Our Community

Community is an important part of the Cobham way, and our Board of Trustees  ensure the smooth running of our school. Find out more information about this group below.


Board of Trustees 




Strategic Plan  


Annual Report

BoT Members

Members of the Board will:

  • Ensure that the needs of the students and their learning are given full consideration when planning, resourcing and implementing the school’s curriculum.
  • Ensure that all students are provided with an education which respects their individuality and which challenges them to reach the highest standards of personal achievement.
  • Serve their school and their community to the best of their ability and be honest, reliable, trustworthy, loyal and fair.
  • Act with fairness and integrity in all matters concerning staff, the principal, parents and students.
  • Maintain the confidentiality and trust vested in them.
  • Ensure strict confidentiality of papers and information related to the Board’s position as employer.
  • Ensure that individual trustees do not act independently of the Board and its decisions.
  • Accept that the Principal is the professional leader of the school who is responsible to the Board.

Tim Bateman

Tim and his wife Laura have two daughters, Shylah, who is in her last year at Cobham, and Mylia, who will be in Year 7 next year.

Tim is currently pursuing a professional rugby career which has spanned 14 years, is the founder/owner of Cloud 9 Float Club and O-Studio and has almost completed his LLB at Canterbury University.

As a member of the Board, Tim is looking forward to helping Eddie and the team maintain and enhance the standards set in the years gone by, to ensure our children have the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Benjamin Scott

Ben is Canterbury born, raised and educated, and works as a Consulting Civil Engineer for Beca here in Christchurch. He is married to Kate and they have two children Cameron and Emma. Emma is currently in year 7 at Cobham, and Cameron finished there in 2018.  

As a consulting engineer, Ben has experience in designing and delivering a wide range of civil infrastructure projects. Heading overseas in 1999 he worked for four years in the UK where he met Kate and they  moved to Cape Town, South Africa where they spent 10 years. Returning to Christchurch in 2012, Ben has been designing and delivering a wide range of civil infrastructure projects in Christchurch and Canterbury. This experience will be useful to Cobham as the school moves into the rebuild phase.

Ben’s interests outside of work include skiing, jet boating, mountain biking and fishing as well as the involvement in the normal school routine of sports and cultural activities that a busy family has.  As a family they enjoy being outdoors in nature as well as regular trips back to South Africa.

Craig Latimer

Craig grew up in Christchurch attending Burnside Primary and Cobham Intermediate Schools. He is married to Kirstine with two children Blake and Scarlett.  Blake is currently at Cobham with Scarlett likely to first attend in 2021.

Craig has a commerce degree from the University of Canterbury, is a member of the Institute of Directors’ and a current serving board member of the Christchurch Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. Craig’s day job is working for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, helping to grow Canterbury’s international economy.

He is passionate about his kids and looks forward to helping the board and the dedicated Cobham team to plan and deliver their strategy ‘Achieving for Life’ for all Cobham students.

Glenys Williams

Glenys is married to Clinton and they have two children, Elise and Lucas. Elise attended Cobham Intermediate in 2017-2018 and Lucas will attend in 2020.

Glenys has 20 years of primary teaching and school leadership experience with her most recent positions, in 2016, being Associate Principal and Acting Principal at Fendalton Open-air School.

She is currently employed as the Consultant Lead at a Christchurch-based education software company called LINC-ED. As the Consultant Lead, she visits schools across New Zealand, supporting school leaders with strategic planning and implementing how their staff and students will digitally share learning, how they will track progress and how they will report to parents and their Board.

In her role as a school trustee, she looks forward to supporting Cobham Intermediate with maintaining academic success and providing a wide range of opportunities, so all students receive a quality education, are prepared for high school and develop the skills they need to achieve their full potential.

Geraldine Wilson (Board Chair)

Geraldine has lived most of her life in Christchurch, while maintaining a strong connection to her home town, Kaikōura.

