The team at TECT manage the day to day operations of the trust including the investments, annual rebate distribution, community grants scheme, collaborating with other local funders and community organisations, and working on projects for the trust.

Wayne Werder

Chief Executive

Wayne manages the operations, investments and programmes of the trust on behalf of the trustees. Wayne has a strong background managing community and not-for-profit organisations and has a Masters in Management studies from the University of Waikato.  

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Paula Hudson

Community Impact Manager

Paula leads the delivery of TECT’s grants strategy with a focus on proactive and strategic granting. She provides support to the team of Grant Administrators and Advisors who work with community organisations on their funding needs.

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Tricia Hudson

Finance and Investments Manager 

Tricia manages TECT’s accounting functions and assists with the administration of investments to ensure that they are in line with the trust’s objectives and principles.

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Jeanette Voss

Grants Administrator

Jeanette's main responsibility is processing funding applications and following up with organisations where required. She is also the first port-of-call if you have any queries. 

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Kelsey O'Dea

Communications Coordinator

Kelsey is our resident story-teller, communicating the inspiring work and achievements of people and community groups in our region. She manages everything marketing and comms-related across a range of digital, print and social media platforms.

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Tane Phillips

Funding and Systems Administrator

Tane’s role involves processing funding applications alongside Jeanette. He is a systems-whiz, who maintains TECT's data management systems to ensure they are running smoothly.

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Neda Espie

Grants Advisor

Neda’s key role is to provide advice and support to community organisations seeking funding from TECT, focusing on our Responsive Grant Funds. With a background in not-for-profit organisations, Neda is motivated by forming connections with members of the community.

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Georja Worth

Accounts Administrator

Georja’s is a shared role between TECT and Acorn Foundation. Highly organised and efficient, Georja supports the organisations’ day-to-day finance functions and provides general accounts administration to the teams.

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