Charities Registration Board/Te Rātā Atawhai
An independent three-person Board makes decisions about registering or deregistering charities.
Roger Holmes Miller
Roger Holmes Miller has been the Chair of the Charities Registration Board since its inception in 2012. He is a barrister and solicitor in Wellington and the founding partner of Maude & Miller, specialising in commercial and trust law, governance and acquisitions and mergers. Roger is a registered trustee and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (UK). Roger is Chair of the Performing Arts Foundation Wellington and a Trustee of the Pātaka Foundation and was previously Chair of the Porirua City Council Community Services Board. Roger was named Wellingtonian of the Year (Business Category) in 2005, and has been a director/trustee of numerous commercial and community entities.
Dr Bev Gatenby currently works as a consultant, a facilitator and a coach. She has recently conducted a review of the Hamilton City Council’s community development strategy; has undertaken governance reviews and facilitated strategic planning for a range of charities; and coached managers in the philanthropic and community sectors and local government. Bev was the Chief Executive of Trust Waikato between 2006 and 2016, and is currently a member of the Leadership Group for the Waikato Plan. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and has held a range of local, regional and national governance roles. She was appointed to the Charities Registration Board for a three year period on 1 July 2018.
Gwen Keel is an experienced commercial lawyer and not-for-profit governance and management specialist. She works as a legal advisor within the post-settlement governance entity for the Waikato iwi, commonly known as Waikato-Tainui. The Waikato iwi comprises more than 76,000 registered members connected to 33 hapuu and represented by 68 marae. Throughout her career Gwen has acquired significant experience in the not-for-profit sector, acting for many "household name" charities and sporting groups, and having been consistently involved in the charitable sector as a director, committee member, and volunteer. Gwen has a particular interest in kaupapa Maaori charities and the broader involvement of Maaori in the charitable sector. Gwen is a member of the Institute of Directors and was appointed to the Charities Registration Board on 9 December 2019 for a three-year period.
For more information about how the Charities Registration Board works with Charities Services, see the blog post published on the subject.
To view the decisions made by the Charities Registration Board, see our legal decisions page.