Sir Rob Fenwick
Former Kiwis for kiwi Chair & Patron
The late Sir Rob Fenwick KNZM was a highly respected conservation advocate whose personal commitment and passion inspired many of the donors and philanthropists who have partnered with Kiwis for kiwi and other conservation causes over the years. Sir Rob was appointed as chair to Kiwis for kiwi in 2008 and held the role for a decade before becoming the patron of the organisation in 2018. His mana and influence helped secure ongoing funds from central government that now ensure Kiwis for kiwi can deliver on our Saving the Kiwi kaupapa. After passing away in March 2019, Sir Rob’s legacy lives on in the funds raised at his funeral service, a parting gift to the cause he loved so much. Kiwis for kiwi is honoured that his wife, Lady Jennie Fenwick, remains actively involved in Kiwis for kiwi’s long-term vision.
Kiwis for kiwi’s trustees bring invaluable knowledge and experience to the board, creating a positive foundation for the future success of the trust.
Richard was appointed as chairperson in April 2019. He has extensive governance and leadership experience, particularly with public sector and not-for-profit entities. He currently holds a number of board roles, including being the chairperson for the New Zealand Cycle Trail. Richard is a keen cyclist and skier. His headmaster father ingrained an interest and love of New Zealand’s flora and fauna into his own life, and now he combines this interest with his experience to lead The Kiwi Trust and help guide its world-leading conservation strategy.
Lady Jennie Fenwick
Lady Jennie Fenwick has spent almost 38 years alongside Sir Rob Fenwick, her late husband and former Kiwis for kiwi’s chair, trustee and patron, regenerating their 360-hectare property on Waiheke Island. Jennie is also the patron of the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust and has been involve in many ecological, environmental and conservation efforts. She is a co-owner of Te Matuku Oysters Limited. She has a background in public relations and previously has produced Saturday Morning on RNZ. She also has a practice as a Master NLP practitioner specialising in the treatment of anxiety.
Dr John McLennan QSM
John has worked with kiwi for nearly 35 years. His studies began with a small remnant population of kiwi in the Hawkes Bay in 1982, and in 2002 he completed his long-term Lake Waikaremoana study. John also works as a kiwi advocate and is often called upon to share his expertise. In 2004, John was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in recognition of his services to kiwi and the community.
Ruud Kleinpaste MNZM
Known affectionately as ‘The Bugman’, Ruud is a vocal advocate for biodiversity and insects. Today, Ruud’s working life is a mosaic of many facets: national and international speaking engagements, media projects, creating nature-literate teachers and students, research and consultancy work, and governance roles, including his role as The Kiwi Trust trustee.
Kate Graeme has deep experience with community conservation as well as a past life working in government policy. She is a long-standing board member for the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society and provides The Kiwi Trust with a valuable link to this great organisation. Kate is a lawyer by trade and has applied her knowledge and skills in various governance roles within the conservation arena. She is motivated to participate in the kiwi journey and provides a great level of understanding and a strong voice for community-based involvement in our work.
Peter Cullinane is the founder and chair of Lewis Road Creamery. Previously he was a founder of Assignment Group and the chief operating officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. Peter is a board director of listed companies, HT&E and NZME, and a trustee of SkyCity Auckland Community Trust.
Evan Williams is a former chair of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. A former law lecturer, he is a lawyer, investor, and company director with international experience across a range of sectors including government, property development, conservation and iwi. He was one of the chief authors of the co-governance arrangements with iwi for the Waikato River treaty settlements and has been a founder, chairman or director of a wide range of private and philanthropic entities.
Henry Brandts-Giesen is the Head of Private Wealth at Dentons Kensington Swan. He specialises in trusts, estates, relationship property, succession planning, family businesses, and residency by investment. Henry advises a number of charities and non-profit organisations and is honoured to be given the opportunity to contribute to the proud legacy of Kiwis for kiwi’s founding trustees. In his spare time, Henry enjoys spending time with his family, rowing, skiing, and ocean swimming.