Stacey Scott – Chair

Stacey has been a Trustee of Community Foundations of New Zealand since its inception in 2012 and was appointed the Chair of CFNZ in September 2016.  Based in Timaru, Stacey owns and operates a Project Management Company which specialises in facilitation of large community projects in the South Canterbury region.  Stacey currently leads the Hunter Downs Water project a concept irrigation scheme that will take water from the Waitaki River as far north as Timaru.  She has been involved in big projects in South Canterbury, including the CBAY Aquatic Centre and the MRI Scanner projects.  Stacey is Chair of Creative Corner Early Learning Centre, and a Trustee of the Rose Festival Charitable Trust.

Stacey’s local Community Foundation is the Aoraki Foundation where she has established an endowment fund and is also a ‘Friend of the Foundation’, helping with the day-to-day operational costs of the Aoraki Foundation.

“Community Foundations are set up to encourage personal philanthropy at a local level.  They play a crucial role in how people give back where communities need it most.  We connect people, families and businesses with causes that inspire them. We help donors realise their philanthropic goals by matching their interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count. 

We are seeing an exciting time of growth in New Zealand and we are really inspired by the work happening across the country. Our vision is to make a vibrant community foundation available to every New Zealander and the exciting bit is that we have the people, the passion and the belief to make that happen.” 

Bill Holland MNZM, Deputy Chair

Bill-Holland---ChairBill Holland helped establish the Acorn Foundation in 2003 and Chaired the Foundation for its first eight years. When Community Foundations of New Zealand was established he was elected Chair from 2013-2016.

Bill is a partner in Holland Beckett Lawyers in Tauranga. He has extensive experience in a wide range of community organisations and activities. Bill has received a number of community leadership awards and in 2012 was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.

Pat Brown, Trustee

Pat has been closely involved in the Taupo business community through the accountancy and business advisory firm Strettons. He has specialist skills in strategic planning, financing and management. He works with Maori Land Trusts to assist them to develop their resources and has experience in the energy, communications and food sectors.

Governance experience includes Chairman of Geyser Community Foundation and Taupo Electricity Ltd, Directorships in Trust Power Ltd and Miraka Ltd and various economic development groups. Community involvement includes two terms as a Taupo Borough Councillor, acting as a Justice of the Peace and participating in local clubs.

Colin Christie, Trustee

Colin is a chartered accountant who has lived in Gisborne (on and off) for the past 50 years. He was a partner of BDO Gisborne from 1978 until his retirement in April 2013.  He was Managing Partner of BDO Gisborne for a number of years, and was also a member of the BDO National Management Board, serving as Chairman of BDO New Zealand in 2012. Throughout his career Colin has carried out a significant amount of investment advisory work, including establishing an Investment Advisory Service in Gisborne in 1987. As an accountant, he has strong financial skills and has acted as an advisor to several large local charitable trusts.

Colin helped establish the Sunrise Foundation in Gisborne in 2013, and has been a Trustee since its inception, currently serving as Deputy Chair of the foundation and Chair of their Investment Committee.  Colin is a keen golfer and occasional trout fisherman.

Lori Luke, Trustee

Lori moved to New Zealand from the US in 2009 and has recently become a dual citizen. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, majoring in Economics and German Studies, and has a strong background in Marketing for large corporations in the US.

Lori is the General Manager at Acorn Foundation, a Board Member for the Live for More Charitable Trust and is on the organising committee of TEDxTauranga. She is well entrenched in the Tauranga community and says she is excited to be working alongside both donors and organisations alike to build a healthy and vibrant community. Lori has been married nearly 25 years to her husband Michael, and they have three children and three grandchildren.

Chris Milne, Trustee


Chris is Chair of Nikau Foundation, the Wellington region’s Community Foundation.  He works with a number of early stage technology businesses and has had roles in banking & finance in NZ, UK, USA & Canada. He is currently Chair of Technology Valley Inc., a director of Kaynemaile Ltd, Seaview Marina Ltd and a trustee of Nga Manu Nature Reserve. Chris is also a Hutt City Councillor.

Chris enjoys the outdoors, particularly biking, skiing and tramping, and is a regular tennis player and golfer. He says that sadly his three children in their 20’s can now beat him at most sports, a fate shared with his wife Jan.

Sandi Wood, Trustee

Sandi is the Executive Officer at Advance Ashburton Community Foundation, prior to this she was for many years in the finance industry as a Business Manager for ANZ. She is on the board of a local primary school in Ashburton and is passionate about the Mid Canterbury district where she lives with her husband and two children. Her passion for inspiring local generosity is infectious.

“I am driven to inspire people to consider a new way to give – through a Community Foundation the gift is directed to the causes that the donor is most passionate about, this gift will make a difference now, and continue for future generations to come, far-reaching past our lifetime. It’s exciting, transformative work.” 

In her spare time Sandi enjoys multi-sport eventing and spending quality family time in the great outdoors.

Eleanor Cater, Executive Officer

eleanor squareWith a background of 25 years in marketing and communications, Eleanor has spent the past decade working for purpose and impact: marketing for causes, charity fundraising as a locally elected Trustee in her birth city of Porirua (where she lives with her husband Dan, manoeuvering through life with three teenage daughters).

Eleanor believes in the strength of local communities and that local people can be changemakers.

“I’ve seen what a difference locally dedicated funds can make; our communities need the means to drive their own future. We help to empower generous, insightful people to build permanent funds that will make an impact and provide  for future generations. Successful Community Foundations are encouraging generosity and strengthening our communities and I’m honoured to be a part of the great work and passion that is happening across the country.”


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