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.

John McFetridge

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.