Our Trustees

Our Trustees

The Southern Seabird Solutions Trustees provide overall direction for the Trust and are accountable for our activities.

Trustees (left to right) Volker Kuntzsch, Chris Howe, Bill Mansfield and Scott Gallacher. Absent Peter Douglas and Bruce Parkes.

Bill Mansfield

The Trust Chair, Bill Mansfield, has extensive experience in international law, diplomacy and public administration. He spent 30 years in the New Zealand Public Service, became head of MFAT's Legal Division, served twice at the United Nations and represented New Zealand at international law forums. From 1990-97 he headed the Department of Conservation. Bill recently facilitated the process to develop the New Zealand National Plan of Action for Seabirds (NPOA).

Bruce Parkes

Bruce is a Deputy Director-General, Science and Policy at the Department of Conservation in NZ.  Bruce came to DOC from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where he was general manager of the policy group responsible for natural resources, energy and communications. Prior to this he did a stint in the Prime Minister’s policy group.  Bruce trained in English literature and economics and has spent the majority of his career in the electricity and telecommunications sector before joining the Government in 2009.  Bruce is a keen mountain biker and has walked eight of the Great Walks. He's also been an extra in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, working on three out of the six movies.

Volker Kuntzsch

Chief Executive Officer of Sanford Limited. Volker has long term international experience in senior management roles in the fishing industry including being the President of Nippon Suisan (USA), CEO of King and Prince Seafood Corp in Brunswick (USA) and senior roles in Europe and Africa. He has a passion for sustainable seafood and played a key role in the early accreditation of New Zealand's hoki fishery to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

Scott Gallacher (recently retired Trustee, replaced by Bryan Wilson)

Deputy Director General Regulation & Assurance, Ministry for Primary Industries. Scott joined the Ministry of Fisheries in 2009, moving on to a Director position in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2011, before taking up the role Deputy Director General Resource Management & Programmes in 2012 with the Ministry for Primary Industries. Scott has worked internationally including four years in Geneva where he gained extensive experience in regulatory and international trade matters and has served as an arbitrator on a number of World Trade Organisation disputes.

Chris Howe (recently retired Trustee)

Executive Director for WWF-New Zealand. With its science-based and partnership approach, WWF has become one of the world's largest and most effective independent conservation organisations. Prior to becoming executive director, Chris held various roles at WWF-New Zealand and WWF-UK including most recently as New Zealand's conservation director where he played a key role in establishing WWF's Antarctica and Southern Ocean Initiative. Originally from the UK, Chris has an MSc in Nature Conservation.

Peter Te Matakahere Douglas (recently retired Trustee, replaced by Dion Tuuta)

Chief Executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana, a statutory organisation dedicated to future advancement of Mâori interests in the marine environment. Its role is to allocate fisheries assets held in trust through the 1989 and 1992 Mâori Commercial Fisheries Settlement. Prior to his role at Te Ohu Kaimoana, Peter held a number of advisory roles within both the public and private sectors. He has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Waikato University and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

Graeme Sinclair (retired Trustee)

As Managing Director of Frontier Television (NZ) Ltd, Graeme Sinclair produces the popular TV series Trade Zone Gone Fishin'. Graeme spent most of his formative years involved in outdoor pursuits, has developed and run outdoor team building courses and written several books. Graeme frequently features in fishing magazines and through his involvement with Kids Gone Fishin', was appointed a Patron of Police Blue Light which he remains very involved in. In 2009 Graeme was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [MNZM].