The Vincent Community Board has 7 members (4 elected and 3 appointed from Council).
It represents the urban and rural communities including Alexandra, Clyde, Letts Gully, Springvale, Poolburn, Omakau, Ophir, Becks, Lauder, St Bathans, Earnscleugh and Fruitlands.
Introducing your Board...
Martin McPherson (Chair)
Phone: 03 448 9114
Mobile: 021 879 849
I have lived, worked and played in Central Otago for 27 years. My partner Christine and I enjoy this community and its people. My daughter Sophie keeps me young and challenges me daily to be on lookout for things that interest or entertain teenagers!
I am probably best known as the event manager for the Alexandra Blossom Festival. This role brings me into contact with people across our wonderful region.
We live in a rapidly developing and changing community, a district that is facing many challenges. It is a privilege to represent the people of Central Otago on Council and I undertake to always listen to your concerns, share your thoughts and discuss your views.
I have represented the people of this region for over five terms on council. As I continue in this role I trust my contribution will add value to the Council and as a team we will all work towards making "our place" even better.
Russell Garbutt (Deputy Chair)
Phone: 03 449 2254
Mobile: 020 4039 0424
I am widowed with three adult sons and eight grandchildren. I love walking, swimming, playing pretty bad golf, cycling, reading and listening to a wide variety of podcasts.
I have represented the VCB on the Clyde Planning Group, the Clyde Historic Museum Committee, the Clyde Historic Precinct Group, the Clyde Recreation Reserve Committee and the annual ANZAC wreath-lyaing.
I am the Chair of the Central Stories Museum, a Board member of the Central Otago Heritage Trust, and organised the 2019 fundraising dinner for Hospice Central Otago.
I believe strongly in supporting those who through their hard work and entrepreneurial endeavours continue to provide employment and opportunities in a whole range of business throughout the region.
Dr Roger Browne
I live in Alexandra with Wendy, my wife of 50 years. Until my retirement in 2007 I was a senior lecturer at Massey University. I have a PhD in electronic engineering. Retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue my deeper concerns – climate change and loss of biodiversity. In 2012, I established a native plant nursery at Clyde and this now supplies plants to many community projects. I have been busy planting species endemic to Central Otago.
The arts are an important aspect of my life. I am a keen cellist, playing principal cello with the Central Otago Regional Orchestra. I run the Creative Writers Circle and am the chair of the Central Otago District Arts Trust.
I believe in the value and importance of life-long learning. In support of this I am the chair of Central Otago REAP, which supports learning throughout our district. I also help run the Alexandra U3A.
Central Otago is a wonderful part of the world and I enjoy tramping and mountain biking around our exciting landscape.
Phone: 03 448 6942
Mobile: 027 289 1551
I have lived in Central Otago for more than 40 years with my husband John and am lucky to have my family living nearby.
Previously Associate and Practice Manager in a local accounting firm for 31 years, Accounting Manager in the gold mining industry and now owner of a funeral business covering Central Otago and Lakes District, I understand issues facing our ratepayers from differing perspectives.
I love Central Otago and look forward to being part of the decision making that maximises opportunities for growth, paves the way for our people to grasp opportunities, and protects this perfect place we call home, a place we and our families can live, work and retire for our lifetimes.
I have previous experience on Council and Community Board, and the Central Lakes Trust, and I welcome discussion with ratepayers who have concerns in the community.
Mobile: 027 241 4177
I am Assistant Manager of a local restaurant and tavern and I have experience managing businesses in both the irrigation and hospitality sectors. In the past I have worked in the local construction, agriculture, viticulture and healthcare industries.
I am a solo father to three primary-school-aged children who are the fifth generation of my family to live here. This gives me an understanding of the history of Central Otago and an appreciation of the toil and sacrifice our forebears went through to make Central Otago the place it is today.
I coach junior sports teams in both softball and rugby and have also taught children music.
For a number of years I have worked supporting adults with intellectual disabilities to live independently in our community. This has allowed me an insight in to the lives of some of our residents who face the biggest challenges on a day-to-day basis.
As a Councillor I see it as my role to listen to the needs of our residents as a whole and work together with Council, staff and community members to build a strong, vibrant community.
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to represent our community on VCB. My passion is people, connections to one another and our relationship with the land. Growing up on a Southland farm kindled a love for the land and the importance of community. I've lived in Alexandra for 10 years with my two children and in this time have created lifelong connections through Playcentre, school and my family's diverse interests.
As the Enviroschools facilitator for Central Otago based out of REAP, I spend a lot of time working throughout our region. This has enabled me to extend my knowledge and connection with Central Otago people and the challenges we face.
From my life experience, my work and interests I feel I can serve our diverse ward in a caring and respectful way.
Sharleen Stirling Lindsay
Phone: 03 448 9522
Mobile: 027 426 7332
I am excited to be serving you for another term. 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 representative. 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.