Board & Foundation
Trustees - Chamber Music New Zealand Trust
Kerrin M Vautier, CMG - Chair
Kerrin Vautier is a research economist specializing in competition law and policy and is a Lay Member of the High Court under the Commerce Act. She has over 30 years of experience in governance roles in large public companies and not-for-profit organizations, including as a former Chair of the Musica Sacra Trust, the Auckland City Mission, the Advisory Board of the New Zealand Asia Institute, the New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. Kerrin is currently Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board. For five years she was a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra. Kerrin was appointed to the Chamber Music New Zealand Trust in July 2016 and is also a trustee of the CMNZ Foundation.
Bruce Phillips - Deputy Chair
Bruce is a chartered accountant and professional director. He joined the Trust Board in 2017 and in his most recent full time role Bruce was the CFO of Cigna Life Insurance Limited. Prior to Cigna, he worked at the National Bank of Samoa where he was initially the CFO, then CEO of the Bank. During his time in Samoa, Bruce was also the Chairman of Plynesian airlines. He is a director and trustee of the Rotary Club of Tawa and the Rotary Club's charitable trust. He has a lifelong interest in tennis and tramping and has completed seven of the eight great walks of New Zealand. Bruce has had a lifelong interest in music and he is keen to continue this in his role as a trustee of Chamber Music New Zealand.
Appointed to the Trust in May 2018, Chris has had a lot of experience in arts management. He served on the Arts Board of Creative NZ from 1995 to 2001 and chaired the Board between 1998 and 2001. He has also served on the boards of the NZSO Foundation, The NZ String Quartet Trust and Arts Access Aotearoa. He was Minister for Culture and Heritage from 2008 to 2014. He has been a great supporter of the NZSO and CMNZ for many years. He has also sponsored many plays at Circa Theatre. The most recent season of Florian Zeller’s play, The Lie, was sponsored by Chris.
Lloyd Williams, PhD
Appointed to the Trust in 2011, Lloyd Williams divides his time between Dunedin and Auckland. He has previously managed the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, served as Chair of SOUNZ (Centre for New Zealand Music), was Governor of the Arts Foundation of NZ and a founding trustee of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. He is on the Board of Advisors of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and is a member of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. Lloyd was awarded his PhD, on the organisational structure of symphony orchestras, in early 2009.
Quentin joined the Board in August 2015. He has considerable governance experience, including in the recreation, heritage and the arts sectors. Quentin was co-Chair of the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, a director of the Hurricanes Rugby franchise and a Trustee and the Chair of Wellington Museums Trust (which includes Wellington Museum, City Gallery Wellington, Carter Observatory and the National Theatre for Children among its institutions). Quentin sings in several choirs. He practises as a commercial barrister in Wellington.
Gretchen La Roche
Clarinettist Gretchen La Roche is from Christchurch and joined the Board in September 2009. Gretchen has been a Senior Programme Advisor for Creative New Zealand and is currently General and Artistic Manager of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She is a Trustee of the Gisborne International Music Competition, a member of the contemporary music ensemble 175 East and tutors clarinet at the University of Canterbury.
Based in Wellington, Matthew joined the Board in August 2015. Matthew is currently a senior marketing and communications consultant at Acumen Republic. Previously he was an owner and director of creative agency Base Two from 2003-2016, where alongside his commercial clients, he worked with cultural sector organisations including the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Papa, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music New Zealand on a variety of marketing and communications projects. Matthew has under and postgraduate qualifications in Commerce and Marketing from Canterbury and Victoria Universities.
Vanessa Van den Broek
Vanessa Van den Broek joined the Board in August of 2014. With a Bachelor of Mass Communications majoring in Marketing and Public Relations, as well as an Executive MBA Vanessa currently fulfills the role of General Manager for New Zealand nutraceutical manufacturer, Xtend-Life. Vanessa's portfolio of achievements includes leading and implementing business change as well as business development strategies in both the petroleum and minerals sectors, international stakeholder management including the ability to build relationships of significance, management of due diligence and commercial support.
Peter Diessl, ONZM - Chair
Peter Diessl was appointed as Trustee of the Foundation in May 2014, following nine years on the Chamber Music New Zealand Trust Board. During this time Peter served as Board Chair from 2011 to 2013. He lives in Wellington and has a broad base of corporate experience including management, communication, finance, investment, accounting, and music management. From 1992 to 1996 he was Director of Communications for the Department of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Peter was Chair of the New Zealand String Quartet Trust from 1991 to 1995 and currently is a Director of the NZSO and Honorary Austrian Consul-General.
Wellington-based Paul Baines is on the Board of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (Chair), The Todd Corporation, and IHC Foundation. He has extensive governance experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors. Paul has been a Board member of the New Zealand School of Music, Barnardos NZ (Chair), Comalco NZ, EDS NZ, Fletcher Building, Gough Group, New Zealand Post, New Zealand Treasury, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Telecom NZ, Tower Funds Management (Chair), and Wrightson. Paul is a former Trustee of the Chamber Music New Zealand Trust.
Born and educated in Wellington, Helen Philpott graduated from Victoria University with a mathematics degree, gaining her LTCL in piano performance while studying at University. Helen’s father Fred was one of the founders of what we now call Chamber Music New Zealand. She is a Trustee of the Turnovsky Endowment Trust which has generously supported the Arts since 1984. As well as being a director of several private companies, she continues to manage a number of private investment portfolios in her professional capacity. Helen joined the Foundation in May 2014, having previously served on the Chamber Music New Zealand Trust Board for nine years.
John Sinclair is a Registered Architect with a deep commitment to supporting chamber music in New Zealand. He has directed and consulted on property developments throughout New Zealand, the Pacific and Asia. He is a former board member of the Auckland Regional Council, Auckland Museum Trust Board, Musica Sacra, Cathedral Music Foundation, Auckland Zoo Trust, and past President of the NZ Institute of Architects. John has been a trustee of the Chamber Music New Zealand Foundation since 2007.
Roger was educated at Nelson College and University of Canterbury graduating with a BA and MCom. He is a chartered accountant CA and practised as a corporate finance adviser and company director. Roger is a director of Port Taranaki Limited and trustee of the Adam Chamber Music Festival. He is a former council member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Victoria University of QE11 Arts Council. Roger has been a trustee of the Chamber Music New Zealand Foundation since 2007.
Kerrin M Vautier, CMG
Kerrin Vautier is a research economist specializing in competition law and policy and is a Lay Member of the High Court under the Commerce Act. She has over 30 years of experience in governance roles in large public companies and not-for-profit organizations, including as a former Chair of the Musica Sacra Trust, the Auckland City Mission, the Advisory Board of the New Zealand Asia Institute, the New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. Kerrin is currently Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board. For five years she was a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra. Kerrin is a Trustee of the Chamber Music New Zealand Trust and was appointed to the CMNZ Foundation in 2017.