The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is a not-for-profit conservation organisation (charities number CC22822) highly respected by the Minister of Conservation for its work in the preservation of the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. In 2016 the Trust was formally recognised as a Key Programme Partner both to the Department of Conservation and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for its conservation work with hoiho.

Lady Beverley Reeves (1988 - 2006)

Anton Oliver (2006 – 2017)

Richard Roberts (2017 - Current)

Kieran Read (2011 - 2017)

Louise Ashton (since June 2015)

Nursery Supervisor (0.5 FTE)

BSc Zoology (Victoria). Grew up in Hawke's Bay, studied Radiography at Waikato Hospital, worked as a radiographer in Hawkes Bay and Dunedin. Took 23 years to get a job in zoology/biology field, but excited to now be here!

Trudi Webster (since February 2016)

Conservation Science Advisor (1.0 FTE)

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD (Marine Science and Zoology). Worked on a variety of terrestrial and marine conservation projects in New Zealand (lizards, birds, marine mammals). Previously employed as Assistant Curator at Otago Museum, teaching fellow at the University of Otago and ranger at the Department of Conservation.

Amanda Salt (since January 2020)

Operations Manager (1.0 FTE)

My role as Operations Manager is to lead field operations across the Trust's hoiho conservation and habitat/reserves programmes. The Operations team comprises Rangers and a Nursery Supervisor and its management involves planning and executing our work in the most safe and efficient way to achieve the Trust's strategic priorities. No two days are the same; adaptability is essential as is being 'on the tools' especially during the hoiho breeding season when our focus is 100% on species management. It's about achieving good outcomes for hoiho and producing high quality work via a team approach. Seeing my colleagues enjoy their work and develop new skills all while making a significant contribution to conservation of this endangered species is highly rewarding.

Caitlin Bowie (since August 2020)

Administrator (1.0 FTE)

As the Office Administrator, I handle a diverse range of responsibilities to support our operations staff. Behind the scenes, I manage our social media, engage with supporters via email and phone, and handle essential tasks like bill payments to keep our operations running smoothly. I also manage our website, encourage membership, and organise impactful events. I get out and about a bit when an extra pair of hands are needed. Although less visible, it brings great satisfaction to contribute to our conservation mission and support my colleagues in this rewarding work.

Cat Barnett (since September 2021)

Ranger (1.0 FTE)

BSc(Hons) in Zoology and MSc in Marine Environmental Management. Prior experience in Europe and NZ on sea turtle, cetacean and sea lion conservation projects. Previous roles include Marine Mammal Necropsy Technician for Massey University, Marine Conservation Officer for Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari and Volunteer Facilitator for DOC and Dunedin City Council.

McKenzie Inch (since October 2023)

Ranger (1.0 FTE)

After studying Equine, as a sporthorse assistant, I began a role with Riding for the Disabled, coordinating horse. Seeking new challenges, I ventured into a role involving wildlife, landing me as the Summer Ranger at the Trust. Working with animals has always been my passion, nurturing a diverse range of creatures throughout my life. I find immense satisfaction in supporting our conservation mission and assisting my colleagues with our rewarding work.

Emma Simpson-Boyce (since November 2023)

Rakiura Rehabilitation Coordinator (0.5 FTE)

A trained vet nurse with previous hoiho handling experience, Emma is running the rehabilitation facility at Mamaku Point, Rakiura this year.

Gus Griffin (since 2022)

Trust Chair

LLB and BSci (Zoology). Gus started volunteering with hoiho aged 15 on the Otago Peninsula. He now works in resource management law. Emerging Leader Trustee 2022. Trust Chair since 2023.

Eric Shelton (since 2003)

PhD, Dip. Sci., Dip. Tour. Appointed Chair 2014. Former wildlife and heritage guide. Convinced that tourism can make a major contribution to achieving conservation goals.

