New Chair for Massey University Foundation Board

Thursday 16 June 2022

Philanthropist and veteran businessman and director Bryan Mogridge is the new chair of the Massey University Foundation Board.

Bryan Mogridge.

Mr Mogridge brings an impressive breadth of experience, knowledge and contacts to the role. He is currently a director of Mainfreight, chair of Bupa ANZ and executive chair of SeaDragon.

Founded in 2004, the Foundation, which fosters philanthropy and administrates gifts to the University, now holds net assets of $56 million and last year distributed more than $8 million to improve scholarship, research, and teaching at Massey.

Mr Mogridge says the Foundation is nearing an exciting time in its development, when it can build upon its strong track record of fundraising, allocating and managing funds.

“In building on that success, it would be our goal to enhance a culture of giving to Massey University – an institute that has shaped and enriched the lives of many alumni. That culture comes when the brand is working; when people have that confidence that we know what we’re doing and can look after their money. We have made significant progress on that front, but it takes time to build that confidence. It’s important that alumni who have gained from having an education from Massey consider giving something back to help the next generation," Mr Mogridge says.

Mr Mogridge graduated from Massey University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biochemistry and credits his time there with “teaching me how to think." He entered the wine industry and went on to become chief executive of publicly listed Montana Wines and subsequently its listed parent company Corporate Investments Limited. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999 for services to the wine industry.

His many directorships have included private companies, trusts and listed companies, and he has chaired numerous national boards including the New Zealand Wine Institute, New Zealand Food and Exporters Council, New Zealand Tourism Board and the Starship Foundation Board, of which he remains a trustee.

He replaces former Foundation chair Russ Ballard, and has been a member of the Foundation board since 2016. Bryan lives on Waiheke Island and admits to occasionally attending online board meetings in shorts and jandals.