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ABOUT US

The Wakatipu Community Foundation was established by a group of passionate Wakatipu community volunteers expert in various areas of philanthropy and business.  Inspired by the successes of the Acorn Foundation as well as the 14 other New Zealand community foundations, the team embraced the model, recognising the tremendous local benefits that are brought about when community foundations thrive.  

Raymond Key

Otago born-and-bred, Raymond Key lives in Queenstown with his wife and three children. He brings financial expertise to the Board after 20 years’ experience in financial markets, specifically global physical and financial precious and industrial metals as well as iron ore. He is currently a founding partner in a global commodity company called TrailStone Group. Ray is passionate about Central Otago and achieving the right outcomes for people living the region.

 

Ray is also a trustee with the Queenstown Community Housing Trust.

Chairman

Jennifer Belmont

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Maine and continued on at UMaine in its Masters of Business Administration programme in marketing and international business with a fellowship in free trade agreements. She is currently enrolled in the Harvard University Graduate Programme for Nonprofit Management.

 

Jennifer has a rich and varied career from managing a large construction law firm in Los Angeles to hospitality marketing (in the US and in NZ) to owning a ski resort home decor shop.  She and her family moved to Queenstown four years ago, for one ski season that has now turned into a permanent home.

 

For the past 25 years, Jennifer has been involved in many nonprofits and has established several including a California local school foundation, tennis association and a Utah community foundation. She was the Executive Officer of the Wakatipu High School Foundation for three years and is now the Marketing Manager for Trinity Development.

 

Jennifer’s passion is helping nonprofits thrive and grow and playing a little tennis along the way. 

Jonathan Gurnsey

Following a successful career in international financial markets spanning 25 years and several continents, including 17 years based in Hong Kong, Jonathan returned to New Zealand in 2012 with plans to semi retire. He partially succeeded. 

Jonathan joined the Remarkables Primary School board of trustees and was then a founding trustee of the Wakatipu High School’s Foundation which has successfully grown to now provide an annual income supporting especially families struggling with the costs of schooling at the areas’ only High School, but also funding towards the arts, the sports and extra education support.

 

Jonathan co founded Fendalton Capital in Queenstown in 2014. A private wealth manager predominantly supporting newer immigrant investors looking to migrate to NZ and set up a new home for their families,  but has recently sold this business to a large stockbroking company and is again focusing on less business and more family and community interests.

This brings us to Jonathan rotating off the board of the High School Foundation and joining our other founding trustees working to set up and grow the Wakatipu Community Foundation.

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis and his family have lived in the Wakatipu basin for the past 8 years; prior to moving to Queenstown Andrew and his family were based in Zurich, Switzerland. 

 

Andrew has worked in the financial services industry for twenty years, serving in a variety of functions including acting as the general counsel of Partners Group Holding AG; a Swiss public company managing assets in excess of USD50 billion from pension funds and insurance companies.

 

Andrew continues to work in the financial services industry and is also actively involved in the local community, Andrew has coached football for the last 5 years with the junior Queenstown football club, and is a committee member of the Queenstown swimming club.  Andrew also has a particular interest in environmental matters and is a committee member of the Friends of Lake Hayes and the Arrowtown Wilding Pine Choppers.

 

Andrew is keen to use his experience and background to assist others in the local community and considers the Wakatipu Community Foundation has the potential to provide an incredible platform to improve the quality of life of others in the region.

 

Andrew holds bachelors' degrees in Law and Science (Mathematics) from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Simon Green

A Queenstown local of over 20 years and with family ties in Arrowtown all the way back to the late 1800s, Simon is a proud member of the Wakatipu Community.  Professional highlights include roles as marketing projects manager for Real Journeys, 7 years as director of the Queenstown Winter Festival and a range of contract and consulting roles including international co-ordinator for Leading Mountain Resorts of the World, preparing a strategic marketing audit for Destination Queenstown, producing the events strategy and funding programme for QLDC and board member of the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals.  Simon currently owns and manages local real estate agency - Invest Queenstown.

 

As an active member of the Queenstown events and performing arts community, Simon has produced, performed for and hosted a range of special events, most with some form of fundraising platform attached. His charity boxing event Thriller in the Chiller helped raise over $250,000 for the local community over its 8 year history and he continues to give his time, service and expertise wherever he can to assist others in their fundraising endeavours.

Ann Lockhart

Ann  recently held the position of CEO at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce for 10 years after holding a number of senior sales, marketing and general management roles in Wellington and Christchurch.  Those roles included Export Manager for the Pacific Brands Ltd and General Manager of Fairydown Bedwares.  

Ann was educated in Dunedin and studied for her BA in Public Administration at Otago and Victoria Universities.    She is an accredited conflict resolution mediator and  holds directorships on a variety of boards including tourism, export and conservation.  Ann and family own a boutique lodge and her interests include skiing and art.    

Ron Mackersy

Ron Mackersy has practiced as a Lawyer for 45 years, based in both Dunedin and Queenstown.  He offers specialised business strategy and commercial property advice. 

His community involvement has included Rotary, Bike NZ, Dunedin’s Sister City In Japan (Otaru), Otago and Southland Cancer Accommodation Trust, NZ Masters Games, Motorsport NZ and Mountain Bike NZ. 

Outside work, Ron enjoys competing in endurance saloon car racing and riding his mountain bike around the Queenstown trails.

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