The Trustees of the UCHT are:
- Neville Dippie
- Margaret Hay (Secretary)
- Anne McKenzie
- Russell McGeorge (Chairman)
- Ross Parry (Retail Director)
- Ray Rudkin
The Management Committee comprises:
- The above Trustees, plus
- Bev Rudkin (Fundraising & Events Director)
- Tania Delahunty (Treasurer)
SHOP & WAREHOUSE
- Jill Milward (Retail Manager)
Russell is a retired professional civil engineer and holds degrees from the University of Canterbury and the University of California, (Berkeley). During his working career, Russell and his family were resident in NZ, the USA and France at various times and he held a number of senior management roles.
Russell is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and has held a number of governance positions including:
- Trustee and Chairman of Upper Clutha Hospice Trust, 2013 to present
- Director of Central Otago Health Services Ltd (the operating company of Dunstan Hospital in Clyde) 2006 to 2018, and was Chairman from 2008 until 2016)
- Trustee of Upper Clutha Lakes Trust Board (formerly known as Lake Wanaka Trust) and Chairman 2016 to 2018
- Director of Wanaka Wastebusters 2008 to 2012
- Guardian of Lake Wanaka, 2007 to 2010
- Director of Lambton Harbour Management Ltd (Wellington City LATE), 1995 to 1998
- Managing Director of DesignPower NZ Ltd (a subsidiary of ECNZ) 1992 to 1998
Russell and his wife Pamela have been Wanaka residents since 2002, and lost their daughter Rachael (42 yrs) to cancer in 2010.
Neville spent his early working life with a Dunedin stock and station agency, with time spent in Dunedin, Balclutha and Cromwell offices.
His responsibilities included
- trading grain seed and general farm merchandise
- livestock trading and farm sales
Subsequently he joined Nichol Brothers as Dunedin Manager with responsibilities for production and sales throughout the South Island, and in selected rural locations in the North Island.
Neville became both a shareholder and director of the company.
His later career was involved with garden centres both as owner and manager, later being joined in the businesses with his two sons.
Neville and his wife Gaynor retired to Wanaka but sadly Gaynor’s health deteriorated and her last few weeks were spent in the wonderful care of the Otago Community Hospice.
2009 Founding Trustee of the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust
2013 Founding Trustee of the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust.
I have spent most of my working life in the secretarial and financial sector, mainly in the education field.
During the years of our daughters growing up I held voluntary positions school committees of both Primary and High Schools, (secretary of both).
On my return to the work force in 1978 I held the following positions:
- Secretary of the Dunedin Community Child Care Association which entailed all financial and secretarial requirements.
- In 1980 I took up a twelve month contract position as Secretary for the Otago University Students Association .
- Secretary to University of Otago Accommodation Officer for three years.
- In 1984 I took up a position at King’s High School as Rector’s Secretary which I held for the next 26 years. With the advent of ‘Tomorrows Schools’ I was appointed to the position of Executive Officer. This position entailed my continuation as Rector’s Secretary, Board Secretary and Financial Controller.
- I was also Otago/Southland representative on the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Association for four years.
- I have held positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer of various hobby committees.
We lost our eldest daughter to Cancer when she was 33. The care she received during her battle was wonderful and I believe that I am giving something back by holding the position Trustee/Secretary Treasurer on the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust.
Bev Rudkin was born and raised in Dunedin, spending most of her working life there apart from a brief period in Kurow.
After leaving school Bev worked as a law clerk before marrying and starting a family. With young children she took a position with the Department of Psychiatric Medicine working part-time with children under fifteen, a position she kept for 10 years.
Moving on from there she started a couple of retail shops but Real Estate attracted her and after a few years working in the industry she and Husband Ray started their own Real Estate company along with two other partners.
A major health issue put a stop to this career and the Rudkins retired to Wanaka.
A subsequent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer led to three months in Christchurch Hospital and Bev vowed that, if she recovered, she would devote herself to making life easier for patients who had to travel out of town for treatment.
This led to her starting the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust to assist families who had children with serious medical needs. Her involvement with the Cancer Society and the Children’s Trust made her realise the need for a palliative and respite care facility in Wanaka and with a group of like-minded people she set out to establish a Hospice Shop as well as being involved in major fund-raising events to finance the facility.
In 2014 Bev was awarded a Paul Harris citation from Rotary international and in 2016 she also received a Mayoral Citation, both awards recognising her outstanding contribution to the Wanaka Community.
Ray Rudkin gained his secondary schooling at Otago Boys’ High School and later trained as an apprentice motor mechanic. He quickly moved on to a career in Marketing and Sales, working for several companies in Dunedin.
When UEB Industries, for which he was Sales Manager, relocated to Auckland he and Bev decided to stay in Dunedin and Ray started his career in Real Estate, working initially for First National, then the Real Estate division of Land Corp before he and Bev started Metro Realty. They were principals of Metro Realty until selling the business and retiring to Wanaka.
After two years of retirement in Wanaka Ray was approached by PGG Wrightson to manage their Wanaka Office which he did for several years.
During his time in Dunedin, Ray was active in various volunteer associations, becoming very involved with Children’s Athletics. He managed Otago teams for both the Colgate Games and the Mount Cook Games.
For the past four years he has been a trustee for the Arusha Children’s Trust in Tanzania and he is also a trustee for the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust.
Ross Leslie Parry
Ross Parry was born and raised in Dunedin attending Kings High School. On leaving school he started his working life in the banking world with the Commercial Bank of Australia. From there he joined the NZ Police Force where he remained for eight years.
On leaving the Police Ross had a young family and owned motels in Dunedin and Wanaka along with other business interests.
From this point Ross then become involved in the grocery business, starting out owning a Four Square Store in Queenstown before moving back to Dunedin to Own and Operate two New World Supermarkets. During this time with the New World Group Ross served for seven years on the New World Executive.
Ross and his wife Jan have owned property in Wanaka for the past 28 years and have lived in Wanaka for the past six years permanently.
Ross has keen interests in all sport and has been personally involved in health and fitness his entire adult life, he is also a keen golf enthusiast. For the past four years Ross has served on the board of the Wanaka Golf Club and is presently the Chairman of the club.
Ross and Jan have two daughters who are also involved in the grocery industry.
Elizabeth Anne McKenzie
Anne McKenzie was born and raised in Mosgiel by parents whose families had come out from Scotland, and attended Taieri High School.
Her working life started at Arthur Barnett’s where she was involved in banking. When she married she became involved in the car industry with her husband, and remained in this business for some 34 years. During this time she also had her own business selling Wood ware on the Party Plan , and had 30 women throughout the South Island selling for her for about 15 years.
Anne has been very involved with Columba College in Dunedin, both during the 11 years her daughter was a pupil, and she continues to be very involved as a grandmother.
She has served on committees, coached netball and tennis, driven the sports van taking the girls to sporting grounds etc.,
Anne has always been a very keen sportswoman. She played tennis for many years and was very involved on committee work. She was chairwomen when Union and Lawn Tennis in Dunedin was amalgamated. Later, she became a keen golfer, achieving a 6 handicap and is still very competitive, playing around an 11 handicap.
In 2005 Anne decided that she wanted to give back to the community and began volunteer work for the Otago Community Hospice, joining their fund raising committee. On moving to Wanaka permanently, Anne transferred her volunteer work to the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust and is a passionate supporter of the Trust. Her work for the Trust includes working in the Shop and Warehouse volunteer teams, looking after the Trust’s on-line trading, assisting with fund raising and serving on the Trust’s management committee, initially as a committee member and more recently as a Trustee.
Anne has one daughter and two grandchildren, and loves walking with her 2 dogs every day.