Media release – immediate circulation
12 November 2020
Carolyn Christian appointed as trustee of WESCT
Carolyn Christian has been appointed as a trustee of Waitomo Energy Services Customer Trust (WESCT), which owns the electricity distribution company The Lines Company (TLC) on behalf of local customers.
Carolyn joins WESCT’s five elected trustees; Peter Keeling, Erin Gray, William Oliver, Janette Osborne and Cathy Prendergast for the coming three-year term.
Peter Keeling, WESCT Chair, says the trustees are delighted to welcome Carolyn to the board.
“Carolyn brings strong business acumen and relationships within the community to the Trust. She is involved with a number of local boards and organisations as well as her family business, which is a prominent transport firm operating within the wider King Country for decades,” Mr Keeling says.
“Carolyn also has an in-depth knowledge of the local community, as well as strong relationships throughout the region which will be a real asset to the Trust.”
Having been born and raised in the Ōtorohanga area and working within her family business, trucking firm OTL Group, for the past 25 years, means Carolyn is well equipped to ensure WESCT continues to represent the district’s interests as shareholder of TLC, in particular the Ōtorohanga community in which she lives.
Carolyn is a passionate advocate for the local community and has served on the Ōtorohanga District Development Board for the past 10 years, including a stint as chair. She has also completed two four-year terms at Trust Waikato. OTL Group is a significant local employer and also actively supports various schools and sports groups.
“I am excited to be appointed as a trustee of WESCT and look forward to acting as a voice for the community and district,” says Mrs Christian.
“The Trust plays a very important role in safeguarding the future of TLC as a key community-owned asset. Keeping it local and supporting TLC to operate efficiently and maximise the benefits that can be enjoyed by the community are crucial, and I am very pleased to be involved.”
Carolyn’s personal interests include netball and horse racing and she currently serves on the Waipā Racing Club board.