Clutha Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust set up to inspire and enable generosity in the Clutha District. We receive gifts and bequests from generous people, businesses and organisations and invest  responsibly to generate income that is then distributed locally to community causes.


The Clutha Foundation has been set up to serve the Clutha District.  Our Trust Deed can be viewed here.

Our Trustees are people who have strong connections to Clutha.  Coming from all over the District,  between them they have a good overview of many of the different communities within the region.  You can meet them here.


Community Foundations are independent, non-profit organisations located in most regions across Aotearoa New Zealand. They focus on a place and its people, running a lean model and governed entirely by super passionate and skilled local volunteer Boards.

Community Foundations build long-term, reliable funding streams for their local communities by investing and growing the donations they receive. So, you’re not really giving to a Community Foundation, but through it. And it means your generosity will have benefits forever.
Plus, Community Foundations are not about one single cause, they're about the place and the causes, projects or initiatives you choose to support.


Watch this short video to see how Community Foundations work.

Established in 2018, the Clutha Foundation is one of the youngest of the many Community Foundations around New Zealand.  You can read more about Community Foundations and what they can achieve in their local communities here.


OUR PATRON: Sir Bill English

Clutha Foundation's patron is former prime minister, and long-serving Clutha-Southland MP, Sir William (Bill) English.  Bill is happy to support the Clutha Foundation, saying, "Giving to the  Clutha foundation is a great way to support our community now and for the next generation. The long term investments are controlled by the local foundation and the decisions about where the funds are spent are made locally."

Bill Thomson

Bill Thomson is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and was a Partner in Shand Thomson Chartered Accountants, Balclutha from 1978 to 2014. He has now retired and lives in Wanaka.
Bill has always been and continues to be a strong supporter of the Clutha District and has a long history in the governance of local community organisations and trusts. This includes current Chairmanship of Clutha Health First, past Chairmanship of the Otago Community Trust, and past Treasurer of the Heartland Otago/Southland Life Education Trust.
Bill is hugely enthusiastic as to what the Clutha Foundation will be able to achieve for Clutha District residents in the years to come. He knows first-hand that Clutha District residents are inherently generous and will welcome the opportunity to demonstrate this generosity by giving to a perpetual and parochial local trust where the trust capital will be controlled by locals, for locals, forever.
027 473 0886

Fiona Hancox

Fiona and her husband are sheep and beef farmers near Tapanui in West Otago, they have 4 grown up children.  She is a Director on Silver Fern Farms Cooperative and CBNZ - Cooperative Business NZ.
Her community involvement includes a Director on West Otago Health Limited and a Trustee on the Lincoln University Foundation, along with being a volunteer Ambulance Officer.
027 217 3960

Susie Johnstone

Susie is a chartered accountant in public practice in Balclutha.   She has governance experience across the health, education, tourism, and IT sectors with a focus on finance, audit and risk.   Time as a trustee of the Otago Community Trust exposed Susie to NZ’s vibrant philanthropy community and provided increased insight into the real difference well managed, philanthropic, funders can make to communities. 
She has a heart for projects that enhance local infrastructure for the good of all or help improve outcomes for disadvantaged groups in areas such as education, warm housing, and health.   
027 223 8384

Hamish Anderson

Deputy Chair
Hamish has his own farm in Stirling, and works as a Project Manager, assisting farmers with resource consents for activities in waterways.
Since returning to the Clutha District following his completion of an Agricultural Commerce degree, Hamish has become very involved in community and governance roles both locally and nationally. These roles included: Clutha District Council; livestock improvement, South Island Region Director, National Councillor and National Council Chair; Telford Rural Polytechnic; Clutha Health Inc.; Clutha Development Inc., and Clutha Foundation.
Hamish became involved with the Clutha Foundation because it provided a vehicle for those who have enjoyed living and working in the Clutha District to give back to the community which has supported and provided for them. Hamish is the fifth generation of his family to live in the Clutha District and absolutely wants it to be a vibrant and quality place to live and work for future generations.
027 438 5590

Kerry Seymour

Kerry has been a resident of the Clutha District since 1983. She is a secondary school teacher and taught for 20 years at The Catlins Area School. Kerry has been actively involved in a wide range off community sporting and educational organisations including governance roles with Sport Otago, Telford Rural Polytechnic, Netball South and the Heartland Life Education Trust.
Kerry is excited about the opportunity that the Clutha Foundation offers to support the many volunteers, clubs and organisations that contribute to our community.
027 437 2586

Noel O'Malley

Noel practices law in the Clutha District from offices based in Balclutha and Milton. Commencing in 1976, which means 43 plus years of personal and professional engagement with the community. Noel and his wife Kate, have six children, and have resided in the village of Benhar, adjacent to Balclutha, for most of that time. Both Noel and Kate have been actively involved in the community, Noel serving roles on the South Otago Hospital Board, school committees, Board of Trustees and Otago District Law Society including a two year term as president. Support of family and community is of paramount importance.
Noel personally supports the objective of the Clutha Foundation providing a vehicle for members of the community to make a difference in their community by applying their philanthropy here.
027 434 4556

Bryan Cadogan

Bryan is in his fourth term as Clutha District Mayor. He grew up in the district and has previously been a local business owner and worked in the farming world, including shearing and owning a farm. As Mayor of the Clutha District Council, Bryan provides leadership and direction to the Council and enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with many community groups.
Bryan is very passionate about the Clutha District and works hard to foster council's goal of promoting growth in the district and is an ardent supporter of the foundation realising the critical need it will provide to Clutha's future vitality.
027 476 3595

Kelli Divers

Kelli grew up on a small dairy holding in Taranaki before leaving the area to travel the world and eventually obtain a law degree at Otago University. Kelli practiced law in South Otago where she has lived for the past 18 years.
Kelli and her husband Mark, currently balance running a dairy farm and sheep farm alongside raising their three energetic boys. Kelli is involved in the St Mary’s School Board of Trustees and is a Dairy Environment Leader in the South Otago region.
027 434 4162

Stephen Kornyei

Stephen has had community involvement since he first came to the Clutha District over 25 years ago. He is a past member of a service club, Trustee of the Clutha Licensing Trust and the Otago Community Trust.
Stephen believes that the Clutha Foundation has the potential to benefit our District immensely and is completely Clutha-centric. It provides a avenue for generous residents who wish to contribute for the benefit of our residents and organisations, safe in the knowledge that all funds remain within the district.
027 418 3285

Denise Dent

Executive Officer
Denise is a former primary school teacher, school principal and advisory teacher who has lived in England, Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand.  Having left education to focus on writing, she moved to Kaitangata in 2017 and very quickly became involved in community organisations and projects, notably the Kaitangata museum, the South Otago Theatrical Society and St John Ambulance.  She is employed part time by the Clutha Foundation and is very enthusiastic about being part of such a worthwhile organisation.