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Our Trustees - Ngā Kaitarahiti

Our seven trustees, who form the Board that governs Community Trust South, are appointed by the Minister of Finance for four-year terms.

Trustees are from throughout our area and include a mix of community, investment, legal and financial expertise to assist us in achieving high governance standards and to ensure effective stewardship of the significant community resource they are responsible for.

The role of our Board is to set our strategy and policies, and to make decisions on all funding requests.

The Board has a code of conduct that reflects good governance standards and all trustees commit to declaring generosity, acting ethically and professionally, and to properly manage conflicts of interest.

To give effect to the Treaty principle of partnership the Trust is committed to recommending a Mana Whenua endorsed presence on the Board.  Along with the usual roles of a Trustee the role of a Mana Whenua Endorsed Trustee includes connecting the Trust with Iwi, providing a Māori perspective into Trust decision making; encouraging consideration of issues surrounding Manawhenua and Iwi Māori; facilitating advice and guidance to the Trust in undertaking its operations in a manner that values and respects kawa (protocols) and tikanga (customs).

There are four sub committees of the Board:

  • Investment
  • Audit, Finance and Risk Management
  • General Manager Assessment 
  • Te Whai Hua

The day to day running of our organisation is delegated to our Chief Executive Officer who, along with staff, is responsible for delivering on our strategy.

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Kirsty Pickett

Heamana - Chair

Ko Takitimu te maunga         
Ko Skippers te whenua e hono nei ki taku whanau
Ko Te Anau te roto e tata ana ki taku ngākau
Ko Devon ko Turakina te waka
Ko Scotland tōku iwi
Nō Te Anau ahau
Ko Kirsty Pickett taku ingoa  

Appointed to the Trust in 2020, Kirsty is a company director and award-winning journalist, based in Te Anau.  Having spent 15 years as a journalist for The Southland Times, Kirsty went on to become the first female editor of the Wanganui Chronicle in 2006.  Returning to Te Anau in 2008 Kirsty co-founded the Advocate South newspaper, created Southland’s first escape room business, Fiordland Escapes, and developed the Southland App – a digital news and information portal for Southland. A teacher and judge of highland dancing, Kirsty is also active in Scottish cultural circles, including the Te Anau Tartan Festival.

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Stephen Canny

Heamana Tuarua - Deputy Chair

Stephen (MNZM, MIOD)  is a Business and Strategic Projects Group Manager. He has managed the successful completion of large projects such as Southland’s Regional Energy Strategy, Whole Community Broadband Network as well as major civil and mechanical engineering projects including satellite and space ground stations and terrestrial television.

Stephen has been Chairman of the National Broadband Forum, Chairman of Junior Worlds 2012 Limited and President of Cycling New Zealand Road and Track. He has presented at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events and at numerous international conferences.

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Aimee Kaio


Ko Motupohue te mauka
Ko Te Ara a Kewa te moana
Ko Tarere ki whenua uta te whenua
Ko Tahu Potiki te tangata
Ko Te Rau Aroha te marae
Ko Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe me Waitaha oku iwi.
He uri ahau no Te Arawa me Nga Puhi hoki.
Ko Aimee Kaio toku ingoa. 

Aimee is a born and bred Southlander, and she lives in Bluff with her husband, children and their first mokopuna. Aimee is part of the Ngāi Tahu Regional Investment Team, working with Papatipu Runaka of Ngāi Tahu to support their investment and intergenerational wealth aspirations.  Aimee’s career has predominantly been in hapū, iwi and regional development. 

Aimee is an active member of Awarua Rūnaka and of Murihiku Regeneration and holds a number of Governance roles, Kahui Māori for Deep South Challenge and the Antarctic Science Platform, a Board member of EAT NZ, Board member of COIN South and Co-Chair of Southland Just Transition. Aimee has a passion for social impact, climate action and entrepreneurship, where she mentors rangatahi and startups in these spaces. Aimee is a DBA candidate for 2023, with a focus on Iwi-led regional economic development.

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David Goble


Ko Kawarau te māunga
Ko Te Whaka-ata te roto
Nō Waihōpai ahau
Ko Ingarangi, ko Airihi ōku iwi
Ko Waihōpai  tōku kainga noho
Ko David Goble tōku ingoa

David was appointed as Trustee in 2019 and is also chair of our Investment Committee. He is a Financial Advisor and an Investment Advisor at Craigs Investment Partners. David has an NZX Diploma and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Otago University. He has a commercial background, having worked for over 35 years in the financial services sector, starting out in the Trustee Industry and latterly in the investment sector. David is a member of Invercargill North Rotary Club, as well as past President. He is former Chairman of rural group Livestrands.

