GOVERNANCE

The Massey University Foundation is a charitable trust registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission, registration number CC27593. It sits separately from the University and is governed by an independent board of trustees.

The operating costs of the Foundation are met by Massey University and the day-to-day management of its activities are the responsibility of Massey's Development Office.

Today the Massey University Foundation has an endowment portfolio of about $37 million. Endowed funds are invested with an approved fund manager and the distribution of funds is overseen by the Foundation’s board.

The board has a fiduciary duty of care to ensure all funds donated to the Foundation are managed, invested and distributed appropriately and according to the donor’s wishes.

The Foundation board reports to the Massey University Council and produces audited accounts in an annual report.

You can view our Trust policy documents here.

Meet our Foundation Board Members

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Dr Russ Ballard, Chair

Russ Ballard grew up in Kenya in a farming family and qualified in agricultural science at Massey, where he balanced his studies with sporting activities (winning a blue for discus throwing) and met his wife Phillipa.

He completed his PhD (University of Florida). After a number of years working in Forestry Research in Rotorua and the USA he returned to NZ to take up the role of Director of Research at the New Zealand Forest Service.

Dr Ballard proceeded to have a distinguished career in senior government, as Secretary of Forestry, Director General of Education and of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, with a final appointment in 1996 as CEO of Land Information New Zealand.

Ballard retired in 2003. In 2002, Ballard was presented with a Massey University 75th anniversary medal. In 2005, he was appointed to the University Council. He was the University's Chancellor from 2009 to 2013. Russ works as an independent director and is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.

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Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor & ex-officio member

Professor Jan Thomas commenced as Vice-Chancellor of Massey University in January 2017. From 2012 Jan served as Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.  Prior to that, she held various senior executive positions at Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2003.

Professor Thomas has a PhD in Veterinary Science from Murdoch University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. She has received numerous awards for her leadership in education.

Professor Thomas currently holds the position of Chair for the Managing Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities based in London and is a member of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council.

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Dianne Kidd

Dianne graduated from Massey University in 1977 with an Arts degree majoring in Geography. She enjoyed a diverse career in education and the NZ funds management sector before turning her hand to a number of non executive governance roles over the last decade.

With her husband Richard Kidd (also Massey University graduate B.Ag.Sc) they actively farm a 376 ha Helensville sheep & beef farm and are the 2016 National winners of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards & Gordon Stephenson Trophy.  Dianne is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. 

Dianne was recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to health administration.

Whenuanui Farm is on the edge of Auckland city. The farm is recognised and respected for its productivity and proactive environmental management. Their son David Kidd graduated from Massey University in 2006.   David was the 2014 ANZ Young Farmer of the year.

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Hon Tony Ryall

Tony Ryall is a former Member of Parliament (1990-2014), who served as Minister of Health, Minister of State Services and Minister of State-Owned Enterprises.

He is chair of nib NZ Limited, nib NZ Holdings Limited, and a director of Transpower New Zealand Limited.

Tony graduated BBS (Accounting and Finance) from Massey University in 1986. He is married to Kara, and has two children.

Tony has been a trustee on the Massey University Foundation Board since 2016.

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Bryan Mogridge

Bryan gained a degree in Biochemistry at Massey. He entered the wine industry as General Manager of Corbans in 1983 before being appointed in October 1984 as Managing Director and CEO of New Zealand's largest and publicly listed wine company, Montana Wines

In 1985 he was elected the Chairman of The NZ Wine Institute (now New Zealand Winegrowers), and became an inaugural Life Member in 1998.  In the same year he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the wine industry. In 2008 he was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame. During this time Bryan was instrumental in building a solid export base for all New Zealand wine.

Bryan has a passion for philanthropy and among many activities has been a trustee of the Starship Foundation since its inception and chairman for the past 20 years.

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Cathy Magiannis

Cathy joins the Board following her appointment to Massey University as Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Strategy, Finance, Information Technology and Commercial Operations at the end of June 2015.

Prior to joining Massey, Cathy was with the Ministry of Education as Deputy Secretary, Education Payroll Services, and Chief Executive of Education Payroll Limited. As Deputy Secretary of Education Payroll Services, Cathy helped resolve the issues in delivery of payroll services and led the transition of the Novopay service to Education Payroll Limited. Cathy then took on the role of Chief Executive of Education Payroll Limited where she oversaw an intensive work programme to build on the improvements that had already been made to the schools’ payroll system and service.

Cathy’s experience spans both the public and private sectors. She is a highly experienced leader and operational manager with proven programme delivery expertise. Prior to joining EPL and the Ministry, Cathy was the Chief Executive of Gareth Morgan Investments Group. Before that, Cathy held a number of senior management roles at Inland Revenue including Programme Director of KiwiSaver where she led the implementation of the Government’s KiwiSaver initiative across a number of government agencies.

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Professor Wayne McIlwraith

Dr. McIlwraith obtained his veterinary degree from Massey University in 1971. He practiced in New Zealand and the UK, followed by an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada, a surgical residency at Purdue University and obtained MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. Since 1979 he has been a faculty member at Colorado State University.

Currently he is a University Distinguished Professor, holds the Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics and is founding Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center and the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Colorado State University. He also has a referral surgical practice in Southern California and consults elsewhere in the US and also in Ireland, England and France.

He is a recognised leader in the fields of equine orthopaedic surgery and research.

He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK). He is a Past President of AAEP, ACVS and The Veterinary Orthopaedic Society.