What do you do at Westlake?
I’m the school’s Property Manager responsible for all aspects of the school property including Property staff, external contractors, Health and Safety (in conjunction with Mr Davis), property enhancement planning and implementation, budget control and interface on property issue with the Ministry. I also belong to the School Business Managers Association and I’m the joint spokesperson on property at the Ministry forums.
How long have you been at Westlake?
I’m in my 12th year at Westlake. Prior to that I was School Property Adviser at the Ministry of Education.
What’s the most interesting thing you have done in your career?
In my mid-thirties I held a senior management position in the Department of Justice. I was seconded to Wellington, firstly to design the first computer application for the Department of Prison called “ROS” then I was appointed Computer Systems Implementation Manager responsible for computerisation of the Corrections Group. This job was based in Wellington but involved travelling through New Zealand. It was the largest computer installation at that time and involved 76 sites including prisons, probation and psychological services. It was an extremely demanding job, but I enjoyed every day of the seven-year installation program. Later in my life I run a very successful residential building company building medium to very up-market housing. My company won several House of the Year awards including two “Gold Awards” for houses I built for myself.
I have had many over my career but the most meaningful was doing a presentation to the then Minister of Justice Sir Douglas Graham, and receiving a personal letter of commendation for my work in computerising the Correction’s Group. On leaving Justice, I received the Justice Department Medal for “Good Conduct and Long Service”.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that people might not know?
I’m a compulsive volunteer! I’m currently a Justice of the Peace, Rotarian, on various local committees, plus past president and life member of various boating and fishing clubs. I have also chaired charity committees that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for child cancer and children that have been put into foster care.
If you were granted one wish:
Being so involved with the community I have gotten to see the real toll Covid has had on households in my community – financially, emotionally etc. My one wish would be to find a cure for Covid, and soon.
Grant is pictured above, second from right, with the Property Team in 2013.