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Leanne Samuel


Ko Maungatua toku maunga
Ko Taieri toku awa
Ko Pakeha, Kuki Airani toku iwi
Ko Murihiku tohu papa kainga
Ko Leanne Samuel toku ingoa

Leanne is the Southland area manager for IHC/IDEA services and has held executive clinical leadership/management roles in District Health boards and more recently in the intellectual disability sector. Qualifications include Nursing, Midwifery and a Masters degree in Health Service Management. Leanne is also qualified in Civil Defence Emergency management.  Born and raised in Otago and Southland, Leanne was as a previous member of the Trusts’ Murihiku health scholarship committee.  Leanne’s whanau is a mix of NZ European and Cook Island Maori descent and Leanne serves as a board member on a rural health services provider trust and with local Maori and Pacific organisation. 

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Leon Hartnett


Ko Maungawhau te māunga
Ko Liffey te awa      
No Dublin ahau
Ko Airihi, ōku iwi
Ko Waihopai toku kainga noho
Ko Leon Hartnett tōku ingoa

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Leon has professional qualifications in accountancy and tax law and worked as an accountant for 20 years. Leon was the Charter President of the Rotary club of Invercargill NRG, founding director of Greenlight Innovations and director of Helping Hands Southland. He also works for IHC New Zealand.

Leon, his wife and three children have lived in Invercargill since 2011 and are heavily invested in the community. Leon is committed to the wellbeing of the community especially as regards those who are disadvantaged.                

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Melanie Montgomery


Ko Takitimu te māunga
Ko Te Anau to awa
Nō Murihiku ahau
Ko Dickson toku whanau
Ko Montgomery toku whanau inaianei
Ko Mel Montgomery toku ingoa

Mel lives in Central Southland and is the financial controller at ILT Stadium Southland.  Mel is also the manager of the Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust, owns a rural contracting business alongside her husband, is the chair of a local rural primary school, and was a director of Invercargill City Forest for four years.  Mel has a strong connection to the rural community and has been involved in a number of community organisations in varying capacities over her career.

Community Trust South Board Internship Programme


Community Trust South has the strategic aspiration for a Thriving South, with a purpose of ensuring communities are empowered, have the resources and capacity to participate and realise their aspirations and collective wellbeing.  An important priority under our pou (pillar) of People and Places is Community Connectedness which includes supporting social cohesion by building networks and promoting inclusivity; helping to build volunteer capacity and supporting communities to be self-determining and empowered to co-design solutions.  This Board internship programme is one aspect of this support to our community, recognising people need opportunities to participate in governance.    

What is the Board Internship Programme?

  • The CTS Board internship is a non-voting observer role
  • The internship will commence at the time of the next Trustee appointments (noting this timing is yet to be confirmed)
  • The intern will attend all board meetings, professional development opportunities, relevant community events and one sub-committee, excluding the CEO Performance Review Committee, as appointed by the Board (aligned to an area of interest)
    • Sub-committees include:
      • Investment
      • Audit Finance and Risk Management
      • Te Whai Hua (which assists in developing the CTS commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi)

The time commitment including meeting preparation is 30 days per year or 20 hours per month.

The internship programme will be promoted broadly, including to those who have participated in the Southland Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy.


  •  Interns will be required to sign a Letter of Appointment and Confidentiality Undertaking (a copy may be requested from CTS)
  • The Board of Community Trust South will appoint the intern
  • The intern will be paired with a Trustee to support them to make the most of the internship

Internship Criteria

Expressions of interest will be accepted from people who:

are an Aotearoa New Zealand citizen or hold an Aotearoa New Zealand permanent residency

  • reside in the Trust’s area and have done so for 3 years or more
  • have an interest in governance in the for purpose (not for profit) sector
  • preference will be given to those who are from priority populations or who work in or are significantly involved in for purpose (not for profit) organisations working with priority populations.  Priority populations include Māori, Pasifika, migrant, rangitahi, people with a disability, rainbow and older populations
  • have some governance experience, being either an emerging or mid-career governor
  • are 18 years or older

The intern will have a criminal record check conducted by the Trust.

For the Expression of Interest Information Pack please click here

To apply for this position please click here

Expressions of Interest close at 5pm Monday 8th July 2024

Becoming a Trustee

Trustees of Community Trust South are responsible for an investment fund of $243 million (as at 31 March 2023) and distributing income generated, to benefit the communities of Southland, Wakatipu Basin and parts of West Otago.

The Minister of Finance has responsibility for appointing Trustees and invites Community Trust South to put forward nominations of suitable people to be considered for appointment as a Trustee. As well as seeking nominations from the Trust, the Minister can also receive nominations directly from any other interested people. To assist the Minister to identify suitable people for consideration, expressions of interest on a confidential basis are welcomed from people in the Community Trust South rohe (area). 

