
Tina Hanrahan,

Parent Trustee

Tina Hanrahan

Kia ora.  I was co-opted onto the Board from December 2015 to May 2016 to assist with school property projects and renovations.  I was delighted to then be successfully elected for a three year term in May 2016.

I have two children at Hira School and have lived in Nelson North for over 8 years.

Being part of Hira School is a fabulous opportunity.  Having attended a country primary school as a child with a strong presence in the local community, I value the beliefs, principles and wholesome education Hira School offers.

I am looking forward to being part of the Board, and contributing my experiences, skills and support where possible.
Ash Hilton,

Parent Trustee

Ash Hilton

I was elected to the Board as a Parent Trustee in the December 2017 elections.  I have two boys at Hira School and over the last few years really enjoyed spending time at school, getting to know the kids and teachers.

I’m looking forward to being on the Board team and learning about what goes on behind the scenes, as we head into another successful year.
Liz Macklan,

Board Minute-Taker

Liz Macklan

I’m Liz and I attend the Board meetings to record the minutes, and provide PA support to the Principal leading up to each meeting.