Newcomers to community trust

20:05, Jun 18 2014
timaru community trust michele keggenhoff rob smith
NEW FACES: Incoming trustees of the Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust, Michele Keggenhoff and Rob Smith, before their induction yesterday.

Two new trustees have been appointed to the Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust.

Geraldine's Michele Keggenhoff and Waimate's Rob Smith were appointed following the retirement of Sheryl Frew and Lee Burdon, who had each served eight years on the trust.

Keggenhoff has worked as a communications manager and adviser for the South Canterbury District Health Board.

"I have also worked in the corporate sector in the [United] States and I have experience in building community relations and working on grants," she said.

She is now employed as a community youth development facilitator for the YMCA in South Canterbury and is also involved in church vestry work, amateur dramatics and creative writing.

Rob Smith owns an insurance brokerage.


"Previously I was HOD mathematics at Mountainview and Waimate High Schools. I also taught at Timaru Boys' High. I am currently on the council of the Aoraki Polytechnic and I believe the trust is a really good supporter of the community, which is great," Smith said.

Community trust chief executive Liz Shea said the new trustees will join eight other community representatives from throughout Mid and South Canterbury.

Trustees are appointed by the minister of finance for an initial term of four years.

The trust has investments of $46.4 million, which are held in trust for the benefit of the community, and earnings from the investments are donated to community organisations.

Trustees determine the makeup of the investment portfolio and donation allocations. In the last five years the trust has donated an average of $1m per year to community groups.

The Timaru Herald