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Peter Jeffries BBS

Peter has been involved with CORT Community Housing since it began in 1987 and was Trust Manager for the first five years, during which time he and his wife lived in a community house (a large seven-bedroom house), with a number of the trust’s tenants. He was Chairperson from 1998-2006. Peter has been CEO of CORT since 2008. He previously worked in the security sector, specialising in electronic security systems, managing his own company for eight years.

Operations Manager:  Stephen Hart

Operations Manager: Stephen Hart

Finance Manager:  Ayn Benitez

Finance Manager: Ayn Benitez

Development Manager:  Julia Saunders

Development Manager: Julia Saunders

Property Manager:  Michael O'Keefe

Property Manager: Michael O'Keefe

Senior Tenancy Manager:  Jade Thorne

Senior Tenancy Manager: Jade Thorne

Tenancy Manager:  Elizabeth Joynt

Tenancy Manager: Elizabeth Joynt

Tenancy Manager:  Makinsie Baker

Tenancy Manager: Makinsie Baker

Tenancy Manager:  Eleanor Erihe

Tenancy Manager: Eleanor Erihe

Accounts Assistant:  Viona Gunawan

Accounts Assistant: Viona Gunawan



Board of Trustees


Chair: Sue Watson
PhD, MEd, BA, Dip Tchng

Skill area: Leadership and strategic development; government relations; developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.

Sue is an experienced CEO and Director with a wide range of experience in the business, not-for-profit and education sectors.

She is skilled in working with both government and private sector stakeholders and in creating strong teams to drive growth and effectiveness. She has travelled widely in her professional roles and consulted on policy, research and education for a wide range of New Zealand and international organisations.

Sue also brings a strong personal commitment to the work of CORT Community Housing and a desire to contribute to the growing social housing sector in New Zealand.


Treasurer: Alex Duncan
BA (Hons)

Skill area: Finance, Financial Markets, Public Policy

Alex mixes active semi-retirement and engagements with a variety of commercial clients as a principal of Finology, a financial economics firm.

For 12 years until mid-2015, Alex held a range of senior corporate finance and strategy roles in Fonterra Co-operative Group. During that time, he was integral in initiating Fonterra’s inaugural financial risk management policies, the establishment of a global dairy auction and Fonterra’s issue of equity listed in New Zealand and Australia. Prior to that, Alex led the Corporate Finance practice of Andersen in New Zealand, was engaged in wide-ranging tax reform in New Zealand and the Pacific, and had significant involvement in the advent of the quota regime under which most of New Zealand’s fish stocks are managed.

Alex is delighted to contribute as a Trustee and participate with others in CORT’s growing role in social housing.


Trustee: William Alexander
BE (Hons) Agric

Skill area: Management, research and development, operations, marketing

Bill is a company director and manager. He has a background in engineering, research, product development, operations, marketing and company management.

Bill was involved in the original group which set up CORT Community Housing in 1987 and has maintained a close interest and involvement in the Trust over the years. Bill joined the board after returning from working overseas for 3 years.

As well as his strong business background, Bill brings to the board personal hands on experience in property maintenance and construction, as well as a strong interest in “green” building and energy management.


Trustee: Jody Kilpatrick
BA, BTh, MTh

Skill area: Pastoral Leadership

Jody is the Minister of Ponsonby Baptist Church. She has been an ex-officio member of the trust since 2005. She brings skills and experience in guidance and pastoral care. Jody also represents an invaluable senior leadership church perspective to the board.


Co-op Trustee: Dr Graham Davison

Skill area: Health sector and knowledge of the Trust

Graham is a retired geriatrician who worked for 35 years for the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). He was the first chairperson of the Trust (1988-1998) and is now a co-opted trustee. He brings knowledge of the history of the trust and a health perspective.


Trustee: Tony McNamara
BSc, MBA Exec, IITP, IoD

Skill area: Strategy, IT Management

Tony works as an IT Consultant where he specializes in the alignment of ICT strategy with business strategy, with a focus on small to medium-sized law firms.

Tony has held senior IT management positions in the health, local government and finance sectors.  He is a member of the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) and a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD). Tony has previous involvement with many community groups, including sea scouts and local sports teams.

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Trustee: John Deyell 
BCom (Taxation and Accounting)

Skill area: Finance, Charitable Trust Management

John has a background in accounting and charitable trust management, having worked for both small charitable trusts and large nationwide NGO's.

John currently works in the consulting industry, partnering with various NGO's, Government agencies and private businesses to deliver accounting and financial systems across a variety of industries.

He brings with him his passion for finance, community development and Trust governence.


Tenant Advisor: Zheyne Tahana

Skill area: Tenant perspective and knowledge

Zheyne brings the invaluable perspective of being a long-term tenant of CORT Community Housing to the board of Trustees. He finds it a joy to be involved in the decision-making and strategic direction of CORT Community Housing.


Tenant Advisor: Julie Dudfield

Skill area: Tenant perspective, tenant engagement and community development

Julie has been a CORT Community Housing tenant for nearly 3 years as well as having years of experience in mental health & housing, community housing and community development.

She is passionate about her work with CORT Community Housing tenants and feels privileged to use her experience to advise the Board of Trustees.