Who We Are

Founding Trustees

Ian and Wendy Kuperus

Ian and Wendy Kuperus live in Auckland, have four adult children and one grandchild. A born and bred South Islander, Ian has been passionate about creating a better tax environment for New Zealand businesses for his whole career. Prior to starting Tax Management New Zealand, the world’s first tax intermediary, Ian worked in a number of senior tax roles in Wellington and Auckland. Wendy grew up on a farm north of Auckland, working as a nurse in both Hamilton and Wellington. Wendy is currently involved in a number of community organisations supporting families, children and young people.

Ian is the founding director of TMNZ and is also an active investor in several engineering and technology start-up ventures. He is passionate about giving back to the community and has been a long-time supporter of many charities working with disadvantaged people in New Zealand and around the world.

Both Ian and Wendy are committed Christians — a life and faith journey that has guided and challenged their decision making in family, business and the community.


Graham Burt

Graham is the CEO of Festival One, and Chair of the Laidlaw College board.

Jessica Palmer

Jessica is Professor and Dean of Law at the University of Otago. She sits on the boards of Presbyterian Support Otago, Knox College and Salmond College Incorporated, and LeaDev-Langham.

Marc Fountain

Marc is currently the Chief Rainmaker at Rainmaker Consulting Ltd.


Chris Clarke


Jade Hohaia

Māori Strategic Partnerships & Programmes

Simon Cayley


Ryan Lang

Research Advisor

James Beck

Environment Advisor

Melanie Grace

Operations Manager