Gavin O’Donnell – Dept. Chair
Sky Davies – Trust Manager
Gillian Bishop – Chairperson
Sky grew up in the Motueka Valley and after adventuring and working around the world has returned home with her family. Some of her adventures included working as a white-water raft guide in the United States, a three-year stint in Bolivia working in community development, and living on a canal boat in the UK. Prior to her role at Tasman Environmental Trust, Sky worked for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment where she focused on conservation-related issues. Sky has a Bachelor of Resource Studies degree from Lincoln University, and a Master of Science degree from Oxford University.
Abby grew up on the Kapiti Coast and moved to Mapua in 2001. She has an arts degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Canterbury University, and has worked in a variety of roles including Business Analyst and Project Manager in health, forestry and photography. Abby joined the Trust in April 2017 as coordinator of Mapua Dawn Chorus and project manager for Neimann Creek. Now, as operations manager, Abby supports TET’s conservation projects with the administration and compliance workload so that they are able to spend more time achieving conservation outcomes.
Originally from the lower North Island, Kathryn made Richmond her home in 2001. She and her husband have enjoyed raising their family in the Tasman region with all the outdoor opportunities it offers for recreation, sport and leisure. Kathryn is also project manager for Battle for the Banded Rail. She appreciates working with the enthusiastic volunteers and is proud of the project’s achievements. Kathryn has a background in management accounting, a BSc (Operations Research) from Victoria University, and has held the treasurer role for Tasman Environmental Trust since 2015.
Elaine is a geographer, with an MSc in environmental science, born and trained in Ireland. Her first foray into predator control was working on the Southland Regional Pest Management Strategy Review in 2007. Elaine has also worked at the New Zealand Defence Force, where she managed large scale projects for didymo biosecurity, sustainability and culture change. She knows the power of community collaborative decision-making from her work as science coordinator for Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Whaitua Process. In 2014, Nelson become Elaine’s home with her young family. Always on the edge of the socio-enviro interface, she is passionate about creating social and environmental wellbeing by reconnecting people with nature.
Since migrating to Aotearoa/New Zealand over 20 years ago, Marios has not stopped exploring. Thousands of days in the backcountry working as an author, photographer and guide developed a love for the unique ecosystems that make these islands special. Researching and interpreting these outstandingly beautiful areas led naturally to volunteer work in conservation projects.
Marios has been associated with the Otuwhero Trust since its inception, helping to restore this threatened wetland gem. Experience in conservation governance, health and safety systems and planting in gumboot country has nurtured his belief that habitat restoration is the key to a healthy planet and human wellbeing.
Anna has a background in environmental management and ecological restoration, having worked on projects for DOC, councils, and environmental consultancies. She brings skills in field and office-based conservation management work and community liaison. Anna has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, University of East Anglia. In the past, Anna has volunteered on many conservation projects and presently, within Mōhua, volunteers at tree planting working bees and shorebird counts for Birds New Zealand. Anna is excited to be part of Project Mōhua and keen to hear of any ideas on how this initiative can help support local conservation projects and further the native biodiversity of Mōhua.