The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT) has announced the appointment of Wānaka local Phil Smith as a trustee. The announcement follows the retirement of Peter Southwick, Wānaka property developer and a trustee since 2015, who recently relocated to Cambridge.
QLCHT chair Andrew Blair said, “We owe our gratitude to the valuable contribution from Peter who has been a trustee for five years. He has excellent property and governance skills, which he applied to the trust tirelessly. We will certainly miss his voice around the table.
“Whilst we are disappointed to lose Peter, we now look forward to utilising Phil’s strong background and capability in property and construction,” Blair said.
QLCHT is a not-for-profit social enterprise created by Queenstown Lakes District Council in 2007 to provide housing assistance for low- to moderate-income households who contribute to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the district, but are genuinely struggling to commit to the area because of the affordability issue.
Originally from West Otago, Smith grew up holidaying in Wānaka before moving here permanently in 2002 with his wife and three children. Experienced in the building industry, Smith has held management and ownership roles in local firms and served on the Central Otago executive of the Registered Master Builders Association. He recently joined Integrity Homes as business development manager.
“I am delighted to be joining the team,” Smith said. “I have followed the trust for a number of years, and am a great supporter in its vision to ensure residents of the district have access to decent affordable housing with secure tenure. With a lot of projects in the pipeline, particularly in Wānaka, it’s an exciting time to be coming on board.”