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:
Laurence Kubiak, Independent Director (Chair)
Laurence is Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a Director of Northpower, and Trustee of several philanthropic organisations.
Before returning to New Zealand, Laurence lived in Europe for 25 years, and held a series of commercial and strategic roles for FTSE-100 companies active in international markets, including British Telecom, Shell and BP Amoco. Laurence’s international career spanned the ICT, telco, aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors, and included roles in strategy, economics, regulation, country management, operations, business development and general management.
Graeme Kirkpatrick, Non-Executive Director
Graeme has over 15 years of experience in providing advisory and assurance services to the financial services sector.
Prior to joining Trustees Executors, Graeme held senior positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Allied Irish Banks. He has a proven track record of leading and executing complex projects on governance, risk and compliance in financial services.
Victoria Grace, Non-Executive Director
Victoria Grace is an entrepreneur, engineer, scientist and award-winning researcher. Dual-degree Stanford University graduate in computer science, neuroscience and music, she is a technology specialist with experience founding and building an innovative software company from the ground up.
She has strong skills in operations, strategic planning, business development, market research, product and project management, product design, product development, team assembly and recruiting, marketing, algorithm design, digital signal processing, intellectual property (IP) generation and patenting.
Richard Klipin, Independent Director
MBA, BA, DipEd
Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Council – New Zealand.
He has extensive experience in leading and transforming Industry Associations, Life Insurance manufacturers and Financial Advice businesses, having held senior leadership roles in all sectors over the past 16 years. Organisations include Sovereign Assurance, ANZ Banking Group, Association of Financial Advisers and ING.
Richard is known as a community builder, skilfully engaging and influencing a diverse range of stakeholders to create common purpose, connection and enable collaboration.
Ryan Bessemer, Executive Director
PLDA (Harvard), GCBA, MAICD, AACS
Ryan was appointed to the Board as Executive Director in October 2019. Ryan is the CEO of Trustees Executors and previously served as COO of Equity Trustees, Australia’s largest independent trustee company. Ryan has over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector, with a strong focus on general and technology management, investment operations, project management and people management. He has a proven track record in delivering successful business growth through organic growth initiatives and M&A.
Ryan has completed the Programme for Leadership Development (PLDA) at Harvard Business School, where he was selected to achieve lifetime Alumni status.