02 June 2017

Community Trust of Southland chief executive resigns

Southland Community Trust chief executive John Prendergast has resigned.

Trust chair Margot Hishon said Prendergast had given lengthy and dedicated service to the trust, and trustees acknowledged his resignation would mean a significant amount of history and knowledge would leave when he finished on June 9.

Prendergast said after almost 20 years in the job, he would leave with many wonderful memories of a trust that is an enduring asset for Southland which all Southlanders should be proud of.

He said he would take a short break and then consider the management and directorship opportunities that had already presented themselves.

“Invercargill is definitely home for us so our intention is to remain here if at all possible,” he said.

He said he would miss “the wonderful staff” he has worked with and the hundreds of community organisations that he has been so fortunate to work with over the past two decades.

“For the most part it hasn’t felt like work at all, it really has been a privilege and I have loved every moment of it,” he said.

“I feel I am leaving an organisation that is innovative and transparent in the ways it looks to support the community.”

As the longest serving chief executive of the 12 Community Trusts in New Zealand, Hishon said she thanked Prendergast for his commitment to the Southland Community Trust over his many years of employment and wished him well for his future career endeavours.

Hishon said the trust would appoint an interim chief executive while the recruitment process for a new appointment took place.