The Fletcher Trust has been operating for over 50 years, having originated as a charitable trust to support staff and communities in which Fletcher Holdings and then Fletcher Challenge Group of companies operated.
Now an independent charitable trust, the Board of Trustees comprising Angus Fletcher (Chair), James Fletcher, David Sixton, Sir John Hood and Hugh Fletcher all had personal connection with the company. The Trust is registered with the Charities Commission (registration number CC10657).
In addition to its educational philanthropic activities, The Fletcher Trust manages The Fletcher Trust Collection of New Zealand artwork, which forms part of its assets, and the Fletcher Trust Archives of material from the former Fletcher Challenge Group.
Angus Fletcher had a career in business with Fletchers for over 25 years. In the late 1990’s he joined the Fletcher Challenge Trust as deputy to his father and succeeded Sir James as chairman of the Fletcher Trust. In addition to business interests he has had a long-standing involvement in a wide variety of not-for-profit community based organisations all making a positive contribution to society in areas of education, youth development and social justice.
Hugh Fletcher was an executive of Fletchers for 26 years, retiring as CEO in 1997. Since then, he was a non-executive on the governing body of a number of entities, including as Chancellor of The University of Auckland, Deputy Chairman of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Trustee of The Dilworth Trust and as a Director of Insurance Australia Group Limited, Fletcher Building Limited and Vector Limited. He is currently a General Partner in ArborGen ANZ LLP and on the Advisory Committee of Tenon Clearwood LLP, in both of which The Fletcher Trust is a Limited Partner.
James joined Fletcher Challenge in 1991 before completing his LLB (Hons). After working for two major law firms, he rejoined Fletcher Building in 2000. He has 20+ years of management experience across the building and facilities management industries, and professional services.
James is the New Zealand Chief Operating Officer of DLA Piper, an international law firm. He has been a director of WorkSafe New Zealand and is active in the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.
He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Governors of King’s School in Auckland.
John Hood was an executive of Fletcher for 19 years and is a former vice-chancellor of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford. He is Emeritus Chair of the Rhodes Trust. He recently served as President and CEO of the Robertson and Aotearoa Foundations and as a director of WPP plc, Aurora Energy Research Limited and as chairman of BMT Group Limited and Study Group Limited. He also sits on a number of not for profit and advisory boards.
David Sixton is an advisor to and director of several New Zealand private companies. He is a former Chief Executive of the Building Products Sector of Fletcher Challenge and retains a connection with Fletcher Building as the Chairman of the Fletcher Building Employee Welfare Fund. David also mentors a range of young and mature business leaders.
The Fletcher Trust aims to make a difference to New Zealand society and, in particular, to young people and their place and future within New Zealand and internationally.
The Trustees’ current philosophy is that, while many factors make up the country’s social structure, New Zealand’s future can best be ensured by the investment in education at all levels. The Trust therefore concentrates on supporting youth and educational programmes directed at the pre-tertiary level.
The Trust was a founding member of Philanthropy New Zealand, an association of Philanthropic Trusts in New Zealand.