Our Trustees

Our ten 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.

There are three sub committees of the Board:

  • Investment
  • Audit, Finance and Risk Management
  • General Manager Assessment 

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

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Margot Hishon


Margot was appointed in 2015 and is our current Chair. She is Chair of the Clutha Southland National Party, a director of Otautau Health Limited, a trustee of the Otautau Community Health Trust and a member of the Otago/Southland Lotteries Community Distribution Committee. Margot’s business interests are in farming and the construction industry and she is also a partner in Matilda Productions, that is involved in the entertainment industry. Margot lives in Winton and has strong links to the Western Southland district.

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Lindsay Wright

Deputy Chair

Lindsay has been a Trustee since 2013, became our Deputy Chair in 2014 and is also Chair of our Investment Committee. A fourth generation sheep and beef farmer from Wendonside in Northern Southland, Lindsay is the co-ordinator for the Southland Rural Support Trust and is involved in a range of voluntary boards, including chairing the Gore High School Foundation and being a member of the Riversdale and Districts Progress League. Lindsay has a 30-year association with Toastmasters at a national level.

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Trish Boyle


Trish was appointed in 2013 and was the Trust's Chair from November 2014 to November 2016. Trish lives in Invercargill and is a senior Education Adviser with the Ministry of Education and has previously worked in mentoring and assessment of performance management for teachers and principals. She has also been a teacher and principal in schools in Southland. As a Rotarian, Trish has held a range of leadership roles including Club President, District Governor, and national and international trainer, and is currently Chair of Rotary charitable trust - The Rotary Foundation for District 9980.

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Richard Wason


Richard lives in Te Anau and was appointed 2012. Richard was the Manager of The Village Inn Hotel in Te Anau and was on the Board of the Mainstay Hotels. Richard is actively involved in the Fiordland Health Trust and Fiordland Rotary, receiving Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship in 2014, and was Fiordland’s representative on the former Takitimu PHO. Richard's dedication to his community is evident through his involvement in numerous projects and activities, raising significant funds for the Te Anau community and wider Fiordland area.

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Mata Cherrington


Mata is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai and Ngāi Pakeha decent and was born and raised in Invercargill, and after time away, returned to live in Bluff. She was appointed as a Trustee in 2015 and holds degrees from Waikato University in Social Sciences, and in Law. She has held leadership and governance roles in the health, social and education sectors, and currently runs her own business and enjoys serving iwi Māori as well as her wider community in matters that contribute to improving its wellbeing. 

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Stephen O'Connor


Stephen was appointed in 2015 and lives in Invercargill. He is an Authorised Financial Advisor and is the principal of Mitre Wealth Management. He is a Certified Financial Planner and has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and a Postgraduate Diploma (Personal Financial Planning) from Waikato University. A Fellow Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Institute of Financial Advisers and Associate Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management, Stephen also has a range of community involvements being Chairman of Southland Disability Enterprises, a Life Member of YMCA of Invercargill and a member of the Invercargill Rotary Club. He is a former Director of Rugby Southland, Past President of the Marist Rugby Club and the Rotary Club of Invercargill. Stephen is a director of Invest South a local private equity fund, of which Community Trust South is the sole investor.

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Penny Simmonds


Penny was appointed in 2012 and is the Chief Executive of Southern Institute of Technology. In 2015 Penny was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is a Board member Venture Southland, Past President of Hockey New Zealand, a director of Southern Lakes English Language College and trustee of Film Otago Southland. Penny lives in Mabel Bush.

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Warren Skerrett


Warren lives in Queenstown and was appointed in 2016. Warren is a Financial Advisor, with over 35 years’ experience. He is also a Certified Financial Planner and has a Diploma (Personal Financial Planning) from Massey University. Warren grew up in Bluff and, after building a successful financial planning and insurance practice in Invercargill, moved to Queenstown. He is active in both the Wakatipu and Southland regions, having business interests covering Southland and Otago.

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John Wyeth


John was appointed in 2017 and, while originally from Gore, he now lives in Riverton. John had a long involvement with the Mataura Licensing Trust, spanning over 39 years of which he was the General Manager for 29 years.

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Michael Wilson


Michael, who lives in Invercargill, was appointed in 2018. A solicitor for Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children, Michael is also a Disputes Tribunal Referee. Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1992, Michael has also practiced in commercial and regulatory law in Auckland and Wellington, as well as holding corporate governance roles.

Becoming a Trustee

Our trustees are appointed by the Minister of Finance for a term of four years.


On 31st May 2019 Warren Skerrett, Stephen O’Connor, Mata Cherrington and Margot Hishon will complete their first terms as Trustees and are available for reappointment.

The Minister 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 party. To assist the Minister to identify suitable people for possible consideration, expressions of interest on a confidential basis are welcomed from members of the Community Trust South region.

As the Trust does not currently have a manawhenua-endorsed Trustee, we will liaise with manawhenua to seek their endorsement for a manawhenua-endorsed Trustee. Applications are also invited from other applicants who believe they would have the endorsement of manawhenua.

The Trust is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from suitable people in our region: 

  • Trustees must be resident in our region and can hold office on more than one occasion
  • A mix of geographic representation, skills and experience are sought including; financial and investment, legal, governance, community and voluntary
  • Meetings are held approximately five weekly on a Thursday in Invercargill (generally from 9am - 3pm) and at least three meetings a year are held out in our region
  • Trustees also take part in sub-committees

The Minister takes into consideration several factors when making appointments, including:

  • Balance of skills and financial expertise required by Community Trust South
  • Gender and ethnic representation of Community Trust South
  • Conflicts of interest (if any)
  • Geographic spread of Trustees
  • Knowledge of the community

All expressions of interest remain confidential to the Trust and will be sent to the Minister of Finance for consideration.

Information packs, including an expression of interest form, outline of the role and responsibilities of a Trustee, are available from the Community Trust South office or by phone 0800 500 185 or email info@communitytrustsouth.nz

Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday 30 November 2018 and should be sent to:

Jackie Flutey

General Manager

Community Trust South

PO Box 1646, 62 Don Street, Invercargill 9840


If you have a query about becoming a trustee please contact our General Manager jackie@communitytrustsouth.nz

Contact Us

Our Team

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Jackie Flutey

General Manager

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.

Email: jackie@communitytrustsouth.nz

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Dianne Williams

Grants Manager

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.

Email: dianne@communitytrustsouth.nz

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Ngaire Hamilton

Trust Administrator

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.

Email: ngaire@communitytrustsouth.nz

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Jennifer Hay


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.

Email: jennifer@communitytrustsouth.nz

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Nikki Dermody

Marketing and Communications Advisor

Nikki is our juggling extraordinaire, managing to juggle multiple communication and marketing activities that are on the go at any one time. With a Bachelor of Commerce and Science and over 14 years of experience in various marketing roles, she’s passionate about sharing your stories with the world and spreading the word about all things Community Trust South.

Email: nikki@communitytrustsouth.nz

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Anna Howard

Funding Advisor

Having recently returned to the Trust, Anna’s friendly approach and her passion for supporting community groups ensures that grant and scholarship applications are in safe hands. Her part-time role supports our Grants Manager in the day-to-day administration of funding activities.

Email: anna@communitytrustsouth.nz

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Robyn Koehler

Research Manager

With a Bachelor of Physical Education and Postgrad in Rehabilitation, Robyn brings a wide range of skills and experiences to her role of over 10 years. Having her finger on the pulse and knowing what’s happening in our community and the wider grantmaking sector ensures our strategy and grantmaking decisions are well informed.

Email: robyn@communitytrustsouth.nz