Good governance is critical to the success of any business. Our grandparents, and great-parents, who started the trusts were renowned for their sharp business acumen and they ran those first farms with the express intention of making them hum. They were acutely aware that the more they could earn, the more they could give to their community.
Those of us entrusted to oversee Trinity Lands today are driven by the same desire to perform to the best of our abilities, so we can do the most good possible.
We run a very lean operation and rely heavily on extensive volunteer input from people with renowned agriculture nous. In recent years, we’ve created a small paid executive to ensure we have appropriate governance for an organisation of our size.
The executive develop the strategy, and then our board challenges and supports that strategy, and monitors performance and compliance.
The directors of Trinity Lands are appointed by the shareholding trusts – Lichfield Lands, Longview Trust and Hillview Trust. They have a wide range of business experience and a strong connection to the charitable values of Trinity Lands.
Chief Executive Officer
B. Horticulture, PG Dip Com Agribusiness
Peter is an orchardist, dairy farmer and grandson of Lichfield Lands and Longview Trust founder Robert Auld.
Peter has been involved with Trinity Lands since it was created to bring together the three founding Trusts in 2011, and has been CEO since 2017.
During his six-year tenure as chair of Zespri International, Peter was named Deloitte Top 200 2018 New Zealand chairperson of the year.
He is now a director of Fonterra.
Chief Financial Officer
Ngaire has been a trustee of Lichfield Lands since 1999 and CFO of Trinity Lands since 2011. She was part of the team that worked through the amalgamation and formation of Trinity Lands. She is a Chartered Accountant and has served in a number of service and charitable organisations in the roles of CEO, Finance and Governance.
Business Development Manager
OMNZ, Dip Hort, Dip Hort Management
Tony was the founding CEO of EastPack Ltd.Over almost 3 decades, he and his team built the company to become NZ’s largest kiwifruit post-harvest company.
Tony and his family own dairy farms and orchards, and he has a number of governance roles in New Zealand horticulture companies, including Zespri. Tony feels privileged to be involved in assisting Trinity Lands in development of our short and long term strategies.
General Manager Dairy
Andrew is a dairy farmer and farm consultant. His specialty is highly profitable animal production systems, with a focus on soil sciences and animal nutrition. Andrew has worked as a consultant and trustee of the shareholding trusts since 1989, and has overseen the dairy division of Trinity Lands since its establishment in 2011.
General Manager Sustainability
BBS (Massey University), Diploma Maori and Indigenous Studies (University of Canterbury)
Brett joined Trinity Lands in 2019 as the GM Sustainability. He has held a variety of positions in education both in the secondary and tertiary sectors.
Brett is married to Penelope and they have three adult children.
Stuart is a Waikato dairy farmer whose association with Trinity Lands spans decades. Stuart has, at various times, served on all three of the trusts that make up Trinity Lands. In 2011, he was one of the founding directors of Trinity Lands, and in 2019 he was appointed chair.
He has also had nearly 40 years’ extensive governance experience, to chairmanship level, in agricultural co-operatives in New Zealand and overseas. He is a former chair of the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and former director of the New Zealand Dairy Group.
M.Agr.Sc., Dip.Bus.Admin., P.G.Dip.Theol
Gray and his wife Marilyn farm 713ha near Lichfield. They milk 850 cows, and grow maize and pine trees. Gray worked in rural banking and fertiliser, and served nine years on the board of Ballance Agri-Nutrients. His current directorships include Farmlands Co-operative and Livestock Improvement. He chairs the board of Longview Trust, one of Trinity’s three shareholders.
Ian joined the board in 2019 and has a background in kiwifruit growing, mission and charitable work. Ian is married to Nikki, they have five adult children and two grandchildren. They previously worked in various aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land Australia with MAF between 1994 and 2010. He is the Chair of Lichfield Lands, and is trustee/director of several other charities.
CA, BMin, MInstD
Daryl joined Trinity Lands in 2017, having served as a Trustee for Longview Trust since 2009. Daryl is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He has held a variety of senior corporate roles, and he is currently CFO at Port Nelson.
CA, AFA, BBS, MInstD and NZIM
Gordon is a Chartered Accountant, certified financial advisor and CEO of a family business. He was a foundation director of Trinity Lands, and current chair of the Audit Committee, and is a trustee of Lichfield Lands. Gordon’s other governance roles include chair of CCCNZ, trustee of several investment trusts, and past-chair of Pathways College.
Gordon has been a trustee of Hillview Trust for nine years and is currently secretary. He started his career in the milking machine industry before switching to dairy farming. He and his wife Lynette have been dairy farming for 32 years in the Waikato, winning Dairyman Dairy Farmer of the year in 1992. Gordon is chair of Kenwyn Trust housing for the elderly and a trustee of Te Aroha and District Community Hospital. Overseas charity work has been focused on a squatter community and youth in the Philippines.
BA(Hons), Dip Bus Studies (Personal Financial Planning)
Karen has worked in the insurance industry since 1990, and as an insurance broker since 2004. She works in central Wellington, and advises business and personal clients on risk and insurance management. Karen became a trustee of Longview Trust in 2017 and Trinity Lands in 2019. She has previously served on the board of SUNZ.
Mark grew up on a sheep and beef farm, but has been involved in the Kiwifruit industry since planting his first orchard in 1975.
In 1984, Mark established a post-harvest operation which was re-sited to its current Karapiro site in 2005 to accommodate growth and development specialising in organic production.
Mark has had an ongoing involvement in the kiwifruit industry, serving on grower advocacy body NZKGI since its inception and supply chain group ISG for the last eight years. Mark and his wife Robyn started their own charitable trust, Soul Purpose, in 1999 and Mark has a number of directorship roles, including both Longview Trust and Lichfield Lands.
Paul started his career in the building industry. Since 1980, he has been involved in dairying in the Waikato – from farm worker to owner and equity partner. More recently Paul and his wife Chris and family have invested in the kiwifruit industry. Paul is director of a group that has producing and developing orchards in the Bay of Plenty.
Phillip has been part of the Trusts that own Trinity Lands from early childhood. His Poppa was involved originally, then his father was part of Lichfield Lands. During his university days, Phillip worked on the Longview Trust farms. Phillip now owns and operates a geotechnical drilling company based in Tauranga. Phillip attends the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tauranga and is heavily involved in the Wired Youth program.
Tim joined ASB in June 2019 as the Executive General Manager of Business Banking.
Tim has had a corporate career of almost 30 years, including 15 years in the domestic and export food sector, seven years in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology and seven years in the financial services sector.
Prior to his role at ASB, Tim was Managing Director of Goodman Fielder NZ, New Zealand’s largest FMCG business. He has also held senior positions at Fonterra including Managing Director Fonterra Brands NZ and Director Global Sales for Fonterra’s global ingredients business.
Tim is passionate about leading high-performance teams and believes it is important to have both clear performance expectations while also creating a highly engaged team.
Tim has a special interest in the development of the primary sectors in the New Zealand economy, as well as the role of entrepreneurship in New Zealand business.
From 2015 to 2019, Tim was on the Board of the NZ Food and Grocery Council serving as Chairman for the last two years of his term.
Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Agricultural Science from Lincoln University.
B.Com (VPM; M Prop (studs) Lincoln University. Licensed Real Estate Agent, Registered Valuer.
Appointed Independent Director 2021
Brent was appointed to the board of Trinity Lands in March 2021 and holds a professional background in commercial real estate. Brent has held a number of senior roles and is presently the Executive Chairman of CBRE New Zealand and leads the CBRE Capital Markets practice.