Our People

Corinne Kirkham, Educator
Corinne has been a teacher for more years than she would like to admit to! She taught in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi before coming to New Zealand in 1996 when she started her eight years of teaching at Murrays Bay School. She was the North Shore Life Education Educator from October 2004 to October 2011 and during that time said it was the best job she had ever had, as she passionately believes in the philosophy of Life Education. Having had a year out to recharge her batteries, feed her soul, and fulfill her dream of being an art student, she is now back with us in our second mobile classroom on the Shore, and helping us move towards the goal of every child experiencing the wonder of Harold and his philosophy. In addition, Corinne is now a grandmother and even more passionate about what she does, as she is looking towards a brighter, safer future for her mokopuna!
Jenni Gilbertson, Educator
Jenni is a returning Educator to Life Education. She left Life Education to look after her young family in 2004. As a family they have since lived in the Bay of Plenty and Mt Ruapehu District where they fell in love with snowboarding and skiing. Since leaving, Jenni has taught in a variety of schools, always holding strong to Life Education’s Philosophy. When the opportunity arose to return to Life Education, Jenni decided this opportunity was too good to miss. In her spare time Jenni likes to ride her bike, swim at the beach and spend time with her family and friends.

Christine Meyer-Jones, Chair
Christine Meyer-Jones, married to Richard Jones with two sons, one daughter-in-law and a granddaughter, resigned from Mainfreight in 2010 after 20 plus years as the Group HR Training and Leadership Manager to realign and reshape her life. Currently she occupies herself doing Myers Briggs personality workshops, writing, learning golf, cooking, helping her husband with his business and most importantly spending time with her beautiful granddaughter. Christine attended University in her 40's and gained a degree in Social Science with a major in Psychology. She has a strong interest in assisting people reach their potential, hence her interest in Life Education. Christine took over as chair from Barry in 2017.
Shirley Weimer, Deputy Chair
After discovering that the Life Education Trust Educators (and Harold!) had not only reinforced many positive health based lifestyle choices that I had already been teaching my children but also taught some other amazing things, and seeing the positive effects this was having in my children's lives, it was a no brainer! So after being involved in the Whangarei Trust for over 10 years, I was keen to be involved on the North Shore when we relocated into the area.
Murray Judge, Treasurer
Murray is a Chartered Accountant and is the principal of Apollo Accounting Limited which is situated at Albany Village. He has over 25 years? experience working in accounting practices and is involved in both business services and auditing with the focus being on small to medium sized businesses and providing added value. He was previously a member of the Board of Trustees at Rangitoto College and past Treasurer of Murrays Bay Sailing Club. With both his two children having benefited from the Life Education programme, he considers it is a great organisation to be part of.
Annemarie Hogenbirk, Secretary
Annemarie first came into contact with Life Education when her own two daughters went 'through the programme'. Amazed at the lasting effect of three hours of Life Education every two years in her children's life, she became a strong advocate. Looking for a way to help out behind the scenes, she joined the local North Shore Life Education Trust in 2010 as their photographer and webmaster, and has been filling the secretary position since 2012, with a brief interruption in 2016. Annemarie works as a clinical nutritionist on the North Shore.
Barry Kirk-Burnnand, Trustee
Barry completed his New Zealand Certificate of Engineering with a large corporate who he worked with for 15 years ending up as a Branch manager of a sizeable operation. He then bought and ran his own business on North Shore (a Timber & Building Supplies outlet) before selling out after 15 years. During his children’s Primary School years he was on the local School Committee (later to become the Board of Trustees) for eight years where he was Secretary for some time. During his children’s years at Secondary School, he was on the Committee for Westlake Boys Rowing Society and finished his time there as Chairman. In the last few years Barry has been building top end homes on the Shore along with managing various Commercial properties. He is now semi-retired and enjoys time involved in his passion of motorsport. His 2010 decision to chair the Life Education Trust North Shore was to continue giving something back to the community, and what better way is there than with this very worthwhile cause? Since 2017, Barry stepped back from the chair position, but continued as a trustee.
Barbara Dysart, Trustee
Barbara is the Deputy Principal of Summerland Primary School. She has also spent many years as an ICT facilitator encouraging teachers and children to become a little more ICT literate. She is passionate about education and believes that the more informed children are, the better they are able to make good choices regarding their health. She says that being a Life Education Trustee is important to her to ensure children are able to access accurate information. There is a saying that, “it takes a village to raise a child”. Therefore being part of something that contributes benefits to society is something that she can do to make a difference. Her hope would be for all children to be able to experience what life education can offer them.
Murray Baber, Trustee
Originally from Wellington, married to Di, they have two children and so far two magic grandkids.
Murray started, grew and sold two companies: MJ Baber & Company Ltd in the 80’s (sold to the Interlock Group in 1997) and Baber LSC Ltd, a joint venture to develop and distribute products, mainly in the fields of hardware, architectural and security. Business in the Community mentoring has been an interest for Murray and he has worked with a number of North Shore companies.
Murray enjoys his involvement in classic motor racing and Rotary. He was a foundation member and past president of the Takapuna North Rotary Club. His decision to join the Life Education Trust North Shore as a trustee was as a result of Trevor Grice (founder of Life Education Trust in New Zealand) assisting him and his family. Murray wants to continue giving back to the community, and feels that Life Education Trust provides early education to help avoid the terrible results of uninformed and unhappy lives.
Ally Lowther, Trustee
Ally is a recent graduate of the University of Auckland, majoring in Social Science for Public Health. Her passion lies with attempting to reduce health inequalities, particularly for children. With a firm belief that for health, education is the best form of prevention, she wanted to get behind something that put her values into practice. Life Education and Harold were a primary school highlight for Ally. The healthy habits and choices taught in the mobile classroom had stuck into adulthood, making the Life Education Trust the perfect trust for Ally to get behind.
Michelle Mackrell, Trustee
Sandra Jacobs, Trustee
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