Lorraine, BEd DipTchg LLB MTh, is of Ngātiwhatua, Tainui, and Samoan descent. Lorraine has worked as a teacher in the education sector for twenty-five years across the primary and secondary school areas in mainstream and Māori bilingual units.

She has recently completed a three-year appointment on the Northern Health Schools Board.

Lorraine understands the importance of good school governance in supporting principals to enable an environment in which teachers can implement programmes and provide approaches and skills to behaviour management that ensure success for students learning, prioritises relationships with whānau and is underpinned by manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, and aroha.