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


    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


    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 »
  • Mary O’Regan


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

    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


    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 »
  • Ming-chun Wu


    Ming-chun Wu (MBA, BSc, BBus, BEd, BA) is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors with over 10 years’ experience in..... Read more »
  • Simone Sippola


    Simone is of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa decent. She grew up in Porirua, lives and works there, and loves to be involved in her local community..... Read more »
  • Horiana Irwin-Easthope


    Horiana Irwin-Easthope (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rakaipaaka) spent her early years living in Ōtaki and grew-up living between the Hutt Valley and Te Araroa / Wharekahika (on the East Coast)..... Read more »
  • Diane Tunoho


    Ko Tainui te waka Ko Raukawa ki Uta, Raukawa ki Tai ngā iwi..... Read more »
  • Steve Flude


    Steve moved to New Zealand in 2004 with partner Kay and his three children, following a desire for a new life experience and better opportunities for the whole family. The constant theme of his career has been.. 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.

  • Linn Araboglos

    Chief Executive

    Linn was born and raised in Wellington and is personally invested in seeing this region and its people and communities thrive. . She is a mother to three children and loves being a part of the Wellington community..... Read more »

    contact: [email protected] 

  • Hen Priestley

    Administration Officer

    After graduating with a BA in Theatre and Music, Hen has worked in a number of busy customer service and administration roles in the Wellington Region... Read more »

    contact: [email protected]

  • Whetū Campbell

    A headshot photo of Whetu Campbell

    Kaitakawaenga Māori

    Whetū whakapapa's to Ngāti Porou, and Ngāpuhi, he is a husband and father. He joins the team, bringing his 22 years’ experience working in the youth and community sector... Read more »

    contact: [email protected]

  • Chiara Larotonda

    Chiara larotonda

    Community Engagement & Funding Manager

    Chiara has been working in the Wellington region’s health and social sector since her arrival in the city in 2006. Originally from Miami, Florida, she holds a Master’s of Social Work and..... Read more »

    contact: [email protected]

  • Marysia Collins

    Communications, Systems, and Data Lead

    Marysia joined the Wellington Community Trust in July 2016 after moving to Wellington from the UK. Working for 8 years in the advertising industry in a client services capacity for some of London’s top advertising agencies; Marysia..... Read more »

    Contact: [email protected]

Our advisors

Accounting services Kendons Lower Hutt Investment services Forsyth Barr Auditor Deloitte