Our Trustees

The InZone Education Foundation  is governed by the InZone Education Foundation Board of Trustees.  Our trustees share successful careers in the commercial and education sectors and have a passion for families and communities.  We have trustees with expertise in human resources, marketing, education and strategy; and additionally trustees with a deep knowledge of mātauranga Māori  to enhance the InZone kaupapa.

To further strengthen governance, the Board has established four sub-committees: Finance, Audit and Risk; Development and Sustainability; HR and Remuneration; and Student Culture and Outcomes.

We are currently seeking a new Chairperson.  Our current Chair Deborah George is stepping down but will remain as a Trustee.  The advert for the role of Chair is available here.

Deborah George

Executive Chairperson

Deborah started her career as a secondary school teacher and has spent the past thirty years working in education in a variety of roles across commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations. Over this time she has owned businesses in both Hong Kong and New Zealand, worked for the New Zealand and Australian governments, and was one of a team of three to expand the Duffy “Books in Homes” programme nationwide. In 2017 she was invited to join the judging panel of the Prime Minister’s Excellence in Education awards which celebrate outstanding achievements across the sector.

Deborah is a Trustee and the former Chair of Teach First NZ which she co-founded in 2011. Teach First NZ is an innovative not-for-profit organisation which, in partnership with the University of Auckland, engages top graduates to teach in secondary schools serving low decile communities.

Formerly the Director of Enrolment and External Relations at Auckland Grammar School, Deborah also spent five years on the School’s Board of Trustees and three years as Director of Development. Deborah has been closely involved with the InZone project since it’s scoping in 2010 and a Trustee of the Foundation since its inception in May 2013.

Terry Bates


Terry has extensive experience working with governments, educators, schools & communities, endeavouring to lift the participation and performance of students. Originally from Kaikohe and a secondary teacher, he was the Regional Manager for the Ministry of Education in Auckland and Northland; the founding Director of Southern Cross Campus in Mangere, the largest decile 1 school in New Zealand; and is currently a Ministerial appointee to the Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools) Authorisation Board. He has recently retired after 12 years with Cognition Education, 4 of those as Chief Executive. Cognition Education is a $30m business which works internationally with governments, educators, schools and communities.

Gerald Bethell

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Gerald is CEO of a family business. His wife, Susan, and their three sons are of Ngāti Whakaue (Te Arawa) descent.  Gerald attended Auckland Grammar from 1987 to 1991. He graduated from Auckland University in 1997 with an LLB, B.Com (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.  Gerald began his career in corporate finance before working overseas.  Upon returning to New Zealand in 2003, he joined his family business to “help out for a while” and is still there. He is a director on a number of private companies and joint ventures and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.  He enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams with a focus on developing positive values in kids rather than elite sports people.  Gerald supports the InZone kaupapa and the positive outcomes from combining high quality education with respecting and developing Māori and Pasifika tikanga.

Astrud Burgess


Astrud’s career spans nearly 20 years of marketing leadership roles in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom and her experience includes senior positions in banks, finance companies and advertising agencies. As Head of Marketing for ANZ, she leads a team of 50 people, responsible for all brand and marketing initiatives across ANZ’s business, including retail, business, corporate, agri and institutional banking, as well as ANZ’s sponsorship activities. Astrud is involved with InZone because she believes that being able to access a good education opens doors to all sorts of opportunities in life. When she was 16, Astrud, who is originally from Kaikohe, boarded at St Mary’s School in Ponsonby for two years. She says that boarding was a pivotal experience for her, as it was there that she really learnt how to study and to make friends with a diverse group of people.

Dane Grey

Dane Grey

Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko Waitemata te moana
Ko Māhuhu ki-te-rangi te waka
Ko Orākei te marae
Ko Āpihai te Kawau toku Tupuna
Ko Te Taou, Te Uringutu, Nga Oho nga hapū
Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi
Ko Dane Grey toku ingoa

Dane is a Development Manager for Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara and HLC, managing commercial land development projects for both organisations.  He and his wife Jacqui have twin boys, and live on the papakāinga at Ōrākei.  Dane attended Auckland Grammar from 1998 – 2003, becoming prefect and captaining the First XV. He graduated from the University of Otago with Bachelor of Commerce. Dane started his career in agriculture and horticulture, working in management roles for organisations such as Silver Fern Farms and T&G Global.  A passion for rugby took Dane overseas where he played in the UK for five years.  The inevitable pull to come home and contribute to iwi, hapū and whānau lead to a career change into property development, first in governance role as Associate Director for the commercial arm of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, then as Development Manager for Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara and HLC.

Dane believes the InZone Education Foundation opens up a world of opportunities for Māori and Pasifika girls and boys, by not only being a facilitator but also a driver of strong schooling and positive values.

Brandon Edwards


Huruiki te maunga
Puhipuhi te whenua
Whakapara te awa
Whakapara te marae
Ngāti Hau te hapū
Ngāpuhi te iwi

Brandon is married with three children and he and his family live at Matapouri in Northland. Brandon and his wife own and operate a beef farm, Huruiki Angus, at Helena Bay in Northland. Brandon attended St Stephen’s School and then University of Auckland, graduating with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees. Brandon has a legal and investment banking background, having worked at Ernst & Young and Bell Gully in Auckland, Linklaters in Hong Kong and Credit Suisse in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. He now enjoys working on their whenua and being kaitiaki of their ancestral mountain, Huruiki.

Brandon has a son currently attending Auckland Grammar School and boarding at InZone Boys Te Kāinga Wānanga. Brandon is passionate about the InZone kaupapa and wants our Māori and Pacific Island boys and girls to achieve their maximum potential.

Lana West


Lana is Head of People and Culture for Beca New Zealand having recently moved from the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BNZ. Throughout her career in banking and human resources she has worked in various roles in New Zealand, Australia and Samoa.  Lana is a Kiwi Samoan and is a firm believer in family, respect and living in a way that shows courage, strength and humility. Outside of work, Lana has a love of sports and has played netball both provincially for Auckland and internationally for Samoa. Community remains important to her and she currently either coaches or manages several sports teams; fortuitously for us, it was through coaching two of our girls in netball that she learnt of and became involved with InZone.

Board Alumni

The InZone Education Foundation has valued the contribution of a number of individuals who have served in the past as founding Board members. We would like to acknowledge them here.

​Terrance Wallace (Founder of the InZone Project and former Managing Director)
Matt Whineray (Founding Chairperson)
James Mace
Simon Rupapera
​Richard Wells
David Copley
Sam Ruha
Ngapera Riley