Dr Charlotte Severne
- Māori Trustee and Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa
Dr Charlotte Severne (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe) is the Māori Trustee. She heads up Te Tumu Paeroa, managing over 90,000 hectares of Māori land on behalf of nearly 100,000 owners by providing professional trustee, property management, and land development services to over 1,800 Māori land trusts.
Charlotte holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Auckland. In 2016 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. This recognises her role as an advocate and mentor for Māori students in science. It also recognises her work assisting Māori entities to understand and better utilise science and research to sustainably manage and develop their assets.
Charlotte also has a wealth of experience in working with Māori business as a science advisor and in governance roles in energy, fisheries and farming entities. This includes her role as chair of the Lake Rotoaira Trusts (Forest and Lake) and deputy chair of Opepe Farm Trust.
- Deputy Māori Trustee and General Counsel
Greg Shaw is the Deputy Māori Trustee and General Counsel for Te Tumu Paeroa. Greg has been a practising lawyer for 27 years, and legal adviser to three Māori Trustee over the last 15 years.
- General Manager of Trusts
Basil Tapuke (Ngati Paoa, Ngati Tama, Ngati Mutunga, Te Ati Awa, Taranaki) is the general manager of trusts for Te Tumu Paeroa. He oversees the management of almost 2,000 trusts and agencies administered by the Māori Trustee. Basil was previously manager of strategy.
Basil was previously a member of the senior management team at Te Ohu Kaimoana. He has held a range of different roles, spanning aquaculture development, general legal practice, fisheries policy, accounting and governance. He's currently chairman of Te Tumu Kāinga and a director for Ngahina Developments Ltd.
- Acting Chief Operating Officer
Brae Watkins (Ngāpuhi) is the Acting Chief Operating Officer for Te Tumu Paeroa. He oversees a range of activities including all property activities for the almost 2000 trusts and agencies administered by Te Tumu Paeroa. He's worked in the property industry for the last 43 years in Listed, Private and Institutional Companies in New Zealand. He's a Fellow of the Property Institute of NZ, an associate member of the Real Estate Institute of NZ, and a member of the Institute of Directors of NZ. He's been a Director of Colonial Investments NZ and currently holds 2 Directorships within Te Tumu Paeroa representing the Māori Trustee’s interests.
- HR Manager
Peter Nilsen (Ngāti Kahu) has worked across a number of industries, including education, government, and hospitality, and has held a number of senior roles in human resources. He has a range of experience across HR, change management, IT, and project implementation. Peter was appointed as Te Tumu Paeroa HR Manager in January 2019. He has oversight of all people-related activities in the business and is responsible for establishing core HR infrastructure for our organisation.