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.”