Meet the Team

Trustees and Administration  

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Raymond Key,

Chair 

raymondjkey@gmail.com

+64 27 442 3601 

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.

Jennifer Belmont,

 CEO

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). She and her family moved to Queenstown six years ago, for one ski season that has now turned into a permanent home.
 
For the past 30 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 founded the Wakatipu Community Foundation whilst studying studying nonprofit management at Harvard University.
 
Jennifer’s passion is helping nonprofits thrive and grow and playing a little tennis along the way. 
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Kristen Holzman, Impact100 Founder and Chair

Kristen Holtzman previously served as Communications Director for the Colorado Attorney General where she established and implemented a communications strategy for the Department of Law. In addition to her work, Kristen has also been extensively involved with community and philanthropic endeavours. Kristen is also committed to her work with the Point Foundation – a UK based charity, which supports Rwandan orphans. Inspired by her four-year-old daughter Ava’s vision, Kristen launched “Ava’s Jammies,” a non-profit initiative designed to provide young orphans with pajamas. In her role as Trustee of the Wakatipu Community Foundation, Kristen launched New Zealand's first Impact100 chapter which = grant $100,000 annually to a charity in the Wakatipu Basin. Kristen graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ron Mackersy

Ron Mackersy has practised 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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Jonathan Gurnsey, Vice-Chair 

jjagurnsey@icloud.com
+64 27 778 8117
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. 
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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.

Simon Green

simon@investqueenstown.com 
+64 27 201 8171 
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.  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.
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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 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.

Founding Ambassadors

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Sir Eion Edgar

Sir Eion Edgar retired as Chairman of Forsyth Barr Group Ltd in 2018, a Dunedin based firm of Sharebrokers and Investment Bankers and is now their Ambassador, In 2004 he was named The NBR New Zealander of the Year and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and received the award of Senior NZer of the Year in 2010. He is the Chairman of the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Resort College. He is Chairman of the Sinclair Investment Group ( Family holding company) and is a former Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and The Foundation for Youth Development (formerly Project K), a Life Trustee of The Halberg Disability Foundation, The Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust and The Skeggs Foundation.

Kaye Parker

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Mark Taylor

Mark manages a private investment company, Prospect Investment Management Ltd and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand and  Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.      Being naturally commercially inquisitive Mark has been involved in a number of industries over his investing years with particular interest in property, technology, education and carbon markets.  Close to home Mark is a founding Director and investor in Queenstown Resort College. ​ Mark has previously been the chair of the Wakatipu High School Foundation and Queenstown Alpine Ski team, a Trustee of Wakatipu Health Trust and is currently a member of the Investment Advisory Board for Central Lakes Trust. ​ Living in the Wakatipu permanently since 2002, Mark is married with 5 children, his wife Jane is a Barrister and professional Company Director and occasional QLDC independent hearings Commissioner. Pastimes include skiing, mountain biking and gardening.

Bill Holland

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Ambassadors 

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Vicky Onions

Stephen Brent

Miranda Spary

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Ann Lockhart

John Edmonds

Tess Wethey

Mathew Rose

Monica Mulholland

Duncan Fea

Joan Kiernan

Sector Advisors 

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Mel Haarer, Wellbeing

Mel, short for Melisse, is an established wellbeing provider to businesses and community in the Wakatipu.  She is passionate about helping people best look after themselves, and each other.  She found her professional home after spending 18 months voluntarily researching ways to reduce isolation and vulnerability for others in this unique place she has called home for 14 years.
With a BA Hons in Leisure and Tourism Management it was her passion for travel that bought her to New Zealand, from the UK.  Mel is now a proud citizen of both countries.  
Mel is a member of Inner Wheel and is delighted to represent the Wakatipu Community Foundation as their trusted wellbeing advisor, keeping her finger on the pulse across community mental health and wellbeing need.  She is a strong advocate in this highlighted space.
Mel is passionate about driving positive social change, connecting and networking with local businesses and agencies to help our community be more socially sustainable.  She’s most passionate about her little boy who attends Arrowtown School. 
Mel founded an online platform STIG’S ARMY during lockdown 2020 to help community.