Ronald Trotter

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Sir Ron Trotter
Born Ronald Ramsay Trotter
(1927-10-09)9 October 1927
Hawera, New Zealand
Died 11 August 2010(2010-08-11) (aged 82)
Wellington, New Zealand
Alma mater Wanganui Collegiate School Canterbury Agricultural College, Valuation and Farm Management, 1948[1]
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Margaret, Lady Trotter

Sir Ronald Ramsay Trotter (9 October 1927 – 11 August 2010) was one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent business leaders. He was knighted for his service to business in 1985.



Trotter was instrumental in the formation of Fletcher Challenge Corporation in 1981, where he was the chief executive and chairman.

Directorships and management roles[edit]

  • Managing Director and Chairman of Wright Stephenson and Co (1958–72)
  • Chairman and Managing Director Challenge Corporation (1970–1981)[2]
  • Chairman and Chief Executive of Fletcher Challenge (1981–87)
  • Chairman Fletcher Challenge (1987–90)
  • Trustee and Chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (1973–86)
  • Chairman of Telecom Corporation of New Zealand
  • Director of Air New Zealand (1989–93)
  • Director and Chairman of Toyota New Zealand (1964–2001)
  • Inaugural Chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable (1985–1990)

Public service[edit]

Trotter made substantial contributions to the public sector. His roles included:

  • Chairman of the Steering Committee of the New Zealand Economic Summit Conference of 1984
  • Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Chairman of the State-owned Enterprises Advisory Committee (1987–88)
  • Chairman of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Chairman of Post Office Bank (1989)
  • Member and Chairman of the Oversees Investment Commission (1974–77)
  • Chairman of the Interim Provider Board


Trotter was also an art collector and, along with his wife Margaret, Lady Trotter, played an instrumental role in the formation of the Fletcher Challenge Art Collection.[3]


  1. ^ "Lincoln University Profile". Lincoln University. Retrieved 7 July 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Fletcher Challenge Archives – Companies". Fletcher Challenge Archives. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Fletcher Challenge Art Collection History". Fletcher Collection. April 2004. Retrieved 7 July 2009.