Robin Houlker, Chair
Robin Houlker (MEd Hons) has been passionate about Hillary House since she first heard about the proposal to re-site Sir Ed’s home in a chance conversation with Gail Thompson in 2008. Her long held passion for education saw her step up to volunteer from the start. She sees education as a key element for wellbeing and opportunities to develop transformational leadership, along with it being fundamental for strong social and economic communities. She helped to find resources and money needed to move the House and establish it as a place for leadership in the spirit of Sir Ed’s legacy and as ‘the House that Ed built’.
Robin brings an entrepreneurial approach and an extensive background in education as a consultant leading a variety of projects and programmes. These have included inter-generational family literacy, working with women in prison, directing a literacy festival and lecturing in teacher education. Her governance roles include Chair of the Hillary House Leadership Centre Trust and she is also Deputy Chair of the Auckland Kindergarten Association. She is a community representative on a health initiative and holds national and international positions in education.
Since becoming a trustee in 2011, Robin has been focused on building business and community partnerships for Hillary House and presenting to many groups. She works closely with community student leadership organisations and with schools highlighting Sir Ed’s legacy and capably presents the journey and history of the House.