Silver Line is proudly supported by:


Professor Max Abbott

CNZM, BSc, MA(Hons), PhD, DipClinPsych, MNZCCP, MRSNZ, Dean, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Professor Max Abbott’s pioneering research and advocacy in mental and public health have informed and shaped policies that have positive impacts on communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Under Max’s leadership AUT’s Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences has become one of the country’s largest and most diverse health, sport and science education providers. A 2016 recipient of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for outstanding services to health, science and education, Max has shown active support of the Silver Line concept from the beginning.


Professor Lindsey White - Chair

Trustee October 2015, Deputy Chair December 2018, Chair April 2019

Professor Lindsey White is Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Health Faculty at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). In that role he is responsible for increasing engagement with external parties and managing all external grant applications from Faculty researchers. He is an active researcher, and in his own field (Marine Biology and Fisheries) has been very successful in building strong links with funders and stakeholders.

John Lepper - Deputy Chair

Trustee July 2015, Chair October 2015, Trustee December 2018, Deputy Chair April 2019

John Lepper was formerly Adjunct Professor at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute of Deakin University. A member of the UK Government Economic Service advising predominantly on telecommunications and broadcasting matters, John worked on secondment as Senior Adviser at the National Lottery Commission and Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Lancaster University.

He was also previously Interim Head of Performance and Analysis and Economic Advisor in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, principally on gambling economics. John’s previous experience includes economic policy advice to the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, where he worked on the Gambling Act 2003. John has been a Director of a private economics consultancy, a senior economic adviser in the finance industry in both London and New Zealand, and a teacher of economics at several universities in the UK, New Zealand and China.

Roger Parton – Trust Secretary

September 2015, Trustee May 2019

Roger Parton served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force for twenty-one years, holding several operational and command appointments in New Zealand and overseas. Roger graduated from senior courses at the Command and Staff College and the Royal New Zealand Police College during the latter years of his service. Moving into the private sector Roger held management appointments at L D Nathan and at Barclays Bank, before being appointed Chief Executive of Clubs New Zealand in 1991. Roger became deeply involved in the issue of problem gambling and was a founding Trustee of the Problem Gambling Committee, appointed by the Government to provide services to help those living with gambling addictions. During his fifteen years with Clubs New Zealand, Roger held a number of governance positions in both corporate and not for profit organisations.

In 2005, Roger started his own business, and was appointed Chief Executive of both Rural Contractors New Zealand and the Aggregate & Quarry Association; both part time roles. A Fellow of the Institute of Management New Zealand since 2006, Roger’s involvement in the Silver Line project stems from a long involvement in not for profit organisations and issues that affect various sectors of New Zealand society. Roger became Trust Secretary on the formation of the Trust.

Vincent Burke – Trustee

Trustee November 2017

Vincent Burke has a post graduate degree from Victoria University, where he studied music. He is a Principal of Top Shelf Productions, which he established in 1988, and is now one of New Zealand's leading film and television production companies. A past Chief Executive of the NZ Film and Video Training Board, Vincent has twice served as the elected President of the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) of New Zealand. A successful arts administrator, Vincent has been employed as a Policy Advisor for the New Zealand Film Commission and the New Zealand Arts Council (Creative New Zealand). He has previously held several senior elected positions on a number of Non-Government Organisations, including the NZ South Asia Centre (NZSAC) and the National Youth Council.