She studied Medicine at the University of Otago, then worked in many hospitals in NZ and Australia before returning to Christchurch to train and work as a General Practitioner.  In addition to her clinical work, she has worked in other health related areas including research, teaching and advisory roles.  She has an interest in Student Health and well-being and currently works at the University of Canterbury Health Centre.  Another role she finds rewarding is teaching medical students for the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Geraldine has a long-term interest in seeing Cobham Intermediate continue to thrive.  She is the mother of a past, a present, and two future Cobham Students.

Tony Lane (Staff Representative)

Tony is a former student of Cobham Intermediate and has worked at Cobham Intermediate school for the last 9 years. He is also completing a Masters in contemporary education and would like to put what he has learned into practice.

He is so grateful to have found teaching as a profession. It has led him to have a family, a purpose and a way to give back to society.  There are so many reasons why he thinks teaching is the best job in the world. However, one stands out from all the rest and that is to make a difference in the lives of the students to which you are entrusted.

That is why as a board member he is looking forward to enacting meaningful change that meets the needs of an ever-increasing diverse classroom.

Alofa Ahdar

Kia Ora Koutou,
Ko Alofa Ahdar Tōku Ingoa
Ko Ngati Hamoa te iwi
No Otautahi ahau
My name is Alofa Ahdar, I was born in Christchurch and have lived here most of my life. I attended Avonside Girls High school and continued on to the University of Canterbury to complete a bachelor of teaching.
Although I  have no children of my own I have many nieces and nephews including the handsome one above. Whatever child I come across, I immediately take them under my wing and love them the way I do the children in my own family.
So it’s no surprise my background is in teaching, youth work and mental health and well being with young people. I am currently working in Mana Ake and am thoroughly enjoying it.
It is an honor for me to take up a roll on the BOT of Cobham  to not only support the already amazing and talented people on the board but to also the community and families of Cobham Intermediate School.
Fa’afetai Lava
I look forward to meeting you all in the near future

Eddie Norgate (Principal)

Eddie has been the Principal of Cobham since October 2016 and prior to this was Principal at Diamond Harbour School for 6 years. Prior to Eddie’s principalships he taught Year 7 and 8 students in both the intermediate and full primary systems. His time in different school settings and time as a Year 7 & 8 teacher give him a clear understanding of what quality Year 7 & 8 education looks like.

Eddie has been on various school BOTs since 2004 firstly as a staff representative, obviously as Principal, and he also sits on another BoT as a Ministerial Appointee.

BoT Information

The Board of Trustees is entrusted to provide governance of the school on behalf of the stakeholders. Stakeholders include school students, their families, teachers and staff and the school community. Contact email: bot@cobham.school.nz

The Board of Trustees (Board) comprises Trustees who are elected or appointed to the Board.

The Board is entrusted to provide governance of the school on behalf of the stakeholders. Stakeholders include school students, their families, teachers and staff and the school community.

Governance is the high level control of the school to ensure future performance and current compliance.

The Board provides strategic leadership rather than operational management. The Board’s role is to set plans and strategies that will enable the school to “enhance student achievement” and at the same time ensure Cobham Intermediate School complies with legal and policy requirements.

Governance is about leadership through a defined and balanced interaction between the Board and management. Trustees have a duty to know what their role and responsibilities are in the organisation. It is important that the board does not become involved in managing the organisation. The Board need to have the flexibility within the governance framework to respond to student needs.

The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the School on behalf of the Board. The Principal has a key role in working with the Board to implement Board approved strategy and through informing that strategy by providing high quality, relevant and comprehensive information on student learning and achievement and key issues that are affecting the School.

The Principal provides leadership to teachers and staff within Cobham Intermediate School to build an environment that encourages learning and achievement.

The Principal is also a voting member of the Board of Trustees and contributes to Board decisions, except for matters relating to his or her appointment or where he/she is otherwise conflicted.

Strategic Plan

The BoT and school are proud of the school’s strategic plan. Sitting underneath the Achieving for Life Motto are six pillars that guide the school. Each pillar has clear expectations for teachers, it details what students can expect and also gives markers of success. View our Strategic Plan here.