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:
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.
Trish was appointed as a Trustee in 2013 and Chair in May 2020, Trish was previously 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Moran (MNZM) is a former Deputy Secretary at the Treasury and has extensive governance experience, starting 16 years ago as co-founder and chair of Play It Strange through to today where he is Chair of both Sport NZ and High-Performance Sport NZ, Chair of Turn Up the Music Trust, Deputy Chair of Otago Polytechnic, a director of Pioneer Energy and a trustee of Youthtown amongst other roles.
David was appointed in 2019 and lives in Invercargill. He is an Authorised 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.
Appointed to the Trust in 2020, Louise has recently retired from Presbyterian Support Southland where she was a Cultural Advisor, Team Leader and Social Worker since 2002. Louise has a long involvement with local iwi in governance roles; current Trustee of Awarua Rununga, Chair of Awarua Whanau Services, Chair of Te Rourou Whakatipuranga EEC, Director of Awarua Tio Company and an Awarua Whakapapa group member.
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.
Expressions of Interest for our current Trustee positions has now closed
The Minister of Finance has responsibility for appointing Trustees, all expressions of interest remain confidential to the Trust and will be sent to the Minister of Finance for consideration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marketing & Communications Advisor
With a sales and marketing background, Justine brings years of experience to communicating the amazing work and achievements of people and community groups supported by the Trust. She also keeps everyone informed about funding opportunities and what’s new at Community Trust South.