Alastair Carruthers CNZM (Co-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.
Dayle Mace MNZM (Co-Chair)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lyndsey was until recently Special Counsel at Chapman Tripp in Auckland, having worked there since 1990.
Originally a corporate lawyer, for the last 17 or so years Lyndsey has specialised in trusts, intergenerational succession planning and trust governance and administration.
Lyndsey also has expertise in charities law and acted for many substantial New Zealand charities and non-profit organisations. Lyndsey was closely involved in the firm’s pro bono legal work and a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Lyndsey was a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practioners between 2004 and 2017 and has been a trustee, officer and board member of various associations, including acting as treasurer for Auckland Women Lawyers Association. She is currently a trustee of a number of private discretionary trusts and of The University of Auckland School of Medicine Foundation.
Anton Oliver had a distinguished career as an All Black from 1995, playing a total of 59 test matches until his retirement from international rugby after the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
After his rugby career, Anton read for an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management at Worcester College. His dissertation involved travelling to the Ringgolds Islands, an outlying archipelago of Fiji, for a month of research on the relationship between poverty and conservation.
Later, Anton studied at the University of Cambridge where he read for an Executive MBA. His dissertation focused on leadership in business, specifically sense making and sense giving: how leaders make sense of an uncertain, chaotic economic environment and then communicate this information to different stake holders.
Now based in London, Anton Oliver is Head of Equity Business Management with asset managers M&G Investments, as well as Investment Specialist for the M&G Leaders team.
Kent Gardner is co-founder and CEO of Evans Randall Investors, the London based private equity real estate investor, which has undertaken some £9 billion of real estate transactions both in London and in some of the major cities across Europe. Evans Randall Investors recently established an office in New Zealand.
Prior to founding Evans Randall Investors Kent was a Senior Solicitor at Russell McVeagh in Wellington.
Kent is a Kea World Class New Zealander and was named UK New Zealander of the year in 2012. He is also a Commissioner of the Crown Estate Paving Commission, a statutory body and rating authority responsible for managing certain Crown land in and around Regent’s Park in Central London.
Kent was formerly a trustee of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal UK and for many years has been a passionate donor, patron and advisor to a substantial number of NZ charities, education and sporting organisations seeking to garner support and donations in the UK.
A connector of people who enjoys helping individuals and businesses to achieve their goals through introductions, Tania Bearsley is Kea New Zealand’s Regional Director for UK and Europe. At Kea, Tania brings together her passions for events, people, and networking to enable Kiwis to succeed around the globe.
Following a career in hotels, catering and events, Tania volunteered her time as President of The New Zealand Society (UK) 2013-2015, produced colouring books for adults, and has recently been involved as research lead for Dream Catchers, a broadcast interview series which tells the stories of inspiring Kiwis in the UK.
Whaea Esther Kerr Jessop QSM
Esther was born in Tunapahore, educated at Torere Native School and Gisborne High School, then gained her Member of the Society of Radiographers qualification through the Auckland Hospital Board while attending Auckland University to study anthropology and archaeology and gaining a Bachelor of Arts with the Open University, London.
As Patron of Kohanga Reo in London and Honorary President of Ngāti Rānana, Esther has tirelessly supported Ngāti Rānana, its members and the wider New Zealand community over the years. Her contributions were rewarded with the honour of a Queen’s Service Medal awarded in 1992, being named recipient of 2009 Air New Zealand UK New Zealander of the Year Award, and receiving the Sir Kingi Ihaka Award for continuing service to Māori Culture in the UK and Europe.
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.