Board of Trustees

Andrew Wilson - NTHT Chair
Andrew provides consultancy services in the fields of social housing and property management (Director of Avonbank Property Advisory Ltd).  He established Accessible Properties (New Zealand’s largest non-government community housing provider) in 2010 and ran it until 2017. Over that time it grew in size from 900 to 2600 homes under management. Andrew is a member of the Australasian Housing Institute and  served 5 years on the national council of Community Housing Aotearoa, including 3 years as chair.
Rātapu Hippolite - Vice Chair
Rātapu (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Toa, Ngai Tahu) is Kaiwhakahaere Kaipakihi (Business Support Manager) for Te Piki Oranga. He was formerly in a leadership role with Whakatū Marae, and also worked for many years in IT and business development for BNZ and Westpac. Rā brings expertise in Māori health and business development, operations management and kaumātua housing.
Catherine McLellan - Treasurer
Catherine is a chartered accountant with 15 years' experience working for chartered accountancy practices in Christchurch, Adelaide and Nelson. She works for Findex as a senior manager.  Catherine has a wealth of experience preparing and reviewing financial reports, managing staff and has served in many treasurer roles previously. She is also a trustee on the Nayland Primary School board.

 

Elton Merrin
Elton is an agri-banker with ANZ, with over 25 years' experience in the banking sector. His skills include financial planning, commercial banking and accountancy and he has strong experience in dealing with property transactions and business management. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Diploma in Accountancy.

 

Paul Russell
Paul is a retired civil engineer and former branch manager with MWH Global. Paul's expertise includes  geotechnical engineering, heavy civil structures and domestic building and he also trained more than 300 MWH project managers in Australia and New Zealand. Paul's governance skills include strategic planning, risk management and health and safety. He is also a trustee with the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust.
Susan Coleman
Susan is Chief Executive of Girl Guiding NZ. Previously, she was Executive Manager Community Services with Nelson City Council. Susan's experience with council processes assists NTHT to build productive working relationships with local authorities. She also brings skills in strategic planning, employment and governance. Susan has a Masters in Management (Massey University).
Nick Laing
Nick is a lawyer with Duncan Cotterill, serving as an Associate in the litigation and dispute resolution team. Nick’s experience helps NTHT solve complex problems including addressing risk and contractual issues. Nick also assists a number of other charitable organisations locally and nationally as a trustee. Nick has a Master of Laws (Auckland University).

 

Peter Barr
Peter spent 23 years working in the oil industry in marketing and senior management roles both in NZ and overseas. He served 10 years in sports management with Tasman Rugby, as well as 6 years as a senior executive working for Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. Peter's former governance roles include deputy chair of the board of trustees at Nelson Girls College and a trustee with Network Tasman Trust.

 

Carrie Mozena - NTHT Director
Carrie is one of our founding Trustees; employed as Director since 2015. Carrie has a strong background in leadership, community development and not-for-profit management. Carrie served four years on the Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) National Council as Treasurer.