As General Manager, Jonathan’s role is to provide support and leadership to his team so the Trust can achieve its vision and objectives.
Along with a Funds Advisor, Jonathan ensures the Trust’s funds are invested and managed appropriately. He is also the link between ECCT staff and the Board and works closely with the trustees, providing them with information to help them make informed strategic decisions.
Jonathan, who has been with ECCT for seven years and comes from a banking and finance background, says he enjoys helping people achieve neat things in their communities.
“Part of our role is connecting with people who are passionate about their communities and who provide services, programmes or facilities to connect their communities and make them a stronger place,” says Jonathan.
“Meeting these people is quite inspirational.”
When he’s not signing off grant applications, Jonathan enjoys the great outdoors, especially trout fishing, duck shooting and hunting and keeps his team entertained with his stories and knowledge of nature.
“I do a bit of swimming, cycling and walking to keep fit,” Jonathan says.
“I love sport and I’m probably New Zealand’s worst armchair critic when it comes to rugby and cricket.”
As a Grants Assessor, Patricia Devlin is a good person to know in the Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT) team. Not only does she assess and process applications, she is also the first port of call for many grantees, staff and trustees needing assistance for just about anything and everything.
Now in her tenth year at ECCT, Patricia says she loves helping the public, from answering their questions to assessing reports and advising payments.
“It’s always lovely assisting community groups with grants – I often forget it’s my job because of the nature of my work,” Patricia says.
Outside of her “job”, Malaysian-born Patricia is a proud grandmother of five and enjoys travelling to visit her two South Island based grandchildren.
“I also enjoy spending time in my garden, walking to keep fit and food – both cooking it and eating out at the numerous cafes and restaurants Hawke’s Bay has to offer.”
Jill Wolland is a grants assessor at Eastern & Central Community Trust.
Jill has been a vital part of the ECCT team for 20 years! Her role has varied during her time with the Trust, which has seen her doing everything from administration roles to finance and accounting and more recently assessing grants.
“I often call organisations for accountability reports too,” says Jill. “There is a lot of background work to providing grants to our community organisations. I really enjoy the whole process – from helping people fill in applications to paying out the grants and seeing the community impact of that grant.”
When she’s not in the office Jill enjoys relaxing with her family and friends, making the most of Hawke’s Bay’s array of wineries and restaurants and travelling abroad.
As a Community Advisor for ECCT, Neil gets the privilege of developing relationships with organisations making a positive difference in their communities, and assisting them with grant applications.
“It really is an honour working with these passionate groups and organisations,” Neil says.
“Sometimes a quick conversation with me about their application is the difference between a successful outcome or not. I always encourage people to ask questions and seek advice before submitting applications, which is where those relationships really come in to effect.”
For the past five years, Neil has played a key role in overseeing ECCT’s education projects such as Summer Reading, Maths is Fun and our Science Project, as well as hosting funding clinics throughout the regions and advising on ECCT policies and strategies.
Neil also manages the IT at ECCT and has the unenviable title of “Fluxx Administrator”. This means customising the online grant application and assessment process to make it more meaningful and as easy as possible for staff and applicants to use.
In his spare time, Neil volunteers as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and still mentors two boys that he mentored three years ago as part of the Project K mentoring programme.
When he’s not mentoring, Neil spends most of his weekends either kayaking, tramping or cycling the beautiful Hawke’s Bay trails with his beloved dog, Koda, racing beside him.