Six trustees, chosen for their appropriate range and balance of skills and experience to ensure the sound management of the Trust and to assist the Trust in achieving its objectives, are appointed by Wellington City Council with guidance from the Guardians of the sanctuary. The Trust also has three patrons who were involved in its establishment.

 Denise Church 

Denise Church (QSO), Chair

Denise is a Wellington based company director and consultant. She has been chair of the Karori Sanctuary Trust Board since 2013 and is also Chair of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research. Denise was Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment from 1996 to 2001, and before that was Public Affairs Director for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK. She has an active interest in conservation, science, education and youth development and the sanctuary’s kākā are regular visitors to her Kelburn garden.

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 David Bibby 

Professor David Bibby (CNZM, PhD, DSc)

Professor Bibby was awarded the CNZM in June 2015 for ‘services to science and education’. This has comprised a 40-year career in science, management and education, including 10 years at Victoria University of Wellington as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design. He has also been Acting Head of the School of Economics and Finance at VUW, during which time he was lecturing in the faculty of Business and the faculty of Science.


 Pete Monk 

Pete Monk

Pete Monk has served two terms on the board of Positively Wellington Tourism, was Head of Marketing for Interislander, General Manager of Fly Buys, and Chief Executive in IT and manufacturing ventures. Pete currently manages Ata Rangi, a Martinborough vineyard, in tandem with his own photography business specialising in landscapes and nature. He is also chairman of Toast Martinborough, and treasurer of Featherston Booktown Trust. Pete has an active interest in nature and conservation. He contributed in the past as a transitional manager at ZEALANDIA, holds life membership of Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust, and is involved in a voluntary capacity with other conservation organisations and initiatives.


 Phillip Meyer 

Phillip Meyer (FAIM, Life FNZIM, CF Inst D, F Fin)

Phillip Meyer is an experienced company director and investment banker. He is Chairman of Australian Financial Services Group and Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association. He is a director of CRS Software Limited, Trustee of Young Enterprise Trust and Crimestoppers Trust. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Life Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, Fellow and Councillor of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.


 Russell Spratt 

Russell Spratt

Russell has achieved considerable success delivering results across the public, private and NGO sectors. He is of Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga descent. Russell is involved in numerous Māori trusts at governance level and is also the pan-tribal representative on the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Corporate Business Committee, a member of the Economic Development Management Group and a member of the Māori Economic Development panel. In addition to having knowledge of bi-cultural issues, Russell is an MBA graduate with significant expertise in the education sector.


 Steven Thompson 

Steven Thompson

Steven was the Sanctuary Trust Marketing and Fundraising Manager between 1997 – 2001 which were exciting times when the Trust completed the pest eradication programme and built the predator proof fence. His current role is National Marketing Manager for Ticketek NZ.