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Community Investment Funding Panel Nominations

Voting has now closed for Community Investment Funding (CIF) Panel positions, with four positions available.

The Panel is responsible for reviewing CIF applications and allocating funding on behalf of Council’s Community Services Committee.

Candidate Summary

Applicants were asked to outline their interest and reasons for standing. Here are their responses:

Jessica Ettridge

I am a new member of the Nelson community, having relocated with my young family from Australia in January 2019. My husband is from New Zealand and we chose sunny Nelson as the place to call home. It is important to me to have a sense of belonging in my local community.

The opportunity to be a part of the Community Investment funding panel is of interest to me as I believe I have relevant skills and knowledge that will add value.

I bring over 10 years’ experience from the community and local Government sectors, both as an employee and a volunteer. The organisations that I have worked with have delivered support services to youth, migrant families, unemployed and those affected by poor mental or physical health, homelessness and social isolation. I have prepared countless funding applications and also been on review panels, which gives me the benefit of seeing both perspectives. I also have skills in strategy and planning that can help align programs with organisational goals and objectives.

I am a strong advocate for equality and know the importance of social inclusion for everyone.
I am personally motivated when I know that my work is making a contribution to these goals.
I see the panel role as an opportunity for me to really get to know my local community and understand the challenges and opportunities that we face.

As I have recently joined the Nelson Environment Centre, my knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues is growing. It is evident that these are very topical issues, particularly for the young people in Nelson who are helping drive a movement to minimise the impact of climate change.

I would be proud to represent the Nelson Environment Centre as a panel member and would bring a unique perspective as a key organisation from this sector.

Finally, I would like to meet like-minded people to form professional and personal networks in
Nelson that can continue into the future, and I see that this opportunity would help me achieve this.

Rosalie Grant

I have worked at Nelson Budget Service for the past 10 years and I am currently a board member of FinCap – A national charitable trust that supports the financial capability sector of New Zealand.
I have lived in Nelson for 19 years have an interest in providing a balanced and responsible approach to funding our NGO sector in Nelson.

As the manager of an NGO I have submitted multiple funding applications to various philanthropic organisations. Therefore I have an insight into the financial pressures our community organisations face and the desperate need for funding. And as part of my role on the board of FinCap, (a national chariatable trust that supports the financial capability sector of New Zealand), I have had experience on a funding allocation panel for the Ministry of Social Development. This has taught me to ensure funds are allocated as effectively as possible to ensure the best outcome for our community. My unique experience enables me to see the funding perspective from both sides of the coin.

Hannah Johnson

My interest in becoming a CIF member comes from my ongoing mahi aroha investment in the community sector. I believe that we as a community need to be using our financial investments in a way that works smarter not harder and support new change initiatives as we move into the future. These investments would serve our community if we concentrate on future focused and whanau inclusive infrastructure. It is together that we will thrive. During my time I have observed several areas that we as a community need to prioritize for development. As such, it is at the forefront of my interest to grow our community’s social, cultural, environmental and youth leadership capital.

Me mahi tahi tātou
Mo te orange o te katoa

We must work together
For the wellbeing of all.

Graeme Thomas

Have been a member of the Community Investment Fund for the last three years and wish to continue providing my experience and expertise to the decision making process allocating funding to organisations in our community.

Retired. Extensive voluntary work in the community.

Voluntary Experience
COGS Nelson Bays Local Distribution Committee Chair 2014-2019
Nelson City Council Community Investment Funding Panel member appointed 2015-18
Community Response Forum Community representative appointed 2016-18
Rotary (Charter Member; President; Treasurer; Board Member; Paul Harris Fellow),
Justice of the Peace, (Judicial and Ministerial), (President; Registrar, Treasurer)
Crisis Pregnancy Support Trust (Treasurer, Chair),
Abbeyfield Nelson Inc (Treasurer)
Age Concern (Trustee)
Nelson College for Girls Board of Trustees (Chair 6 years) NCG Trust Foundation (Chair of Trustees)
Nelson Community Groups Service Centre Trust (Chair) (Volunteer Centre Building),
Jaycee (President; Treasurer; Conference Committee; Life Member),
Greengables Home for the elderly Management Committee,
Nelson Central School (Centennial Committee Chair; Chair School Committee 8yrs)
Budget Advisory Service (Councilor),
Rescue Helicopter Trust. (Trustee)
Nelson Safer Community Council.
Tahunanui Community Center Inc Co-opt committee member 2019

Professional Experience
Qualified Accountant since 1971 now retired.
Member of Institute of Directors in New Zealand Inc #33435 resigned 2011
Successful operation of own retail businesses for 21 years (1969-90)
Contract accountant at Sealord Joint Venture Division (troubleshooter) (1990-92)
Diocesan Trust Board Commercial Properties Administrator
Management accountant/administrator for the Bowater Motor Group (1992 – 2006)
Established & managed Finance Companies, Family Trusts and Property Portfolios
A Director or Trustee of a variety of business and not for profit organizations.

Proven financial ability
Excellent administration and organizational skills
Extensive experience within a variety of businesses and voluntary organisations
Special talent for clearly defining and addressing issues.
Proven ability to work in teams with wide ranging personalities
Skilled in Financial Management, Negotiation, Marketing and Business Development.
Solid reputation for personal integrity and reliability.

Christopher Tews

I am passionate about the impact that voluntary and community organisations have in Nelson and the importance of funding support through the Community Investment Panel.

As a non-profit funding specialist I have insight into the way voluntary and community organisations need to manage their budgets and win funding within an increasingly competitive environment. As contracts manager for a youth charity I offer a keen enthusiasm to help, bringing over 25 years’ experience from across the sector, ranging from training Funding Advice workers to supporting major partnership funding bids.

Being involved as a volunteer (Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Nelson - Tasman), I believe that my skills, experience, analytic and collaborative approach will add value and contribute meaningfully to the Community Investment Funding Panel’s work in its support of our sector.