The Foundation has the infrastructure and support to ensure the current arrangements, future plans, and to deliver long-term, meaningful change. The Board of Trustees includes the High Commissioners of both countries. Following a recent post-COVID realignment of the trustee boards, the Link will continue with a single UK-registered board, with members based in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This will facilitate more economical and efficient negotiations and transactions while continuing to ensure that the projects are mutually beneficial, and enable supporters of our work in both countries to benefit from tax relief.
Sally Martin is a New Zealander who has lived with her family in London since 1999, when she was posted to London as Chief Executive of Qantas for the UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa. She chose to remain in the UK at the end of her expatriate tenure and has since become a Non-Executive Chairman, Director and Remuneration Chair of FTSE listed and start-up companies. She also advises private equity and investment banks in the UK, Europe & Middle East. Sally is the residential representative on the Paddington BID Board, Vice-Chair of the Hyde Park Estate Association and a steering committee member of the Hyde Park Paddington Neighbourhood Forum. She is a Trustee of the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust UK, a Freeman of the Cities of London and Glasgow, a member of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London, The Cook Society and La Jurade de Saint Emilion.
HE Hon Phil Goff CNZM
Trustee Ex Officio, NZ High Commissioner to the UK
Phil Goff was born and brought up in Auckland. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Master’s Degree (1st Class Honours) in Political Studies and then taught at the University for four years. In 1981 he ran for Parliament as a Labour candidate and won the Auckland seat of Roskill. He was elected to Cabinet in 1984 in the Lange Government and at age 31 became the youngest ever Cabinet Minister in New Zealand. Over those first six years in Cabinet, his portfolios included Housing, Employment, Environment, Tourism, Youth Affairs and Education. Losing his seat in 1990, Phil taught for three years as a Senior Lecturer in Politics for the Bachelor of Communications course at the Auckland University of Technology, and attended Nuffield College at Oxford on an FCO scholarship. Re-elected in 1993 in his former seat of Roskill, Phil served as an MP through to 2016 with nine further years as a Cabinet Minister in the Clark Government. His portfolios included Foreign Affairs, Justice, Trade, Defence, Disarmament, Corrections and Associate Finance. In 2008 to 2011, he served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. In 2016 and 2019 he was elected and then re-elected as Mayor of Auckland, retiring from this position in 2022. He was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for public service and Order of Merit from Timor Leste. Phil and his wife Mary have three adult children and three young grand-children.
HE Iona Thomas OBE
Trustee Ex Officio, UK High Commissioner to NZ (NZ Based)
Her Excellency Ms Iona Thomas OBE was appointed the British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Governor of the Pitcairn Islands in August 2022. Before commencing her role in Wellington, Iona was Political Counsellor at the British High Commission in Islamabad where she was responsible for domestic and regional politics, counter terrorism and justice and home affairs. Prior to this she held the post of Additional Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. She served as Deputy Head of Mission in Tripoli from 2015 to 2017 and was responsible for re-establishing the UK’s permanent presence in Libya, for which she was awarded an OBE. From 2012-2015 she was Spokesperson at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York. Previous roles in London include Private Secretary to Baroness Warsi and Head of the Afghan Political Team. Before joining the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Iona worked at the Department for Communities and Local Government as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State and on Counter Terrorism. Iona received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s in literae humaniores from Oxford University. Iona is married to Matt Thoume who also works for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and has served in Afghanistan, New York and Pakistan.
Andrew Barkle is a Managing Director at Citigroup having worked previously at Schroders. Andrew has lived in London for over 25 years and maintains connection with New Zealand through his Fellowship of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, University of Canterbury Alumni and the London New Zealand Cricket Club. At the LNZCC he was both a Committee member and Treasurer. Andrew looks forward to continuing the longevity of the NZ-UK Link that the Foundation provides.
Peter Bird is currently a Managing Director with the economics and damages practice of Berkeley Research Group and is a former investment banker with Rothschild and Co, where he advised governments and corporates across the world, on M&A, privatisations, and debt and equity capital markets. Previously, he was an economic consultant and an academic economist with a Cambridge PhD. He served on the boards of three companies supported by aid donors promoting infrastructure development, and has been a senior adviser to private equity firms and to an international power developer. He has advised government in New Zealand, as well as the electricity industry, and was for nine years an independent director of Vector Ltd, the Auckland-based multi-utility.
Sarah Emilie Goodhew
Sarah Emilie Goodhew has sixteen years of experience in education and international affairs. She spent ten years teaching at Eton College and Westminster School, where she was Head of Geography, Head of Girls and Director of Communications. Since then, she has been Chief of Staff to H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco and has had numerous advisory roles to individuals, royal families and organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia; she has delivered pre- deployment training on behalf of the British Army and has been actively involved in the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and in her City of London Livery Company, The World Traders, of which she is a Trustee of the Company’s Charitable Trust. Sarah Emilie, who has family in Hawke’s Bay, fell in love with New Zealand in 2010 when she led a Commonwealth Youth Ambassadors’ Visit to the country; she has been a regular visitor ever since. In her free time, she enjoys writing, studying wine, travelling and horse-racing.
