Trust has chairwoman

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An accounting firm director was elected as chairwoman of the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust during a meeting on Monday night.

Kate Proctor, who is a director of Christchurch-based Smith McCoy Alford, has been involved with the trust as a treasurer for about five years and became a council-appointed trustee this year.

Mrs Proctor said being a part of the trust without being on the board had given her a good background on what the trust did and what they were involved with.

It had given her an interest in moving the trust forward, she said.

The trust was undergoing their third strategic planning within a year and had been visited by an outside contractor, who talked to everyone involved with the trust to get a better feel for the Victorian Precinct area, she said.

Following this, a session would be held with stakeholders in June.

“I’m hoping this process will come out with some strategies that everyone is party to,” Mrs Proctor said.

Originally from Christchurch, Mrs Proctor has lived in Oamaru for about seven years after she set up the Oamaru branch of Smith McCoy Alford.

She has been a director of the company since 2004 and has more than 20 years’ accounting and commercial experience.

She went to boarding school at Waitaki Girls’ High School.

By Ruby Harfield