The Lion Foundation Trustees

The Lion Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of representatives from across New Zealand. These Trustees oversee the strategic direction of the organisation as well as assessing the National Grant applications we receive. The Chairs from each of the four Regional Grants Committee’s sit on the National Board.


Simon WhyteSimon Whyte – Chairman

Simon was appointed Chairman of the Board in October 2013 after almost 10 years as Trustee of The Lion Foundation. Originally a commercial lawyer with large law firms in both New Zealand and London, Simon later moved into senior corporate positions in the tourism, gaming and infrastructure sectors including Enerco New Zealand, SkyCity, UnitedNetworks and SKF New Zealand. He is currently a principal consultant with Rebus Group and a Director of AA Smartfuel Limited and several private companies.

Murray GutryMurray Gutry – Trustee

Murray became a Trustee of the Perry Foundation in September 2002 and a Lion Foundation Trustee in 2009.

Based in Hamilton Murray runs his own company which includes several professional Directorships across a broad range of industries. These include the Perry Group, Perry Metal protection, Aqualine Products Limited, Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand, Learning Works, Bay Venues, Oppein New Zealand and Midland Health Network. Murray was the Chief Executive of the Perry Group and Sport Waikato for a number of years, represented NZ in athletics for 10 years and played rugby for Waikato. Murray is a trained teacher and also has Post Graduate Business qualifications from Waikato University and attended a Strategic Management course at Harvard University.

As a Hamilton based Trustee of The Lion Foundation, Murray is responsible for Chairing the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Grants Committee.

Sarah Sarah Smith – Trustee

Sarah was appointed as a Trustee of The Lion Foundation in November 2013.  Sarah has extensive business and governance experience in both the private and public sectors and has held key financial and business development roles in a variety of businesses both in New York and New Zealand.

As an independent director Sarah has eighteen years’ experience and currently holds positions as Chair of Meteorological Services of New Zealand (MetService), Director Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, Director EcoCentral Ltd and Director of SLI Systems Ltd.  Sarah is based in Christchurch and has for many years also been involved as a trustee for a number of Christchurch based charitable organisations, an extra challenge dealing with the consequences of the earthquakes.

Sarah is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is an Accredited Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

As a Christchurch based Trustee of The Lion Foundation, Sarah is responsible for Chairing the Southern Regional Grants Committee.

Jackie LloydJackie Lloyd – Trustee

Jackie was appointed as a Trustee of The Lion Foundation in April 2014.  Jackie is Deputy Chair of New Zealand Post Group, a trustee of the Wellington Museums Trust, an independent member of the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee and a business advisor.

Jackie has an extensive background in human resources, management and leadership. She previously served as global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, and subsequently as a consultant and New Zealand country manager for Hewitt Associates and The Gallup Organization.  Jackie has a BA and BCom and is a member of the Human Resources Institute of NZ and a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.

From August 2014, as a Wellington based Trustee of The Lion Foundation, Jackie assumed responsibility as Chair of the Central Regional Grants Committee.

Peter KeanPeter Kean – Trustee

Originally from Otago, Peter’s career took him to Christchurch, Auckland and Melbourne before he returned to New Zealand and was appointed a Trustee of The Lion Foundation in April 2014.

Peter spent almost 30 years with Lion, beginning as a Sales Executive in Dunedin and holding a number of roles across Sales including Regional Director of the South Island and National Director of Sales based in Auckland, before becoming Managing Director of Lion Beer, Spirits & Wine New Zealand.  Peter was then appointed Managing Director of Lion Dairy & Drinks based in Melbourne – a role he held for over 3 years before returning to New Zealand and taking up the role of Group International Director for Lion Corporate.

In 2002 Peter completed the ‘Shaping Strategy’ programme at Mt Eliza Business School in Melbourne, Australia, and in 2003 attended Harvard University in Boston, USA, where he completed the ‘Programme for Management Development’ and was appointed Valedictorian during his time there.

From 2009 to 2011 Peter was on the Board of the New Zealand Business Round Table, and in May this year Peter completed the ‘Making Corporate Boards More Effective’ programme at Harvard University.

Peter has recently been appointed a Director of the New Zealand Rugby Union Board and resides predominately in Cromwell, Central Otago.

In 2014, Peter assumed responsibility as Chair of the Northern Regional Grants Committee.

David SteeleDavid Steele – Trustee

David joined the Lion Foundation Board in July 2014.  A co-founding member of DPA Limited, David has been the recipient of many local business awards and was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2010 for his service to the community.

David is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and sits on a number of different boards as both Director and Trustee.