Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre

Govett-Brewster Foundation announces new Trustee

GB Foundation News

13 Jun 2022

The Govett-Brewster Foundation has announced that Heather Froude will become a Trustee, maintaining the longstanding connection to Taranaki legal firm Govett Quilliam.

Media release
2 June 2022


The Govett-Brewster Foundation is pleased to announce that Heather Froude will be joining the Foundation as Trustee.

Replacing long-standing Trustee Alex Laurenson, who moved out of the region following appointment to the judiciary, Heather carries on the important relationship between the Gallery, its Foundation and New Plymouth-headquartered legal firm Govett Quilliam.

“The Gallery’s connection to Govett Quilliam dates back to the early 1960s, when GQ worked with Monica Brewster to create the trust deed that enabled the establishment of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery,” says Foundation Chair John Leuthart.

“We’re thrilled this strategic partnership with GQ continues, and we welcome the rich experience and strategic firepower that Heather brings, and also acknowledge the immense experience that Alex brought to the table over the last six years.”

Heather is an Associate at GQ, specialising in civil litigation, insolvency and employment. She began her career in New Plymouth with GQ, before heading overseas where she worked in London and the Cayman Islands, returning to Taranaki earlier this year.

“I’ve been a regular visitor to the Govett-Brewster over many years and know first-hand how important the Gallery and its work is to the vibrancy and aspirations of the city. Returning to New Plymouth, I was again struck by how lucky we are to have such a globally recognised arts centre here,” Heather says.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the Foundation to help the Gallery pursue bold projects, events and acquisitions that would otherwise be beyond its capacities.”

Established in 2003 as an independent charitable trust, the Govett-Brewster Foundation is the foremost fundraising arm of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre and supports the Gallery to reach beyond its core exhibitions and engagement programming.

The Foundation and its networks lead the fundraising for acquisitions to the Gallery’s permanent collection, and in August will launch a ground-breaking new installation programme in the Gallery’s Ramp.

“The Foundation is going from strength to strength at present, with a number of important and ambitious projects over the next two years, and incredibly strong support from both its members and partners,” says John.

“Heather’s addition to the Foundation’s leadership is a positive step in continuing and extending this work and expanding the network of people we share the compelling stories of both the Foundation and the Gallery with.”

Heather joins fellow Trustees Phil Hinton, Lynda Matthews, and Kinsley Sampson.


Image courtesy of Heather Froude.

Image courtesy of Heather Froude.