Our Trust Board

The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa is a Registered Charitable Trust governed by a Trust Board. 

Contact us if you wish to get in touch with any of our Trust Board Members. 

Brigadier (Rtd) Phil McKee, Trust Board Chair

Phil has over 35 years experience in Defence, Intelligence and Security roles. Phil’s military career spanned over 30 years where he attained the rank of Brigadier and last held the appointment of Deputy Chief of Army.

His roles in the NZDF were many and varied including Commander 3rd Land Force Group and Commander Deployable Joint Headquarters. His operational experience includes East Timor, Afghanistan and Kosovo. Phil currently holds a Deputy Director-General role in the intelligence community.

Phil is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and the Australian Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Administration Leadership, a Masters in Management (Defence Studies), a Masters in Management (Human Resources) and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).

Phil is married and has two adult daughters.

Brigadier Rose King

Brigadier Rose King, Deputy Chief of Army

Brigadier Rose King enlisted into the New Zealand Army in July 1991, graduating into the Corps of Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in June 1992. Brigadier King has held regimental and command appointments across a range of logistics based roles, culminating as Commanding Officer, 2nd Combat Service Support Battalion in 2012 – 2014. Key staff appointments include S4 2nd Land Force Group, Staff Officer Grade One Land Logistics Transformation and Chief of Staff JFHQNZ. Brigadier King has also served as Special Projects Officer Force Generation and Transition for Army General Staff. Brigadier King has held training appointments within Tactical School and in 2014 she took up the appointment of Director Reserve Forces and Youth Development. Brigadier King’s recent postings include Director Strategic Commitments, New Zealand Defence Force and Joint Head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine for New Zealand.

Brigadier King’s operational service includes United Nations Mission of Observers Prevlaka, and Afghanistan as the Chief Operational Planner (CJ35) within Resolute Support Headquarters. In addition to her NZ medallic recognition she has been awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the US Meritorious Service Medal and the US Army Commendation Medal.

She has a Bachelor of Defence Studies from Massey University, a Masters of Management Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, and a Masters of Arts Strategic Studies from Deakin University.

Brigadier King was promoted to Brigadier in June 2021 and posted in to her current role of Deputy Chief of Army in December 2021.

Glenda Hughes, Trustee

Glenda Hughes

Glenda, a Wellingtonian, runs a sole trader multi-faceted communications business. Her portfolio includes strategic advice, government relations, social marketing, facilitation, media training, and issues management. A former police detective, TV producer and international sporting representative, Glenda brings a life-time of diverse experiences. Her multi-level media experience has been from all angles, including television, radio, public speaking, and print.

Glenda has a Degree in Sociology and Criminology, a Diploma in Athlete Career Management, a Certificate in Company Direction, and papers in Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Arbitration, and Creative Fiction. She is the author of “Looking for Trouble” a behind the scenes look at New Zealand media and sporting celebrity.

Glenda has been responsible for the development of several national initiatives in sport and business, including the original franchise competition for New Zealand netball. A member of the Institute of Directors she has served on several NZ Boards and is currently on the New Zealand Parole Board, KidsCan and the Chair of Pet Refuge. She recently stood down after six years as Chair of the New Zealand Racing Board and the New Zealand Racing Integrity Unit.

Her special interests lie in public relations, politics, advocacy and social initiatives.

Trust Board Members, Allan Freeth, Trustee.

Dr Allan Freeth

Allan took up the role of Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in September 2015. He has extensive experience of both governance and management, and is well-known across New Zealand’s business, cultural, and public sectors.

Allan’s previous managerial roles include five years as Chief Executive/Managing Director of Wrightson Limited (to 2004), and seven years as Chief Executive of TelstraClear Limited (2005–2012). Prior to that, he held senior management roles in Wrightson Rural and at Trust Bank New Zealand Limited.

Allan was Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation until July 2015, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Film Solutions until April 2017, and Chair of Triplejump until October 2018. He is also active in the not-for-profit sector with previous roles as Chair of Queen Margaret College, and Save the Children New Zealand, Deputy Chairman of Film NZ, and a Director of the Malaghan Institute. At present he is Acting Chairman of Crimestoppers, and acts as an advisor for a number of charities associated with child and youth organisations.

Allan holds a BSc (1st class Honours) degree in Zoology, a Doctorate in Philosophy in Population Genetics, and an MBA with Distinction.

Trust Board Members, Amber Aranui, Trustee.

Dr Amber Aranui

Amber (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Tamakōpiri) is the former project lead for Ngākahu – National Repatriation Project, which supports New Zealand museums and iwi in the return of ancestral remains held in museum collections. She is a founding member and former chair of the New Zealand Repatriation Research Network, set up to assist repatriation researchers to work collaboratively with the aim of proactively returning ancestral remains back to iwi, hapū and other communities around the world. Amber has worked to develop the national policy on repatriation for the New Zealand museum sector. She is also working with her own iwi (tribal group) on repatriation initiatives relating to the return of taonga (objects of culturally significant). Amber has recently taken up the position of Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa.

Amber has been on a number of boards and committees over the years including New Zealand Archaeological Association, World Archaeological Congress, and is currently co-chair of Museums Aotearoa Board.

Trust Board Members, Te-Oti Mareikura-Tane, Trustee.

Te-Oti Mareikura-Tane

Kākā te whare toka o Paerangi Kākā hoki ko au.

Te-Oti resides locally and is the Ngāti Rangi Representative on the National Army Museum Trust Board who joined as a Trustee in March 2021.

He is Managing Director at TMproductions Ltd who specialise in video production and digital marketing, using māori values and principles to guide strategic content creation and delivery.

Trust Board Members, Gisella Carr, Trustee.

Gisella Carr

Gisella currently heads up the Creative Capital unit at the Wellington City Council, leading teams that deliver the Council’s creative sector strategy Aho Tini 2030, the city’s public events programme and development of the new central library, Te Matapihi.

Her prior managerial roles include four years as Chief Executive, World of WearableArt (WOW) and five years as Chief Executive of the international agency Film New Zealand. From 2006 – 2010 she was Director, Funds Development for Te Papa with responsibility for a multi- million dollar fundraising programme. She has extensive experience across the creative industries, and has provided consulting advice over many years to multiple organisations, as well as central and local government.

Gisella created the Arts Foundation Laureate Awards for the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, the CUBE innovation programme for the Auckland Arts Regional Trust, acted as an advisor on a digital project for the Gibson Group/Museum of Copenhagen, and organised the Hollywood studio visit for the then New Zealand Prime Minister to Los Angeles in 2012.

Publications include Incentivising International Television Production in New Zealand for the Prime Minister’s Department; Snapshot: Auckland’s Creative Industries for Auckland City Council, and co-authorship of Objects of Desire: exporting New Zealand visual arts and crafts products for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury and Victoria University, and was an Arts and Culture finalist in the 2019 Women of Influence Awards.