The St Andrew’s College Foundation was established in 1991 to oversee the management and prudent investment of the generous gifts and donations which flow from individuals, families and businesses connected to the College. The Foundation continues to successfully fulfil this role to protect and underwrite the objectives of an independent St Andrew’s College and the educational objectives for current and future generations.
Through years of donor contributions to the St Andrew’s College Foundation and through careful investment of those funds, the Foundation is now an important part of the financial security of our College, with an investment performance of Foundation Assets well ahead of all relevant market benchmarks. Our investment assets are broadly diversified and regularly scrutinised.
By giving to the Foundation, you are also contributing to covering the cost of scholarships. The capital growth in the Foundation is increasingly funding scholarships.
Gifts made to the Foundation are combined and invested for the long term. Trustees, appointed by the College’s Board of Governors, have unrestricted powers to invest and operate in accordance with relevant legislation and prudent investment strategy. They may purchase assets for use by the College and/or lend money to the College at commercial or favourable interest rates.
Our outstanding group of Trustees skills are drawn from a broad spectrum of industries and professions, as listed below in their individual biographies. The Trustees continue to work closely with the College Board to ensure that they fully understand the dynamic needs of a thriving school.
Current Foundation Trustees are:
David is an experienced executive and company director with a background in specialised manufacturing, medical devices, and consumer products, with a focus on international markets. He has been involved in the St Andrew's College community over the past 20 years as a parent and as a member of the Board of Governors serving as deputy Chair. A founding shareholder of Foot Science International Ltd here in Christchurch, he now serves as a director and is also an independent director of a number of other private NZ companies. A member of the national Board of Export NZ for the past 10 years, he now serves as the Chair person and is also a long time member of the Beachheads Advisory Board for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. “I have a particular interest in things that haven’t happened yet… and how we make sure that our children and their children will be ready to deal with the challenges we haven’t thought of.”
Matthew attended the College from 1980 to 1984. Now living in Auckland, he had an 11-year career in law followed by a 15-year career in the corporate trust industry, in which his last role was as co-founder and Managing Director of Foundation Corporate Trust, New Zealand’s only stand alone, full service supervisory business.
Matthew has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canterbury and is now studying to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and Art History at the University of Auckland.
Richard attended the College from 1980-84 and was Deputy Head Prefect, Drum Sergeant in the Pipe Band and Goalkeeper in the First XI Football team. After leaving Year 13, he was also a house tutor in the boarding house and tutored the Pipe Band. He graduated from the University of Canterbury with Law and Commerce degrees and then joined a national law firm, Duncan Cotterill, as a commercial lawyer. He was appointed as a Partner there in 1997 and is currently Chairman of the firm’s Board and Partnership. As well as the Foundation, Richard holds a number of other charitable trustee roles, including the Lamar Charitable Trust and the Halberg Endowment Fund (both supporting people with disabilities) and, locally, the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust.
Mark attended St Andrew’s from 1969 1972, where he was active in a range of pursuits including Pipe Band, cricket, rugby, and performing arts. He was a prefect in his final year at the College and is a long-standing member of the Old Collegians Association committee, with stints from 1973–75, and from 2004 to the present, serving as President from 2016-2018.
After attending Lincoln College, Mark has been a crop farmer for over 45 years, and a dairy farmer for nine years. He has served on various groups, including Malvern Community Arts Council, Malvern Farmers Vet Club, Foundation for Arable Research, Crop and Food Soil Management Group, FAR Arable Research Group, Managing Director Piako Ltd, New Zealand Agricultural Show Canterbury Committee and as Section Chairman, Senior Partner LK Farms Ltd.
Gordon is a highly credentialed business leader, who held a range of senior executive roles over a 15-year tenure at Ryman Healthcare Group, where he most recently served as CEO. Prior to this Gordon was a Corporate Finance and Advisory Partner with PWC, and was also the Finance Director of a Hi-Tech UK Listed company based on the Cambridge Science Park in England. Gordon is a Director of two publicly listed companies, Spark and Delegat Group, and is also a trustee of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury, is a Chartered Accountant Fellow, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Tom attended St Andrew’s from 2003-07 and was actively involved in rugby, cricket, touch, and performing arts. In his final year at the college, Tom was a Prefect, Head of Sport, and Head of Peer Support. After graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Engineering, Tom plunged into the Canterbury Earthquake response as a Consulting Structural Engineer at Powell Fenwick. A 2-year stint playing rugby for the Hawkes Bay Magpies (2014-15) proved the catalyst for Tom to pivot from engineering, pursuing a Master’s degree (and a Varsity Match Blue) at the University of Cambridge. Following his Masters, Tom landed on the front line of financial markets in London and more recently Hong Kong. His roles in financial markets spanned from Prime Brokerage Sales to Equity Sales Trading, and more recently Prime and Delta One Sales Trading with Citibank in London and Hong Kong. Having traded with Hedge Funds, Asset Managers and Pension Funds through the Hong Kong protests and the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, Tom decided to move back to New Zealand in mid-2021 to be closer to family, and start his own family. Since moving back to New Zealand Tom has joined Amicus Group as a Partner and Director specialising in Investment Advisory.
Tom is excited about putting roots down locally, and leveraging his technical background and experience in financial markets in his role as a Trustee of The St Andrew’s College Foundation