About Us

The Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust is a not-for-profit charity.

The Trust’s Purpose

The purpose of the Trust is as follows: To undertake actions, initiatives and programmes to promote and provide affordable housing to benefit people in charitable need with significant housing needs in Marlborough, particularly those in housing need associated with age, health problems or disability.

The purpose is supported by and may include without limitation:

  • To carry out land development and/or residential building in Marlborough.
  • To work with organisations and parties interested in the development of affordable, accessible housing.
  • To assist those referred to in 4.1 through education and advisory services to access appropriate, adequate and affordable housing.
  • To acquire assets as are necessary to achieve the charitable purposes of the Trust.
  • To generally do or perform all such acts, matters or things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of any of the foregoing purposes.

The Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust is made up of local trustees. We build homes that are affordable, energy efficient and follow lifetime design principles, including wheelchair access, so it is a house you can grow old in. The Canterbury Community Trust has provided the funding for the Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust.

The Trustees

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Bev James (chair)

Bev James has a background as an analyst in housing, resource management and community development and she currently runs her own private research business. With early family connections to Koromiko, she moved to live in Marlborough eight years ago. Her involvement with the Affordable Housing Study conducted in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough in 2006 prompted her to join the Trust to help widen the affordable housing choices available in Marlborough.

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Kay Saville-Smith

Kay has extensive experience in the housing sector, particularly where it intersects with social policy. She is the director of the Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment which specialises in applied social research and evaluation in public policy, community development and the built environment. She is on the Advisory Council for Lifetime Design Homes, was a member for the Ministerial Committee on Warm Homes and works with EECA on its insulation and heating retrofit programmes

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Peter Yeoman

Peter Yeoman has been a Marlborough resident for over 30 years, initially working as a farm consultant and more latterly as an adviser on personnel management and industrial relations to school boards of trustees throughout the top of the South Island. He retired from full-time employment in 2011. In addition to his background in agricultural science and in employment, Peter has been involved with the governance of a variety of community organisations and has a strong commitment to community development.

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Janet Steggle

Janet Steggle

Janet has many years’ experience in energy and sustainability. Most recently, she has twice been a judge for the Marlborough Environment Awards, including a judge in the category "Community Innovation and Sustainable Living". Janet and her husband emigrated from the UK in 2005, and have designed and built their house in rural Marlborough. In the UK, Janet worked in the Department of Energy on a range of policies such as energy conservation and downstream oil; she also spent two years working in Ministers’ offices. She then became Government Relations Manager for Texaco, working on relationship building and on projects such as the hospitality for the Texaco Trophy one day international cricket series.

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Russell Hopkins

Janet Steggle

Since retiring after a varied Civil Engineering Career in Marlborough, Russell has continued in a long time interest in Social Housing.

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David Taylor

Janet Steggle

David is a former Senior Banker with experience in many sectors including infrastructure projects. He came to Marlborough in 2012 after a spell in Sydney leading the Lloyds Bank Australasian Credit Team. He Chairs a number of local Company Boards and volunteers his time to a range of community focused organisations'. His current business interests include the provision of Business Mentoring Services and an Investment Capital Fund for growing businesses.