Geoffrey Clews (Chairman)
LL B (Hons), M Jur (Distn), FANZCN, AIF, M Inst D.
Geoff Clews is a senior barrister specialising in contentious taxation matters and trust disputes. He was elected to Chair the Elliot Trust after Sir Ian Barker stood down from that role. He has been a trustee of the Elliott Trust since 1987.
Outside his legal practice Geoff was, until recently, chairman of the Auckland Foundation, a major not-for-profit facilitator of private philanthropy in Auckland. Over some 30 years he led the campaigns which established three arts facilities in Auckland at community and regional levels. He has served as a director of Regional Facilities Auckland, the Auckland Council Controlled Organisation responsible for governing over $1.3 billion of arts, sporting, heritage and collection assets for the City.
Geoff has contributed to five international texts on tax and related matters. He is a Teaching Fellow with the Faculty of Law at Auckland University, teaching a Masters course on tax disputes, and sits as a Ministerial appointee on the Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee.
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Hon. Sir Ian Barker
Sir Ian recently stood down from chairing the Trust having led the Board since 1999. He served 21 years as a Judge of the High Court. When he retired in 1997 he was the senior Judge of that Court and had been Acting Chief Justice on occasions. He served on the Council of the University of Auckland for 10 years and was Chancellor of the University from 1991 to 1999. He practices as a commercial arbitrator and mediator and, since his retirement, has conducted various official inquires. Until recently he has been a member of the Cook Islands Court of Appeal. He is a trustee of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Heritage Foundation.
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Dr Stuart Middleton
PhD, MA, DipEd, AlEd (Lond), DipSLT, DipTchg
With a background in English and teacher education, Stuart has worked as a consultant in a variety of countries throughout the Pacific, the US and Great Britain. He has been the Principal of a large multicultural secondary school and has written regular columns for New Zealand Education Review in New Zealand and Campus Review in Australia. Stuart speaks and writes on a wide range of educational topics and continues to write a regular blog at www.edtalknz.com.
Awards that he has received include the QANTAS Media Awards in 2002 and 2003 as the Best Social Issues Columnist in New Zealand, a Commonwealth Relations Trust Fellowship to the University of London Institute of Education and in 2007 – 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright New Century Scholars Award. It was out of that work that New Zealand’s first Tertiary High School opened in 2010 at Manukau Institute of Technology was developed. In 2010 Stuart was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to education and also established the Centre for Studies in Multiple Pathways at MIT in 2010 to continue the work in the secondary/tertiary interface area, He has wide community involvement and serves on national groups in education. Stuart is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu (The New Zealand Correspondence School) and is a Justice of the Peace (JP).
Bill Gavin was Principal of Otahuhu College from 1985 to 2001 and Coordinator of the Achievement in Multicultural High Schools (AIMHI) schooling improvement initiative from 2002 to 2006. Since 2006, he has been involved in a variety of education consultancy positions. He has also served as a trustee on the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network and he has been a member of The University of Auckland’s Starpath Board and the university’s interviewing panels for the selection of applicants for secondary teacher training .
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Steve Corbett trained and practiced as a tax accountant then saw the light and for many years has devoted his energies to bridging the gap between academic study and research and commercial opportunity. He became the founding CEO of e-centre, Massey University’s business development incubator. He is now Director of Commercialisation and Innovation, and CEO, of AUT Ventures, the commercialisation and investment holding entity for AUT University. He helps develop research partnerships nationally and internationally, to maximise knowledge transfer and IP flow from AUT’s research activities to external organisations.
Steve is a member of the investment committee of The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet). This is New Zealand’s network of public research organisations, working together to transform scientific discoveries into marketable products and services. He has judged the Young Enterprise Scheme national business challenge, the business competition for secondary school pupils, and the Massey University Business Students Group business plan competition.
Steve is a director of a number of early stage technology companies.
To see a little more of Steve’s involvement with AUT, click here.
Hamish McCarroll was a Sir George Elliot Scholar in 2000 after attending Sacred Heart College, Auckland, as a boarder from Tauranga. In 2001 he attended Victoria University of Wellington where he studied Law, International Relations and English Literature.
After studying international law on exchange at the University of Groningin in The Netherlands, Hamish returned to NZ in 2006 and then left again to spent eight years working in finance as an equities and equity derivatives trader for Dutch and Belgian banks.
Hamish returned to New Zealand in 2014, and has worked in the export sector since, first as NZ Export Manager for Kraft Heinz / Wattie’s and currently as Export Manager for Ecostore. Hamish has been actively involved with the Elliot Trust on scholarship selection panels since 2016 and became a trustee in 2017.
To follow Hamish’s Ecostore story, click here.
Neha was an inaugural recipient of the Elliot Scholarship in 1999. She then qualified at Auckland University as a lawyer and worked in the community legal sector with YouthLaw Tino Rangatira Taitamariki and Auckland Disability Law for several years, after completing her LLB degree.
Neha then went on to complete a Masters degree in Ancient History and Classical Studies, with a focus on women and religion in the later Roman empire. Since 2016, Neha has worked for the National Transcription Services at the Ministry of Justice. This service provides real-time transcripts of legal proceedings in New Zealand Courts. Neha is a manager with the service, based in Manukau. Having sat for a umber of years on Scholarship selection panels, she was appointed to the Elliot Trust board in 2017.
In her spare time, Neha works as an audio describer. This involves creating an additional narration track, intended primarily for consumers of visual media such as television and film, who are visually impaired. It consists of a narrator talking through the presentation, describing what is happening on the screen or stage during the natural pauses in the audio.
To read more about arts access, including through Neha’s interest, audio description, click here.
Lewis Grant is secretary to the Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust and works closely with the Trustees to ensure the Trust operates well. He is a partner in the Auckland law firm Martelli McKegg, and for over 40 years has specialised in private client, trust and estate law.
Before joining Martelli McKegg in November 2012, Lewis was a partner of an Auckland based boutique trusts and estates law firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Prior to that he practiced in the trusts and estates team at one New Zealand’s major law firms for approximately 17 years.
Lewis is a member of several charitable trust boards, including the Auckland City Mission Foundation and the Media Access Charitable Trust, of which he is the current chairman. He is also a trustee of several hundred trusts, including those well-known old New Zealand families. Outside the law, Lewis has two passions: soccer and a magnificent Austin Healey sports car.
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Sharon is a senior legal executive with Martelli McKegg and, for the Trust, makes sure that everything that has to be done is done! She liaises with schools over the Elliot Scholarship programme, coordinates the candidate interviews and keeps in touch with Elliot Scholars over payments and Trust functions. She has proved to be expert at planning our events and in working with Government House to ensure that the Trust’s Vice-Regal presentation ceremonies go off without a hitch.
She ensures that Trustees have all necessary materials for their deliberations and decision-making and is the first point of contact for community grant applications. We don’t know what we would do without her!
To read more about Sharon and her work with Martelli McKegg, click here.