Our Trustees

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

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).

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.

Dion Tuuta

Dion Tuuta is the CEO of Te Ohu Kaimoana.  Dion has extensive senior management experience in the public and private sector and has been involved in Māori economic and social development at a national level. He was the Chief Executive for Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation for the eight years and, during that time, closely involved in the establishment of Port Nicholson Fisheries Limited Partnership – a collective of over 20 Iwi lobster quota owners. Dion is well known amongst the Iwi leadership through his experience in the Treaty settlement sector and public service.

Livia Esterhazy

Livia joined WWF-New Zealand in May 2017 as CEO. Livia had recently retired from the role of Managing Director at Clemenger BBDO where she successfully led the modernisation of the Wellington-based business. With French, Australian and shortly New Zealand citizenship, she is in many ways a global citizen and has put roots down with her family in Aotearoa. She is hugely passionate about sustainability, environmental matters and creating real impact.

Dan Bolger

Dan is Deputy Director General - Marine at the Ministry for Primary Industries.  He joined MPI in 1986 as an agricultural economist for the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.  In his previous role as Deputy Director General of MPI's Office of the Director-General, Dan was responsible for leading MPI's organisational strategy and planning, risk and assurance, governance, legal, communications and Crown Forestry functions.  Dan also has a background with MPI's policy team, where he focused on issues affecting the economic performance of agriculture and forestry.

Martin Kessick

Martin is the Deputy Director-General, Biodiversity at the Department of Conservation.  Martin has over 17 years with DOC where he has worked closely with the Science and Technical Teams in the Environment Court, Council Hearings, Criminal Courts; on Tenure Review, conservation management strategies and national park management plans.  More recently he led DOC's Battle for our Bird's programme and the operational components of Predator Free 2050.

Previous Trustees

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.

Bryan Wilson

Bryan Wilson is the Deputy Director-General - Regulation and Assurance for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Bryan joined MPI in October 2016. Before joining MPI, he held the role of Associate Deputy Chief Executive Community Investment with the Ministry for Social Development. Bryan’s background is in regulation across a range of industries. He spent two years with Aurizon Network in Brisbane and 10 years in leadership roles within Telecom. He has also held various positions with The Treasury, DPMC, New Zealand Employment Service and Department of Internal Affairs.

Scott Gallacher

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

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

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

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].