Our Senior Management Team

Heather McLeish

Chief Executive Officer

Our Senior Management Team

John Whyman

General Manager Business Services

Our Senior Management Team

Richard Small

Manager Client Services

Our Senior Management Team

Jeanette Wyllie

HR Business Partner

Our Senior Management Team

Michelle Denize

Manager Marketing & Communications

Our Board

Chris O’Brien


Chris is a graduate of Victoria University with extensive background in property and commerce. He has proven experience in strategic planning, trouble-shooting and risk assessment. Chris is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

He has been an elected member of the Board of the Laura Fergusson Trust since 1997. In 2001 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board and Chairman in 2004. Chris was a founding Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund and appointed Chairman in November 2006. He is also currently a member of the New Zealand Government’s Rehabilitation Services Review Board.

Our Board

Dr Simon Barclay

Deputy Chairman

Simon, a qualified medical practitioner, was born in London where he studied medicine. Since coming to NZ in 1979 he has worked as a GP and in the medical insurance industry. He has founded a number of companies both in the medical and non-medical fields and has been appointed to several Boards, serving as Director and Chairman. He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Simon was elected to the Board of Laura Fergusson in 2007 where he has made a valuable contribution from a medical and commercial perspective. Simon is Chairman of the Quality and Risk Committee and was appointed a Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund in 2008. Simon is also the Chairman of the National Trust Board.

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Sally Anderson

Sally holds a Degree in Human Resource (HR) Management from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Teaching from the Christchurch Teachers Training College. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Sally has over twenty five years’ experience acting as a consultant to various, high profile New Zealand operators.  She has also held several international HR contracts, assisting IT companies to establish their Middle East operations. In 2002, Sally founded two IT recruitment companies, IT@Work and People@Work, and currently sits as a Director of both.

Sally has been closely involved with the Laura Fergusson Trust (LFT) Women’s Committee since 2006, acting as President from 2010 to 2011.  During her time as President, Sally served as a member of the LFT Board. Sally later re-joined the LFT Board in 2017. She is also a Trustee of The Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund, where she acts as a representative for the LFT Women’s Committee.

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Amanda Callender

A graduate of Otago University, Amanda has over twenty years’ experience in the professional services and healthcare sectors. She has held leadership roles in strategy, sales, marketing, communications and change management.

Amanda joined the Laura Fergusson Trust Board in May 2018.

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Richard Glenn

Richard is a law graduate of Victoria University of Wellington. After working in private legal practice for 6 years he moved to a large financial institution where he worked briefly as in-house legal counsel and then moved into front line banking.

Richard has worked in a variety of financial institutions and recently retired after 18 years with the Bank of New Zealand’s Institutional Bank. His latter roles included Head of Specialised Finance and Client Director for the Energy, Utilities & Infrastructure sector and he was at various times a member of both the BNZ Credit Risk Committee and the National Australia Group Transactional Credit Committee.

Richard was elected to the Board of Laura Fergusson in 2011.

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John Magness

John is the managing director of family-owned retail business, Magness Benrow. John has been on the Board for the past 15 years and serves on the Finance and Asset Committee.

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Shelley Moana Hiha

Shelley has been a member of the Board since 2003 and serves on the Quality and Risk Committee. Shelley’s personal experience of injury and her work in sport and rehabilitation provide her with a unique insight into the work of the Trust.

Shelley has worked in complementary health education for ten years and has a lot of experience in the development and analysis of government policy providing her with an in depth knowledge of the political and policy framework the Trust operates in.

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Rob Small

Rob has a distinguished career in Local Government in Parks, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Conservation Land Management and Community Development, both in NZ and overseas, in CEO, President and Director roles.

His strengths lie in governance, financial resource management, culture change and advocating for environmental sustainability and humanitarian rights.

Rob supports a number of trusts and organisations including WWF, International Federation of Parks and Recreation, World Urban Parks, American Public Gardens Association, Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand and Rotary.

Recently appointed as an Independent Board Director with Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Maia, Rob has a passion for sharing his knowledge with not-for-profit organisations and he joined Laura Fergusson Trust as a board member in 2016.

Past Chairman of the Board:

Colin Kay 1970-1974
Alan Winstone 1974-1978
Sel Walker 1978-1981
Donald Moncrieff 1981-1984
Hugh Abbott 1984-1985
Graham Reid 1985-1987
John Foote 1987-1993
Libby Fletcher 1993-1996
Ian Goodall 1996-2004
Chris O’Brien 2004-