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.

  • Roger Palairet

    Chair

    Roger has 30 years experience as a lawyer, mainly in Wellington. He is currently the Chief Legal Counsel at Capital & Coast District Health Board..... Read more »
  • Ken Allen

    Trustee

    Ken Allen (BA Economics, Victoria University of Wellington, NZX Diploma) has a background in the financial services industry and the Non-for Profit sector. .. Read more »
  • Liz Kelly

    Liz Kelly

    Trustee

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

    Trustee

    Mary has experience and skills in leadership; senior management; social policy analysis; gender analysis; training and training needs analysis; community development..... Read more »
  • Nick Thomas

    Nick Thomas

    Trustee

    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 »
  • Mele Wendt

    Trustee

    Mele Wendt (BA, DipTchg, CertMgt, CertIoD) spent a total of 24 years in the education sector - first as a secondary school teacher and then..... Read more »
  • Dr Pushpa Wood

    Trustee

    Dr Pushpa Wood has been appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List for 2016 for..... 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 »

    contact: georgie@wct.org.nz 

  • 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 »

    Contact: kate@wct.org.nz

  • 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 »

    Contact: marysia@wct.org.nz

Our advisors

Accounting services
Kendons Lower Hutt

Investment services
Mercer New Zealand

Auditor
Deloitte