Our People


Andrew Barnes

Founder of Complectus Limited, Perpetual Guardian and Coulthard Barnes

Andrew Barnes - Founder, Perpetual Guardian

Andrew Barnes - Founder, Perpetual Guardian

Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. In New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he  led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world).

Andrew is a director of Complectus Limited, the company encompassing Perpetual Guardian and several other trustee businesses, is the director of Coulthard Barnes, chair of both the Regional Facilities Auckland and  New Zealand payroll provider, PaySauce. PaySauce listed on the New Zealand stock exchange at the end of 2018 and recently launched a new draw-down service to give employees interest-free access to money they have already earned as soon as they earn it aimed at preventing people having to resort to pay day lenders (which charge up to 700% interest).

Earlier in his career, Andrew identified the opportunity for the evolution of real estate in Australia and was chairman of realestate.com.au at the time of its IPO on the ASX. Later, he became CEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based investment management and advisory company, leading the sale to private capital in 2007. He was managing director of Australian Wealth Management Limited, a major Australian wealth management and trustee business that he led to IPO in 2005. Andrew holds an MA from Selwyn College, Cambridge and an ACIB (UK), and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Andrew also saved the historic classic racing yacht Ariki from near-ruin by purchasing her and undertaking an extensive restoration project which saw Ariki re-launched in April 2018 at the National Maritime Museum in Auckland where she is now berthed.

Andrew is a sought after keynote speaker and is regularly asked to address audiences internationally on subjects as diverse as governance, philanthropy and business, leadership, entrepreneurship, team culture and change management topics.

You can contact Andrew on andrew.barnes@4dayweek.com.


Christine Brotherton

Head of People and Capability

Christine Brotherton - Head of People and Capability

Christine Brotherton - Head of People and Capability

As Perpetual Guardian’s Head of People and Capability, Christine leads innovative and inclusive HR strategies associated with the company’s recruitment programme, organisational culture, employment relations and talent management.

Christine has built her experience over many years of leading HR initiatives, including for Bell Gully, a top New Zealand corporate law firm, Goldman Sachs JBWere (NZ), EYand other financial services companies in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Japan. Christine’s career has been marked by globally significant projects for diversity and inclusion, recruitment and retention of talent and organisational compliance.

Christine managed the practical design and implementation of the four-day week trial and later permanent roll-out across Perpetual Guardian. She is a sought-after mentor and international speaker with a wealth of experience and pragmatic advice to share with other organisations looking to implement this approach to flexible working.  

Christine holds graduate and postgraduate qualifications from the University of Otago.