Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund Trustees

Meet our Trustees

Allan Hooker

Independent Trustee

Chairman

Allan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Auckland University and is a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers – New Zealand. Until recently he was the Managing Director of Stiffe Hooker Ltd, an architectural and engineering consulting practice he part-owned for 26 years.

Allan was elected to the Board of the Laura Fergusson Trust Inc in 2005, retiring recently in 2021. His practical training in the engineering profession together with his experience as a consultant in the construction industry has been put to good use at Laura Fergusson. Allan was appointed a Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund in November 2006.  He was elected as Chairman in 2022.

Dr Simon Barclay

Trustee

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.

Simon was elected to the Board of Laura Fergusson Trust Inc in 2007 where he has made a valuable contribution from a medical and commercial perspective. Simon is the current Deputy Chairman of the LFTI Board, and was appointed a Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund in 2008. Simon is a previous Chairman of the National Trust Board.

Richard Glenn

Trustee

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 worked in a variety of financial institutions and eventually 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 Trust Inc in 2011, and as a Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund in 2017.

Graeme Kershaw

Independent Trustee

Graeme has significant experience in the investment management industry following 10 years in chartered accountancy. Graeme graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in 1973. He was an associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Now retired, Graeme is a trustee on a number of trusts and was appointed an Independent Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund in November 2008. His valuable expertise is an asset to the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund.

Chris O’Brien

Trustee

Chris is a graduate of Victoria University with an extensive background in property and commerce. He has proven experience in strategic planning, implementation, trouble-shooting and risk assessment.  

He has been an elected member of the Board of the Laura Fergusson Trust Inc 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 held the position of Chairman from 2006-2022. He is a previous member of the New Zealand Government’s Rehabilitation Services Review Board.

Philippa Williams

Independent Trustee

Philippa has 30 years’ experience in the financial markets. In 1993 she started her present business, Fairburn Investments, which manages investment portfolios for high-net-worth individuals and trusts.

The investment portfolios are a mixture of direct investments and managed funds, across New Zealand, Australia and International equity markets. She also manages foreign exchange exposure to the portfolios, and New Zealand and Australian debt markets. Investments also include property, agriculture and private Equity.

Philippa is Chair of Air Whanganui, Whanganui Collegiate School Foundation, and Fairburn Holdings Limited, and a Trustee of Whanganui Collegiate School College Board of Trustees, as well as being a trustee for a number of family trusts, and a founding Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund.