The Mount Cargill Trust

Our History

The Mount Cargill Trust was established in 1992 to initially provide residential care for children with specials needs. Today we provide residential services for children, young people and adults in homes within the Dunedin community. 

Our Values

  • Respect - Manaakitanga
  • Relationships - Whanaungatanga
  • Professional - Integrity, Transparency 
  • Empowerment
  • Rangatiratanga - Self-determination 
Acknowlegement and respect of the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi across the service. 

Our Team

Jane Booker - Manager

Jane Booker - Manager Jane is the Manager of The Mount Cargill Trust and has been working for the service for the past 17 years, the last 6 years in her current position.  Prior to this her roles included Services Manager and Care Coordinator within the Trust.  Jane’s previous background is in special education teaching.
Jane has a passion for developing and maintaining high quality care and support for the young people and adults living with the Trust, with the individual person being at the centre of all service delivery.  She is also committed to leading a team of staff who are skilled and motivated to foster positive outcomes for each individual person they provide care and/or support to within the service.

Carolyn Gillard - Residential Co-ordinator

Carolyn Gillard - Residential Co-ordinator Carolyn has worked in the disability field working with young people and adults for over 22 years. Twenty one of these years have been at The Mount Cargill Trust.  Prior to this Carolyn completed a Bachelor in Art History and Education along with a Diploma in Education.
Carolyn is the Residential Coordinator for the service and is responsible for the day to day staffing and running of the homes along with the medical and health needs of the individuals living within the Trust.
Supporting family relationships is an important part of Carolyn’s role and making sure families remain actively involved in a person’s life whenever possible and that families feel welcome within the residential homes.
Carolyn is passionate that the young people and adults living with our service have the opportunities to be listened to and are supported by planning that is both positive and relevant to the individual.  Supporting the young people to grow as individuals, promoting their quality of life and fostering their own voice for decisions, provides Carolyn with great job satisfaction.

Graeme Thompson - Children and Young Persons Co-ordinator

Graeme Thompson - Children and Young Persons Co-ordinator Graeme is the new Children and Young Persons Co-ordinator for The Mount Cargill Trust. He is a registered psychiatric nurse and has worked for the Southern DHB as a registered nurse for many years. He has also been a Māori Manager and a Kaioranga Hauora Māori also for the Southern DHB.

Graeme has experience in the fields of Te Ao Māori, adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and intellectual disability.

Graeme's passion is people. The potential to build and maintain these relationships with those that he works with that will in time lead these individuals to be the best that they can be.

Joy Meredith-Chin - Day Services Co-ordinator

Joy Meredith-Chin - Day Services Co-ordinator Joy is the Day Services Co-ordinator for The Mount Cargill Trust and has worked for the Trust for 15 years.  This role covers training for staff and overseeing Vocational, CAP and Classroom programmes.
Joy started work for the Trust because she was passionate about all people being treated equally and likes to help them get their voices heard.

Megan Sainsbury - Office Manager

Megan Sainsbury - Office Manager Megan is the Office Manager for The Mount Cargill Trust and has been working for the Trust for the past 10 years.  This role covers all financials, property management and other office components.
Prior to this, Megan’s roles included Administrator for Oranga Tamariki, Puketai Residential Centre (3 years) and Clerical Support for Oranga Tamariki, Balclutha Site (5 years).
Megan enjoys working for and assisting the young people and adults living within the Trust.  She has enjoyed having the privilege to work in these areas over her working career.


Daile Anderson - Receptionist

Daile Anderson - Receptionist Daile has worked for the Trust for the past 10 years.

Daile enjoys working alongside our young people and helping them with any queries.  Daile assists our Team as well as other office duties and is the friendly welcoming face to all visitors to our office.

Lizzie Chin - Services Administrator

Lizzie Chin - Services Administrator Lizzie has 10 years experience working for the Trust. She has worked alongside our young people in their homes as a Support Worker and understands their needs.

