The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Trustees

David Jackson

David Jackson (Chairman)

A former partner and Chairman of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, David is an experienced company director. His current directorships include Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Nuplex Industries Limited and The New Zealand Refining Company Limited where he is Chairman. He is based in Auckland.

Dame Malvina Major

Dame Malvina Major

Dame Malvina Major was born in Hamilton, New Zealand. After winning the New Zealand Mobil Song Quest and the Melbourne Sun Aria, Dame Malvina went to London to study at the London Opera Centre. She won the Kathleen Ferrier competition while studying at the London Opera Centre. In New Zealand her singing teacher was Dame Sister Mary Leo, and in London she was taught by Ruth Packer from the Royal College of Music. Read more

Alan Judge

Alan Judge

Alan Judge is a Partner at EY (formally Ernst & Young) and is the Financial Services Government and Public Sector Leader. Alan is the Chair of the City Gallery Wellington Foundation.

Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay is a former partner now consultant with MDS Law in Christchurch. He is a director of a number of private companies and has extensive experience in commercial, property and trust law. He was the inaugural chairman of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section and remains on the executive of that section. He is also a member of the New Zealand Law Society Ethics Committee.

Anna Midgley QSM

Anna Midgley QSM (Alexandra Gordon)

Anna Midgley won a two year Friends of the Royal Opera House scholarship to study at the London Opera Centre. She performed at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, with the BBC, and in concert in the UK and Europe. Anna served on boards of The Little Foundation, The Stars Organisation for SCOPE and The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents of children with cerebral palsy before returning to Christchurch in 1998. She has been one of the preliminary judges for the Lexus Song Quest and chairs the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Christchurch committee.

Anna Pierard

Anna completed a Master of Music at the Guildhall School of Music in London before enjoying an opera career in Europe, singing in houses such as La Monnaie, Opera du Rhin and the Palau de la Musica. After returning to New Zealand following the birth of her first child, in 2013 she co-founded Festival Opera and the Project Prima Volta programme, which shines a light on opera as an educative tool, accessible to all young people, regardless of their circumstances.

Jenny Wollerman

Jenny Wollerman

Jenny Wollerman is Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice at Victoria University’s Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music. After a Master of Music in Opera at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Jenny undertook advanced vocal courses at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England before returning to pursue her career in Australasia. She has appeared as soprano soloist with key arts organisations throughout New Zealand and Australia, including the NZSO, NZ International Arts Festival, NZ Opera, Auckland Philharmonia and the Tasmanian, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. She acts as an external assessor for postgraduate examinations at universities throughout New Zealand and has been adjudicator for national singing competitions such as NZ Aria. Since 2005 Jenny has been on the audition panel and singing teacher for the NZ Opera Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists internships programme.


Martin Snell is one of New Zealand’s most prominent international bass singers who serves as an overseas consultant to the Trustees and mentor to young artists in Europe. Born and educated in Dunedin, Martin studied law before undertaking postgraduate vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He  has received many awards and scholarships including winning  the 1993 Mobil Song Quest  and a scholarship from the Peter Moores Foundation, London.  Based in Switzerland, Martin has performed in  major concert halls and opera houses of the world including Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

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