Euan Kennedy (since 1987)

BA (Hons), M. Appl Sc. (Hons), PhD. Founding Trustee. Now based in Christchurch where he co-ordinates the Department of Conservation’s island biosecurity work nationwide. Has four decades of experience with endangered species recovery in all major vertebrate taxa, marine and terrestrial. Research experience in foreign languages, sociology and conservation biology. Euan’s doctoral research defined extinction risk in today’s two small, highly inbred populations of Chatham Island black robin.

Lala Frazer (since 1987)

BA (Otago), QSM, MNZM. Founding Trustee. A qualified teacher, retired from position as Teaching Facilities Manager at the University of Otago. Active in a number of conservation and ecological organisations.

Margaret Murrell (since 1994)

BSC (Botany). Retired secondary school teacher. Actively involved in practical conservation for many years.

Tim Mepham (since 2013)

Trust treasurer

BCom Accounting, Chartered Accountant with broad experience in export markets, manufacturing process control, HR management, Information systems implementation, corporate strategy, growth through acquisitions, change management and governance. Director of City Forests Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Presbyterian Support Otago.

Murray Brass (since 2014)

BSc (Geol), Dip for Grad (Environmental), has worked in RMA for 20 years, dealing with both natural resources and the built environment. He has also worked in Economic Development, and been involved in a wide range of community organisations.

Hoani Langsbury (since 2012)

BSc (Zoology & Ecology) PgDipSci Geography. Active kaitiaki / Tangata Tiaki for Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, Rapuwai, Kati Hawea. Employed as the Manager of Operations Taiaroa Head. Responsible for the day to day management of the Royal Albatross Centre and Blue Penguins Pukekura. Environmental Consultant, RMA Commissioner, Trustee of the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group. Past member of various species recovery groups, and the former chairman of the Otago Conservation Board. Actively involved in the Otago ecological community, taking a holistic approach to environmental management.

Vicki Crosbie (since 2022)

BPRTM (Parks Recreation and Tourism Management), worked in Conservation for 24 years, within recreation, biodiversity and tourism streams, including two seasons with the Department of Conservation Takahe Recovery programme. Moved to Dunedin in 2015 after 18 years living and working in Fiordland. Enjoys exploring places that make Coastal Otago special to people and our endemic wildlife. Keen to support hoiho to thrive and be part of their amazing story of recovery.

Luke Gardener (since 2013)

BA (Hons), MA. Luke first joined the Trust in 2013 as an Emerging Leader Trustee subsequently serving on the Trust until 2016. He re-joined the Trust in 2022 when he moved back to Otepoti-Dunedin. He has a keen interest in the conservation of our native fauna and flora, and has participated directly in a number of conservation projects including short stints with the kakapo programme on Whenua Hou and Anchor Islands, and a much longer period on Raoul Island. Luke's professional experience is in the areas of biosecurity response, government policy, and environmental regulation and compliance.

Jenna Sinclair (since 2022)

BSci (Botany). Jenna has always had an interest in Conservation from a young age, after studying in Dunedin she moved on to be Consents Planner at the Regional Council, Jenna has called Otepoti-Dunedin home for the last 5 years. Emerging Leader Trustee 2022.

Eiren Sweetman (since 2023)

BA (History), BSc Hons (Biochemistry), PhD (Biochemistry) at the University of Otago. Molecular biologist and conservation scientist. Has called Dunedin home since 2008, and has recently returned after a brief time working on kauri dieback in Wellington between 2020-2023. Has volunteered regularly since 2012 with hoiho, sea lions, Kākāpō feedout volunteering, native habitat restoration and hihi nest monitoring at Zealandia. Main areas of scientific interest are in better understanding and treating disease and environmental/ conservation issues.

Daniel Whitburn (since 2023)

Emerging Leader Trustee

Kai Tahu. LLB (Otago). Currently employed as Kaiwhakamarama for Te Hou Ora Whānau Services. Has enjoyed living in Ōtepoti for 6 years. Dan has a strong passion for the Not-For-Profit sector and animal welfare through his volunteering as a fosterer for Dog Rescue Dunedin.


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