Trustees are appointed to the Eastern and Central Community Trust Board for a four-year term by the Minister of Finance, under the Community Trusts Act 1999.

Trustee appointments

Appointments are delegated to the Associate Minister of Finance. The appointment process is managed by the Department of Internal Affairs.

To find out more about Trustee appointments, and  key dates for applications, please visit the following Link on the DIA website or contact [email protected]

Note – closing dates for expressions of interest in Community Trusts positions are normally in June.

Background material for candidates

The Community Trust Act 1999 states that the maximum term of office for Trustees must not exceed four years, but a Trustee may hold office on more than one occasion. A person must be a resident in the region of the Trust to hold office.

Skills and attributes required

Trustees collectively must have skills or experience in the following areas:

  • financial management, especially institutional investment oversight;
  • grant making;
  • governance;
  • community and voluntary sector involvement;
  • strategic thinking;
  • leadership skills;
  • legal expertise.

The make-up of the Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT) Board should reflect the communities we serve, including Tangata Whenua, Pacific communities and people from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. ECCT would also like community representatives of youth, Māori and Pacific communities.

Trustees are expected to have a broad understanding of the issues facing the communities of the eastern and central regions. However, when engaging with the community, Trustees should refrain from raising the expectations of applicants prior to Board decisions on applications.


Trustees will be requested to attend at least 16 Board and sub-committee meetings over the course of each year. We estimate a trustee is required to work approximately 30 to 33 days per year.
Board meetings are held every two months on a Thursday, at the ECCT offices in Hastings. The Annual Public Meeting is held on a rotational basis in one of our six regions. In addition, Trustees are required to participate in a two-day retreat held in October each year.

Trustees are expected to take part in sub-committees which convene separately to the Board meeting.

Key Activities

Key activities of the Board are as follows:

  • Participating in the strategic planning process
  • Setting goals and objectives and reviewing progress
  • Approval and monitoring of annual plans and budget
  • Approval of capital expenditure
  • Approval of investment policies
  • Approval of grant policies and grant applications
  • Approval of operating expenditure outside budgets and delegations
  • Appointing the General Manager and delegating levels of authority to the General Manager
  • Ensuring compliance with all statutory obligations
  • Officers of Eastern and Central Community Trust
  • The Trustees annually elect a Chair, Deputy Chair and committee chairs
  • Sub-committees include Audit and Risk and General Manager Performance Review Committee.