Foundation championing relationships between NZ / UK seeks new Trustee with Law Background
Championing relationships between New Zealand and the UK for over 30 years, the NZUK Link Foundation creates opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, learning and innovation.
The Foundation was originally established in 1990, as The Waitangi Foundation, to mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, under the Patronage of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and The Princess Royal. With the aim of promoting equality, prosperity and cultural vitality, the Link’s collaborations and exchanges have focused on:
- The past, by celebrating the shared heritage
- The present, through exchanges that share and build on world-leading practices
- The future, by fostering ideas, research and innovations for new generations
By enabling outstanding individuals to travel, train, research and promote their areas of interest, the Link has facilitated new benefits for arts, industries and professions, as well as wider positive implications for society.
The NZUK Link Foundation awards grants which demonstrate its goals of cross-cultural exchange, innovation, relevance and rigour within the fields of education, technology, the arts and business. The Foundation’s annual operating income has been made possible through the generosity of private funding from donations, corporate sponsorships, trusts, foundations and individuals. The Link has supported more than 250 individuals and groups with over £1.5m of funding, creating life-changing experiences for participants, while also generating wider exchange and deepening relations between the two countries.
Future Strategic Priorities
The Link is fortunate to have received two generous legacies, which enable it to embark on a new phase in 2021 to build on the significant achievements of the last three decades. It will seek to promote diverse modes of sharing and cultural vibrancy across both countries, and beyond. The impetus to increase exchanges and open up new avenues of support will help shape a fundraising campaign to increase the current financial base and build on the Foundation’s previous successes.
Going forward, the Foundation’s strategic priorities are to celebrate shared UK and NZ heritage, support exchanges which share and build on world-leading practices in both countries, and foster tomorrow’s shared ideas and innovations.
Following a recent post-COVID realignment of the Trustee Boards, the Link will continue with a single, scaled-down UK-registered board, with members based in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This will facilitate more efficient negotiations and transactions, ensuring that the projects are mutually beneficial, and enabling supporters of its work in both countries to benefit from tax relief.
Trustees work with the Chair and other members of the Board to determine the Foundation’s strategy and ensure that it delivers on its charitable objectives and long-term mission. While providing particular insight in their areas of expertise, they act as a sounding board on matters which come before the Board, providing both challenge and support as appropriate.
Because the Foundation has no Executive team, Trustees will be expected to undertake a considerable degree of Executive action between Board meetings, though there is the potential for some administrative support to facilitate this.
To complement the current skill set of the Board, the NZUK Link Foundation is looking for Trustees from a variety of backgrounds, including investment management, law, environmental sciences, academia or the arts.
As well as looking for those who can contribute to the effective financial management and good governance of the charity, applications are also welcome from those whose backgrounds align with its fellowship programmes. These include the Elman Poole Fellowship funds for music students to come to the UK and Europe to work and train with the South Bank Sinfonia, as well as the new Elman Poole Educational and Vocational Travelling Fellowships to the UK for study in the area of environmental science.
Above all, candidates will have a demonstrated passion for building closer NZ-UK relationships and, given the support of the two governments, an appreciation of the charitable and political context of the Foundation. They will be able to work effectively and collaboratively, and will be willing to act as external ambassadors for the Foundation.
The Foundation is interested in hearing from individuals who are based in either the UK or New Zealand.
Eric Tracey, Chair
His Excellency Bede Corry
Her Excellency Laura Clarke
Terms of appointment
This role is unremunerated, but reasonable, pre-agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed. The Board meets four times per year at New Zealand House in London; given the international composition of the Board, virtual attendance will be permitted. The appointment is for a five-year term, which can be renewed once at the discretion of the Board.