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 to consider grant requests, operational items and strategic direction.
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.Read more
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 NGO sector for the past twenty years. Prior to leadership employment positions she worked many years as a registered nurse in the mental health area.Read more
Haley van Leeuwen
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.Read more
Alofa is from Cannons Creek in Porirua, Wellington. Her parents migrated from Samoa to New Zealand in the early 1960’s and settled in Porirua. Alofa has over 15 years teaching experience in the primary and secondary school sectors as well as experience in the tertiary sector having worked as a Pacific Liaison Officer at Victoria and Otago universities.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Raewyn van Gool
Raewyn is actively involved in her family’s agribusiness interests in Cromwell and Southland. She has been a passionate advocate for rural NZ and farming for 30 years, with a focus on helping young people and mentoring farming women who want to spread their wings into off farm paid work.Read more