With 15 years’ experience as a commercial property, development and construction lawyer, Hamish brings some great strategic, logical and practical approach to the project
Otago born-and-bred, Raymond Key lives in Queenstown with his wife, Janet, and three children. He brings financial and governance expertise to the trust after 20 years of experience in international financial markets at various global investment banks in senior positions. He also has a good insight into the community with his various other community roles which include: Chair, Wakatipu Community Foundation; Chair Community Foundations of NZ; board member, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust; Treasurer, Queenstown Alpine Ski Team; Member, Restorative Regeneration Advisory Group (RRAG) to QLDC.
After lockdown Darren pivoted into other areas and his company Take Tuia is a cultural engagement company that uses purakau to tell stories with mana and add an authentic voice. Darren now leads, advocates and supports across multiple kaupapa including the business disciplines of Health and Safety, Change Management and Management.
He has a passion to inspire the Tamariki and Rangatahi through purakau, by telling our old stories we inspire the young to dare to imagine a better world.
Ron has forged a successful career in the legal and business arenas spanning several decades and remains a trusted legal and business advisor across many industries. He founded Mitchell Mackersy (which subsequently became Mackersy Legal) in the early 1980’s and then a commercial property syndication and management business in the mid-1990's (which continues today under the Mackersy Property name).
A long-term Rotarian and also a current trustee of Wakatipu Community Foundation.
Alexa Forbes lives in Queenstown and is elected to the Otago Regional Council on the Dunstan Ward.
Alexa has served two terms on the Queenstown Lakes District Council. She works as a facilitator in Leadership for Change programmes at Otago Polytechnic's Capable NZ.
Her decision making is based in environmental and community values and grounded in a deep knowledge of change and systems thinking.
Past Chair & Trustee
Independent Liaison, Southern Mental Health and Addiction Stakeholders Founder and Chair, Whakatipu Community Hub Charitable Trust
A well-known long-time Queenstown local and business entrepreneur, John has been a strong community advocate for various causes over the years. And as a three-time cancer survivor who lives with Parkinsons disease and member of the LBGTI+ community , he also knows from personal experience, the importance of effective equitable health services and ensuring vulnerable voices are heard.
Recent health issues recently forced John to step down from the chair role and a number of key community positions, however he still remains a key part of the Trust and the project.
John was the Independent Liaison, Southern Mental Health and Addiction Stakeholders and chair of the Queenstown Lakes, Mental Health and Addiction Network, he was the, Independent Chair of the Southern DHB Mental Health and Addiction, Network
Leadership Group (NLG) from 2015 until September 2021. The NLG oversaw the whole mental health system in the Southern district and included health professionals, NGO’s, community networkers and lived experience representatives. The NLG was instrumental in the formation of Te Hau Toka, Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group in 2020 and the Time For Change, Te Hurihange review of Southern Mental Health and Addiction services June 2021.
John previously chaired the Central Lakes Health Network and the South Island Cancer Consumer Group.
In 2021 after 5 years John retired as a Queenstown Lakes District Councillor for the Wakatipu Ward, where he had Chaired, Mayoral Housing Affordability Task Force and the Finance Audit and Risk Committee.
John has been instrumental in the Trust and brings, strong business acumen, governance experience, extensive knowledge, pragmatic decision making skills, combined with lived experience of the health system. He is focused on improving people and community wellness and resilience and through a fully integrated approach, which ensures the healthcare system, local and central government provide effective and equitable services to our communities.
Trustee and Treasurer
Recently as a QLDC councillor, his professional career spans more than 16 years in business advisory, audit and compliance. Heath worked in the British Virgin Islands and South Africa specialising in offshore tax structuring.
He currently works with CFOs and FCs in mentoring, advisory and consulting capacities, and always with a focus on growth strategies. He has a particular interest in the region and the people and has vast experience in all areas of corporate finance, and transactional services.
Other Supporting People
The trust employs Sharon as the project administrator and she is the contact point for the Trust when working with the many stakeholders.
Like many in the area, Sharon came for a Queenstown ski season and then never left.
Arriving in 1999, having travelled extensively, she started working in the tourism industry and has made the Whakatipu her home.
More recently she has been involved in events, and has worked in various non for profit organisations.
Having been in Queenstown for over 24 years, she has a good understanding of the diversity that makes up this unique Whakatipu community.