Click here for information about becoming a Trustee and Expression of Interest Information Pack

Click here for information about exclusions to becoming a Trustee

The Minister takes into consideration several factors when making appointments including the skills and attributes required.  Collectively Trustees must have the skills to manage the Trust, in particular:

  • Sufficient diversity among Trustees (for example, in relation to background, skillset, ethnicity, demographics, and gender) in order to ensure that the communities in the Community Trust South area and their needs are properly represented;
  • Sufficient Trustees who whakapapa Maori;
  • Sufficient Trustees who have the skills required to manage the Trust Fund's investments (including compliance with financial and legal requirements);
  • Trustees who collectively have skills in governance, community experience and the social sector; and
  • Sufficient institutional knowledge of the Trust's affairs retained amongst the Trustees to enable smooth operation of the Trust. 

Expressions of Interest for our Trustee positions are now closed for 2024.

External Committee Members

In line with best practice and the need for continuity, the Trust can appoint External Committee Members (ECM) to a Trust committee to support the Board in discharging its responsibilities.

The term of an ECM’s appointment will be decided by the Board taking into account the requirements of the committee, upcoming Trustee appointment rounds, the expected duration of the committee and the need for continuity on the committee. A person cannot be an ECM on more than one committee at one time.

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Kathryn Ball

Audit, Finance & Risk Committee

Kathryn, a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in public practice, is currently a self-employed consultant, principally to McIntyre Dick.  Kathryn was a partner/principal in McIntyre Dick and Partners for many years, and prior to that a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers and Coopers and Lybrand.

A director of SBS Bank since 2006, and deputy chair since 2016, Kathryn chairs the bank’s Audit & Risk Committee.  She is a director of Invercargill Central Ltd, and was previously a director of Stadium Southland Ltd and a councillor of Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), chairing the Audit & Finance Committee and serving a period as deputy chair.

Kathryn is the Chair of our Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

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Andrew Johnson

Investment Committee

Andrew is an investment professional currently focussing on governance roles. He has more than 25 years’ investment experience, including nearly 9 years as a consultant advising institutional clients.

Andrew is an investment committee member for two other organisations (including a Community Trust) and a board member of three restricted workplace savings schemes. He also provides ongoing advisory services to a retail managed fund provider, and undertakes ad hoc advisory projects from time to time.

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Jackie Flutey

Chief Executive Officer

Ko Tititea te māunga
Ko Wanaka te roto
Nō Otautahi ahau
Ko Liz rāua ko Ron Carson ōku mātua
No Wanaka rāua
Ko Ray Flutey toku hoa tane
Nō Akaroa ia
Ko Kai Tahu tana iwi
Ko Abby tāku tamahine
Ko Joseph tāku tama
Ko Waihopai toku kainga noho
Ko Jackie Flutey toku ingoa

Bringing a range of management experience in the grantmaking and tertiary education sectors, Jackie joined the Trust in early 2018. Jackie’s commitment to fostering relationships and partnerships with other funders and the community ensures the Trust is well positioned and continues to build on its solid foundations established over the past 30 years. Her pragmatic and level-headed approach enables her to empower staff and effectively support the trustees to carry out their mandate.


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Dianne Williams

Grants Manager

Ko Takitimu toku māunga
Ko Aparima toku awa
Ko Nightcaps te whenua, e hono nei ki
taku whanau
Ko Kotirani, ko Airihi tōku iwi
Ko Waihopai toku kainga noho
Ko Dianne Williams tōku ingoa

With nearly 20 years working alongside the people of the South, Dianne brings an empathic and sound understanding of all things community. Her knowledge of working with your organisation is a vital link in sharing your passion and advocating for your services and projects with trustees. Dianne’s strength is getting to the heart of a project and working alongside groups to achieve their goals.


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Jess Domigan

Strategy, Policy & Insights Manager

Ko Takitimu tōku maunga
Ko Oreti tōku awa
I tipu ake ahau i Whangarei
Ēngari e noho ana ahau i Waihopai
Ko Bartley tōku whanau
Ko Jason tōku hoa tane
Ko James rāua ko Harry āku tama
Ko Jess Domigan tōku ingoa

Jess has a wealth of experience across the Health, Education and Sport sectors.  Her expertise is in bringing strategic priorities to action, policy development and relationship building which lends itself well to her role as Strategy, Insights and Policy Manager.  Jess is committed to fostering collaboration for collective impact to ensure Murihiku whānau reach their aspirations.

