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Meet our Private Wealth Investment Committee Members

Our commitment is to ensure your long-term financial success through one-on-one service and an enduring relationship built on trust.

For more information about any of our services or to arrange a complimentary consultation, please contact a Private Wealth Adviser on 0800 809 962 or email enquiries@trustees.co.nz


Ryan Bessemer

Ryan Bessemer
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Jonathan Eriksen

Jonathan Eriksen
Investment Committee Independent

Jonathan is an actuary and asset consultant who has worked in private practice for over 30 years. He has advised the New Zealand and Russian Governments on superannuation and investment matters. In 2002 he advised the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade on investment aspects of their pension reforms. In 2004 he conducted the first independent review of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation for the Treasury.

He is past chair of Workplace Savings (the sister organisation to ASFA) and a past President of the NZ Society of Actuaries. Jonathan was an independent Trustee for the Shell New Zealand Pension Fund for seven years and a non-executive Director of Tainui Group Holdings for six years. He advises a number of Iwi funds, University Endowments, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Charitable Trusts and corporates on investment and superannuation matters.

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.

Michael Ross

Michael Ross
Investment Services Manager

Mike has been with Trustees since 2014, and has led the investment team for the past two years. He and his team are responsible for managing the company’s Group Investment Funds and making investment recommendations for Private Client Portfolios. Mike has 10 years of experience in finance and investments including corporate finance and valuation roles at Ernst & Young and Contact Energy, and two years in London where he worked for a global private equity fund.

Fraser Hunter

Fraser Hunter
Equity Analyst

Fraser joined Trustees Executors in early 2015 and is responsible for researching equity investment opportunities in New Zealand and Australia, and for managing the Australasian Equity and Property Investment Funds. Fraser has more than eight years of finance industry experience. Fraser joined Trustees after spending two years in the UK, where he worked as a business analyst for American Express. Prior to this, Fraser spent five years at Forsyth Barr as an Investment Analyst within the research team, with a particular focus on the building, property and tourism sectors.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner
Investment & Financial Planning Analyst

Scott joined Trustees Executors in January 2016. His areas of focus are fixed income and foreign exchange hedging. Scott also provides support for our advisers through drafting investment proposals and portfolio reviews for our private clients. Prior to joining Trustees, Scott worked for Foodstuffs North Island in a corporate finance role.