Lizzie has recently become the Trust's Service Administrator and Payroll Administrator.  The knowledge gained from working in the homes enables Lizzie in this position.

Craig Paddon - Board of Trustees Chairperson

Craig Paddon - Board of Trustees Chairperson Craig joined the Board in April 1996 – 25 years of service to the Trust.
For the past 29 years Craig has practiced as a Lawyer in Dunedin and therefore, brings a wealth of business and legal experience to the Board.
In addition, Craig has served and chaired numerous NGO’s resulting in a comprehensive understanding of the issues that can arise especially in the context of governance and management.  Through this Craig understands the need to work alongside fellow board members in a respectful and constructive manner.
In an increasingly difficult world, Craig believes that the work of The Mount Cargill Trust in providing a safe and supportive environment for those in our care is more important than ever.
As Chair, Craig’s vision is to create and maintain a strong, sustainable vibrant organisation that is capable of providing the service that it does for many years to come.

Alex Lo - Board of Trustees Treasurer

Alex Lo - Board of Trustees Treasurer Alex has been a Board member with the Trust for the past 10 years.  Alex is a Chartered Accountant and had been offering accountancy and business advisory services to small and medium sized business as well as non-profit organisations for the past 20 years.  He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
Alex has a passion for assisting young people and adults in the community.  He is also involved in the Dunedin Chinese Methodist Church helping in the youth ministry and looking after young students who come to Dunedin for their education on both their physical and spiritual needs.  When he was invited to the Board he jumped at the opportunity as he believes the Trust is offering an exceptional service and care to our young people and adults who stay with us.
With the government funding continuing to be limited in our sector, financial sustainability becomes a key to our Trust.  Alex is working closely with the management team in the financial management area of the Trust to ensure that our limited resources are being allocated efficiently and appropriately to the operation units of the Trust.
Alex spends most of his leisure time with his young family.  He loves sports and enjoys playing soccer (supports his beloved Liverpool club), badminton and is a keen supporter of the Highlanders and All Blacks.

Sue Bain - Board of Trustees

Sue Bain - Board of Trustees Sue has been a Child and Family Therapist in the NGO sector for 18 years.  Sue was employed as a resource worker for The Mount Cargill Trust for 7 years.  She enjoyed this work and was extremely impressed with how efficiently the complex difficulties and/or struggles some of the people living within the Trust were managed.  They had clean tidy homes, nutritious food and caring staff.  Sue has operated and owned her own business.
Approximately a year after Sue left working for the Trust, the then manager approached her to be on the board.  Sue accepted because she believes in the work the Trust does.  Sue enjoys being on the board and looks forward to building and developing this crucial service for young people and adults.

Pauline Latta - Board of Trustees

Pauline Latta - Board of Trustees Pauline is an experienced organisational development specialist whose principle work involves mentoring/coaching, Human Resources management, training and strategy development focused on the main aspect of any business – its people. 
Pauline’s work with organisations on their people strategy, culture, performance and development is extensive.  Pauline is a Mentor with Business Mentors Otago.  She has also been a member of several Boards of Trustees.  Pauline is also experienced internationally having worked in the UK, Ireland, Australia and domestically throughout New Zealand.  Pauline has worked with teams across level from Governance, CEO and senior management to administration and operational levels.  Quality, health and safety have formed part of the work within these roles.

Warren Smith - Board of Trustees

Warren Smith - Board of Trustees Warren brings enthusiasm and passion to The Mount Cargill Trust Board of Trustees.  Warren has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the real estate market and has an excellent network within the industry.  Also involved in the local sporting community, Warren was President of the Sunnyvale squash club for five years.

Warren is fully supportive of the dedication of staff at the various Mount Cargill Trust residential homes.  His aim is to ensure all homes where The Mount Cargill Trust residents live are of an excellent standard.  It is vitally important that the environment provided for all residents is the best it can be.  Warren looks forward to providing the same positivity and enthusiasm to the time on The Mount Cargill Trust Board as he applies every day in his work as a Real Estate Agent.
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