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, scaled-down 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.
Trustee, Chair (UK)
A New Zealander who has lived in the UK for many years, Eric was the New Zealand Society’ UK New Zealander of the Year in 2014 in recognition of his work in the UK for New Zealand causes, including the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (now Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand), the NZTE Beachhead Programme, The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal UK and the UK Friends of Auckland University. He was also a key fundraiser for the UK War Memorial presence in Wellington.. He has also been Chairman of Goodenough College and a trustee of the Stroke Association. Previously, he was a partner in Deloitte in London and then a turnaround CFO for companies and acting Bursar for a Cambridge College. He is now also Chairman of the UK Friends of Auckland University and a non-executive Director of GO Investments LLP.
Trustee Ex Officio, UK High Commissioner to New Zealand (NZ)
Laura Clarke took up her role as High Commissioner to New Zealand, and Governor of the Pitcairn Islands, in January 2018, and was High Commissioner to Samoa from March 2018 – December 2019. Her previous role was as Head of the South Asia Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Government Coordinator for India. Other roles include Political Counsellor in Pretoria, South Africa; Chief of Staff to the Minister for Europe; and work in FCO London on Sudan and Yemen, and EU Justice and Home Affairs. Prior to joining FCO she worked in the Ministry of Justice, the European Commission, and the British Parliament. Laura studied modern languages at Cambridge University, and International Relations at the London School of Economics. She is married to Toby Fisher, a human rights barrister, and has three children.
HE Bede Corry
Trustee Ex Officio, NZ High Commissioner to the UK (UK)
In August 2020 Mr Corry commenced as New Zealand High Commissioner
to the United Kingdom. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and prior to that held several senior public service roles, as below.
2014-2015 Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs
2012-2014 Deputy Secretary of Defence
2009-2012 Ambassador to Thailand
He has held a number of significant roles at MFAT earlier in his career, including Director of the Australia Division, Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, Counsellor at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, and Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Corry has also served in the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra. Mr Corry has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours degree from Victoria University. Mr Corry’s interests include cricket, reading and cooking.
Trustee, Treasurer (UK)
Paul Gough is a London-based New Zealander who retains strong personal and business ties with New Zealand. He is currently Managing Partner of STAR Capital Partnership LLP, a private equity company investing throughout Europe, having previously worked for Credit Suisse both in New Zealand and London. Paul is currently a director on the boards of Synergy LMS, Star Asset Backed Finance, Infratil New Zealand, Urban Splash Residential and a number of private investment companies. Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Finance & Quantitative Analysis and is a member of the New Zealand Society of Investment Analysts.
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.
Iain Christie is a barrister, mediator and actor. After a former career as a legal adviser in the UK Foreign Office, he joined 5RB, a leading media and entertainment law chambers in London. He is now an Associate Member of the 4-5 Mediation Group and works as a mediator, coach and facilitator. Iain trained as an actor in 2010 and now combines his practice with some professional performance work. "On my first long-overdue visit to New Zealand in 2011 I fell in love with the beauty and character of the place, its people and culture. I see my contribution to the Foundation being in the areas of mutual legal assistance, dispute resolution and in my passion for performing arts."
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.
Greg Olsen is a partner at Clifford Chance, the international law firm, where he specialises in EU and UK competition law. He has lived in the UK for around 20 years having first arrived as a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford. Greg is a member of the University of Canterbury UK Alumni Committee and holds leadership positions with the Competition Section of the Law Society and the US ABA Antitrust Section. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
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.