President’s Welcome

A warm welcome to the School Business Managers’ (SBM) Association!

My name is Peter Thompson and I have the honour and privilege of being the current President.

When I am not engaged in SBM business, I can be found at Freyberg High School where I have been the Business Manager for 10 years, responsible for all non-teaching functions.

Realising the benefits the SBM Association offers Business Managers, I joined the organisation, eventually becoming the Regional Delegate for Central and latterly President.  The benefits of membership were clear: networking opportunities with like-minded colleagues; regular professional development offered including a high-quality annual conference; and representation both nationally and internationally.

The SBM Association is the only independent organisation representing the interests of School Business Managers in NZ

Its core purpose is to provide leadership, collaboration and innovative opportunities to ensure excellence in school business management, enhancing effective teaching and learning outcomes in NZ schools.

Our main professional development is an annual conference, providing an opportunity to connect with colleagues, interact with world-class speakers and discuss current issues. Other professional development occurs throughout the year, with meetings held by the 9 Regional Delegates each term.  Some regions also offer a ‘buddy-system’, email trees and other supportive programmes.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) represents School Business Managers on a wide array of Ministry of Education advisory and governance working groups including: Education Workforce Strategy Governance Group; Education Finance and Kiwipark Reference Group; Education Payroll Sector Leaders Group; School Property Reference Group etc.  We also have effective relationships with the Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders including: NZEI, NZPF, NZSTA and SPANZ among others.

The Association has international relationships with ASBO (Association of School Business Officials International), Deakin University and a number of similar organisations in Australia, Canada, South Africa and the UK. These links offer a global perspective for our members.

If you are looking for an organisation whose strategic goals focus on a commitment to leadership development, ongoing professional learning, membership engagement and advocating on your behalf, then I urge you to join. Learn more →

On behalf of the NEC, I warmly welcome you to the School Business Managers’ Association and look forward to you becoming part of this unique network.

Peter Thompson
President

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