The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is a conservation organisation 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 Reid (2011 - 2017)

Sue Murray (since July 1999)

General Manager (1.0 FTE)

NZCS (Botany), Grad. Dip NFP Management. Lifelong interest in conservation. Employment has included science technician, teacher-aide and her previous position was fundraising/public relations work with a not-for profit organisation.

David McFarlane (since October 2003)

Long Point Project Manager (0.5 FTE)

BA(Hons) (History), Dip. Librarianship. Varied conservation career including roles with Dept. of Conservation and Forest & Bird before joining the Trust in 2003 as a Ranger from 2003-2006 and a Field Manager from 2006-2020. Looking forward to continuing the conservation developments at Irahuka / Long Point.

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.

Ben Goldsworthy (since April 2017)

Ranger (1.0 FTE)

BSC (Zoology), Grad. Dip Wildlife Management, Master of Wildlife Management. Lifelong interest in the natural world. Worked for DOC as a Ranger (Stewart Island, 2016) on the weeds team, then as a Ranger (Pureora, 2016-2017) on the pests’ team. Also volunteer roles for DOC (Wanganui) and the Bushy Park Trust (Wanganui).

Louise Ashton (since June 2015)

Nursery supervisor (0.5 FTE)

BSc Zoology (Victoria). Grew up in Hawkes 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!

Amanda Salt (since January 2020)

Operations Manager (1.0 FTE)

Previously Department of Conservation, Biodiversity Supervisor Coastal Otago with responsibilities across fauna and flora threatened species programmes such as yellow-eyed penguin, northern royal albatross, lizards, marine mammals, flora spp.

Cat Lea (since September 2021)

Ranger (1.0 FTE)

Grew up in the UK and graduated with a BSc 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 most recently for DOC and Dunedin City Council working with volunteers engaged in conservation.


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