Community Networking Trust

Leading and enabling effective social service provision in Eastern Southland 



The Board

Katherine Chamberlain

Katherine Chamberlain

Position Chairperson

About . I am a Registered Social Worker and Member of the ANZASW. My husband and I moved to Southland from Melbourne so we could be closer to family and enjoy all that the region has to offer in terms of the outdoor lifestyle - which we really missed when living in the city! I’m interested in how services can work together and be supported to do their best work for the community they serve. I’m inspired by the drive and passion of local people making things happen and the way the community gets on board to give so generously of their time and resources to get things done. I can’t think of a better place to live and raise our children.

Ross Johnstone

Ross Johnstone

Position Deputy Chairperson

About Ross is a company director, involved in farming and has been involved as a board member on the CNT from its founding, and before that with the initiating group. Ross is currently the President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce New Zealand also fostering business development, and trade. He believes we live in a wonderful part of the world and loves to be part of facilitating things that are of value for families in our community

Lewis Marshall

Lewis Marshall

Position Treasuer

About Lewis is employed at the local hospital as a medical social worker. He has had a long term interest in and involvement in local social services, and was invited by a former Board Chairperson to make himself available for board membership Lewis enjoys participating with people and organisations who are willing to work collaboratively toward shared community goals. Lewis feels our community has immense potential for people of all ages and interests. It is an ideal community to raise a family in, is close to an amazing hinterland and is building a comprehensive infrastructure of essential services. Lewis believes this community offers the best of both worlds, the benefits of the services of a medium size town and district along with the advantages of rural living.

Stacey Young

Stacey Young

Position Board Member

About Stacey is a Public Health Nurse employed by the Southern DHB. She provides health support and advice to local families, preschools and schools. Stacey is new to the Community Networking Trust board in 2015. Stacey feels the Community Networking Trust is an essential component to enable the people of Eastern Southland to access services. Stacey enjoys living in Eastern Southland and wants the community to continue to develop to meet the needs of its ever changing population.

John Ranstead

John Ranstead

Position Board Member

About John is a Presbyterian Minister working as a Family Worker for Mataura Presbyterian Church, working with families and individuals throughout the community, of all ages, but primarily focusing on children. John has a BA in Arts, another BA in Theology, and a BTh from Otago.

Tracy Hicks

Tracy Hicks

Position Board member - Gore District Council Representative

About Tracy is currently Mayor of the Gore District Council, a role which has been a full time one since 2005. Tracy was elected to the inaugural Gore District Council as a Mataura ward member. He served two terms then stood down to concentrate on the establishment of a new retail store in Gore. Tracy was appointed as a trustee to the Community Trust of Southland in 2005 and chaired the trust for six years, finishing his term in 2015.

Glenys Dickson

Glenys Dickson

Position Board Member - Gore District Council Representative

About As a first term Councillor, it is a pleasure to represent Gore District Council on the Community Networking Trust. I was raised on a farm in Southland and have lived and worked in the Gore area over many years, having strong interests in finance, social development, and the environment. I also enjoy family, travel, gardening and outdoor recreation. Community Networking Trust is a vehicle to increase the awareness, cohesion and collaboration of groups who all work for the betterment of the community’s wellbeing through social development. I enjoy being a board member, able to participate in leaving a strong community in good heart for future generations to benefit, as I have

Alison Moore

Alison Moore

Position Board Member

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