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Ngaire Hamilton

Office Manager

Ko Takitimu te māunga
Ko Waimatuku te awa
Ko Napaeleon Toru te waka
Ko Drummond te whenua, e hono nei, ki
taku whanau
Ko Kotirani toku iwi
Nō Otatara ahau
Ko Ngaire Hamilton toku ingoa

Ngaire’s down-to-earth approach, combined with a diverse range of skills and responsibilities, ensures she's the glue that holds our office together. With over ten years’ experience at the Trust, Ngaire knows the organisation inside and out and is your first point of contact.


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Jennifer Hay


Ko Takitimu te māunga
Ko Waiau te awa
Ko Wakatipu te roto
Ko Kotirani, Ko Airihi, Ko Werehi oku iwi
Ko Jennifer Hay toku ingoa

With over 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant in the private and community sectors, Jen brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. When it comes to numbers, Jen thrives on detail and can bring numbers to life, ensuring our investments and operations are managed based on best practice.


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Michelle Baron

Funding Advisor

Ko Motupohue te māuka
Ko Te Ara a Kiwa te moana
Ko Takitimu te waka
Nō Te Moutere a Ruapuke ahau
Ko Te Rau Aroha tōku marae
Ko Tuhawaiki Te Rangitira
Ko Kai Tahu, ko Katirani oku iwi
Ko Kati Mamoe, ko Waitaha ōku hapu
Ko Waihopai toku kainga noho
Ko Michelle Baron toku ingoa

With a wealth of experience in financial services, administrative systems and support, Michelle brings a positive and friendly approach to supporting community groups and individuals ensuring your grant or scholarship application is in very safe hands. Her part-time role supports our Grants Manager in the day-to-day administration of funding activities.


Courtney Walker

Courtney Walker

Marketing and Communications Advisor

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau
I te taha o taku Pāpa he urī ahau nō āirini
I te taha o taku Māmā he urī ahau nō Te Whenua Ahitereiria
Engari, I whānau mai ahau i waihopi
I tipu ake i Murihiku
Ko Takitimu te maunga
Ko Oreti te Awa
Ko Courtney Walker taku ingoa
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa

A born and bred Southlander with over ten years experience in the Marketing, Communications and Media industries in both Aotearoa NZ and abroad, Courtney brings a fresh approach to Community Trust South. Courtney has a creative mind with a brand management focus and thrives working on new projects. Courtney has a passion for community and is involved in supporting other local community organisations in her spare time. 


Staff Vacancies

Kaiārahi - Cultural Advisor Māori

Reports to:        Chief Executive Officer
Location:           Waihopai/Invercargill
Scope:               20 hours per week
Date:                  May 2024
Duration:           Fixed Term Contract – 1 year

Position purpose

Key to our Strategic aspiration Community Trust South will demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  The Kaiārahi - Cultural Advisor Māori role is responsible for supporting the Trust in this mahi in developing Te Ao Māori me tōna tirohanga (the Māori world and perspective).

Key responsibilities

  • Support the raising of cultural capability and confidence of CTS staff and Trustees in respect to kaupapa Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Provide cultural guidance, advice and support for how kaupapa Māori is appropriately brought to life and integrated into CTS, its culture, the way it operates and in its respectful relationships and engagement with Iwi and Māori communities
  • Establish, build on and maintain effective and enduring partnerships and networks with iwi, hapū and Māori communities together with relevant staff and Trustees, to support and facilitate the mahi of the Trust and to support the Trust to understand Māori aspirations and priorities in our rohe
  • Provide guidance on potential partnerships and activity that stimulates the opportunity for Māori participation in granting and investment in our community, with a particular focus on innovative ways of working, including at a flaxroots level
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders, so that the Trust’s role, commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and endeavours are well understood and recognised
  • Alongside the Strategy, Policy & Insights Manager support the incorporation of Te Ao Māori into CTS strategy, policies, procedures and practices
  • Alongside the Grants Manager and Funding Advisor support community organisations, groups and individuals when applying to the Trust, with a specific focus on Kaupapa Māori organisations and Māori communities
  • Support the Marketing and Communications Advisor with cultural expertise and targeted communications to Iwi, hapū and Māori communities
  • Attend relevant functions, events, hui as appropriate




Knowledge, skills & experience

  • Affinity with Community Trust South’s values and Strategic aspiration
  • Skill in working in ways which honour the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of tikanga Māori, particularly as they apply to Kai Tahu
  • Experience in building relationships at all levels with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly whanau, hapū, Iwi, and Māori communities, including having established networks
  • Fluency in Te Reo Māori is desirable, but not essential
  • Understanding of the charitable sector, community issues and not-for-profit environment
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in working with a diverse range of community groups
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Intermediate IT and office skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, and Internet
  • A clean full drivers’ licence
  • A relevant tertiary qualification is desirable, but not essential

For full position description please click here

To apply for this position please click here

Applications close at 5pm Thursday 20 June 2024.