PDG John Prendergast
Regional Co-ordinator Zone 7B & 8
RC of Invercargill South
John lives in Invercargill, New Zealand with his wife Donna and they have three daughters – Meg (23), Ella (21) and Grace (15).
A chartered accountant, for the past 19 years John was CEO of the Community Trust of Southland, a community-owned philanthropic $200m investment trust, which grants $7m a year for community projects in Southland.
John joined the Invercargill South Club in 1994, and has enjoyed a number of Rotary roles since then, including leading a GSE Team to D5220 in California in 2003, leading the Australasian RYLA Team to Gallipoli in April 2005 for the 90th anniversary of the Allied landing at ANZAC Cove, and was District Governor in 2012-13. John has been his District Trainer, remains a member of the District Training Team, and is a regular (some might say irregular!) MC at Rotary Conferences, Institutes, and Presidents’ Elect Training events.
For the 2015/16 Rotary year John was a member of Rotary International’s Vocational Service Committee, currently he is the Rotary Co-ordinator for New Zealand and several Australian Districts, and in January 2017 was a Training Leader at the 2017 Rotary International assembly in San Diego.
Outside of work, family and Rotary John has been and is involved in the governance of various organisations, including Chair of Camp Quality New Zealand, Chair of Philanthropy New Zealand, Trustee of the Ngai Tahu Fund, Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin Board of Management, Chair of the Verdon College Board of Trustees, and is a Justice of the Peace.