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Directorate

Trustees Executors is governed by a Board of Directors with a range of commercial experience and a deep understanding of the special fiduciary responsibilities involved, they are:

Sarah Roberts
Sarah Roberts
LLB (Hons), Chair

Sarah was appointed as Chair of the TEL Board in July 2018. A sole legal practitioner, she has more than 30 years’ experience in the commercial sector. She has advised many major institutions on a variety of acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and takeovers and is currently serving as a trustee for the University of Auckland Foundation. As former National Chair of legal firm Buddle Findlay and most recently Chair of the Public Trust, she has significant financial services and governance experience.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Victoria in Wellington (LLB (Hons)) and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

David Neidhart - M.Finance (Science-po, Paris); M.A. (Geneva)
David Neidhart
M.Finance (Science-po, Paris); M.A. (Geneva)

David has been employed as strategist by Sterling Grace group since 2013. Sterling Grace (NZ) Limited is the NZ shareholder of Trustees Executors. David has, therefore, been supporting Trustees Executors’ business strategy for all of that period.

David was also a Director of the New Zealand listed company Tourism Holdings Limited for more than 2 years and is Managing Director of the holding of the Austrian based pump engineering company Sonnek Group.

David holds a Master of Finance of the Sciences-po University in Paris and a Diploma of the Geneva University.

Matthew Sale
Matthew Sale
BCom (Marketing) and DipGrad (Finance)

Matt has more than 15 years’ experience in financial and trustee services industries, having held senior leadership roles at BNZ, NAB and Public Trust encompassing strategy, brand, marketing, sales and organisational transformation.

He is a graduate of the University of Otago (BCom (Marketing) and DipGrad (Finance)) and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Mark Darrow
Mark Darrow
C.A., B. Bus, Accounting, Business

Mark is an experienced businessman and professional director, specialising in corporate governance. He has a number of board roles in many sectors including financial services, investment, infrastructure, FMCG, transport, agriculture, health and education. His experience covers listed and private companies, Crown entities and charitable trusts.

He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Group Leadership Team
Ryan Bessemer
Ryan Bessemer
Chief Executive Officer, PLDA (Harvard), GCBA, MAICD, AACS

Ryan joined Trustees Executors as Chief Executive Officer in April 18. Ryan’s most recent role was as COO of Equity Trustees, Australia’s largest independent trustee company. Prior to joining Trustees Executors Ryan has completed the Program for Leadership Development (post nominal PLDA) at Harvard Business School in Boston where he was selected to achieve lifetime Alumni status. Ryan is a Senior Executive with over 20 years of experience in leading General Management functions for enterprise corporations, with a strong skill and focus on Technology, Finance, Investment Operations, Project Management and People Management. Ryan has a proven track record in delivering successful business growth through organic growth initiatives and M&A.

Ryan will be joined in New Zealand by his wife and 5 children towards the end of the year.

Stuart McLaren
Financial Controller, BCom, CA

Stuart has over 20 years business management and accounting experience in the service, wholesale and retail industries. He has a further 12 years involvement in product and service administration and development across various industry sectors. Stuart joined Trustees Executors in 2009 and leads the both the corporate finance and trust administration & accounting teams as well as supporting the business units in various financial matters, projects and advisory services.


Elaine Mosley
BA, LLB, PCM, Head of Governance
Elaine is a solicitor with over 25 years of corporate legal and governance experience in the financial services and IT industries. She joined Trustees Executors in 2011 and is responsible for the Company’s corporate governance including secretariat functions, risk and compliance as well as legal services.
Paul Waaka
Paul Waaka
Head of Business Development

Paul joined Trustees Executors as in June 2018. Originally from Lower Hutt, Paul comes to TEL from Equity Trustees in Australia where his most recent role was National Business Development Manager. Prior to that he worked for AAS which is part of Link Group of Companies. With over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Paul has an extensive background in business development and building key client relationships, this coupled with his significant experience in financial administration means his skill set will further enhance TEL’s client and service offering.

Matthew Band
Matthew Band
General Manager, Governance & Investor Oversight, BCom, INFINZ (Cert)

Matthew joined the Governance & Investor Oversight team in Auckland in January 2005. Prior to this he worked for a period of time in the financial services industry in the UK. In addition, he has held banking, treasury, fund administration and operations positions in the finance sector in New Zealand.

Matthew’s appointments cover Managed Investment Schemes, Non-Bank Deposit Takers, Debt Issuers and Retirement Villages.

Adrian Hendry
Adrian Hendry
Head of Technology, MBA, PGDip, BSc

Adrian joined Trustees Executors in January 2018 and oversees the Information Technology and Business Applications teams, as well as setting IT direction and service delivery across the Company. He brings with him over 30 years’ experience in IT and Project/Programme Management, and has previously worked in various permanent and contract roles in the Public Service, Non Public Service, Crown Agencies, State Owned Enterprises and the Private sector.

Nikki Baxter
Nikki Baxter
HR Manager, BA

Nikki has over 15 years’ experience in the HR field working in both private and public sectors in New Zealand and London. She joined Trustees Executors in 2009 and is responsible for the People and Capability function.

Leah Pearless - Head of Registry
Leah Pearless
Head of Registry

Leah has been with Trustees Executors since July 2008 in Registry focused positions including Operations Manager, Solutions and Development Manager and the current Head of Registry. Leah has been in the New Zealand financial services industry for over 18 years working predominately in operational and project management roles within the back office administration and service delivery space. 

Geoff Cheeseright
Geoff Cheeseright
Custody Manager

Geoff joined Trustees Executors in 1996, from 2001 Geoff has managed the Custody team servicing the Funds Management industry. Prior to Trustees Executors, Geoff worked in the Banking and Financial Services industry in Wellington.

Dave Molony
Dave Molony
Investment Accounting Manager

Dave has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector where he has predominantly worked in the area of managed funds administration. Dave has been with Trustees Executors since 1994 and in his current role since 2001. This gives him vast experience in providing investment reporting, fund accounting and unit pricing services to a wide range of managed fund entities. Prior to Trustees Executors Dave worked in back office administration roles for AXA New Zealand.