About the Todd Family
The Todd family has been in business in New Zealand since 1870 when pioneer Charles Todd arrived in Dunedin from Scotland. Over the last 150 years, Charles and his descendents have been involved in gold mining, fellmongery, stock and station agencies, car importation and distribution, motor vehicle assembly, petroleum distribution, gas and oil exploration, development and production, electricity generation and capital investment.
Today, there are two main Todd businesses, both of which are subsidiaries of the Todd Corporation:
- Todd Energy is engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas, electricity generation and the distribution of gas and electricity.
- Todd Capital makes strategic investments in New Zealand and Australian companies, particularly in the areas of telecommunications and property.
The Todd family has a strong history of philanthropy, with the first formal Todd charitable trust established in the 1950s by psychiatrist Kathleen Todd for post-graduate study in this discipline. Twenty years later, Sir Bryan Todd instigated the Todd Foundation in conjunction with Andrew and John Todd as the flagship for Todd family philanthropy. The Todd Corporation and Todd family members continue to provide ongoing support to the Todd Foundation through annual donations, with family members actively involved in governance and taking a keen interest in the foundation’s activities. In addition, some family members have their own philanthropic trusts, while the Todd Corporation and its subsidiaries are major sponsors of the arts, sports and youth initiatives.