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Current Trustees

The Board Members are:

Pat Brown 2 Sept 2014
Pat Brown JP, Chairman
Pat is well-known and highly respected in the Taupo community having lived there for more than 40 years.  A Chartered Accountant, he is a founding Partner of Strettons, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has served on the Institute of Chartered Accountants Professional Conduct Committee.  Specialising in strategic planning, geothermal energy development, financing and management, Pat also has experience in the energy, communications and food sectors, and works with Maori trusts to assist them devlop their resources.  A past chairman of Taupo Electricity and former director of TrustPower, he has served as a Borough Councillor, is a Justice of the Peace and has been involved in a number of local community organisations.

Pat and his wife Hilary have four adult children and enjoy the Taupo outdoors lifestyle, including walking, cycling, skiiing and kayaking.

Pat was elected Chairman of the Foundation in 2015 succeeding Joe La Grouw who served as Chairman from 2007 - 2015.

jeanne bright aug 2014

Jeanne Bright, Deputy Chair

Jeanne is a Director of Bright Wild and Thomas Chartered Accountants. She has lived in Rotorua for 30 years during which time she has forged a strong career in accountancy. Jeanne is very committed to Rotorua having been involved in numerous local organisations. She is underpinned by her family values.

Jeanne and her husband , Mikehave brought up three great children and share a passion for the arts, mountain biking, food and culture.


tom davies aug 2014

Tom Davies

Tom joined Craigs Investment Partners in 2000 as an investment advisor.  He is the manager of the Rotorua branch.  With a background in farming, he went to Lincoln University and then worked as a rural manager for the National Bank.  He also worked as a finance analyst for a merchant bank in the UK.  His qualifications include BCom (Ag) degree from Lincoln University and NZ Exchange Diploma.  Tom has a Share Broker's Licence and is a member of the New Zealand Exchange (NZX).

In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, especially fly fishing, diving, running and golf.


Photo Ryan Holmes Oct 2015






Ryan Holmes

Born in Rotorua, Ryan is proud to be a third generation Rotorua businessman.

Educated in Rotorua and Hamilton, he is currently Managing Director of Holmes Group NZ and Holmes Group USA, which manage significant residential and commercial holdings, sub-divisional development and commercial and retail construction.  Ryan plays a leading role on a number of local council committees and steering groups, including the Inner City Steering Group and Connect Rotorua, and is a Trustee of the Harold Holmes Student Grant Trust, managerd by the Geyser Community Foundation.

Ryan and his wife, Tammy-Lee have two young daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys flying (holds a helicopter pilots licence), hunting, fishing and cooking.

kierin irvine aug 2014

Kierin Irvine

Kierin has been a highly respected and well-liked general practitioner in Rotorua since 1976 when he and his wife, Janette, were House Surgeons at Rotorua Hospital. Having recently ceased full-time general practice, he now works as a part-time locum. A director of LakesCare, Kierin has been a Rotarian since 1979, is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

He enjoys yachting, golf and tramping, and working on the couple's coastal avocado orchard.

joe-la grouw aug 2014

Joe La Grouw CNZM

Chairman and owner of the Lockwood Group, Joinery Direct and La Grouw Corporation, Joe has a long and successful business record. He has been a director and member of many significant businesses and associations throughout New Zealand. In 2010, Joe was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order (CNZM) for services to business.  In the same year he was named Westpac Rotorua Business Person of the Year and served as Chairman of BNZ Partners Centre Central Plateau.

Both he and his wife, Jo-Anne have been active and generous supporters in the Rotorua community over a long period of time, sponsoring the Lockwood Aria, Lakeside Charitable Concerts and many other local corporate and community initiatives.

Joe served as the Foundation's inaugural Chairman from 2007 - 2015.

fraser mckenzie aug 2014

Fraser McKenzie MNZM JP

Fraser is well known in the Rotorua district community. For more than 50 years, he and his wife, Dorothy, have farmed in the rural community of Ngakuru, where the family still live.He was elected to the Bay of Plenty Harbour Board in 1974, becoming chairman in 1983 and chairman of the Harbours Association of New Zealand three years later. In 1989, Fraser chaired the Transitional Unit which established Port of Tauranga Ltd, becoming the company’s foundation chairman. In 2004, he retired from the Port of Tauranga after 30 years service.In 1980 Fraser was elected to the Auckland Herd Improvement Association and in 1982, appointed to the New Zealand Livestock Improvement Council. He became chairman of the Auckland Herd Improvement Association in 1988 and chairman of the Livestock Improvement Corporation in 1992. A director of the Dairy Research Corporation for six years, Fraser retired from all dairy industry governance roles in 1996.

Appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1971, he is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua West, where he is still an active member and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Fraser was awarded the MNZM in 1999 for services to the port industry.


murray patchell aug 2014

Murray Patchell

A Chartered Accountant having been a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1985. He commenced working with NZI Trust (now Guardian Trust) in Hamilton in 1977 and rose to Branch Manager in Rotorua when he left to enter public practice in 1995. He has considerable experience in the management of investment Trusts, charities and deceased estates. His firm, Deloitte Rotorua is involved in the day-to-day management of Trusts and entities that have combined asset values in excess of $400 million. Murray has been a member of the Rotorua Rotary Club since 1990. He is a Past President, a Past Assistant Governor and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Murray has been involved in a number of community projects. He is married to Helen and they have three children.



Chris Spargo Aug 2014 WEB

Chris Spargo

Chris Spargo formed specialist law firm Blackman Spargo (Rural and Commercial Law) with Ian Blackman in Rotorua in 2003 and has been practising for 16 years. He specialises in rural and commercial legal work, the majority of which involves legal structures, family trusts, tax advice, property transactions, subdivisions, company legal work and overseas investment.  A member of the New Zealand Law Society Rural Technical Committee, he recently chaired and presented a paper on Fonterra at the New Zealand Law Society’s Rural Law Conference.

Chris is married to Heather.


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Clayton Stent

Clayton has lived in Taupo with his wife, Sue and their two sons since 1985.

He has 27 years legal experience, principally in trust, commercial, and property law and was a partner in a legal firm for 10 years before being elected Mayor of the Taupo District Council from 2001 to 2007. He is currently a Director of Cargill Stent Law.





























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