Our Board offers representation from a range of experience.

Spirit of Adventure Trust Board was founded in June 1972 and has always maintained a focus on ensuring representation from a range of experience. The board meet in Auckland on a monthly basis and are closely involved with CEO Bruce Pilbrow on a more regular basis.

Chairman, QSO, Company Director

Elected as Chairman of the Board in 1977 succeeding his late father, Lou Fisher, Stephen is a well-known business and community leader, with interests in retail, farming, tourism and property as well as the arts, yachting and the environment.

Deputy Chair, Company Director, Marine

Brooke has had a varied career as a businessman with extensive international interests. With a Bachelor of Business Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, he has been involved in senior positions for nearly 30 years in most aspects of New Zealand Coastguard.

BA/LLB(Hons), Master Mariner

Catherine began her career as a cadet with the Trust then went on to work as a deck officer on container ships and qualify as a master mariner. After coming ashore to start a family, Catherine completed a law degree and was admitted to the New Zealand bar. She is a keen recreational sailor and racer and joined the Trust board in 2018.


Jeff is a lawyer with over 30 years experience, serving as trustee on a number of trusts. He has been on the Spirit Trust Board since 2008. Jeff is also a sometime recreational sailor and keen ‘runabout’ fisherman.

Advisory Trustee

Executive Director of companies in property, medical devices and general investment. He is a mentor to several start-up companies through Find Invest Grow. and is also a keen recreational sailor.

Pouherenga Matauranga

Jerry joined the Trust Board in 2015 and with him brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the education sector. His key role is assisting the Spirit with regard to building its strategy through a cultural lens.

Board Director

Chris is an engineer and finance Executive with the past 20 years in the energy sector. Chris’s current challenge is in making a significant contribution to the global decarbonisation agenda by rolling out grid-scale solar electricity across New Zealand. Chris is married to Leigh, has three children (one who has just done a voyage) and is keen on many ocean and land sports. Chris has long wanted to contribute to the Trust after a life changing Spirit of Adventure voyage in 1991.

Board Director

Ngaire is Principal of Auckland Girls’ Grammar School having previously held the position of Principal of Tangaroa College. Ngaire is a committed educationalist passionate about developing quality young teachers to give the students across all communities the opportunities to be challenged, grow and develop. Ngaire is a keen sports women including on and in the water.