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The Guardians, which has been recognised globally for its governance, transparency and innovation, is managed by a team of Auckland-based professionals.

Functions span investment, portfolio completion, technology, finance and investment operations, risk, internal audit, human resources and corporate affairs. The team is led by Chief Executive Officer, Jo Townsend.



Kia toitū te haumi hei hua mā ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa
Sustainable investment delivering strong returns for all New Zealanders



Mā te kotahi ā-kapa, mā te kounga ā-haumi, ka tino eke ki tua
An inclusive team creating a better future through investment excellence



We stand strong He toka tū moana

We are transparent and clear in our purpose and approach. We lean into the hard times and keep a clear head during the good times. In a world of sudden change there is often pressure to change our minds or yield to the immediacy of the situation. Our foundations are deep but not fixed. We stand strong, together.


We support each other Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa

We look out for each other and make sure we succeed together. Our job is often difficult, and we must respond quickly to disruption. We understand that our work lives are busy – we celebrate the good times and support each other in the hard times.


Future focused Ki te kāhore he whakakitenga, ka ngaro te iwi

We take a long-term view. Every decision we make today will have an impact in years to come. In a world that is often constrained by short-term thinking, we rise above the noise of the present and consider the future. We ask ourselves – what would the future me think of this decision?


Team not hero Ēhara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini

Success is determined by the strength of our team. We succeed and fail together. None of us is perfect, and our ability to pick each other up and learn from our mistakes makes us stronger. Teamwork is a force multiplier. Trust and communication are the cornerstones of our work.