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New Administrator appointed

New Administrator appointed

The Community Foundation (HB) has appointed a Havelock North woman, Janice Gilmour, as its new administrator.

Mrs Gilmour replaces the former administrator, Mr Tony Bryan, who is concentrating on his new role as Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 992.

The Community Foundation (HB) will make other key administrative appointments but will first embark on market research using Wellington consultant Mr Tony Pilalis.

Mr Pilalis is a nationally-known fundraiser with a record of service to some of New Zealand’s major charities. He has been employed to help the community foundation through the complexities of its previous existence as the Transfusion Foundation to a foundation serving donors’ needs, encouraging philanthropy, and meeting community needs with project-based funding, guidance or mentoring, said the chairman, Mr Peter Dunkerley.

Mrs Gilmour’s work will be central to this, he said. The foundation has already had indications of more than $1-million in endowments from people who wish to make a permanent impact on Hawke’s Bay, and there is a need to capitalize on this to expand the pool, he said.

Mrs Gilmour is an American, although she has lived many years in New Zealand. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and it was where she met her husband, Hastings lawyer Bruce Gilmour, 23 years ago. She came back with him to this country where she earned a reputation in administration and accountancy. This in due course led to her own company, Carojan Holdings Ltd. Carojan’s clients range, for instance, from a farm stock agent who employs the company’s services for dealing with his orders and his books, to the Community Foundation (HB), which has entered a contract with her also for administration and accountancy. On arrival in New Zealand, she started in the administration department on one of Fletcher Building’s companies, Scott Commercial, and rose to become the area accountant for the lower North Island. Fletcher Building then applied her talents as branch accountant at Placemakers in Napier. Pictorial Publications, the Hastings calendar and postcard publisher, employed Mrs Gilmour for four years as accountant and administrator. She also had a period controlling the creditors of a lively pharmacy company. She opened a children’s clothing store but closed that two years later. Mrs and Mr Gilmour have two children, Anna, 10, and James, 8.

Mrs Gilmour has been involved with Hastings Parents Centre, holding several offices, the last being president.


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