David Scott JP
Coast/Gisborne/Wairoa Regional Coordinator
David was active as an Agricultural Recovery Facilitator (ARF) MAF in 2007-08-09 droughts and a coodinator for the East Coast Trust since 2003. His extended involvement with Civil Defence Emergency Management is complemented by in excess of 20 years in local authority with 12 years as Deputy Mayor, Gisborne District Council and a variety of ministerial appointments in Health, Justice and Social Development. David is currently farming a small block in addition to lease-hold fat-lamb horticulture.
Hawkes Bay Regional Coodinator
I started work in Otago in the Stock and Station industry . Completed 21 years as a livestock agent. Moved to Waipukurau in 1986 involved in farm finance. Initially with Wrightson Finance, then Trust Bank Eastern and Central, Westpac briefly and then 17 years as Branch Manager of Rabobank managing Waipukurau and latterly Hastings Branches. I finished full time work on 31st March 2016 and have taken the Coordinators role for the East Coast Rural Support Trust, in addition to having my own consultancy company. In my time working with farmers and their families I have experienced everything that can happen in the rural sector. Rural adversity of all types, happens on a regular basis but most farmers can cope and continue to progress, but sadly some need help. My previous role as a rural banker has given me plenty of experience in dealing with a variety of difficult situations and coupled with the yet unknown challenges of the RST role, that experience I trust will be of great assistance.
Tararua Regional Coordinator
Jane, who is originally from Scotland and was brought up on the family dairy farm in Dumfries and Galloway, now lives with her husband and two children on their sheep and beef farm at Makuri, East of Pahiatua. They also farm properties in Central Hawke's Bay. Farming in two such different climates for 20 years, she is well aware of the stresses related to farming in high rainfall areas and drought prone areas. Jane has supported the rural community and been an active member of many school, social and sporting clubs committees over the last few years.
Wairarapa Regional Coordinator
John lives in Masterton and has had several different careers including shepherding, farm training with the unemployed, crime prevention, working in the community, managing a freight company with 30 staff, and a funeral director for ten years. He was then a business manager of eight farms including dairy, sheep & beef, piggery and dry stock farms with 28 staff.
John is a great community man and understands the pressure people, especially the farming and rural community, are under. He is passionate about helping people ensuring they get the right support and help in times of stress. He will work hard for people to have access to the right information and resources to be able to make informed decisions about their situations, to ensure good outcomes are achieved.
John likes hunting, horse riding, gardening, and travel, but most of all enjoys being a husband, father and a grandad and having family time.