Eric J. Shelton (since 2003)
PhD, Dip. Sci., Dip. Tour. Trustee since 2003, appointed Chair 2014. Former academic, 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 (1987). 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. 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
Tim Mepham (since 2013)
BCom Accounting, Trust treasurer since 2013. Chartered Accountant and member of NZ Institute of Directors, Director City Forests Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Presbyterian Support Otago.
Peter Simkins (since 1995)
Wildlife Film Editor at BBC Bristol and NHNZ. Appointed Trust spokesperson 1999-2008 and Chair in 2010-2012. Whilst working at BBC Bristol Natural History Unit he organised the Bristol Conservation Volunteers. Moved with his family to NZ in 1987. Owns Penguin Café in Portobello.
Margaret Murrell (since 1994)
BSc (Botany). Trustee since 1994 and a retired secondary school teacher. Margaret is actively involved in practical conservation for many years.
Murray Brass (since 2014)
BSc (Geol), Dip for Grad (Environmental), Trustee since 2014, 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. Trustee since April 2012.
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.
Olaf Nilsen (since 2018)
Olaf was raised in Stewart Island and is of Ngai Tahu descent. He had been a commercial fisherman for the past 50 years with deep connections to the Southern Oceans. Fishing from Bluff down as far as The Snares, and all the way to the West Coast of both North and South Islands.
He has been responsible for the pest eradication of Big Mokonui and re-introduction of Saddlebacks and Tutu Kiwi for future generations.
His ethos is to respect the seas and all it has to offer, and he is passionate about conservation for his future Whanau and fellow New Zealanders
Helen Dent (since 2018)
BSc (Hons) Mathematics. Trustee since June 2018. An IT consultant specialising in information and analytics with a side line running a small vineyard. Originally from England now settled in Otago with a desire for tourism to exist in harmony with conservation so that visitors can support and enjoy the unique Otago environment and wildlife.
Eleanor Linscott (since 2018)
Trustee since April 2018. MSc and LLB from Otago University. I currently work for B+LNZ Genetics as their science manager. I have over 10 years experience managing large primary industry and government-funded research projects. I am actively involved in local community environmental projects.
Abby Clarke 2019
Emerging Leader Trustee
4th year University of Otago student undertaking Bachelor of Arts and Science degree, majoring in Zoology and Psychology Moving to Owaka (Catlins) aged 12 grew her passion and curiosity about animals and our unique native wildlife which led into her studies. Hopes to continue into either a Wildlife management course and/or a Masters looking at hoiho breeding ecology. Volunteers for several organisations that have played a vital role in hoiho conservation.
Meg Houseman 2019
Emerging Leader Trustee
Completed her BSc (Zoology) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia. Moved to Dunedin in 2017 to complete her Honours in Zoology where she researched the spatial population dynamics of hoiho on mainland NZ. During this time grew her passion for hoiho and their conservation. She hopes to stay engaged in the hoiho community and actively be involved in their conservation.
James Tweed 2019
Emerging Leader Trustee
BSc (Zool, Geog) and MSc (Geog) from the University of Otago.
Grew up in rural North Canterbury, volunteering on a diverse range of conservation projects. Moved to Dunedin in 2013 to study, finishing his MSc in 2018. Currently working as an ecologist for Ahika with a focus on fauna and restoration related projects. Has a particular interest in helping NZ’s less charismatic threatened species.