The Community Trust of Southland has elected Robin Campbell as its new chairman.
The trust is a community-owned grant-making organisation that supports charitable or non-profit groups and organisations.
Each year the trust grants between $8 million and $10m to support the community and encourages emerging and talented people to achieve their goals through art, education, health, leadership and sport scholarships.
Mr Campbell, of Lochiel, will replace outgoing chairman Tracy Hicks, who has been a trustee for eight years and led the trust for the past four years.
Mr Campbell said as chairman of the trust he would step down from the chair roles he held with Venture Southland and Presbyterian Support before grant decisions were made.
"In a role such as this, conflicts of interest, real or perceived, are a matter of significant concern," he said.
He said Mr Hicks had given a lot of his time and energy to leading the trust, and his challenge was to continue the good work.
In other changes, Joan Kiernan will replace Trish Lindsay as the trust's deputy chair.
Trust chief executive officer John Prendergast, in a statement, said Mr Hicks and Ms Lindsay had decided after two terms to step down from the roles.
Mr Hicks had completed his role as chair and will step down as a trustee early next year. He will not be seeking reappointment. Ms Lindsay will complete her second term as a trustee in early 2014.
Mr Hicks said he counted it a privilege to have chaired an organisation such as the trust. He had enjoyed the role.
- The Southland Times
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