Our trustees have backgrounds in local government, social services, publishing, Maori affairs, business and tourism and are all Waikato proud.

Roger FitzGerald (Chairman)
Roger is an experienced Trust administrator having worked with Guardian Trust for 19 years administering Estates and Trusts.  Roger is currently the Branch Manager at Forsyth Barr in Hamilton and has been with this company as an Investment Advisor for almost 17 years.  He currently manages a few Charitable Trust Investment Portfolios. 

Roger is active in the community and is a Trustee of the Hamilton Rotary Club Charitable Trust, The RotoArt Charitable Trust, Waikato Community Hospice Trust and the B & C Hewett Charitable Trust.

Roger enjoys running, cycling and outdoor activities and has a keen interest in local community organisations.

Jennifer Palmer
Jennifer brings significant funding experience with her current role as General Manager, Brian Perry Charitable Trust and previous experience as Grants Manager of the Perry Foundation.

Jennifer’s experience includes nine years in management roles spanning both grant-making and fundraising campaigns throughout the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

Marae Tukere
For the past five years, Marae has held the role of Iwi and Community Partnerships Manager at Waikato District Council. Prior to this she worked for the Waikato-Tainui Tribe and spent many years with the Maaori Land Court, most notably as the National Operations Manager.

Marae has gained extensive governance experience, sitting on a number of boards and committees throughout her career, and has developed a wide network in the Waikato area.  She is currently a member of Te Arataura, the Executive Board for Waikato Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc. Her appointments have varied throughout her time with the Board ranging from Chair of the HR Committee through to a member of the Social and Economic Development Committee.

Marae is an analytical and strategic thinker with an ability to consistently achieve collective outcomes.


Grant Robson
Grant is the Regional Manager, Small Business Centre, Hamilton for the BNZ.  He has over 25 years experience in managerial, banking positions and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Waikato, is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance and holds a Diploma in Management.

President of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, Grant is active in the Waikato community.  He also holds the position of Director of the Executive Committee EMA Waikato and has extensive experience in business mentoring and relationship building.

Grant is passionate about developing people through leading, coaching and supporting.

Grant enjoys golf and cycling as well as home renovations and building solutions.


Keith Gallagher
Keith works full time as an Electronics Engineers and is very passionate about adding value to the philanthropic space of the community. With this focus in mind, Keith has recently developed his trustee skills through several Institute of Director courses, particularly covering the fundamentals of governance.

Keith has notable experience in Trusts as he is currently a trustee for the Gallagher Charitable Trust, John and Glenice Foundation Trust and Gallagher family trusts.

Keith is married with three children, aged 2, 4 and 7 years old, who keep him busy. 


Bernadette Kirkham
Bernadette Kirkham is Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Hospice Waikato. In this role, she manages a wide variety of fundraising events and initiatives. Her role also encompasses the organisation’s marketing and branding of its services and retail Hospice Shops, PR and patient communications.

Before joining Hospice in 2014, Bernadette was the Marketing Manager of the Waikato Times and has had over 30 years’ experience in the media.

Bernie is a past Trust member of the Hamilton Christmas Parade and the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival, and was a committee member for the Hospice Building Appeal.

She has event-managed large events such as the Hospice Waikato Bucket List Banquet, The Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival, Waikato and Bay of Plenty Real Estate Awards and the Waikato Times Gold Cup.