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 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, but continues to be a strong supporter of the Clutha District.
Hamish has his own farm in Stirling, and works as a Project Manager, assisting farmers with resource consents for activities in waterways. Hamish is very involved in community and governance roles both locally and nationally.
Peter was born and raised in the Owaka district. Following ten years away for education, sport and travel he returned to farm in the district for 40 years. He and his wife Nellie raised three boys on the family farm, Lochindorb. Peter was heavily involved with the Veterinary industry in New Zealand, and also the elimination of Bovine Tb from Otago. Peter believes the Clutha Foundation is a marvellous vehicle to manage locally sourced funds for the benefit of the community.
Fiona and her husband are sheep and beef farmers near Tapanui in West Otago, they have 4 grown up children. Fiona is a very active member of her community and is particularly enthusiastic about the West Otago Community Endowment fund.
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.
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.
Will is a dairy and beef farmer from Clinton where his family have farmed for over 130 years. Prior to returning to the farm Will practiced as a Chartered Accountant and is a strong supporter of the community through his involvement in other community organisations, including being the Deputy Chair of Clutha Development.
Noel practiced law in the Clutha District from offices based in Balclutha and Milton for over 40 years. Noel and his wife Kate, have six children, and have resided in the village of Benhar, adjacent to Balclutha, for most of that time. Noel personally supports the objective of the Clutha Foundation to provide a vehicle for generous people to make a difference in their community by applying their philanthropy here.
Gaynor lives on a sheep farm with husband Geoff just north of Milton. Gaynor worked at Clutha Vets Milton for 30 years as a Vet Nurse and has been Bruce Ward Councillor for the Clutha District for the past 17 years. Gaynor represents Council on the Clutha Foundation. Gaynor is also a Council representative at the Otago Museum and is very involved in many Milton community organisations.