The Role of the Trustees
A deliberate blend of expertise and practical experience has been sought in establishing the make-up of the Trust which is currently under the Chairmanship of Mr Murray Weakley. The Trustees meet every six weeks to set policy and procedure and monitor the Trust’s operational and financial performance and its obligations and agreements with sponsors.
The Trust is committed to keeping administrative overheads to a minimum, reserving funds for operational costs wherever possible. There are only two full-time staff and one part-time staff member employed by the Trust, with hundreds of hours being given free of charge by the Trustees and business community to support the service.
Murray Weakley - Chairman
Murray is a partner in the law firm Anthony Harper specialising in property, commercial, corporate and banking law. His particular areas of expertise are commercial agreements, banking law, property law, trust and tax law and local government law. In 1992 he taught the income tax and estate planning law course at the University of Canterbury. He is a notary public and secretary of the South Island Society of Notaries and the Vice-President of the Canterbury Asthma Society.
David Duns - Treasurer
Managing Director of Duns Ltd, Business Consultants and Chartered Accountants, David has developed a long-standing base of business services and consultancy clients. His area of expertise includes establishing the most suitable structure for the sale and purchase of business’s and properties and the financing of these activities. David also has extensive experience in dispute resolution and business negotiations. He enjoys associating with the firms many clients and continues to act for his first client.
Dr David Bowie - Trustee
David is a Medical Specialist (Anaesthesia 1985, Intensive Care 2002) and is currently working in Christchurch Hospital both as an Anaesthetist and an Intensivist. He is the Clinical Leader of the Canterbury Air Retrieval Service which carries out approximately 400 inter-hospital patient transfers per year. He is currently the Chairperson of the Canterbury West Coast Emergency Care Coordination Team (ECCT) and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer for the Christchurch School of Medicine (University of Otago)
Barry Bragg - Trustee
Barry has been a Trustee since 2002. He is the Chairman of Ngai Tahu Property Limited which has significant property, agricultural and land developments throughout the South Island. Barry is also consulting to NZ Coal and Carbon Limited on a number of energy projects. Barry is also a Director of CRL Energy Ltd.