Vincent Community Board


​​​​​​​​​The Vincent Community Board has 8 members (5 elected and 3 appointed from Council).

It represents the Alexandra and Earnscleugh-Manuherikia wards. The Alexandra ward mainly comprises the township of Alexandra. The rural areas of Letts Gully, Springvale, Butchers Dam and Chapmans Road are included in the Alexandra Ward.

The Earnscleugh-Manuherikia ward encompasses both the urban and rural communities. The main urban township is Clyde. The ward includes the town of Omakau and settlements of Poolburn, Ophir, Becks, Lauder St Bathans, Earnscleugh and Fruitlands.​​​

Connect with Your Board​

Do you have an issue you wish to discuss with Vincent Community Board? Consider booking in a 10-minute spot to talk to Board members before their monthly meeting.

The purpose of VCB Connection is for individuals or groups in Central Otago to get to speak to the Community Board about any topic they wish, with a maximum of 10 minutes each. These sessions will be held prior to every community board​ meeting and speakers can choose to attend in person or connect remotely via teleconference or Skype.

"Hearing from you our community is really important. We need to hear your goals, dreams and fabulous ideas for our slice of paradise," says VCB Chair Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay. "Working together and staying connected is how we can achieve positive things for our district. So if you’re part of a club/group or just have a vision you want to share then book your time to come and have a chat with us." 

Book your spot

To book your spot please see use the online booking form or pick up a form from Council's Alexandra office. Alternately phone 440 0667 and talk to Pam.

Introducing your Board...

​Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay (Chair)

Phone: 03 448 9522
Mobile: 027 426 7332

I am excited to be serving you over the coming years. I have a passion for building connected communities.


I currently sit as the chair of Neighbourhood Support New Zealand. This role is such a privilege as I get to work alongside people who in this great country have a desire to make our home communities safe and connected. I also sit on the board of Australasia Neighbourhood Watch as the NZ rep. Again this is an amazing opportunity for me to build relationships and learn skills that can be put into the work I do at home.


My day job is the Team Leader of Youth Base where I support young people and their families  to have opportunities for growth and development.  For me it’s all about people, building relationships and working together to create an amazing place for us all to live, work and play.  


Dr Barrie Wills (Deputy Chair)

Phone: 03 448 8215
Mobile: 021 138 1988

I was raised on a farm near Timaru, attended Timaru Boys High and received degrees from University of Canterbury.  My wife Ann and I moved to Alexandra in 1978, respectively working at Dunstan High School and the MWD Water & Soil Division and latterly AgResearch.  Our three children attended Alexandra Primary (where I was a Board of Trustees member) and Dunstan High (I was the Electoral Returning Officer there).

Having lived in Alexandra some 38 years, we are active with many community organisations and enjoy gardening and the outdoors environment of Central Otago.

Professionally a scientist with expertise in botany, soils and environmental resource management, I worked in Crown Research Institutes and now as a self-employed consultant (Central Environmental Services) dealing mainly with landowners, mining and development companies and NGOs.  

This is my second term as Alexandra Ward Councillor and fourth term on the Vincent Community Board. This community has served us well and it is challenging but satisfying to be giving something back in return, ensuring Council stays focused on affordable, essential community services.   

I strongly support and encourage growth of innovative and environmentally sustainable primary production of food and fibres in Central Otago and associated service/ educational businesses.  Also upgrading tech-infrastructure that supports IT-dependent business and home-based workplaces; and development of health and recreational facilities (hospitals, museums, trails, heritage, sport, tourism) that will benefit long-term community wellbeing.      


James Armstrong

Mobile: 027 431 4062​

I am a Becks farmer, married with three adult children. As the fourth generation on our family farm I feel I have a good knowledge of the Board area.

Over the years I have served my community in a variety of roles including: chairman of Young Farmers at local and district level, St Bathans Triathlon organising committee member for 20 years, chairman for three years of Central Otago JP Association and NZ Curling Council and past master of both St Bathans and Cromwell Masonic Lodges.

I am currently Becks Hall Committee Chairman, Blackstone Hill Fire Party Secretary and Private Water Right holders’ representative on Falls Dam Irrigation Company.

This is my third term on the Vincent Community Board.

Victoria Bonham

Mobile: 027 509 8041

I believe New Zealand's rural towns and communities are the fabric of real New Zealand the NZ way of life. No one knows how to best nurture and manage our communities better than the community itself.  Together we can be the change we wish to see in this country by leading the way in environmental care, seeking non-poison alternatives to pest management,  protecting our waterways, upgrading health and support services, encouraging tourism, growing local business and employment, embracing our youth and their future opportunities in Central Otago.