Trustee (NZ and UK Based)
Anthony Hoete (Patuwai o Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranana) works in architecture, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is the Founding Director of WHAT_architecture (London), a recipient of an RIBA National Award, and MD of the property developer GoA Ltd. Anthony did a Master's at the UCL, doctoral research at the RMIT, and is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Auckland with research into forest-to-factory prefabricated housing. He has taught at the UCL Bartlett, Architecture Association, American University of Beirut, Sint Lucas Hogeschool voor Architectuur, and the Technical University of Delft. Anthony was the former chair of Te Maru o Hinemihi, facilitating a partnership between Heritage New Zealand and the National Trust; is currently Associate Director of QuakeCoRE, an MBIE assessor, Trustee of the Landscape Foundation, and a Senior Indigenous Researcher with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Sarah has worked in the public, private and third sectors advising on legal, policy and constitutional issues, stakeholder engagement, and good governance. She currently works for the UK Government in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Previous roles include working for the New Zealand Government, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and HRH The Prince of Wales. Sarah has maintained strong personal and professional links to New Zealand, including working for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal (UK). Sarah started her career as a Barrister and Solicitor at Bell Gully in Wellington. She has a Master of Laws from the University of Chicago, and Bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington.
Trustee (NZ Based)
Bevan Killick is a full-time professional director with diverse appointments including insurance, defence, central and local government, medicinal cannabis and several charities. He held senior roles in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market for 12 years before returning home to settle. Bevan is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Insurance Practitioner (UK) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He has been appointed to a number of Crown boards by the Ministers of Finance, Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs.
James Lowrey is a London-based New Zealander. He is Global Head of Research & Analysis STCF at SMBC Bank. During the past 30 years, James has lived and worked in Australasia, Asia Pacific and Europe and has maintained strong personal and business connections with the New Zealand community internationally and domestically. James has served on numerous boards spanning business development, global trade, academic advisory, and charitable foundations. He is currently Deputy Chair at Business for Development, a ‘for purpose’ organisation providing consultancy and thought leadership for sustainable and inclusive business projects globally. James welcomes the opportunity to help deepen and broaden NZ-UK relations as a Trustee of the Foundation.
Catherine Nesus (Ngāti Porou) is a London based New Zealander who maintains strong connections to New Zealand. She is currently Programme Director, Culture Recovery Fund at Arts Council England, supporting the delivery of the UK government’s Culture Recovery Fund, a £1.57billion fund supporting cultural organisations through the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. Following a career in the New Zealand public service which included senior roles at the Waitangi Tribunal and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Agency, Catherine provided consultancy services and advice to a range of clients in the public and private sectors. With a background in strategic development and business transformation, she has supported many organisations to identify and deliver to their aspirations including Victoria University of Wellington, the Waitangi Tribunal, and the New Zealand Fire Service. Catherine is a former Chair and Board Member of Taki Rua Productions. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Public Management.
Peter has spent nearly 40 years in the media industry, holding board positions in the UK, USA, India and Australia. For many years he was a Board Director of BBC Worldwide (now BBC Studios) for whom he developed and ran BBC Magazines; he was also President and CEO of BBC Worldwide Americas Inc, working in TV during his time in the US. Peter was recently Deputy Chairman of Immediate Media Co, a large PE-backed magazine and digital company; and Bell, an education business founded to foster cross-cultural understanding. He is currently Chairman of Texere Publishing, a VC-backed cross-media publisher for the science and medical markets. He has also sat on the Boards of The National Archives, the SRA and the commercial board of the British Council. Peter is a Trustee of the British Heart Foundation. He has previously Chaired Wildscreen, a media- related conservation charity and has been a Trustee of the National Children’s Bureau. Peter is married with four children and lives in Buckinghamshire. But he has several family members living in New Zealand, a country he loves. His passions are sport, and the arts. He is also a keen historian, chairing his local history society.
Andrew Roy is CBS News London Bureau Chief, having previously worked around the world as an international journalist for several decades. Andrew joined the BBC having moved to London from New Zealand and most recently was the Head of Foreign News, responsible for international news coverage for BBC TV, Radio and Online. He was based in the USA and Europe as Bureau Chief, and, back in London, he was the Head of BBC World News TV, the BBC's commercially funded 24-hour international news channel. He attended Massey and Canterbury Universities. He began his career in journalism with Radio New Zealand.
Jonathan Sinclair LVO
Since 2021, Jonathan Sinclair has been National Security Director in the Home Office, a role that comprises oversight of the Security Service, leadership of counter-terrorism policy and casework, and of investigatory powers when it comes to government’s lawful access to data. Jonathan has served in government since 1996, mainly in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office – and then Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office – where he was the Director of Human Resources. He was previously the Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (Boris Johnson). Before that he was the British High Commissioner to New Zealand. He has served in India and the USA and, in London, has done a wide range of roles where foreign and domestic policies and politics intersect, including on national security, Europe, and trade and investment. Jonathan joined government after completing a Masters in International Relations and short stints in media and tourism. Jonathan is married to Helen and they have 1 son and 2 daughters.
Janet Wilson is Emerita Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Northampton, UK, and Visiting Fellow at Birmingham City University, UK, She formerly taught at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is a founder of the New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland) in 2010, was vice-Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society 2010-20, and is founder and co-editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. She is currently President of the charity, National Conference of University Professors, and chair of the international network, Challenging Precarity. Her research includes publications on New Zealand writing and cinema, notably the work of expatriate, diasporic writers like Janet Frame, Fleur Adcock, Dan Davin, and Katherine Mansfield.
Sam De Silva
Dr Sam De Silva is a London/Oxford based New Zealander, who has lived in the UK since 2001. Sam is a Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LP and specialises in complex and strategic technology and outsourcing projects and also regularly advises the C-Suite on data protection, privacy and cyber-security issues. Sam is the former UK representative on the EU Commission’s Expert Group on Cloud Computing Contracts and the current UK representative on the IT Law Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe. He is the past Chair and a member of the Law Society's Technology and Law Committee and he s the Chair of the Law Society’s Ethnic Solicitors Network. He is a Committee member of the Data Law Committee of the City of London Law Society, and is on the Technical Strategy Board of the ICAEW, Elected Trustee of The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and on the Council of the BCS and the Chair of the Legal Specialist Group of the BCS.