Our People.

Sustainable Business Network staff, board and business connectors are among New Zealand’s leading sustainability practitioners. Find out more about SBN

Staff

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Chief Executive Officer

The founder of SBN, Rachel is passionate about the role business plays in transforming our economy to a sustainable one. She’s a self-confessed ‘tree hugger’ who firmly believes leadership has to come from business – the engine of change for the better. She’s keen on cycling, walking, sewing and loves good food and wine. She’s also the mother of two young kids and loves getting to know new people.

Landline : 09 826 0952

Mobile : 021 686 158

Email : rachel@sustainable.org.nz

James Griffin

James Griffin

Network General Manager / Project lead – Mega Efficiency

James works with the Network Team to ensure that SBN delivers relevant and valuable activity that helps members achieve sustainable success. He has extensive commercial experience having worked in large corporates and owned his own business. His business sustainability journey started many years ago via the coffee industry where he was involved in Fair Trade. In his free time James particularly enjoys coaching his sons’ sports teams and trail running across NZ’s beautiful tracks. James is also a Board member of the Northern Football Federation.

Phone: 09 826 5642

Mobile: 021 686 155

Email: james@sustainable.org.nz

Samuel McGlennon

Samuel McGlennon

Project Lead - Community

Sam McGlennon leads the Community transformation area, which currently includes a focus on making sustainable procurement both easier and more streamlined across businesses and councils. He has long been dedicated to meeting the challenges of sustainability, including as an environmental and resource policy analyst for the Australian Prime Minister’s department. Most recently he completed his PhD exploring the business, politics and policy of international trade in the deforestation commodities (palm oil, tropical timber, pulp and paper, soybean and beef). Away from work, Sam spends his time on musical creations and travelling with his daughter into New Zealand’s wild places.

Phone: 09 826 4657

Mobile: 022 399 0084

Email: sam@sustainable.org.nz

Emily King

Emily King

Project Lead – Restorative Food

Emily leads the Restorative Transformation Area, and runs our food project. She is a resource management and environment lawyer. Her MSc masters’ thesis took her to the gardens of Havana Cuba where she explored whether seed practices were a measure of resiliency for urban agriculture. This lead her on a pathway of global food systems and sustainability. Her European based work included working for ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) in Bonn, Germany. She convened the 3rd and 4th Resilient Cities conferences and in 2013 she created (along with the FAO, RUAF and others) the Resilient Urban Food Systems Forum. Em loves being anywhere in the great outdoors and is a permaculture practitioner and like most foodies enjoys gardening, cooking, and eating good food.

Phone: 09 972 0989

Mobile: 027 813 0000

Email: emily@sustainable.org.nz

Phil Jones

Phil Jones

Project Lead – Renewables

Phil leads the renewables transformation area, focussing on smart transport.  He is a passionate environmental and sustainable business consultant, with a background in commercial project management and systems development.  His sustainability ‘road to Damascus’ moment occurred on the banks of the Mekong River in 2002, after travelling through China and pondering how the Earth can possibly cope with its burgeoning consumer appetite.  Since then, and a career transition, he’s helped many organisations take action to lower their footprint.  Away from work, Phil enjoys Auckland’s wonderful outdoors, and can’t quite shake off a mild obsession with indie music and English football.

Phone: 09 826 0954

Mobile: 021 835 146

Email: phil@sustainable.org.nz

Georgina Hart

Georgina Hart

Project Lead – Restorative Water

Georgina is manager of the Million Metres Streams Project, a national campaign to crowd-fund a million metres of stream planting. Million Metres is a rare opportunity to make a real difference in New Zealand through empowering business and communities to restore the mauri of our rivers. Georgina brings to this role many years of experience in New Zealand’s environment sector and an energetic, motivated and committed approach to growing the success of Million Metres and its stream projects.

Georgina has a Master of Environmental Studies, Graduate Diploma in Science and a Bachelor of Fine Art. Previous roles have been at Landcare Research, the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute and the Ministry for the Environment. Georgina has also volunteered for numerous environmental NGOs in New Zealand.

Phone: 09 972 0981

Mobile: 022 613 6185

Email: georgina@sustainable.org.nz

Alaina Pomeroy

Alaina Pomeroy

Million Metres Coordinator

Alaina works closely with field partners, community groups and landowners to fundraise for stream planting projects. She moved to New Zealand from her home town of Portland, Oregon (USA) in 2014. She is impressed by the knowledgeable, passionate people working to restore New Zealand waterways and native bush.

