North Shore


Based on the Auckland North Shore, Life Education Trust North Shore is one of the 32 community trusts around New Zealand, running 44 mobile classrooms between them. The trust is run by a group of dedicated, unpaid volunteers: our educators are paid registered teachers, but all other activities to deliver this unique programme are undertaken by volunteers. The trust is supported financially by local businesses and community organisations. A special mention should go to the local trucking companies for making sure our mobile classrooms are transported from school to school on the North Shore.

For over 27 years we have been providing health education to kiwi kids. In 2022, we reached over 9,800 children in 27 schools.

Our Educators



Charlie Pollard

Charlie has over 12 years’ teaching experience here in New Zealand and the UK, including roles as mentor teacher, SENCO and Literacy Leader, as well as many years’ experience working in the business world.

Charlie is relishing her role at Life Education. She is passionate about health and hauora, wellbeing, believing that this area of education encompasses some of the most important knowledge and skills our tamariki need, both today and for their future.

Charlie is mother to two teenagers and in her spare time enjoys walks on the beach, music, cooking and, with her partner, the challenge of converting a bus into a motorhome.

Contact: Charlie Pollard, 027 379 2717, [email protected]

Jenni Gilbertson

Jenni is a mum of two teenage boys, with over 20 years of teaching experience in NZ and the UK.

Jenni has been with Life Education since 2017. As a Life Education Educator she loves teaching in our unique mobile classroom with ‘Harold’. She enjoys working alongside teachers in schools to encourage students to manage their own well-being, make healthy choices, support the well-being of others and learn how to communicate effectively.

Contact: Jenni Gilbertson, 027 479 2717, [email protected]

Trustee Contact details

Co-chair person: Phil Taylor, 021 221 8449 [email protected]

Co-chair person: Jill Steffert, 027 403 0148   [email protected]  

Treasurer: Brendon Pickerill, 021 062 8698, [email protected]

Trustee: Racheal McDonald, 021 0884 9435, [email protected]

Trustee: Victoria Fletcher, 022 4162 207, [email protected]

Trustee: Rohil Singh, 027 240 5546, [email protected]

Trustee: Dene Coleman, 021 496622, [email protected]

Trustee: James Wheaton, 021 183 7295, [email protected]

Trustee: Traci Sietu, 027 3399181, [email protected]

Postal address: Life Education Trust North Shore, PO Box 100 079, Auckland 0745