Our staff of three carry out the day-to-day functions of running the Trust. This includes working closely with fund manager’s (Mercer NZ Ltd) and financial services provider (BDO, Rotorua).

They are also responsible for analysis and review of funding applications and development of funding recommendations for consideration by trustees.

Our staff are always happy to talk to organisations before an application is submitted, and we encourage groups to take advantage of this.

Tony Gill – Trust manager

Tony has a range of experience in both the commercial and community sectors outside of Rotorua having served for nearly 12 years as the national grants manager of New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) in Wellington. Prior to that he held management roles with CCS Disability Action, WestpacTrust and Trust Bank Waikato.

Raised in Rotorua, Tony attended St Mary’s Primary and Edmund Rice College before completing a Bachelor of Management Studies at Waikato University.His return to Rotorua after over 30 years away represents an opportunity for Tony to put something back into the local community.

Tony operates an open door management style, and is always happy to hear your opinions on how the Trust can do things better. If you don’t manage to catch him in the trust’s offices, or at a local event, you’ll likely see him wobbling around the local trails on a mountain bike, or enjoying a coffee at one of Rotorua’s many excellent cafes.

Alison Perrin – Grants assessor

Ensuring community groups and organisations get the advice they need on how best to apply for grants, is the job of the Trust’s grants assessor, Alison Perrin.

With over 35 years of local community service to her credit – 30 of those with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau – former Bureau co-ordinator and volunteer, Alison, brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Born in Dunedin and educated in Dunedin and Christchurch, Alison has a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Diploma in Recreation and Sport and a Certificate in Women’s Business Studies. A registered music teacher, she has recently completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Management for Not-for-profit Organisations.

Having made Rotorua ‘home’ for over 30 years, Alison and her husband, John, have three adult children – one at university and two working in London. She enjoys reading, gardening, crafts, music, logic puzzles and travelling, and spending time with family and friends. She is also an avid Black Caps fan.

Lee-Anne Thompson – Trust secretary and administrator

Lee-Anne is the first point of contact for most community groups and organisations wanting information on the Trust’s donations programmes.

Having worked for the Trust since February 1995, she is able to provide advice in the initial stages of any enquiry and takes a special interest in the Tertiary Study Scholarship programme that the Trust supports each year.

She is a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals of New Zealand and is Immediate Past President of the Rotorua Group.

Lee-Anne was born in Dunedin and educated at Rotorua Girls’ High School and Waiariki Institute of Technology. She and husband Colin have five adult children and one school age child and look forward to spending more time relaxing, travelling and fishing.

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