Alastair Carruthers CNZM (Co-Chair)
Alastair is an independent company director based in London. He is Chairman of Allpress Espresso and previously led two major New Zealand commercial law firms.
He has also worked in tertiary education, co-produced two feature films, and contributed to the arts through governance roles at the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Creative New Zealand.
He has been Chairman of the Arts Council of NZ and Commissioner of the NZ Exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale. He recently was the Commissioning Curator of By Beck Road 19 as part of Open House London 2019.
He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for services to arts governance.
Dayle, Lady 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.
Her board portfolio includes Auckland Art Gallery Trust board, Toi o Tamaki Foundation and Arts Regional Trust Board Trustee. She is also Chair of the P A Edmiston Trust and Co-chair of the Auckland Theatre Company Patrons.
Aloysius leads Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice in New Zealand, specialising in helping businesses 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 on the board of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Lyndsey Partridge is a trustee of a number of private discretionary trusts and the University of Auckland School of Medicine Foundation. A Special Counsel at Chapman Tripp until 2017 Lyndsey specialised in trust law. She is an expert in trust governance and administration and charities law. She has advised many substantial New Zealand charities and non-profit organisations and was closely involved in Chapman Tripp’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme and pro bono legal work.
From 2004 and 2017 Lyndsey was a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners and has been a trustee, officer and board member of various associations and not for profit organisations.
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.
Kent is also a trustee of The Arts Foundation and was formerly a trustee of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal UK. For many years Kent 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 both New Zealand and the UK.
Kent was named UK New Zealander of the year in 2012 and is a Kea World Class New Zealander.
Dr Julie Maxton
Julie Maxton is Executive Director of the Royal Society, the first woman in 350 years to hold the post. Before this position, Julie was Registrar at the University of Oxford, the first woman in 550 years in the role.
She is an Honorary Fellow of University College Oxford, a Bencher of the Middle Temple, a Freeman of the Goldsmith’s Company, and a Board member of the Charities Aid Foundation, the Alan Turing Institute, and the Faraday Institute. In the past she has also been on the Boards of the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford; Haberdasher Aske’s School (Elstree) and Engineering UK.
Originally trained as a barrister at the Middle Temple, Julie combined a career as a practising lawyer with that of an academic, holding a number of senior academic positions, including those of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Julie has received include a CBE (2017) and Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Huddersfield (2016); Canterbury (2017) and Warwick (2018). She is the author of numerous articles concerned with trusts, equity, commercial and property law.
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.