Board of Trustees

Message from the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees wish to extend a warm welcome to all new pupils and their families to Mt Roskill Primary School. We offer a secure, stimulating, safe and happy learning environment for our children. Mt Roskill Primary School produces successful young achievers every year, which we are very proud of, and we owe a lot to our dedicated staff. We endeavour to create a stimulating learning environment and the strategic plan that is developed in consultation with the staff directs us in developing Active, Engaged, Successful Learners.

The Board, Principal and Staff want to work together with you collaboratively in the development of our children and our school. Mt Roskill Primary School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities along with the core subjects to produce well rounded successful children. You are very welcome to attend our monthly Board meetings which are advertised in the fortnightly school newsletter and we want to know your hopes and aspirations for your children so we can help achieve these goals collectively.

Our Board of Trustees currently consists of six members;
  • Raj Bhikha - Chairperson & Community Representative 
  • Jonathon Singh - Community Representative
  • Paul Booth - Community Representative 
  • Yousef Al-Afghani - Community Representative
  • Nerys Major - Community Representative
  • Charissa Towers - Staff Representative 
  • Mike O'Reilly - Principal 
I would like to extend our best wishes to you and trust that by all working together we achieve the best for our children.




My name is Raj Bhikha. My involvement with the Mt Roskill Primary Board of Trustees started in 2007 some 10 years ago. I am born and bred in Auckland and lived my whole life in the area. My 3 children have all attended Mt Roskill Primary in the past and have now moved on to attend high school at Mt Albert Grammar School and the University of Auckland. I have a Diploma in Architecture, a Bachelors in Construction Management and a Bachelors in Construction Economics.  Professionally I am a Senior Quantity Surveyor for Leighs Construction. I enjoy using my work experience and utilising my  Project Management skills on working through Board related issues. Children, finance, property and staffing matters are amongst the biggest responsibilities for the Board of Trustees. I am pleased to be part of a Board which makes very good informed decisions based on Community consultation and on the detailed data provided by the School Management team. I enjoy providing my services on the Board to help make a difference for our school whilst ensuring every child achieves their true potential.


I first served as a co-opted board member and am now an elected member of the Board of Trustees. My wife Debbie and I have three children, the youngest is in Year 7 at Mt Roskill Intermediate School and two older children are in Year 11 and 13 at Mt Roskill Grammar School. 

Our family has been part of the Mt Roskill community for 23 years. 

Professionally I am a transport logistics manager providing transport, procurement and governance solutions for New Zealand Post.  I believe Mt Roskill Primary School is a valuable and central part of our diverse community. As a board member, I want to actively support the school management to give all children the opportunity to learn and achieve in a safe and welcoming environment, with the best teachers, technology and resources and to help the school to continue to build upon these strengths.


My Name is Yousef. I am a parent of three students in the Roskill campus. I have obtained my bachelor of engineering (BE) in 2002. Working in multidisciplinary engineering fields preceded my attendance at the University of Auckland where I obtained my masters of engineering (ME) in 2012.

I hold national and international accreditation in mechanical, heavy transport and engineering fields. Currently, I work as a director and senior engineering consultant in an engineering consulting firm. I do have a great interest in literature, mathematics, physics, sciences,    history, engineering and technology. I believe that progressive and balanced education has a prime role in building and sustaining a great future for the generations to come.


Hi, my name is Nerys Major and I am a mother of six children.  One at Mt Roskill Intermediate (Year 7), three at Mt Roskill Primary (Years 5, 3, and 1) and two at Mt Roskill Early Childhood Centre.  I work on campus as the Manager of the Mt Roskill Early Childhood Centre. I am an invested and passionate member of the Mt Roskill Community and am a strong advocate for children and parents in my day to day work and can bring this to the school board.  Education is a strong passion of mine and ensuring children are empowered to view themselves as competent learners is the foundation of both my career and home life.  I have experience in governance as I attend the trust meetings for the Mt Roskill Early Childhood Centre, I bring communication skills, knowledge in early years learning, experience with ERO and Ministry agencies.  I hope to put my skills and experience to good use to contribute to the development and progress of Mt Roskill Primary School.


After co-opting as a board member and thoroughly enjoying the opportunity, I chose to contest for the position as elected member of the Board of Trustees.

Manjeet and I have with our two boys have lived in Mount Roskill after migrating from Fiji some 20 years ago now.  Both our sons went through the primary school and my younger son Krisheel is currently at Mt Roskill Grammar.  

The Roskill community is an integral part of our daily lives.

An MBA graduate from AUT, I work as a Business Development Manager for country's largest non-bank first mortgage lender, First Mortgage Trust.  Most of my professional life in New Zealand has been in Finance and Banking industry having worked for ASB Bank, The National Bank and ANZ Banking Group.

Being on the MRPS is a great honour for me and I enjoy working with the management who have my unwavering support to deliver the best for all children by creating an inclusive and safe learning environment together with our wonderful teaching and support staff.



Staff  Representative

Kia ora. I am Charissa Towers.  I have been at Mt Roskill Primary 5 years and am currently teaching in the Year 3 team.  I live in Mt Roskill with my husband and two of my three (nearly adult) children.

With an HR background prior to teaching, I spent many years working in the travel and banking industries before I decided to retrain as a teacher about 15 years ago.  This proved to be a good decision and I am privileged to be part of the school community here at Mt Roskill. As the staff representative for the Board of Trustees I look forward to contributing to discussions and decision making in order to provide opportunities and positive outcomes for all our students.

Heidy Yao,
May 29, 2018, 6:06 PM