The trustees


Robert Lerner is the nephew of the late Joyce, Lady Fisher and the late Sir Woolf Fisher.

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

Robert has had extensive involvement in the charity and not-for-profit sectors. He has been involved with Saint Kentigern Boys’ School and the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, and has been a trustee of the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust since 2011. In that capacity, he has led the establishment of the Trust’s Scholarship programme, and is now the Chair of the Trust’s Investment Committee.

Robert has a deep passion for improving communities through better
education and early intervention.

Robert is married to Rachel and they have three sons, two of whom are at the University of Sydney, and one of whom is at high school.


A great nephew of the late Joyce, Lady Fisher and Sir Woolf Fisher. Chris is a keen sailor and passionate about the outdoors.

He completed a training voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand, crossing the Tasman post the Australian bi-centenary in 1988. Chris also completed a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School (N.O.L.S) in Wyoming, while completing his degree at the University of New Hampshire in the United States.

Chris is committed to creating opportunities for those in the community who may not otherwise attain them to attend outdoor education/leadership programmes such as the Spirit of New Zealand, Outward Bound, The New Navigators and many others that are supported by the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust.

Chris currently leads a high performing team as Sales Manager New Zealand for Emirates and is Treasurer of the New Zealand Middle East Business Council.


John has been associated with the trust since 2014 and is an experienced and successful leader in the delivery of uncompromising professional trustee and fiduciary services. John has held a number of senior roles in the industry, most recently Managing Director of Perpetual Trust Ltd and General Manager Private Client Services at Perpetual Guardian..

While at Perpetual Guardian, John oversaw more than 550 charitable trusts with assets totalling ~$820m and annual distributions of ~$40m to trusts and communities around NZ and abroad. John says, “It’s a true privilege to be able to fulfil Joyce’s charitable legacy and a humbling experience to be able to follow the great work that she initiated. Equally, it’s fantastic to have family member co-trustees to work with, which improves the engaging relationships we enjoy across the charitable/NFP sector.”

John holds a number of directorships, is a member of the Executor and Trustee Institute, the NZ Institute of Directors and global Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.