Dilworth Trust Board appoints first CEO

The Dilworth Trust Board is delighted to announce that Ewen Anderson has been appointed as our inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The role of CEO is a first for the Trust Board, reflecting a strengthened strategic focus on growing sustainable returns from the Trust’s commercial property and financial assets.  As a commercial business in its own right, there are significant opportunities to grow the Trust’s returns to increase income to support the school and its future growth plans. Headmaster, Dan Reddiex, will continue to be responsible for all School and Old Boy related matters.

Mr Anderson will join Dilworth on 16 March from the NEXT Foundation, a $100 million spend-down strategic philanthropy fund that invests in educational and environment initiatives, where he is Investment Director. At NEXT, Ewen’s responsibilities include financial and commercial oversight of investments as well as working with the NEXT team to grow strategic philanthropy in New Zealand.  He has worked with a number of the Foundation’s educational investments in areas including strategic leadership for school principals, and in addressing equity of access to education through collaborative, digitally-enabled learning.  Ewen is also a trustee of Rotoroa Island, a predator-free island in the Hauraki Gulf, where he has been closely involved in a significant commercial realignment of the Trust’s operations.

Previously Mr Anderson held senior management roles at Carter Holt Harvey and Fletcher Building. He has also been a Director of start-up logistics business Netlogix.

Dilworth Trust Board Chairman Aaron Snodgrass says: “Ewen’s impressive track record in leadership, philanthropy and developing investment strategies will help to ensure we can continue to provide a first class, life-changing education for our students.

“The Trust Board is excited that Ewen is joining us to build on the momentum already underway to help shape our future in keeping with the Will of James Dilworth and the special character of the school,” Mr Snodgrass says.

Mr Anderson says: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve the Dilworth community and to contribute to the kaupapa that is making such a big difference in the lives of many young men.  I am passionate about making Aotearoa New Zealand as great as it can be for the benefit of future generations, and education is one of the key pathways to make that happen. 

“I look forward very much to joining the Dilworth team, and to bringing the benefit of my commercial experience in service of the Dilworth vision,” Mr Anderson says.

January 23, 2020