New trustees add talent & wealth of experience to UK foundation
Posted on 19 December 2013
Announcing the recent appointment of 2 new trustees for the UK Foundation Dame Kiri said she was delighted to have secured such a wealth of talent and experience to further augment the existing group of trustees.
CHRIS WELCH is a New Zealander currently living in the UK. He is the Finance Director at the Association of British Insurers, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
In his spare time Chris is involved in local politics in Ramsgate and is on the board of a charity seeking to raise £5.5m to renovate a historic building there. Following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake he accepted the role as Treasurer of the CAF Charitable Trust for New Zealand (a Charitable Trust established to raise and manage UK donations for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal).
Chris has accepted the role of Deputy Chair and Treasurer of the UK Foundation.
DEBORAH SANDERS is an expatriate New Zealander based in London managing artists in the field of classical music worldwide. Previous positions include working for a major London promoter, coordinating American artists’ tours of Europe, Theatre Manager of the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre and owner of Trillion Pictures, a video production company that produced weekly rock concerts.
During a spell in the US she was appointed founding Company Manager at Santa Fe Stages, an international theatre production company that produced and presented a variety of performances during the summer festival season, alongside Santa Fe Opera.
Back in the UK she joined IMG Artists where she spent five years building and maintaining the careers of her own list of artists before joining forces with Rayfield Allied late last year. Deborah’s wide experience will be a real asset for the Foundation.
The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK) is an associate Foundation established in the United Kingdom in 2004 by Dame Kiri. This foundation is a separate organisation and has no legal connection to the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation based in New Zealand. They both share similar objectives. It is an approved charitable trust registered with the Charities Commission in the UK (Registered No 1092813). Both Foundations are chaired by Dame Kiri and work very closely on many Foundation projects.