Glubb goes in new direction

KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 05:00 18/03/2014
Kevin Glubb,
Kelly Dennett
SAYING GOODBYE: Kevin Glubb, 57, is leaving behind his position as chairman of Avondale College’s Board of Trustees.

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One of Kevin Glubb's earliest memories as a young policeman was giving evidence in court.

The Titirangi resident joined the police force in 1975 and regularly worked the beat on Karangahape Rd in Auckland City.

Nearly 40 years later Mr Glubb has come full circle.

He's combining his criminal law and forensic experience and channelling it into a role on the bench as a Waitakere District Court judge.

The appointment is both a natural transition and a new challenge in a long, varied career, Judge Glubb says.

During the 23 years Mr Glubb served in the police he also obtained an art history degree.

"Then I thought, now I need a meal ticket," he says.

A law degree followed and Mr Glubb was admitted to the bar in 1990.

He became a partner with Auckland Crown solicitors Meredith Connell and has worked on more than 200 cases since.

One of his most memorable was in 2010 when he acted as crown prosecutor in the murder trial of Cary Grant Thurgood who stabbed his estranged partner.

The senseless waste of life and brutality never ceases to amaze Judge Glubb but his ability to separate work from his personal passions has got him through, he says. This includes his time as chairman of Avondale College's Board of Trustees which he is also resigning from.

In seven years on the board he's overseen the school's renovation and is sad to give up the role.

Avondale principal Brent Lewis says Mr Glubb has done an outstanding job in developing the college's strategic intent and will be sorely missed.

"Kevin has been an enthusiastic supporter of the wider life of the school, extending his contributions beyond the boardroom to the sidelines of sporting matches and at many Avondale College cultural events," Mr Lewis says.

"He is held in very high regard within Avondale College and the wider community, and we know that he will bring a great deal of wisdom, experience and integrity to his new role."

Judge Glubb is expecting to start work in May and says even though it's his third career transition there's still nerves.

"I think the day I lose that nervousness is the day I drop the ball," he says. "I'm confident in what I do but I think there's a healthy amount of self-doubt.

"If you don't have that sense you're not able to respond."

He credits his successful career to preparation, opportunity and good luck. "What you really have to do is take the opportunity if you have the time and inclination because you don't know what the future holds."

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