Our People

Our Trustees

Jane Wrightson

Chair

Jane Wrightson was appointed as Retirement Commissioner and head of the Commission for Financial Capability in 2020, after a long career in the media industry. She is a former chief executive of public media funder NZ On Air, and was a regulator for the Broadcasting Standards Authority, and screen industry advocacy body SPADA.

Jane also spent the first decade of her career working in various roles at TVNZ. She is a governor of RNZ and a former director of several national sporting and media entities. Jane is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds an MBA with distinction, and a BA in literature.

Rachel Farrant

Trustee

Rachel has been a Business Advisory Partner at BDO Wellington Ltd for over fourteen years. BDO Wellington Ltd is an independent member of the fifth largest international accounting firm. She is also BDO Wellington’s HR Director, with HR responsibility for a firm with 100 staff. In her business advisory capacity, she works with clients in the retail, professional services, not-for-profit, commercial property, health and government sectors.

She is a director of Fulton Hogan Ltd and member of its Audit Committee. She is also a director and the Chair of the Audit Committee of Korida Group Limited. She is also Chair of the Central Region General Practitioners Fees Review Committee.

Rachel is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Peter Johnston

Trustee

Peter is Chair of Partners at Rainey Collins Lawyers and heads their Maori Legal Issues team.

His other current roles include Chair of the NZ Riding for the Disabled Association Perpetual Members Trust, Trustee of the Henwood Trust, Board Member of the NZ Riding for the Disabled Association and Advisory Trustee to a Maori land block. Peter is also an external Specialist Advisor and Legal Aid Auditor to the Ministry of Justice.

Of Ngati Porou descent Peter is a former Chairman of Te Awe Wellington Maori Business Network. In this role he worked closely with regional and national business networks.

Martin Matthews

Trustee

Martin has held several senior executive roles in the public sector. He was previously New Zealand’s Controller and Auditor-General and Secretary for Transport. For ten years he was also the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage – the Ministry which is responsible for government policy, funding, and oversight of Crown agencies in the arts, museum, built heritage, sport, recreation, film and broadcasting sectors.

Martin is now working as a consultant and director. He is currently also the Independent Chair for Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Finance, Risk and Assurance Committee.

Earlier in his career Martin was an Assistant Auditor-General. In this capacity he helped design many aspects of the New Zealand public management system, including being one of the architects of the Public Finance and Audit Acts. Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and has an honours degree in Economics.

Diane Calvert

Trustee

Diane was elected for the first time to Wellington City Council (Onslow-Western ward) in 2016 and joined the Experience Wellington Board in November 2016. Diane comes with extensive leadership experience across the NZ public and private sectors from roles that have focused on operational, people and change management. These roles have spanned areas such as insolvency management, client services delivery through to health and safety reform.  For the past four years Diane has sat on the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation which has recently merged with New Zealand Organisation for Quality Inc (NZOQ). Diane has also been recently appointed to the Board of NZOQ Inc.

Peter Jackson

Trustee

Peter is a cultural consultant of Te Atiawa and Taranaki Iwi descent. He helps organisations to fulfil their Treaty of Waitangi obligations. He has a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. A background in IT, property investment and small business ownership has provided him with a solid understanding of the mechanics of organisational success. Peter is a director on a number of iwi and community boards which include the Wellington Tenths Trust, Adult Community Education Aotearoa and Early Childhood New Zealand.