The growth of our area should benefit all who live here not a privileged few, while remembering the greatness of a society and its moral progress is measured by the way it treats its most vulnerable.

I am a long-time local, businesswoman, horse trainer and mother of two. My extensive rural and business background in the animal health and tourism industries has given me a grass roots understanding of our area and community.

I am an experienced journalist, marketing and events organiser and charity coordinator, animal rights campaigner and environmentalist. I always strive for a higher perspective and represent you and your family on our district council. 


Brian Fitzgerald

Phone: 03 448 9300
Mobile: 022 130 0611

Having resided in Alexandra for some 11 years now both my wife Penny and I have found it a wonderful place to live and become involved with the community.

I have previously had a career in financial services and business management, giving me the experience and common sense needed in making decisions that benefit our community.

I have always believed in giving back to the community in which you live.

I am a member and past President of Alexandra Rotary, and through the Vincent Community Board I have been involved with the Alexandra/Clyde District Business Group, Promote Alexandra, Clyde Recreation Reserve Committee, Alexandra Suspension Bridge Working Group, and the Alexandra & District Youth Trust, of which I am the current Chairperson.

I value the opportunity to positively contribute to the progressing of our area.

Having served in the previous term on the VCB I learned quickly the processes involved in local bodies, and am honoured to represent our community in the new term.


Russell Garbutt

Phone: 03 449 2254
Mobile:  020 4039 0424

I was born and raised in Dunedin and joined the NZBC working at DNTV-2 in 1963 until the customary overseas experience  Worked at ATV Network Ltd and dairy goat farming in the far north of Norway, then back to TVNZ in Christchurch.  Spent 13 years working there before returning to Dunedin to take up management positions with TVNZ and Natural History.  Joined the University of Otago where I headed up the Media Production Unit until my retirement.​

I have strong sporting and community governance experience having served on the Board of Sport Otago including a long period as Chair, a member of the inaugural Board of the Academy of Sport, Life membership of the Otago Rowing Club and the Otago Ski Club.  Currently the Vice President of the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club and a member of the Dunstan Golf Club and Manorburn Curling Club.

I am recently widowed, have three sons and eight grandchildren and keep myself busy with gardening, golf, rowing, reading, motor-cycling and walking.

I believe in the protection of our unique environment while encouraging innovative and traditional businesses.  I encourage those within the community to contact me.

Claire Goudie

Phone: 03 448 9485
Mobile: 022 691 2538

I am 60 years young, retired and working as a community volunteer. This is my third term on the Vincent Community Board where I am happy to speak out about what I believe in, support projects that enhance our area and advocate for others. I am an active member of Promote Alexandra,  a member of the Alexandra Musical Society, Clyde Theatre Group and also a street contact for Neighbourhood Support.

Like all rural towns, Alexandra has its challenges and balancing the need for growth with affordable rating is no easy task. I am committed to maintaining current levels of service and finding innovative ways to encourage growth.

My interests are theatre for both adults and children (usually to be found backstage or on the production team), photography and spending time with and listening to people from all walks of life.

My vision for Alexandra, going into the future, is for sustainable and balanced growth in harmony with our unique surroundings and maintenance of the lifestyle and leisure activities that draws young people and families to this area. Alexandra, a great place to live, bring up children and retire to.  

Malcolm Topliss

Phone: 03 447 3888
Mobile: 027 475 8790

Raised in Frankton, Queenstown I attended St Kevin’s College and then studied accountancy at Otago University. I moved to Ophir with my partner Christine five years ago. 

My background is financial and infrastructure management, with significant experience in governance as CEO, Managing Director, and company director, prior to my semi-retirement in 2011.

I am passionate about the future of Central Otago. There is much still to be done for our region to achieve its potential, in particular infrastructure upgrades. My vision for Central Otago is to see sustainable development, respecting the unique geography and history of the region for the long term benefit of future generations. I place importance on building strong business relationships, transparency and openness in consultation and communication.

This is my second term on Council. Over the past term I have represented the Earnscleugh/Manuherikia Ward on the CODC, as well as representing the Council on the Vincent Community Board and several other organisations and committees.

I am confident that both my strong business background and passion for Central Otago provide me with the skills, experience, leadership and motivation to serve the community for a further term.​

Page reviewed: 18 Dec 2017 1:19pm