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Board of Trustees

Members of the Knox Home Trust Board are all accomplished individuals who bring tremendous acumen, experience and expertise to the governance of Knox Home. The Board ensures that Knox Home and Hospital is responsibly managed and stays true to the original vision and values of Elizabeth Knox.


The Trust Board are fully committed to the Eden Alternative principles and have joined the rest of the Knox team in training to become Eden Associates.


Dr Alastair MacCormick


Alastair has governance, executive and consulting experience in the business, government, not-for-profit, health and education sectors in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. He has held directorships in a diverse range of listed and private companies. Currently he is Chairman of Caldera Health, a cancer diagnostic company. Alastair was appointed to the Knox Board in 1982 and became Chairman in 2017.


Anthony Mitchelson


Anthony is a member of Chartered

Accountants Australia & New


For the past 20 years, he has

worked in professional services

and in a variety of commercial

roles. He is currently the Head of

Finance and Commercial Operations of an Australasian pharmaceutical and medical device import and distribution company.

Anthony has also served for 20

years in the Territorial and Regular

New Zealand Army as an artillery


Anthony was appointed to the Board in 2023.


Vanessa Stoddart


Vanessa is currently a Director for Te Whatu Ora, Channel Infrastructure and OneFortyOne - an international forestry company, a member of the Financial Markets Authority, and Deputy Chair of King’s College. She has held director positions with other listed, private, and public sector companies and NFPs. Prior to her governance career Vanessa was head of engineering and human resources at Air New Zealand and Chief Executive Packaging Australia for Carter Holt Harvey – having started her career in the legal profession.


Bal Matheson


Bal is a barrister specialising in resource management and local government, practising at Richmond Chambers. For the past 20 years, he has been focussing on development projects across New Zealand, including many in the health care and rest home sectors. Bal was appointed to the Board in 2011.


Emma Peterson


After graduating with a BA LLB obtained at Otago University and Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, Emma joined Russell McVeagh as a solicitor. Following a number of years working in London and Hong Kong, Emma returned to Russell McVeagh in the Litigation team, specialising in employment law and health and safety, becoming a partner in 2021.

Emma was appointed to the Board in 2023.


Kim Wright


Kim is a consultant to government and several charitable organisations in the area of health and welfare. She has a BSc in physiology and an MBA in business administration and an MSc in health economics. She has held senior roles in the pharmaceutical industry and primary and Pacific health care. Her work currently focuses on Pacific health workforce development and supporting research in child health. Kim is a member of the Pasifika Medical Association, the International Health Economists Association and is also an inaugural ANIVA Fellow.


Dr Ngaire Kerse


Ngaire is a distinguished gerontologist, holding the Joyce Cook Chair of General Practice at The University of Auckland. Ngaire also works in general practice at the Auckland City Mission. A dynamic person, Ngaire makes a huge contribution to the aged care sector and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board.


Andrew Smith


Andrew has extensive business experience spanning 19 years with Smith & Smith Ltd, eventually becoming the Managing Director, and then 20 years with Metropolitan Glass which was sold in 2006. Since then, Andrew has become involved with Outward Bound NZ, and Outward Bound International, as well as the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, the Museum Circle Foundation and the Mackelvie Trust Board. Andrew was appointed to the Board in 1998.

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