Our People


Andrew Barnes

Founder of Complectus Limited, Perpetual Guardian and Coulthard Barnes

Andrew Barnes - Founder, Perpetual Guardian

Andrew Barnes - Founder, Perpetual Guardian

Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation.Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world).

Andrew is a director of Complectus Limited, the company encompassing Perpetual Guardian and several other trustee businesses, is the director of Coulthard Barnes, chair of both the Regional Facilities Auckland board and  New Zealand payroll provider, PaySauce. PaySauce recently launched anew draw-down service to give employees interest-free access to money they have already earned as soon as they earn it  aimed at preventing people having to resort to pay day lenders (which charge up to 700% interest).

Earlier in his career, Andrew identified the opportunity for the evolution of real estate in Australia and was chairman of realestate.com.au at the time of its IPO on the ASX. Later, he became CEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based investment management and advisory company, leading the sale to private capital in 2007. He was managing director of Australian Wealth Management Limited, a major Australian wealth management and trustee business that he led to IPO in 2005. Andrew holds an MA from Selwyn College, Cambridge and an ACIB (UK), and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Andrew also saved the historic classic racing yacht Ariki from near-ruin by purchasing her and undertaking an extensive restoration project which saw Ariki re-launched in April 2018 at the National Maritime Museum in Auckland where she is now berthed.

Andrew is a sought after keynote speaker and is regularly asked to address audiences internationally on subjects as diverse as governance, philanthropy and business, leadership, entrepreneurship, team culture and change management topics.


Christine Brotherton

Head of People and Capability

Christine Brotherton - Head of People and Capability

Christine Brotherton - Head of People and Capability

As Perpetual Guardian’s Head of People and Capability since January 2016, Christine leads innovative and inclusive HR strategies associated with the company’s recruitment programme, organisational culture, employment relations and talent management.

Christine has built her experience over many years of leading HR initiatives, including for a top New Zealand corporate law firm, multinational lending and investment banks and professional services organisations.

The announcement of the four-day work week trial may have been a hallmark of her leadership within Perpetual Guardian, but Christine’s career has been marked by globally significant projects for diversity and inclusion, recruitment and retention of talent and organisational compliance.

Christine holds graduate and postgraduate qualifications from Otago University and she has worked in the United Kingdom and in Japan.