The Trustees

Your Entrust Trustees

Entrust trustees are elected by income beneficiaries every three years and bring a wide range of experience and skills to the trust. Your current trustees are:

William Cairns BCom, Dip Bus, FCIS, FFIN

William was elected to Entrust in 2009 and is the current chairman. He is a director/ shareholder of Cardrona Capital Limited a private investment company. He is a former director of General Finance Limited and Metrowater Limited, an Auckland water utility company. In addition to his business experience, William brings considerable community involvement to Entrust, having been an Auckland city councillor between 2001-2004 and a member of the Hobson Community Board from 1998-2004. William was chairman of the Art Gallery Enterprise Board from 2001 to 2004. He was educated at Canterbury and Auckland universities. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. His other interests include vintage and classic cars, skiing and bush walking.


Michael Buczkowski BE (Electrical), MBA (Hons)

Michael is deputy chairman, and a current trustee director of Vector. He is the former CEO of Hirepool and also director of Owens Industrial (NZX top 40). His professional experience includes: consulting electrical engineer at BECA, registered electrical engineer from 1984 to 2004 and international consulting and energy experience. Michael was a member of IPENZ and a member of the Institute of Directors. His community service work includes Peugeot “Walk to Cure Kids”, “Work Choice Day” programme for children, North Shore Hospice volunteer, Salvation Army volunteer and involvement with local school fundraising.


Alastair Bell, BCom, CA, Chartered Director, JP

Alastair is a chartered accountant, chartered director and qualified member of the Project Management Institute. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors and considerable experience in leadership roles within the community. Alastair leads a consultancy specializing in stakeholder engagement. He is deputy Chair of Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust), founding chair of the Centre for Social Impact NZ Ltd, the social business established by Foundation North to support organisations to deliver social programmes for optimum social impact. He is a board member of the NZ National Party. He is currently chair of the Orakei Community Association, a trustee of the Motutapu Restoration Trust, an executive member of Parnell Heritage and a former youth mentor with Project K.


Dr Paul Hutchison, MB, ChB, FRCOG, FACOG, Dip Com Health, Member of Institute of Directors

Paul was elected to the AECT (now Entrust) in 2015. He is a clinician at East Tamaki Health Care, a member of the New Zealand Medical Council as well as Director of a number of companies and a member of the Institute of Directors. Paul was the MP for Port Waikato, then Hunua from 1999 – 2014. He chaired the Health Select Committee from 2008-2014 and was awarded the NZ Medical Association’s award for outstanding contribution to health services in 2014. His other interests include science and innovation, sport, music and fishing. Paul is married and has four daughters.


Karen Sherry QSM , BA, MA (Hons), LLB (Hons), C.FInstD

Karen is a director and shareholder of the firm Bell-Booth Sherry Limited where she specialises in commercial and trust law. Karen was first elected to Entrust (formerly Auckland Energy Consumer Trust) in 1994 and is the longest serving trustee and a former chair of the trust. She is one of two trustees appointed to the Vector Board to represent Entrust's interests. Karen is also the chair of Energy Trusts of New Zealand Inc and a director of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. She is also a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

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