New Otago Community Trust chair appointed

Otago Community Trust has announced the appointment of John Wilson as its new chair.

Wilson takes over the trust’s chair role from Ross McRobie effective from June 1 2020. McRobie will remain on the board of Otago Community Trust as a trustee until such time that the Minister of Finance makes the new trustee appointments.

Wilson, who was previously an investment advisor with Craigs Investment Partners, was appointed as a trustee in July 2016 and has served as deputy chair since July 2018. Diccon Sim, partner at law firm Gallaway Cook Allan has been appointed to fill the deputy chair role.

 McRobie said that he felt very privileged to have served on the trust for the last nine years and had thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as chairperson since 2015.

“I have always particularly enjoyed visiting various community projects and groups throughout the region and witnessing first-hand the enormous contribution that they make to our communities.

“I wish John and Diccon all the very best for their new roles. John’s strong investment knowledge and experience will serve the trust well, during what is a particularly challenging time” said McRobie.

Wilson said that as the newly appointed trust chair, he would be working collaboratively with all trustees, the chief executive, and staff to support the region’s community organisations and communities.

“I believe my 30+ years’ experience in the finance industry as an authorised financial adviser as well as my strong commitment to see the Otago region and its people and communities thrive will be valuable in managing this unprecedented period for the trust and the communities it supports.”

Wilson noted that while we entered unprecedented times, the trust had a good level of accumulated-income reserves in place to support Otago. The investment portfolio was robust. A highly skilled board of trustees and a dedicated team of staff would guide the trust in managing the way through these uncertain times.

“I would like to personally thank Ross for the tremendous work he has done during his tenure both as a trustee and more recently as chair,” Wilson said.

The trust continued to approve much-needed coronavirus funding. To date, $514,778.36 had been awarded to 41 community organisations since the dedicated coronavirus response fund was opened in early April.

We encourage community organisations to contact the trust if they have any questions around funding support, said chief trust executive Barbara Bridger.

“We are committed to doing the very best for our communities during this difficult and uncertain time”.

Read edition 977 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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