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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:

  • 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.

  • Rob Russell

    BCA, CA (Executive Director)

    Rob has been with Trustees Executors since 2006 when he was appointed as Acting CFO. Rob was appointed Executive Director in December 2012 and was appointed to the Board in May 2013. Prior to joining Trustees Executors he held senior positions in various large New Zealand Corporate companies. Rob is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial management of the Company.

  • Andrew Scott-Howman

    BCA/LLB (Victoria University of Wellington)

    Andrew is a Wellington lawyer having also practised in Canada and Australia. He specialises in employment law, and has expertise in company organisation and performance. He is also a member of a worldwide taskforce examining the efficiencies of new technologies in the workplace. He was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1992.

    Andrew is currently practising on his own account as a barrister in Wellington.

Senior Management 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
BCom, ACA, Financial Controller

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, Company Secretary

Elaine is a solicitor with over 20 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 secretariat functions, risk and compliance as well as legal services.