Board of trustees

Board of Trustees

Nicola Taylor

CHAIRNicola joined the Maxim Institute Board in December 2010 and brings with her strong legal skills and experience in governance. Nicola left her career as a corporate solicitor at Russell McVeagh to work at Maxim Institute 2004. She completed her Masters in Law whilst working at the Institute and was elected to the Mt Roskill Community Board twice. Nicola left employment at Maxim Institute in 2007, to start a family with her husband, Joshua. Nicola was named by New Zealand Management Magazine as one of New Zealand’s “young leaders to watch” in 2006 and has received numerous awards throughout her legal career. She has continued to work in the community in various endeavours whilst raising their children.



Campbell Batts

Campbell has over twenty years experience in business and commerce. He is currently a director of Opus Group Limited and prior to that was managing director of Derek Corporation, his family’s importing business. In addition to being involved with a number of community groups in a voluntary capacity, Campbell is chairman of Maxim Institute’s finance committee.



Bryden Black
Bryden Black

Bryden Black is an Anglican Minister, ordained in the diocese of Harare in 1977. The short version of his life may be summarised: a third in England and Europe, where he schooled; a third in Africa, mostly Zimbabwe; a third in Australasia. Bryden has served in the Church of Zimbabwe, England, Melbourne and Christchurch. He currently divides his time between farming sheep, beef cattle and deer in North Canterbury and Mid Canterbury, tutoring in theology and ministering in the diocese of Christchurch. Married to Cathy, who is a Medical Practitioner, they have four adult children.



Bryden Black
Lindsay Faris

Lindsay was appointed to the Maxim Institute Board in 2013. She holds an LLB from Otago University, is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and has experience in public policy, stakeholder management and communications. In her current role she works in government relations and corporate communications for a large retail bank. Previously she has worked in public policy in Washington DC, and for the Charities Commission in Wellington. Along with other community engagement she is a Board member of Villa Education Trust, which overseas the management and operations of Mt Hobson Middle School, and partnership school, South Auckland Middle School.



John Hitchen

A senior lecturer at Laidlaw College in Auckland, John has extensive experience in education and leadership development, with a particular interest in developing nations. His PhD from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, focussed on the role of Christianity in Pacific development in the nineteenth Century. John served as Dean and Principal of Christian Leaders’ Training College in Papua New Guinea, 1965-1979, and as National Principal of Laidlaw College from 1990 – 1998.