Our Trustees are Sir Rob Fenwick, Bruce Parkes, Sam Morgan, Rob Morrison, Liz Oliver, Richard Gordon, Charles Daugherty, William McCook, Fenton Wilson and Gary Langford.
Our stakeholders include DOC, OSPRI, Local Government, Landcare Research, Pure Advantage, Nga Whenua Rahui, QE II Trust, ESRI, Eagle Technology, Forest & Bird, WWF NZ, Federated Farmers, Fish and Game, NZ Sanctuaries, Janzoon Trust and the Universities of Auckland, Massey, Waikato and Victoria.
Sir Rob Fenwick (Chairman)
Sir Rob Fenwick has been killing little furry animals on his 1000 acre coastal block at Waiheke Island for as long as he can remember. He’s laid literally tonnes of rat poison and funded bird translocations to the island. As well he’s helped establish projects such as Motutapu Island Restoration Trust which has now achieved pest free status on both Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands.
In 2011 he was appointed advisor to DOC to assist the transition to a new partnership model which saw the department adopt a new more outward facing focus, collaborating with communities, iwi, businesses and local government. A product of this was the formation of Predator Free NZ, a national movement involving a large number of stakeholders whose objective is to mobilise and support the thousands of volunteers throughout New Zealand committed to predator management.
Sir Rob is a businessman and company director whose commercial interests have always been closely aligned to sustainable development. Sir Rob co-founded Living Earth Limited, the country’s largest composting/resource recovery business and he owns Te Matuku Bay Oysters Limited – an eco-friendly oyster farming operation.
Sir Rob is Chairman of Kiwis for Kiwi, Antarctica New Zealand, Greenlane Biogas Ltd and New Zealand Waste Advisory Board. He’s an advisory board member on NEXT Foundation, Westpac and Air NZ and a director of EnviroMark Ltd. He was inaugurator of the Bluegreens.
Sir Rob was made Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Conservation and he has an Honorary Doctorate in Natural Resources from Lincoln University. Fenwick Pierdmont in Antarctica is named after him. Rob and his family have covenanted their Waiheke Island property as a nature reserve and advocated for the Te Matuku Bay Marine Reserve.
Richard has been the Chief Executive of Landcare Research – a crown-owned environmental research institute – since May 2011. He has held various roles within Landcare Research since 1995. He led the Institute’s work on corporate sustainable development and public reporting in 2000 and was a member of the first stakeholder council of the Global Reporting Initiative. Before moving to New Zealand, Richard was a research manager in the global agrichemical industry for 12 years with British company ICI (now Syngenta). He is a director of Enviro-Mark Solutions Ltd and a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Business Council. Richard gained his PhD in Applied Biology at Cambridge University, researching non-toxic approaches to insect pest control.
Charles Daugherty is Professor of Ecology and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Charles has been Director of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), and he was Head of Biological Sciences at Victoria from 2001 – 2006.
Charles has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Montana, and has held academic positions at the University of Illinois, Northern Michigan University, and Penn State University. He took up a lectureship in evolutionary ecology and genetics at Victoria in 1982, focusing on the conservation of native birds and reptiles. In 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2005 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for Services to Conservation and Biology.
Gary is Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Technology Group Limited, a New Zealand owned IT Company that has a long history supporting conservation and environmental projects.
Gary was formerly the Director of Investment New Zealand, a Group General Manager with the New Zealand Dairy Group based in Hamilton and a senior manager with Alex Harvey Industries and Carter Holt Harvey.
Gary has a BCA and BA degree from Victoria University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA, CMA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (FCIS) and alumni of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme (AMP).
William McCook has spent the last 14 years leading internationally recognised programmes to successfully reduce populations of mammalian predators across New Zealand.
William is currently Chief Executive of Orillion the company “that develops innovative products and services to create better spaces for nature and people to share” by providing a range of proven pesticides, and increasingly a range of non-toxic and information technology based tools to control predators.
Prior to that William was Chief Executive of the Animal Health Board and its successor OSPRI New Zealand who implement the bovine TB control programme in New Zealand that involves possum control over millions of hectares.
William holds a Chemical and Process Engineering degree from Canterbury University, and is an illumini of IINSEAD Business School, Europe and has extensive sales and marketing experience in Asia, North and South America and Australasia. He has held General Management roles in the dairy, textiles, horticultural and transport sectors.