Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust - Trustee Biographies

Peter Guthrey (Chair)

Peter Guthrey has extensive experience in business and tourism and has a longstanding connection to the Christchurch central city through his business interests. He is the Managing Director and sole shareholder of the Christchurch family owned business Guthrey Holdings Ltd. Guthrey Holdings Ltd is the parent company of ANZCRO Pty Ltd which is the largest wholesaler of travel in New Zealand. Peter owned and operated the Guthrey Centre in central Christchurch from 1988 until 2011. He has previous governance experience as a Board member of Christ’s College, NZIM Canterbury branch, and the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. He also previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise New Zealand, Showbiz Christchurch and the Akaroa War Memorial, and the Christchurch Golf Club.



Hon Philip Burdon is the Co-Chair of Great Christchurch Buildings Trust and is a strong public advocate for Christ Church Cathedral. A high-profile local businessman, he is a former Minister of the Crown and Member of Parliament from 1981 to 1996 and is a lawyer by profession. He also co-founded one of the New Zealand’s largest and most successful agri-businesses and has held a wide range of public and private sector governance roles. He is an Honorary Adviser to the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Dr Rawiri Te Maire Tau holds the Upoko position of Tuahiwi, which is the figure head role of Ngāi Tuahuriri, the hapu with authority in Christchurch via section one of the Te Rununga o Ngāi Tahu Act 1996. Although a symbolic role it requires active community leadership, not just within his hapu but with the wider iwi and with local communities and local government.  Dr Tau has a significant regional profile and governance experience as Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury, and is a historian with a long family association with the Cathedral.

Dr Ian Lochhead is associate professor of Art History at the University of Canterbury and is recognised for his research on the history of New Zealand architecture. He has advised on the conservation of many of Christchurch’s significant heritage buildings including the Arts Centre and the Canterbury Provincial Council Chambers.

Sarah Sinclair, Chair of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partnership, is a construction and infrastructure specialist. She has extensive experience acting for both Government and private sector clients in large-scale, complex infrastructure projects. She is known for providing commercially pragmatic, strategic advice on infrastructure funding models, procurement strategies and contracting structures. Sarah has been on the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand since 2012 and is an officer of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association.

Catherine McMillan has experience in the public sector, corporate business and education, in both senior management and governance roles. As a Chartered Accountant, Catherine brings financial acumen to her governance roles, and has good practical experience of strategy development and implementation. In addition to her governance roles, Catherine has her own consultancy business.