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 grant requests, operational items and strategic direction.

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John Wilson

Chair

John Wilson

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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Diccon Sim

Deputy Chair

Diccon Sim

Deputy Chair

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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Kate Hazlett

Kate Hazlett

Central Otago

Kate Hazlett is the Chair of 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

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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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Kevin Malcolm

Kevin Malcolm

North Otago

Oamaru based Kevin Malcolm is Otago born and bred. 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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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 twenty years. Prior to leadership employment positions she worked many years as a registered nurse in the mental health area.

Barb is currently employed as the CEO of Corstorphine Baptist Community Trust, an Incorporated Charitable Trust that offers a range of community-based and residential support services for adults, youth and children affected by mental health and disability.

She has a history of appointments as a community member of health advisory panels and she is currently the Chair of a College Board of Trustees and a member of Alliance South Mental Health and Addictions Network. She has previously been a Board Member of Youthline Otago and served on a primary school Board of Trustees.

Barb is passionate about facilitating change and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting out on her road bike and playing around with photography as well as refereeing football.

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Bridget Tweed

Bridget Tweed

South Otago

South Otago based trustee Bridget spent her early years in Southland growing up on a sheep, beef and deer farm. Bridget has always had a strong affiliation to the agricultural sector and now resides on a farm in Waitahuna with her husband Luke and their four small children, Isla, Millie, Ava and George. 

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Ross McRobie

Ross McRobie

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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