Our Trustees

The Board of Governors

The Board of Trustees has many years of experience in their fields of expertise, which includes both business and education. The Board is the governing body of The Winding Road Trust and oversees all the activities, including student selection, student management and the administration of Trust funds.

Trustee Profiles

Judith Paget (Founder)
Judith was born and educated in Canterbury. Judith’s career began as a secondary school teacher. She then moved to Australia where she worked as a Manager in an educational publishing firm before moving into the financial world of banking. Judith worked in Sydney for several corporations as a senior manager before starting her own consulting business. Over 15 years her clients included Westpac Banking Corporation, The Commonwealth Bank, Sydney Electricity, State Rail and MMI Insurance. Judith has enjoyed building and renovating residential real estate in Australia where she developed her project and financial management skills. After an extensive and rewarding career abroad, Judith returned to New Zealand where she established The Winding Road Trust.

Judith’s aim is to contribute to the needs and welfare of students who might not have the means to realise their full potential. The Trust seeks to assist students to achieve both their academic and personal goals by supporting them to stay at secondary school and to go on to university to complete an undergraduate degree.

Carol Burton
Carol is the Professional Development Adviser for the NZ School Trustees Association, managing a team of contracted facilitators to provide training, support and resources to school boards of trustees in Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and the West Coast, to ensure they operate at a high level of governance, focusing on monitoring and improving student progress and achievement. Carol’s previous experiences were as executive officer of the Canterbury Manufacturers’ Association, then establishing and operating Swift Typeset and the Northern Outlook newspaper in Rangiora, while raising her family. Carol has been an active member of the service club Zonta International for over 35 years, and is inspired by the calibre of the young people supported by the Trust, for whom the financial and mentoring support provided helps to break down barriers leading to higher education.

Jill Taiaroa (Treasurer)
Jill has experience in running a family business and appreciates the effort involved in setting up and managing an enterprise. Jill worked has had experience in sales and management in a variety of retail businesses which led to working with the Canterbury Business Advisorary Foundation . She has also worked with Business Grow as a National Manager. Jill is currently the regional manager for Business Mentors New Zealand where she uses her understanding of business operations, programme development, sales and marketing in her daily interaction with people from all walks of life.

Lorraine Dawe
Lorraine was born into a farming family in Windsor near Oamaru and attended Waitaki Girls High School. Left New Zealand on a working holiday in 1966 via Sydney, There she met Bob Dawe and they married in 1968. They have three sons and three grand children. In the forty years spent in Australia Lorraine attained a Diploma of Business Management and developed a successful real estate business. She has been a board member for a bank and two other successful companies and also served on the ladies committee for the Sydney Opera House for 10 years. Lorraine and Bob have retired back to New Zealand to a small acreage in Prebbleton with a berry farm, sheep and alpacas and has developed a love of harness racing. Other interests include Bridge, Mahjong, Lawn bowls, gardening club, Bible in Schools, and she is delighted to be part of - The Winding Road Trust.

Sue Grainger
Sue was born in Christchurch, attended Burnside High School and while there achieved distinction as a New Zealand champion gymnast. Sue was nominated for gymnastics for the Tokyo Olympics. After holding a senior management position at Telstra Sue is now working as a Body Corporate Manager with emphasis on facility and property management. Some of Sue’s interests are running, gardening, breeding trotting horses and following with interest the career of her good trotting mare Superbowlcheerleader Sue has a special interest in encouraging and assisting others to achieve their full potential – this is reflected in her involvement as a senior office holder in ZONTA which also includes being a member of the Canterbury Tertiary Scholarship Board. “There is one thing in life you can choose and that is your attitude."