Meet the Trustees

The Trust, which has been wholly made up of six publicly elected trustees, will now, under the new governance structure voted for in a referendum in November 2016, include three appointed, alongside five publicly elected trustees, which together make the decisions regarding the grants allocated on a six weekly basis. 

The appointed trustees have been brought on board to enhance the composition of the Trust, ensuring it can recruit for the specialist skills and knowledge it needs, while sustaining majority elected community representation.


Linda Robertson

Linda was appointed to the Board as a Trustee in December 2017, and was elected Chair in October 2018. Linda brings with her extensive experience in the energy sector, an impressive audit and risk background, and experience working in both local government and the corporate sector. 

Linda is a Certified Treasury Professional and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ); a Fellow of the Institute of Governance New Zealand (Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Linda has extensive energy sector experience having held both governance and senior management roles in several energy organisations including, Contact Energy, Meridian Energy, Transpower, Energy for Industry, and King Country Energy.

She currently Chairs Pacific Radiology Group Ltd and Central Otago District Council’s Audit and Risk Committee. Linda is also a director of Dunedin City Holdings, Crown Irrigation Investments, Local Government Funding Agency and serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for Export Credit with The Treasury. Linda is looking forward to utilising her background in the energy industry in a more community focused role.


Bernice Lepper

Bernice has been a Trustee of Central Lakes Trust since 2010 and became Deputy Chair in early 2017. She lives in Earnscleugh and has over 25 years experience in education and the social service sector. She is Manager of Central Otago REAP and is presently Chairperson of the Alexandra Community House Trust. 
Bernice is actively involved in multisport having competed in all Goldrush events to date. She is a member of the Alexandra Rotary Club and holds a special role as a Marriage Celebrant in the local area. Bernie’s family has been involved in the Central Otago community for four generations. Her husband, Tony, was  Mayor of the Central Otago District Council from 2010-2016.


Tony Hill

Tony was elected as a trustee in 2016 and was Chairman from early 2017 through to later 2018. Tony has lived in the Wakatipu since 1977 and is a resident at Jacks Point with his wife Vickie.  They have three children who were raised and educated in Queenstown.
During his time in Queenstown he has been involved in hospitality, tourism, aviation, health and education either in a senior management role or as a director.  As a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, Tony has been involved in business governance since 2000 serving on various boards within our region.
Tony is self employed as  Property and Project Manager specialising in commercial and new home builds and in 2016 was elected as Councillor to Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Malcolm Macpherson

Malcolm has been a Central Lakes Trustee since 2010 and served as Chairman from 2013 - early 2017. He lives in Alexandra and was Mayor of the Central Otago District from 2001 until 2010. He has been a member of the Southern District Health Board, the Otago Polytechnic Council, and the Otago Community Hospice Trust. He chairs the Board of Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, and works as an academic mentor, facilitator and assessor for Capable New Zealand, at Otago Polytechnic.
Malcolm is a PhD Geologist and a US-trained Baldrige Examiner with 25 years experience in business excellence consulting.  He is married to Susan, a GP in Alexandra, and has three adult children, all working overseas.


Alex Huffadine

Alex was first elected as a Trustee of Central Lakes Trust in 2010 and served as Deputy Chairman from 2013 - early 2017. He lives in Cromwell with his family and is a Principal Lecturer at the Otago Polytechnic’s Cromwell campus. He is passionate about education, sport and the community and is especially interested in fostering educational and health opportunities within the Central Otago region. 
Alex has been involved in the rural and education sector of Central Otago for the past 25 years and currently farms near Cromwell. He has been actively involved with many sporting clubs and community groups and is committed to supporting rural communities. 


Greg Wilkinson

Greg, who has lived In Cromwell since 1995, was re-elected in 2016 for a third term as a Trustee. He is actively involved in the community as a member of the Cromwell Lions Club, Chair of Cromwell College Board of Trustees and co-ordinates a business networking group.  He is Regional Sales Manager for Mt Difficulty Wines.
Greg believes his philosophy of ‘fit for living, fit for life’ applies to the community as well as the individual. He leads a running group and participates in off-road running events. Greg is married to Vivienne and enjoys being involved in his children’s sporting and school activities.


Cath Gilmour

Cath is a second term Trustee of Central Lakes Trust, after being first elected in 2013. She and her husband John have lived in Queenstown for 21 years. She is an experienced journalist who has a strong affiliation with the region and its communities. Cath is a Wakatipu Youth Trustee, Catalyst Trust founder and chair, RMA Commissioner and was a three term Queenstown Lakes District councillor until 2016.
As Chair of the Queenstown Memorial Hall Trust, Cath led the $3.1 million upgrade of the Queenstown Memorial Centre from concept to completion. She is also involved in education, youth, social services, cultural and community groups.


Michael Sidey

Michael was appointed to the Board as a Trustee in December 2017. He brings with him a wealth of experience in particular, a strong investment background.  
Michael joined Forsyth Barr in 1980, and is the company's Deputy Chairman.  Prior to Forsyth Barr, Michael worked as a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand and England. 
He is Chairman of the Halberg Endowment Fund, Wanaka Watersports Facility Charitable Trust, and the Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation.Michael believes our region has many residents who volunteer their time to essential grass-roots projects which benefit their local communities.  They need and deserve targeted financial support to ensure we all live in a vibrant, caring environment.
Michael and his wife have holidayed in the region for many years prior to moving to Wanaka in 2011. 


Hetty Van Hale

Hetty has a background in corporate communications and marketing, and also brings with her 23 years governance experience on not-for-profit boards covering a broad industry range, which includes experience on audit & risk committees. Particular interests consist of arts and sports governance.  She has lived in the region since 1995, with a strong history of volunteering for community organisations and events over this time.

Hetty is the current chair of Badminton New Zealand, co deputy chair of Winter Games New Zealand, deputy chair of Snow Sports New Zealand, and a trustee of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust. She has been a past board member of Wanaka Wastebusters, Mt Aspiring College Foundation, Lake Wanaka Tourism, Project Crimson, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ.

She has a BA in Linguistics from Victoria University, a post-graduate Diploma of Information Science from Riverina Institute, NSW, Australia, and Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

She and her husband, John Hare, are keen skiers and mountain bikers, and in their spare time enjoy getting out into nature throughout our region.