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Clutha Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust set up to inspire and enable generosity in the Clutha District. Receives gifts and bequests from generous people, businesses and organisations. Invests funds responsibly to generate income. Distributes income to community causes.

There are already 16 Community Foundations across New Zealand, which have proved to successfully benefit local communities.



Our Mission

Connecting generous people with causes that matter

Our Vision

Inspiring our community through philanthropy

Our Values

  • We care for our communities
  • We foster generosity
  • We invest wisely
  • We distribute equitably

Our People

Bill Thomson (Chair)
027 473 0886

Bill Thomson is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and was a Partner in Shand Thomson Chartered Accountants, Balclutha from 1978 to 2014. He has now retired and lives in Wanaka.

Bill has always been and continues to be a strong supporter of the Clutha District and has a long history in the governance of local community organisations and trusts. This includes current Chairmanship of Clutha Health First, past Chairmanship of the Otago Community Trust, and past Treasurer of the Heartland Otago/Southland Life Education Trust.

Bill is hugely enthusiastic as to what the Clutha Foundation will be able to achieve for Clutha District residents in the years to come. He knows first-hand that Clutha District residents are inherently generous and will welcome the opportunity to demonstrate this generosity by giving to a perpetual and parochial local trust where the trust capital will be controlled by locals, for locals, forever.

Hamish Anderson (Deputy Chair)
027 438 5590

Hamish has his own farm in Stirling, and works as a Project Manager, assisting farmers with resource consents for activities in waterways.

Since returning to the Clutha District following his completion of an Agricultural Commerce degree, Hamish has become very involved in community and governance roles both locally and nationally. These roles included: Clutha District Council; livestock improvement, South Island Region Director, National Councillor and National Council Chair; Telford Rural Polytechnic; Clutha Health Inc.; Clutha Development Inc., and Clutha Foundation.

Hamish became involved with the Clutha Foundation because it provided a vehicle for those who have enjoyed living and working in the Clutha District to give back to the community which has supported and provided for them. Hamish is the fifth generation of his family to live in the Clutha District and absolutely wants it to be a vibrant and quality place to live and work for future generations.

Bryan Cadogan
027 476 3595

Bryan is in his third term as Clutha District Mayor. He grew up in the district and has previously been a local business owner and worked in the farming world, including shearing and owning a farm. As Mayor of the Clutha District Council, Bryan provides leadership and direction to the Council and enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with many community groups.

Bryan is very passionate about the Clutha District and works hard to foster council's goal of promoting growth in the district and is an ardent supporter of the foundation realising the critical need it will provide to Clutha's future vitality.

Kelli Divers
027 434 4162

Kelli grew up on a small dairy holding in Taranaki before leaving the area to travel the world and eventually obtain a law degree at Otago University. Kelli practiced law in South Otago where she has lived for the past 18 years. 

Kelli and her husband Mark, currently balance running a dairy farm and sheep farm alongside raising their three energetic boys. Kelli is involved in the St Mary’s School Board of Trustees and is a Dairy Environment Leader in the South Otago region.

Fiona Hancox
027 217 3960

Fiona and her husband are sheep and beef farmers near Tapanui in West Otago, they have 4 grown up children.  She is a Director on Silver Fern Farms Cooperative.  Her community involvement includes a Trustee on West Otago Health Trust and The Lincoln University Foundation, along with being a volunteer Ambulance Officer.

Susie Johnstone
027 223 8384

Susie is a chartered accountant in public practice in Balclutha.   She has governance experience across the health, education, tourism, and IT sectors with a focus on finance, audit and risk.   Time as a trustee of the Otago Community Trust exposed Susie to NZ’s vibrant philanthropy community and provided increased insight into the real difference well managed, philanthropic, funders can make to communities.  

She has a heart for projects that enhance local infrastructure for the good of all or help improve outcomes for disadvantaged groups in areas such as education, warm housing, and health.   

Stephen Kornyei
027 418 3285

Stephen has had community involvement since he first came to the Clutha District over 25 years ago. He is a past member of a service club, Trustee of the Clutha Licensing Trust and the Otago Community Trust.

Stephen believes that the Clutha Foundation has the potential to benefit our District immensely and is completely Clutha centric. It provides a avenue for generous residents who wish to contribute for the benefit of our residents and organisations, safe in the knowledge that all funds remain within the district.

Noel O’Malley
027 434 4556

Noel practices law in the Clutha District from offices based in Balclutha and Milton. Commencing in 1976, which means 43 plus years of personal and professional engagement with the community. Noel and his wife Kate, have six children, and have resided in the village of Benhar, adjacent to Balclutha, for most of that time. Both Noel and Kate have been actively involved in the community, Noel serving roles on the South Otago Hospital Board, school committees, Board of Trustees and Otago District Law Society including a two year term as president. Support of family and community is of paramount importance.

Noel personally supports the objective of the Clutha Foundation providing a vehicle for members of the community to make a different in their community by applying their philanthropy here.

Kerry Seymour
027 437 2586

Kerry has been a resident of the Clutha District since 1983. She is a secondary school teacher and taught for 20 years at The Catlins Area School. Kerry has been actively involved in a wide range off community sporting and educational organisations including governance roles with Sport Otago, Telford Rural Polytechnic, Netball South and the Heartland Life Education Trust.

Kerry is excited about the opportunity that the Clutha Foundation offers to support the many volunteers, clubs and organisations that contribute to our community.


Clutha Foundation patron is former prime minister, and long-serving Clutha-Southland MP, Sir William (Bill) English.


Member of Community Foundations of New Zealand
A registered Charitable Trust (CC55950)


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Member of Community Foundations of New Zealand
A registered Charitable Trust (CC55950)