Meet the trustees
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Alastair Carruthers CNZM (Chair)
Alastair has led two major New Zealand commercial law firms and contributed significantly to the arts through governance roles at Creative New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He is Council member of Unitec, the Commissioner of the NZ Exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and co-producer of a second feature film.
John Allen was appointed Chief Executive of the New Zealand Racing Board in March 2015, having previously held the role of Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade since July 2009. He was the New Zealand Government’s chief adviser on foreign and trade policy, official development assistance, international law, and diplomatic and consular issues.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, John was Chief Executive of New Zealand Post, where he led a range of initiatives to drive growth in advance of declining mail volumes. He held a number of senior positions at New Zealand Post before his appointment as its chief executive in 2003.
A former Partner of Rudd Watts & Stone, specialising in commercial and public policy issues, John has also been a visiting Lecturer in Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He is an experienced company director and was co-chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum until April 2011. In his previous role he was adviser to the Boards of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Education New Zealand and Asia New Zealand Foundation; and trustee of the New Zealand China Council. John is Chair of the New Zealand Police Assurance and Risk Committee and Be. Accessible Charitable Trust; trustee of New Zealand Festival, Nikau Foundation, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Foundation. He is also a member of the Territorial Forces Employer Support Council.
Roger Bridge is a Christchurch-based businessman who holds a number of directorships in the private and public sectors. His community involvement roles include: Honorary Consul General for the Philippines - South Island, Chairman of the Rata Foundation formerly that Canterbury Community Trust, which donates over $20 million per annum in to the community; a trustee of the Christchurch Arts Festival; and a founding trustee of the Re:Start the Heart Trust, which established and administers the container mall in Christchurch. Roger has a keen interest in the preservation of New Zealand history and has actively supported projects in this area.
Dayle Mace has been a long-standing supporter and patron of both the visual arts and theatre in New Zealand. Dayle is an ardent advocate of contemporary New Zealand art and was on the Philanthropy Taskforce set up to look at and advise on philanthropy in New Zealand.
Key positions that Dayle holds are: trust board member of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Foundation and Chair of the Auckland Art Gallery Patrons. She was founding Co-chair of the Auckland Theatre Company Patrons and still holds that position today. She is also a board member of the P.A. Edmiston Trust and the Arts Regional Trust Board.
Aloysius leads Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice in New Zealand, specialising in helping business strengthen their governance, risk management and business practices to be more resilient. An art collector and patron of City Gallery Wellington, Aloysius has previously served as a member of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board.
The mandated Lead Negotiator for Te Ākitai Waiōhua and Chair of the Te Ākitai Waiōhua Iwi Authority and the Pūkaki Māori Marae Committee, Tūpuna Taonga o Tāmaki Makaurau Trust, Southern initiative Steering Group, Tangata Whenua Committee – Wiri Prison and the Mangere Mountain Education Trust. Karen is a current Mana Whenua member on the Independent Māori Statutory Board in Tāmaki Makaura, and in the capacity sits on various Auckland Council Committees including Arts, Culture and Events Parks, Recreation and Sport; Environment, Climate Change and Natural Heritage.
Kylie Archer regularly acts as a philanthropic advisor and fundraising specialist, providing advice to commercial and not-for-profit organisations across New Zealand. As the Investment Director for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, she is responsible for the International Investment Attraction Taskforce and the investment work stream of government's Business Growth Agenda.
Kylie previously lead New Zealand Major Events, where she developed and implemented government's major events strategy. She also managed the Major Events Development Fund which works alongside the event sector to generate economic results and support New Zealand's growing reputation as an attractive destination for major events of global significance.
As Director of the Flag Consideration Project with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Kylie managed the Secretariat for the independent Flag Consideration Panel. The Panel's neutral public engagement programme informed kiwis, supported a conversation about identity and encouraged voting in record numbers.
During her time with SkyCity Entertainment Group, Kylie was responsible for the extensive community relations programme, the Community Trusts and commercial sponsorship portfolio. Partnership highlights include the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation, Kidz First Children's Hospital and Auckland Rugby.
Kylie is passionate about a wide range of contemporary New Zealand art and music, and was curator of the SkyCity Art Collection for a number of years.