Perpetual Guardian appoints Liz Gibbs head of philanthropy

The new head of philanthropy notes a striking trend is people are coming to philanthropy younger.
Liz Gibbs.

As the new head of philanthropy at Perpetual Guardian, Liz Gibbs brings significant experience from over 25 years of working in philanthropy, NGO management and governance into her stewardship of the company’s next phase of growth in philanthropy leadership.

In Gibbs’ view, the opportunities for innovative and strategic philanthropy have never been greater. “We are approaching the largest transfer of intergenerational wealth as the baby boomer generation enters retirement. It’s important people structure their philanthropy to maximise its impact for good. Perpetual Guardian is incredibly well placed to advise people on how to do that to benefit future generations.”

She said one of the striking trends is people are coming to philanthropy younger, and millennials often have an innovative approach to their philanthropy.


“A combination of millennials’ philanthropy and the possibilities created by technology gives us an opportunity to look at how we move the dial on significant social and environmental issues as well as more traditional areas. Philanthropy is relationship-based, as it needs to be, but we can amplify and streamline effective philanthropy by gaining insights from data which can be used to create much more targeted social change.”


Ms Gibbs has worked with some of the best-known charities, from Save the Children International and Save the Children New Zealand to the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. She previously served as chief executive for Save the Children New Zealand and Philanthropy New Zealand, and as head of foundation for Te Papa Tongarewa, and studied strategic leadership at Harvard Business School. Her current governance roles include deputy-chair of Unicef New Zealand and board member of the Mediaworks Foundation.


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