The Combined Board of Trustees of van Asch Deaf Education Centre and Kelston Deaf Education Centre is accountable for student achievement.

It does this by providing an environment that supports and encourages quality educational outcomes. The Combined Board is responsible for ensuring that each Centre focuses their strategic planning on improving student achievement through high quality teaching and learning programmes.

The Combined Board is made up of six parent trustees, a staff trustee, two student trustees and the two Principals. Up to four additional trustees may be co-opted to ensure that the views of the Deaf community and of Maori are represented on the board.


Board of Trustees

Denise Powell
Board chair

Bernie Mulcahy-Bouwman
Principal - van Asch

Louise Roe
Principal - KDEC

Michael Rondel

Jill Le Prou
Board Secretary

Rachel Coppage

Anthonie de Heer
Parent Trustee

Krista Clifford
Staff Trustee

Katya Blair

Jorgia Murrary

Crystal Skinley
Parent Trustee

Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono


Proposed Merger of Deaf Education Centres UPDATE - 9 April 2019

Proposed Merger Consultation Results


Nominations received

Term Dates

Board Charter

DEC's BOT Flyer

2019 Dates and Venues for Board Meetings - 2019

The Combined Board meets regularly and meetings are open to the public. For information about meeting venues and times please contact the Board Secretary, Jill Le Prou.

Email: jill.le

Please note: Minutes from BOT meetings must be ratified at the next Board meeting. They will then be uploaded to the website. For example, the minutes from the February BOT meeting cannot be uploaded until after the March BOT meeting.

  • Friday 1 March - Wellington
  • Friday 24 May - KDEC, Auckland
  • Friday 19 July at KDEC, Auckland
  • Friday 20 September - van Asch
  • Friday 22 November - Wellington