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Who We Are

Patrons, Trustees and Staff

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 (CC24071) and governed by a board of trustees.

It includes a number of senior Government representatives from Britain, Ireland, United States and New Zealand, heritage and polar agencies and independent trustees chosen for their relevant skills, experience and perspective.

Patron in Chief

His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, Governor General of New Zealand.


June Lady Hillary.

Bob Norman QSO.


The Rt Hon Paul East CNZM QC. Chairman.  Independent Trustee.

Mr Anthony Wright.  Deputy Chairman.  Director, Canterbury Museum.

Mr Simon Allen. Independent Trustee.

Mr Brook Barrington. Chief Executive and Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Bruce Chapman. Chief Executive, Heritage New Zealand.

Mr Brian Roche. Chairman, Antarctica New Zealand.

HE Mr Mark Gilbert. United States Ambassador to New Zealand.

Ms Niamh McMahon. Honorary Consul General for the Government of Ireland in New Zealand.

Mr Chris Mace CNZM. Independent Trustee.

HE Mr Jonathan Sinclair LVO.  British High Commissioner to New Zealand.

Prof. Sir David Skegg KNZM OBE FRSNZ. The Royal Society of New Zealand.

Mr Mark Stewart PJN (Kerhormat). Independent Trustee.

Ms Mariska Wouters. President, New Zealand Antarctic Society.


Murray Harrington representing PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Staff (New Zealand)

Nigel Watson, Executive Director.

Robyn Brunton, Finance Manager.

Karen Clarke, Office Administrator.

Al Fastier, Programme Manager.

Paula Granger, Communication and Events Manager.

Helen Keimig, Trust Administrator.

Lydia McLean, Communication Administrator.

Lizzie Meek, Programme Manager - Artefact Conservation.

Consultant (United Kingdom)

Martin Williams, CVO OBE.