Meet the Board

Andrew Williams

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

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Andrew is a Partner, Executive Board Member and Co-Chairman at Alvarium.

After founding Alvarium in 2009, he served as Chief Executive Officer until 2017. Andrew directs Alvarium’s real estate investment strategies and oversees all of the group’s real estate investments.

He is Chairman of the Investment Committee for Real Estate and sits on boards and investment committees of a number of Alvarium’s Joint Venture Partners. Prior to setting up Alvarium, he was Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield Residential and Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, having transacted on more than $11bn of acquisitions. Andrew has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and has concluded private, public, corporate finance and property transactions in more than 30 countries over the past 25 years.

Jennifer Gill ONZM

DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE BOARD

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Jenny has had extensive experience as a trustee and chair of a number of national philanthropic trusts including Philanthropy New Zealand and the J R McKenzie Trust. 

Her career in philanthropy began in 1985 when Sir Roy McKenzie employed her as the Executive Director of his personal foundation. This was followed by ten years as the Director of the New Zealand Fulbright programme.  She is currently Chair of the newly established MAS Foundation and is also a trustee of the Vodafone (NZ) Foundation and a Director of the board of Water Safety New Zealand.  She retired in 2019 after 15 years as the CEO of Foundation North.

In 2017 Jenny was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to philanthropy and was the inaugural winner of the Philanthropy NZ - Perpetual Guardian Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award.

Cecilia Robinson

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Cecilia is the Co-Founder and Director of My Food Bag (alongside husband James) as well as a Founder of Au Pair Link. 

Starting her first business in her early 20s, bringing 1000s of young people to New Zealand, and employing 100s of young people in the businesses, Cecilia is fiercely passionate about youth. “I believe that the Princes Trust has the resources and capabilities to make a huge difference in New Zealand. However, most importantly I’m excited by the teams unwavering commitment to making lives better for young people throughout our beautiful country”.

She goes on to say “Through being involved in The Prince’s Trust New Zealand, I am hopeful that alongside our talented youth that we can make an even better New Zealand for many generations to come”.

Pare Keiha QSO

TE WHĀNAU-A-TAUPARA , TE AITANGA-A MĀHAKI and RONGOWHAKAATA 

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Pare QSO is a New Zealand academic whose research is in the areas of Māori development, corporate governance, competition law and policy, and intellectual property law. 

He is Māori, of Whānau-a-Taupara / Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Rongowhakaata descent, and as of 2019 is a full professor, pro vice-chancellor and dean at the Auckland University of Technology.

Rukumoana Schaafhausen

NGĀTI HAUA, WAIKATO TAINUI

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Rukumoana, named after her marae in Morrinsville, is a dynamic leader who has carried her passion through roles as a lawyer, mother, director - whether in marae or boardrooms.

She is the current Te Arataura Chair and Kaahui Ariki Māori King’s Representative, as well as the longest standing trustee of Waikato Tainui. She is both humbled and privileged to hold these roles and has always carried a message of kotahitanga, manaakitanga and prosperity for the people of Waikato and New Zealand.

Rukumoana is also a trustee of the Tindall Foundation, the Princes Trust NZ, and has carried multiple public and private directorships in Genesis Energy, Agresearch, Miro Berries Limited, and recently received the Sir Peter Blake award for leadership.

Ben Gough

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Ben is the Founder of Tailorspace and the Ben Gough Family Office. 

Tailorspace is a commercial enterprise which invests in and develops select businesses by providing the expertise, patience and means to transform their vision into commercial reality. Tailorspace’s joint venture with Alvarium Investments (NZ) Limited brings together like-minded family investors from around the globe to invest in uniquely New Zealand opportunities to grow Kiwi businesses, infrastructure and export development potential. It also provides a platform for Kiwis to invest globally.

A prior recipient of a Prime Minister’s scholarship to attend Harvard, Ben balances entrepreneurial interests along with long-standing commercial family legacies. His business acumen drives the strategic philanthropy and measurable impact focus of the Ben Gough Family Foundation.

Ben and his wife, Penny, know the importance of giving young people the skills, education and experiences which lead to high performance—be it in sport, business or community—unleashing each generation’s potential to lead and participate in our world.

Sam Johnson

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Sam leads the SVA Foundation and is most well- known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes. 

The SVA Foundation engages over 50,000 people in their programs each year across New Zealand focused on volunteerism, guardianship and mentoring. Sam is a member of Westpac Bank Sustainability Panel and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury.