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Public Trust Chair appointed

Hon Judith Collins
Minister of Justice

25 June 2013 Media Statement

Public Trust Chair appointed 

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced Auckland lawyer Sarah Roberts as the next Chair of Public Trust.

Ms Roberts replaces current Chair Trevor Janes who retires from the Board at the end of this month. 

“Ms Roberts has been a member of the Public Trust Board since 2007 and her experience will ensure continuity and a smooth transition in the leadership of Public Trust,” Ms Collins said.

Another board member, Sue McCormack, will be reappointed for a second term.

Ms Collins thanked both Mr Janes and also retiring Deputy Chair Robin Hill for their leadership of the Board and strong contribution to the transformation of Public Trust.

“I’m confident that with Ms Roberts as Chair, assisted by the existing and new members, the Board will be well placed to lead Public Trust in the next phase of its development.”

Ms Roberts commences her term as Chair on 1 July 2013.


Sarah Roberts has been a partner at Buddle Findlay since 1993. She has significant experience in advising major corporates in the trustee market, particularly in Auckland. She is a former Chair of Buddle Findlay’s National Board and is currently a member of the University of Auckland Council.

Sue McCormack, of Christchurch, has over 20 years of senior legal experience and has held a number of Crown and private sector directorships, such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Port of Lyttelton. She is currently a member of the University of Canterbury Council.


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