Ara Foundation is governed by a group of trustees with a diverse range of experience and knowledge across a range of sectors.
Fiona moved to Christchurch in 2013 and is General Manager of Crighton Anderson, a national specialised valuation firm. She brings a broad range of commercial and financial experience to her role as Trustee and Chair of the Foundation. Her management and financial career has spanned roles ranging from accounting through to general management, consulting, and project management. She has broad experience in a wide range of industries across NZ, Australia and UK, including the community not for profit sector. She enjoys her involvement with the Foundation and the opportunity to contribute to our students educational experiences and to support Ara and the wider region.
Katherine Ewer, LLB, TEP is an experienced tax and Trust legal practitioner based in Christchurch. Katherine became a Trustee of the Ara Foundation in November 2013 and Deputy Chair in 2016.
Katherine has more than 18 years experience as a solicitor in New Zealand and operates her own specialist Tax and Trust practice. Katherine advises on income tax and GST issues in respect of a wide variety of commercial, corporate, property and cross border transactions as well as providing tax and structuring advice to commercial and property clients. Katherine also advises on tax, asset and estate planning opportunities for individuals (both resident and non-resident).
Katherine is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Elizabeth has over 20 years’ experience in commercialising science and has worked in several areas including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and food. Elizabeth is currently Director of the Research and Commercialisation office at Lincoln University. She has been CEO of several New Zealand Biotech companies and now holds directorship and consultancy roles within a range of organisations, at both local and national levels.
Kay has been Chief Executive of the Ara Institute of Canterbury since August 2010. Prior to this, Kay spent 25 years in senior management roles in the tertiary education sector in Australia, most recently as Director at SkillsTech Australia, the trades and technician institute in the Brisbane metropolitan area. She has a passion for vocational education and training and the role it plays in contributing to economic, industry community and individual development. Kay is on a number of local and national tertiary education related committees and involved in several working groups associated with the Christchurch rebuild.
Jackie is managing partner of Cherry Red Consulting, a Christchurch based communications consultancy. Prior to establishing Cherry Red, Jackie held senior roles within the corporate sector. Jackie has a comprehensive background and significant experience in the provision of strategic communications and marketing in both the private and public sector. Jackie is a graduate of Victoria University, a Fellow of PRINZ and has completed the week long residential NZIOD course.
Geoff has been managing and growing companies on a global basis for 30 years. A strong advocate of long term strategy, clear communication and effective marketing, he believes strongly in developing young people through exposure to real world experiences. Geoff is the Group Managing Partner of Strategy Design and Advertising, a boutique international network of agencies. As well he is a director of several national businesses, Chair of the World Busker’s Festival and a Trustee of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation.
Jane Cartwright was appointed to the CPIT now Ara Institute of Canterbury Council in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Science (Human Nutrition), an MBA from the University of Otago and holds NZ Dietetic Registration.
Her current directorships, trustee and committee member responsibilities include Chairing the Board of Brackenridge Estate Ltd. Jane is also a Board Member of Nurse Maude Association, Member of Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and Associate Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management. She is an Ara Council appointee to the Ara Foundation.
Currently Jane is in a leadership role for the Canterbury Clinical Network. She has held executive and senior roles in the health system and local government leading developments in community, mental and public health. She has substantial governance and operational experience.
Brett brings more than 30 years’ experience of technical, operational and leadership roles within the civil construction industry throughout the wider Canterbury region to the table. He has extensive experience in management and engineering within the civil construction industry, along with a proven ability to lead change and motivate teams, while maintaining strong relationships with clients and key stakeholders. Brett is an Executive Divisional Manager with Fulton Hogan with an operational overview of the Central South Island and West Coast. He is also responsible for new business implementation in wider Canterbury and represents the company’s regional business interests in rail.
Brett led Fulton Hogan as part of SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) which was tasked with rebuilding the city’s earthquake damaged roads, fresh water, wastewater and storm water networks. He is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and serves on the Aoraki Development and Promotions Board. Brett has also served on the board of Mid-South Canterbury Rural Fire. In 2005, he was appointed a life member of New Zealand Red Cross – having served on boards at both a regional and national level.