The SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust Trustees are prominent local community members with backgrounds in community involvement and local business.
Kate Cherrington - Chairperson
Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Kapotai, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Pākehā
Kate works across education, community strategy and advancement projects in Aotearoa. She is currently an associate with The Centre for Social Impact based alongside Foundation North in Auckland. Her roles at the Centre include relationship manager, organisational capacity builder and advisor on strategy development and implementation. Kate specialises in working with groups with a kaupapa Māori focus in education and community strategy, and advancement projects. Her passion is in nurturing emerging community leaders and values-based leadership practice.
Kate is a trustee of Miria marae in Waiomio and serves on Te Manawatoopu the working group for Te Maara a Hineamaru, the governance for Te Runanga o Ngāti Hine. She was the Kāhui Ariki representative on the Waikato Conservation Board, from April 2014-June 2017, is a Council member with NorthTec (Northland Polytechnic) in Whangarei, trustee of Te Putea Whakatupu and provides support to current young iwi leaders in the Advancement of Māori Opportunity (AMO) network across Aotearoa. She is a board member for Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) based in Albuquerque and is also the International Consultant for Te Waka Kai Ora – Māori Organics Aotearoa and a verifier for Hua Parakore – the indigenous verification and validation system for food and related products.
Kate has professional experience in philanthropic strategy and community capacity support, education management, programme and policy development, quality assurance management, Māori language programme development, and wānanga development in NZ. She is a facilitator in the Indigenous Leaders Interactive System™ (ILIS), a structured dialogue tool to assist community groups across the world in planning for success and solving complex issues. She has been a teacher in Te Kōhanga Reo, a Māori cultural ambassador and a performer in the traditional Māori performing arts.
Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. His last role (Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary Strategy) involved overseeing work on New Zealand’s economic strategy and the Treasury’s organisational strategy. During his Treasury career, Bill led work on macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and public sector management. He also spent eight years as principal economic advisor to two Ministers of Finance and a Deputy Minister of Finance. He spent eight years on the board of New Zealand Football and was chair of the organising committee for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup. He also has ties with the creative sector as a co-founder and initial chair of the Play It Strange Trust. Bill currently holds director and trustee roles with government, private sector and not-for-profit organisations covering commercial, economic, social and cultural spheres. He also provides advice on career and personal developments strategies and organisational transformation.
Hetty Van Hale
Hetty is currently Communications Manager at Infinity Investment Group and also runs her own marketing and strategic planning consultancy ‘Marketer’. She has extensive experience in corporate communications and marketing and previous roles included Information Manager at Brierley Investments, Communications Manager for Carter Holt Harvey, and Marketing Manager-Treble Cone Ski Area for Tourism Holdings Ltd. She has a BA in Linguistics from Victoria University and a post-graduate Diploma of Information Science from Riverina Institute, NSW, Australia. Hetty is currently deputy chair of Central Lakes Trust, chair of Badminton New Zealand, deputy chair of Winter Games New Zealand, and deputy chair of Three Lakes Cultural Trust. She has been a past board member of Wanaka Wastebusters, Mt Aspiring College Foundation, Lake Wanaka Tourism, Project Crimson, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ.
Originally from Invercargill married to Debbie with 6 grown up children who has lived in Queenstown for 30 years. I bring over fifteen years of governance experience across varying organisations including roles as Chair and managing portfolios such as Health and Safety, Audit and Risk and Employment, this has been at Regional and Local level. My board level experience has been in Health, Education, Sports, Arts and within Maori organisations, this breadth of organisations has allowed me to develop a wide set of skills valuable to a governance board. Amongst these experiences has been the rewarding challenge of leading boards through change and restructuring, key to succeeding in these roles has been the ability to engage with all stakeholders, but also to cut through complex issues to assist multiple stakeholders to understand the problem statements allowing an organisation to manage multiple work streams.
Joanne has lived in Queenstown for 35 years where she specialises in Property Management and Advisory, including having owned several businesses, and is an Independent Company Director. Joanne has been involved with many community groups including Sports Groups, Plunket, schools and since 2006, with St John. As a contractor to the Queenstown lakes District Council she assisted numerous community groups securing tenure on Council land and buildings throughout the district. She was invested as a Commander of the Order of St John in 2018, spent four years as the Chairperson of the South Island Regional Trust Board and sat on the National Governing Board. Joanne is an experienced Director, currently sitting on six Boards including charitable, Council owned Organisations, Crown Entities and commercial Boards. Joanne is married to Danny, has three adult children, and enjoys walking, biking, fishing, and gardening.
Jonathan Browne is the General Manager of SkyCity Queenstown. Jonathan joined SkyCity in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of SkyCity Queenstown Casino and SkyCity Wharf Casino in Queenstown. Jonathan has extensive experience in the gaming, consumer goods, hospitality and tourism industries.