OCHT Board

Alex Skinner – Independent Chairperson

Alex Skinner is an independent Trustee and the inaugural chair. He previously worked at KPMG for 20 years, the last 12 as a partner. Alex has been a Chartered Accountant since 1984, immigrating to New Zealand in 1998. His speciality is audit and risk, and he has been responsible for audits of privately-owned businesses, NZX listed entities, not-for-profits and public-sector organisations. Alex has been actively involved with the CA Institute and the Institute of Directors. He holds professional independent directorships including on the Board of Christchurch City Holdings Limited and Plunket.

Pam Sharpe – Deputy Chair/Independent Trustee

Pam Sharpe is an independent Trustee and the Deputy Chair. She has promoted quality social housing at a governance level for 10 years. She is a Trustee of Housing Plus, a Board member of Christchurch Methodist Mission and as the Chair of the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust she promotes early childhood development and housing of families. Previously she has been the mayoress of Christchurch, chairing the Mayoral Welfare Fund, served on the Pegasus Community Advisory Board, the Alcohol and Drug Association of New Zealand Board, and other charitable trusts. Pam is a registered nurse with 40 years’ experience in palliative care, aged care, community nursing and often visited patients in social housing units. Pam is a director of a business owned and operated by her family in Christchurch.

Stephen Phillips – Independent Trustee

Stephen Phillips is an independent founding trustee. Prior to retirement in 2012 Stephen Phillips was Chief Executive of Age Concern Canterbury, a position he held for five years. He managed a high-profile Youth Health Centre for nearly three years and was employed in local government for over 30 years. Stephen is currently Vice President of Age Concern Canterbury, a Board member of Age Concern New Zealand and sits on a numbers of other Trusts.


Lloyd Mander – Independent Trustee

Lloyd Mander is an independent founding Trustee and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has a background in commercial property and healthcare, including management of long-term DHB and Ministry of Health contracts. Lloyd was a lead Board representative for the transfer of OCHT’s current social housing porfolio. Lloyd is also a Trustee of Ministry of Awesome, an innovative business development organisation and is a member of the Canterbury Branch Committee of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Vicki Buck – Council Appointed Trustee

Vicki is a Council appointed Trustee. She is chair of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee of the Christchurch City Council and also on the Board of Accessible Properties. Vicki serves on the Council’s Housing Taskforce, and chaired the Housing Management Board which did the work to set up OCHT. Her background includes environmental, social, commercial, education and property experience. She has wide experience in local government and has served on commercial boards as diverse as start-up technologies, the City’s Holding Companies, the Reserve Bank and publicly listed boards.

Andrew Turner – Council Appointed Trustee

Andrew Turner is a Council appointed Trustee. He is the elected Christchurch City Councillor for Banks Peninsula and the Deputy Mayor of Christchurch. Andrew has a strong interest in social and environmental issues, and understands the need for quality, fit-for-purpose, affordable housing for everyone in our communities. Andrew is committed to the provision of decent, warm, dry, secure social housing for those who need it most. Andrew has been involved in grassroots community organisations for many years, and believes in strong, resilient, sustainable communities. He holds a number of governance roles including directorships of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd and Christchurch NZ, and is a trustee of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust and the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum.

Paul Lonsdale – Council Appointed Trustee

Paul Lonsdale is a Council appointed Trustee. He has been in retail for 35 years across a variety of roles and was an elected Councillor from 2013 – 2016. Paul has experience in tenancy and relationship management through management of two large shopping centres, the central city business association, private and commercial rental properties. Paul worked with and looked after property owners, business owners, tenants, the police and many other city stakeholders. Paul was also heavily involved in a number of post-quake responses including the creation and running of the temporary post-quake retail precinct called Re:START in central Christchurch.

About Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust

The Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust
61 Kilmore St,

Hours: 8.30 am-5.00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Postal: PO Box 53, Christchurch 8140

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