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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Diccon Sim

Chair

Diccon Sim

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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Barb Long

Deputy Chair

Barb Long

Deputy Chair

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 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.

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Dr Michael Stevens

Dr Michael Stevens

Greater Dunedin

Ko Motu Pōhue te mauka
Ko Te Ara a Kiwa te moana
Ko Pikomamakunui te moutere tītī
Ko Kāi Tahu te iwi
Ko Kāi Te Ruahikihiki me Kāti Rakiāmoa kā hapū
Ko Te Rau Aroha te marae
Nō Awarua ahau

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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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Gina Huakau

Gina Huakau

Greater Dunedin

Tēnā koe
Te Atua o Taiehu te mauka
Ko te tai ō Rapuwai te tai
I kōpaki au i te iwi ō Kai Tahu, Kati mamoe, Waitaha
Kō Tonga rātou kō Irish kō Scottish kā iwi
Nō Ōtepoti ahau
Kō Gina Huakau tōhoku īkoa
Kō Mark Schafer tōhoku hoa rakatira
Kō Sophie rāua kō Max kā tamariki

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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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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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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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Raewyn van Gool

Raewyn van Gool

Central Otago

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.

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Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams

Central Otago

Ko Hikaroaroa te mauka
Ko Waikouaiti te awa
Ko Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki tōku kaika
Ko Parata tōku whānau whāngai
Ko Gordon Williams tōku hoa rakatira
Ko Rebecca Williams ahau.

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