The Judith Binney Trust was established by the late Sebastian Black in 2013 to offer Fellowships and Awards for research and writing on the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Fellowships and Awards are supported by funds from the estates of Sebastian Black and Judith Binney, and of Judith Binney’s parents, Professor Sydney and Marjorie Musgrove.
The foundation Trustees were Sebastian Black (Chair), with Sir John Hood, Elizabeth Ellis, Adam Ross and Bridget Williams. On the death of Sebastian Black, Adam Ross took on the role of Chair and Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson joined as Trustee.
Atholl Anderson (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe), CNZM, FRSNZ, FAHA, FSA, is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University. Decades of research on Māori history and on the archaeology of islands across the Pacific and Indian Oceans has been acknowledged in the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (Non-Fiction). He has published on southern Ngāi Tahu history, and was co-author, with Judith Binney and Aroha Harris, of the award-winning Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (2014).
Elizabeth Ellis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou), CNZM, has been involved in education for thirty years, and is a passionate advocate for the arts. A longtime friend of Judith Binney and Sebastian Black, she has served on Creative New Zealand, the Pacific Arts Council, the Arts Foundation and the Māori Advisory Group of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She currently chairs the Toi Iho Charitable Trust, and the Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust (Hundertwasser Art Centre).
Sir John Hood served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (2004–2009) and of the University of Auckland (1999–2004) after a distinguished career with Fletcher Challenge. He is currently the President and CEO of the Robertson Foundation and the Aotearoa Foundation, a director on the boards of WPP plc, Blackstone, and Aurora Energy Research, and Chair of BMT Group and Study Group Ltd. Sir John has an abiding interest in New Zealand history and culture.
Adam Ross QC is a barrister in Auckland. He is a former student of the founder of the Judith Binney Trust, Sebastian Black, and has a keen interest in history. He is the Chair of the Judith Binney Trust.
Bridget Williams, ONZM, MBE, HonLittD (Otago), is the director of Bridget Williams Books, and literary executor for the estate of Judith Binney. She has been publishing in New Zealand for over three decades, under the imprints of Oxford University Press, Allen & Unwin and BWB. She has a commitment to making excellent research on New Zealand history accessible to a wide readership – and a particular interest in opening spaces for new voices in the country’s historical narrative.
The Management Group
The Judith Binney Fellowships and Awards are managed by two representatives of the Judith Binney Trust (currently Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson and Bridget Williams), working with John Barr, of the PR consultancy Ingram Barr. The Management Group reports to the Trustees.
John Barr is a senior communications professional with over thirty years’ experience in strategic marketing and public relations. For several years he managed the judging of New Zealand’s national book awards, and he has extensive knowledge of promotions, media and event management.
The Selection Panel
The Selection Panel is convened each year; it consists of a Trustee of the Judith Binney Trust, and four people chosen by the Judith Binney Trust. The chair of the Selection Panel is chosen by the Trustees.
In choosing the members of the Selection Panel, the Trustees will have regard for a range of appropriate scholarly interests including Māori history, and for some regional representation.
The Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library or their nominated representative will usually be a member of the Selection Panel, in recognition of the association between the Judith Binney Trust and the National Library of New Zealand.