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.
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
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.
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.
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 Doig 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.
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.
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.