The trustees


Robert Lerner

Robert Lerner is the nephew of the late Sir Woolf Fisher.

Robert graduated from Auckland University with a B.Com and worked as Chartered Accountant before establishing his own businesses in property and investment.

More recently he has been involved in an air ambulance business repatriating patients within the South Pacific area.

Robert is involved with various charities. Currently he sits on the Development Group of Saint Kentigern School and is a Justice of the Peace. Previously Robert has been on the Board and Treasurer of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation.

Robert is passionate about improving communities through better education.

He is married to Rachel and they have three sons currently attending primary school.


Chris Paykel

Chris Paykel is a great nephew of the late Joyce Fisher.

Chris is a keen sailor and passionate about the outdoors. He completed a training voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand in 1987 and was on the university sailing team. He also spent a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School (N.O.L.S) in Wyoming in 1992.

Chris lived and worked in the United States for ten years having graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science. He has worked in hotel management, and spent three years as the operations director of a children’s summer camp.

Chris is currently Sales Manager, New Zealand for Emirates and is Treasurer of the New Zealand Middle East Business Council.

He is married to Keryn and they have a son and daughter commencing primary school.


Corporate Trustee

Guardian Trust currently administer an extensive portfolio of charitable trusts, some of which date back more than 100 years.

Guardian Trust was formed by a special Act of Parliament, the New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Act 1982, that merged the trust operations of South British Guardian Trust, formed in 1882, with the NZI Trust Department, authorised as a trustee company in 1916. The primary operation of these companies was as trustee, acting for their clients in the growth and protection of their wealth. This continues to be the core competency of Guardian Trust today.