Our Trustees

The Otago Community Trust is governed by 11 Trustees who are appointed by the Minister of Finance for a four year term. The Trustees collectively hold a range of invaluable skills, experience and knowledge that guide the activities of the Trust. They meet monthly at the Otago Community Trust Offices to consider donation requests, operational items and strategic direction.

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Ross McRobie

Chair

Ross McRobie

Chair

Central Otago

Ross has a strong sense of community involvement which has been an on-going focus for him throughout his career. He was born and educated in Invercargill, and was a Chartered Accountant for over 30 years.

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John Wilson

Deputy Chair

John Wilson

Deputy Chair

Central Otago

John lives in Wanaka where he has family and business interests. As an added bonus he gets to enjoy the benefits of living in an area surrounded by it’s natural beauty and unlimited outdoor adventures.  John is passionate about mountain biking, yoga and healthy food.

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Kate Hazlett

Kate Hazlett

Central Otago

Kate Hazlett serves on the the Roxburgh Medical Services Trust and New Zealand Dental Council, and is a former Director of Gore and Districts Health Inc. and former West Otago Community Board member.

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Gina Huakau

Gina Huakau

Greater Dunedin

Tena koe
Te Atua o Taiehu te mauka
Ko te tai o Rapuwai te tai
I kopaki au i te iwi o Kai Tahu, Kati mamoe, Waitaha
Ko Tonga ratou ko Irish ko Scottish ka iwi
No Otepoti ahau
Ko Gina Huakau tohoku ikoa
Ko Mark Schafer tohoku hoa rakatira
Ko Sophie raua ko Max ka tamariki

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Pip Laufiso

Pip Laufiso

Greater Dunedin

Pip Laufiso has been involved in a wide range of community-based organisations, initiatives and activities locally and nationally for many years, with her key interests focused on arts and education.  

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Lauren Semple

Lauren Semple

Greater Dunedin

Dunedin-born Lauren Semple is a partner of Greenwood Roche specialising in resource management law. Passionate about urban planning, she has consented some of the largest new developments and subdivisions in the South Island including our own Forsyth Barr Stadium. 

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Kevin Malcolm

Kevin Malcolm

North Otago

Oamaru based Kevin Malcolm is Otago born and breed. Kevin was raised is Port Chalmers and then lived in Central and South Otago before making North Otago his home since 1981. Kevin and his wife Jane have successfully sent four top children out into the world as hard working adults.

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Malcolm Wong

Malcolm Wong

Greater Dunedin

Malcolm comes from a NZ Cantonese Chinese ethnic background and his grandparents emigrated from Canton, China in the early 1900s. Both grandfathers paid the poll tax of £100 each when entering NZ. 

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Haley van Leeuwen

Haley van Leeuwen

Greater Dunedin

Raised in Alexandra, Central Otago and educated in Dunedin, Haley started work in the share broking industry at the age of 19.  Following some years studying by correspondence and part-time at the University of Otago Haley graduated with a degree in Commerce and a diploma in the NZX markets.

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Diccon Sim

Diccon Sim

Greater Dunedin

Diccon is a graduate of the Universities of Otago and Oxford, and is a Litigation Partner at law firm Gallaway Cook Allan.  He principally works with public sector and corporate clients, and has wide experience in public law matters as well as more general civil law practice. 

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Barb Long

Barb Long

Greater Dunedin

Barb has extensive experience as a leader in the primary and community health and social services sector.  Barb has been in management and leadership roles in the sector for the past seventeen years.  Prior to leadership employment positions she worked many years as a registered nurse in the mental health area.

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