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Community Connections Board of Trustees

The Board is the legal authority for Community Connections Supported Living Charitable 
Trust (“Community Connections”). Board members represent the interests of the organisation and are entrusted to ensure the organisation is soundly managed to achieve its purpose.

The role of the Board is governance. Governance focuses on the goals and objectives of 
Community Connections, and the Board supports the Executive Director to achieve those 
goals and objectives through the development and review of strategic direction and a robust 
policy framework. The Executive Director is employed by the Board to manage the operation 
of Community Connections so that the agreed goals and objectives are met. The Board is 
not involved directly in operational matters.

The Board of Trustees members:

Sue Shotter - Chairperson

I have been on the CCSLT Board for three years and consider it a privilege to work with such a  dedicated group of board members, management and staff. CCSLT is an organisation that truly lives  its values.

I have a varied work experience ranging from running our own business, through to local and  corporate government.  My key strengths are in the delivery of corporate/business services while  understanding and aligning this delivery in a strategic way.  I have a strong understanding of how  government works and a passion for ensuring all New Zealanders can lead the life they deserve.

Otto Bats - Finance

I have been on the board of CCSLT since June 2015 and have been appointed as finance director. I am married and have three grown-up children. I work as a physiotherapist and have established with my wife our own private practice in 1990 in Levin. Besides my role as physiotherapist I have been involved in the construction industry for a long period of time and started my own property development company in 1999 and have continued to work on several projects including construction, development and investments.

Through various companies and partnerships I am predominantly responsible for the contract negotiations, finance and risk management. I consider Integrity and trust important drivers in my personal and professional life.

On a personal level I enjoy sailing and just being on the water, where I am able to relax. With my wife I look forward to travel more and enjoy live with all our friends and family.

Robert Brace - Board Member

I’ve been on the Board several years. Working with a team  of quality and experienced people, including the Executive officers, is stimulating and    a great pleasure.  I know that Community Connections is in good hands and good    heart.   I am a lawyer in practice in Porirua.  Part of my Court work includes being  appointed to represent individual disabled people under the Protection of Personal  and Property Rights Act 1988.  My involvement on the Board also gives me a wider  perspective and appreciation of how people in New Zealand living with disability are provided for.

Lee Rutene - Board Member

My name is Lee Rutene. I was born with Cerebral Palsy which affects the lower half of my body and my eyes but I don't let that stand in my way. I first got involved with the Community Connections Board about three or four years ago because I am passionate about disability issues and wanted to make a difference to the lives of others in the Wellington community. I guess for me having a disability is all I know. I was the first person to be educated in a main stream school in the Wellington area in the 1980s and I was also the first client of CCS supported living services when it started. I work for CCS Disability Action as a Disabled Staff Coordinator for the Central Region which covers the Taranaki, Kapiti and Wellington areas. 

I also have a number of volunteer positions:

  • People First chairing meetings related to Mental Health
  • Member of The Accessibility Reference Group for the Wellington City Council improving access around the city and dealing with disability issues that come up
  • Member of Capital Support Reference Group advising the CEO on what can be done better

This doesn't leave me a lot of time to relax but when I do I like to watch sport. I used to play Rugby and Swim for the New Zealand Para Olympics team. After an injury six years ago, I recently got back in the pool.

Nick Ruane - Board Member

Nick Ruane has a background in Law, Commerce, Political Science and Education. Nick is a Board member for Disabled Persons Assembly, which gives him access to the highest levels of government as well as a connection to the disability community at grass roots level. In addition, he sits on several government appointed boards in the disability sector. Nick also holds board seats in with organisations dealing with Sports infrastructure management and Community Asset management.

Nick is a disability sector knowledge expert who provides advice to the public sector on the topics of accessibility and inclusion.

From 2010 to 2013 Nick represented New Zealand in para triathlon, winning 3 national titles, 1 Oceania title, a Silver medal, and top 10 placing at World Championship races in Las Vegas and Auckland.



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