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.
Andy is a graduate of the University of Otago and is currently the Regional Lead for the Otago Regional Skills Leadership Group at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Prior to holding this role Andy was Industry Relations Head at Otago Polytechnic.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 22 years. Prior to leadership employment positions she worked many years as a registered nurse in the mental health area.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
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
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 children, Isla, Millie, Ava and George.Read more
Raewyn van Gool
Raewyn is actively involved in her family’s agribusiness interests in Otago. 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
Carole was born and raised in Otepoti Dunedin, attending the University of Otago after finishing high school. Having obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Carole started her professional life working as a graduate for Lawrence Anderson Buddle and after more than 35 years in what is essentially the same firm with different names, is now a partner with Polson Higgs.Read more
Fraser has had a career spanning 37 years in the field of accounting, having spent 15 years in Christchurch and 22 in Oamaru. Fraser was raised and initially educated in Dunedin. After high school, he attended Lincoln University in 1980, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture with a specialization in Valuation and Farm Management. Subsequently, he pursued further education at Canterbury University, earning a Bachelor of Commerce with a focus on Accounting and Finance.Read more
Robyn is a graduate of the University of Otago. Having had a successful career in the financial industry and in corporate project management and governance, she returned to Ōtepoti in 2019. Since then Robyn has taken on roles to help people and use her skills to help make positive change.Read more