Board of Trustees

Margaret West (Chair)

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Margaret West is in her fourth year as a Trustee and spent three years as Treasurer.  Margaret moved to Wanaka five years ago after working for the Tertiary Education Commission for ten years as an Investment Manager in the tertiary sector.  Prior to that she spent 17 years as a Head of Department and Dean of Faculty at Otago Polytechnic.  As Chair of the Trust Margaret is looking to advance the facilitation role of Community Networks through community engagement.


Ella Lawton


Ella Lawton has been a Trustee and a Councillor representative for the Queenstown lakes District Council since October 2013.  Councillor Lawton is particularly interested in the role the Alpine Community Development Trust can play in Community Development and was part of the team who were awarded funding for LINK, the Upper Clutha’s Community Development Scheme (funded through Department of Internal Affairs).  Ella is a Sustainability Practitioner and has a PhD in Ecological Economics. She teaches Leading Sustainable Enterprises on the Otago MBA and sits on a number of local and national boards and funding bodies.


Peter Humphrey (Treasurer)


Peter Humphrey has been a Trustee since May 2016, and is currently carrying out the role of treasurer.  Originally from Dunedin, Peter has been living in Wanaka since 2003.  He is a member of CAANZ (Chartered Accounts Australia & New Zealand) and works closely with a number of local firms and community groups in the role of business services manager at Crowe Horwath.  Outside of work, Peter has an interest in travel, and enjoys studying foreign languages (Spanish and French).  He is also a longstanding member of Wanaka Communicators (Toastmasters), where he has previously served on the executive as treasurer.


Sara Crawford

Sara Crawford was appointed a Trustee in May 2016 and brings with her experience in hospitality services, adult education and human resource management. Sara worked for an international hotel chain, a global accounting firm and tutored at a hotel management school before relocating to Wanaka in 2001. Her interests include volunteering, travelling and enjoying Wanaka’s beautiful outdoors.


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Meg Bryant

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Further information to come.