Sir Roderick Deane has had an extensive career in business as Chairman and as a Director of a number of major New Zealand, Australian and Canadian companies and earlier top level roles in the public sector, central banking, and economics. He has a substantial involvement with charitable and cultural organizations.
He was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours 2012 for services to business and the community.
He is a Trustee of the Deane Endowment Trust. This trust provides financial assistance to a wide range of arts and culture organizations, including in the fields of classical music, opera, ballet and the visual arts; to art galleries and museums, particularly in the Wellington region and principally for the sponsorship of exhibitions and publications; to outstanding young people to study abroad and further their careers, particularly in the fields of classical music, opera, ballet and some other areas; to people with rare disorders and intellectual and other disabilities and the organizations which support them; to publications in the fields of the arts, and Maori and New Zealand history; to scientific research particularly in the area of rare disorders, and to outstanding young postgraduate students to study and assist with research in working with some of New Zealand’s leading scientists; to a number of environmental areas especially those associated with the preservation of wetlands and conservation of the native plant environment; and to a number of specific community projects.