Our Team

Audine Grace-Kutia, Kerry Donovan , Phil McLeod. Leighton Evans & Yvonne Berry Our office Office

Audine Grace-Kutia, Kerry Donovan, Phil McLeod , Leighton Evans & Yvonne Berry 

GENERAL MANAGER - Leighton Evans

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science majoring in physical geography. Postgraduate Diploma in Business Excellence. National Diploma in Civil Engineering.

Leighton has been at ECT since March 2010 and thinks he, quite possibly, has the greatest job in town. He considers it a privilege to work for the Trust and the community. He brings a range of local experiences to the role including 10 years at the Gisborne District Council.

He is a Justice of the Peace and is Gisborne's youngest marriage celebrant.

 

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - Phil McLeod

Chartered Accountant (CA)

Phil has been the project and finance manager at ECT since April 2012. His main role at ECT is particularly to assess project applications in conjunction with the project committee, determining the flow-on benefit to the wider community. As the resident chartered accountant, he also manages the accounting functions of the Trust.

Formerly a partner at Endeavour Chartered Accountants, Phil is enjoying the opportunity to make a difference and values the positive contribution of the Trust within its local community.

 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT - Yvonne Berry

National Certificate in Business Studies (NCB)

Yvonne has the crucial role of supporting ECT management and trustees. She had spent the last 15 years as office manager for local surveying firm Grant & Cooke and is enjoying being part of the Trust's positive vision.

 

MANAGER COMMUNITY RESILIENCE AND INITIATIVES - Audine Grace-Kutia

Audine Grace-Kutia is familiar name to many in the not-for-profit sector after spending 17 years as a community advisor with the Department of Internal Affairs.

Audine brings unparalleled distribution management experience to the team and will take our processes to the next level as we look to distribute some $6 million back in to the community this year.

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER - Kerry Donovan

Kerry Donovan fell in love with the Gizzy lifestyle after moving from Rotorua with her family. A broadcasting extraordinaire, she worked in student radio from the age of 18, attained a BA in Film and Television Studies, a Diploma in Broadcasting Communications and carved an impressive commercial career before channelling her energy and enthusiasm into marketing and communication.

She currently works part time for ECT as well as running her own PR company - ExpressPR.

PROJECT MANAGER - Jacque White