ANN BARSBY was instrumental in the setting up of the Trust in 2002 and continues to be the inspiration and driving force behind most of our activities. She is also active as a committee member of several other local heritage organisations and is heavily involved in the Gasworks Museum Trust. She was formerly head of the Tourism Department of Otago Polytechnic. She was the recipient of the Dunedin Bluestone Award for preservation and promotion of Otago’s heritage in 2011 and was awarded the QSM in 2014 for services to heritage.
JOHN BARSBY has been Secretary and Treasurer of the Trust from the beginning and looks after a number of the Trust’s activities, including membership and publications. He was a member of the Classics Department of Otago University until his retirement in 2002 as an Emeritus Professor. He was awarded the ONZM in 2003 for services to Classical Studies.
GEOFF BELLAMY is an Australian national who has worked in heritage management for more than 20 years. Educated in New Zealand, England and Australia, his career has been divided between economic development and conservation research in each of these countries. Having retired as Area Manager with NZHPT in Dunedin in 2007, he is now a published author in the fields of maritime and military history.
CRAIG BUSH has a College Social Sciences teaching and National Social Science Curriculum planning background. He has experience in the implementation and management of a private training organisation specialising in teaching computer technology and English language tuition. He has helped the Trust run events such as the 2012 Dunedin Steam Festival (2012), the Industrial Heritage Symposium (2014) and Heritage Festival (2015). Presently he spends time designing websites, publishing, working in Special Education and coordinating a New Zealand schools programme for North Georgia University undergraduate teachers.
BARRY CLARKE is the former Chair of the Trust. He is an accountant, educated in Dunedin, and is a partner in the accountancy firm Markhams Clarke Craw. He is involved with a number of Charitable Trusts, particularly in Heritage preservation.
JONATHAN CWEORTH is Australian by birth but moved from Australia to NZ in 2001. He and his partner own a lovely old Victorian house in Mornington, and he has always admired Dunedin’s rich architectural heritage. Since living in Dunedin, he has worked as an adult literacy tutor, as a musician with the Rare Byrds early music consort, and as a scriptwriter. He first became interested in industrial heritage via the Gasworks after writing and directing a Fringe Festival show specifically for that incredible venue.
JOANNE GALER was born and raised in Dunedin and has a background in public relations and newspaper journalism.
She has a BA (Hons) degree in History from Otago University, which included a thesis on the demise of the Dunedin Stock Exchange building, and she has also co-researched an e-book on the history of the Warehouse Precinct. Joanne and her partner Peter McIntyre have (several times!) renovated their villa in Opoho, where they live with their two teenage girls. Joanne’s current full-time role is Senior Communications Adviser at the University of Otago.
BRENT LOVELOCK is the current Chair of the Trust, having taken over from Barry Clarke at the 2016 Annual General Meeting.He was formerly was the Chair of the Otago Branch Committee of the NZ Historic Places Trust. He came over to the Southern Heritage Trust after the merger of the two bodies in 2013. He is an Associate Professor in the Tourism Department of Otago University, and has a special interest in natural resource management and in sustainable tourism in its broadest sense, environmentally, socially and politically.
ANNA THOMPSON-CARR is originally from the central North Island and moved to Dunedin in 1995 after living in Tongariro and Aoraki Mt Cook National Parks. She is currently a senior lecturer and co-director of the Centre for Recreation Research in the Tourism Department of the University of Otago. She also serves on the Otago Conservation Board. Anna’s interests include art, photography and permaculture.