The trustees and staff of the Wellington Community Trust (WCT) are responsible for distributing grants to the Wellington region and safeguarding the Trust’s investments.

Our trustees

Our trustees are appointed by the Minister of Finance for a term of 4 years. They bring a wide variety of experience to their governance role – combining investment, legal and financial expertise with a strong understanding of the communities across our region.

Their governance role includes:

  • making decisions about applications for funding
  • reviewing investments and investment strategy
  • developing policies for grant-making and other WCT operations
  • taking responsibility for our strategic direction.

  • Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone

    Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone


    Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone has extensive experience in developing strategies and support for Pacifica peoples, communities and organisations... Read more »
  • Jan Dowland

    Jan Dowland


    Jan, a born and bred Wellingtonian, has an extensive background in the health and social services sector... Read more »
  • Liz Kelly

    Liz Kelly


    Liz brings a wealth of experience in local government and works closely with Māori, Pacifica and other groups in the Porirua area... Read more »
  • Barry Lindsay

    Barry Lindsay


    Barry has nearly 40 years experience in investment and funds management, and community experience in education and the arts... Read more »
  • Clare Needham

    Clare Needham


    Clare is a qualified lawyer with a strong interest in the performing arts and literature... Read more »
  • Dawn Sanders

    Dawn Sanders

    ONZM QSM, Trustee

    Dawn has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, especially the performing arts where she has led a wide range of projects... Read more »
  • Norrey Simmons

    Norrey Simmons


    Norrey’s career in business, particularly governance, communications and property, is combined with her interests in sport and healthcare on the Kapiti Coast... Read more »
  • Nick Thomas

    Nick Thomas


    Nick is a business owner with many years of service in local government and is keen on the performing arts. He is based in Upper Hutt... Read more »

Our staff

WCT has a small and dedicated staff who manage all the day-to-day work of the Trust and implement the strategies developed by the trustees.

  • Georgie Ferrari

    Georgie Ferrari Photo

    Chief Executive

    Georgie Ferrari joined the Trust in August 2017. Georgie has more than 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, working in the areas of youth, health, housing, disability, education and violence prevention in New Zealand, New South Wales and Victoria, Australia... Read more »


  • Kate Hiatt

    Kate Hiatt, Community Engagement and Funding Manager

    Community Engagement & Funding Manager

    Kate has held positions in local government, tertiary education and the health and community sectors. She joined the Wellington Community Trust in 2013 as the Funding Advisor... Read more »


  • Marysia Collins

    Marysia Collins, Commmunity Engagement and Funding Support

    Communications Coordinator & Funding Support

    Marysia joined the Wellington Community Trust in July 2016 after moving to Wellington from the UK... Read more »


Our advisors

Accounting services
Kendons Lower Hutt

Investment services
Mercer New Zealand