Alaina has a bachelors’ degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish. She brings 6.5 years of experience working with rural communities to promote a healthy economy, communities and the environment at the non-profit Sustainable Northwest (Portland, OR). Other previous roles include working at the Ministry of Transport in Wellington and the Ecosystem Workforce Program (Eugene, OR).

Outside of work, Alaina enjoys exploring her new home, gardening, connecting with friends and family and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Phone: 09 973 0991

Mobile: 0204 049 3555

Email: alaina@sustainable.org.nz

Alyssa Thorp

Alyssa Thorp

Events Manager

Alyssa is our Events Manager here at SBN making sure each event ticks along smoothly for everyone. Prior to SBN, she worked with a non-profit in Cambodia focusing on donor relations and events. Alyssa also has a background of coordinating B2B and consumer exhibitions around New Zealand.  When not at work, Alyssa enjoys holidaying at her family bach in the Coromandel, spontaneous hikes in the Waitakeres and great wine.

Phone: 09 973 0991

Mobile: 027 476 6070

Email: alyssa@sustainable.org.nz

Fiona Stephenson

Fiona Stephenson

National Communications Manager

Fiona manages our communications, including our website, newsletter, media and social media. She has almost 20 years’ experience in communications and PR specialising in sustainability, and she particularly loves telling sustainable success stories. She has a Masters degree in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, and previously wrote speeches for the UK Government's chief sustainability advisor. When not at work she is happiest in the great outdoors, walking, camping, reading and having fun with her kids.

Phone: 09 281 4671

Mobile: 021 233 1053

Email: fiona@sustainable.org.nz

Andy Kenworthy

Andy Kenworthy

Communications and Campaigns Co-ordinator

Andy helps with all SBN communications. This includes our website, newsletter, media and social media. He also works on the SBN’s Million Metres Streams project.  

Andy has almost 20 years’ experience in journalism, fundraising and communications. He specialises in business innovation and global well-being. He holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and a Permaculture Design Certificate. 

Andy moved to New Zealand in 2006. He has been a founding writer for Good magazine and Element magazine with the New Zealand Herald. He has also been a lead writer for Idealog. 

Andy has worked all over the globe for some of the world’s leading environmental NGOs. Clients have included WWF, Greenpeace and Oxfam. 

When not at work he would most like to be running trails in the Hunuas or learning from his children. 

Phone: 09 282 4699

Mobile: 022 357 7993

Email: andy@sustainable.org.nz

Brigitte Hicks

Brigitte Hicks

Communications Support
Auckland

Brigitte is our Communications Support, spending most of her time co-coordinating communications and campaigns for the Million Metres Streams Project. She has a Commerce Degree from Victoria University in Marketing and International Business. 

Since completing her degree, and prior to SBN, Brigitte travelled through Asia. She spent most of her time living in Nepal where she lived and taught English at Thrangu Tashi Monastery. She also worked on earthquake relief programmes that distributed solar lighting to Nepali villages and sports equipment to primary schools. 

Brigitte is an enthusiastic environmentalist and enjoys surfing, rock climbing and spending time at her family bach in Whangamata. 

Mobile: 021 171 0198

Email: brigitte@sustainable.org.nz

Glen Crowther

Glen Crowther

BOP Regional Coordinator
Bay of Plenty

Glen is our Regional Coordinator in the Bay of Plenty. Having worked over the past couple of decades in the education, environment and health sectors, he’s learnt that the best way to apply sustainability principles is in the context of local communities and their needs. Glen believes innovative businesses will lead the transition to a new economic paradigm. He is keen to be part of that process in the Bay, working with local businesses and community networks.

Mobile: 021 686 645

Email: glen@sustainable.org.nz

Laurie Foon

Laurie Foon

Central Regional Coordinator

Laurie comes from a background in fashion, and her pioneering New Zealand eco fashion label Starfish was a past winner of the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. She looks after the lower North Island keeping on top of what’s happening, organising events and regularly catching up with local members. As well as being our SBN Central Coordinator Laurie also runs a blog and radio show called B-Side Stories about the people who make Wellington tick.

Mobile: 021 741 515

Email: laurie@sustainable.org.nz

Theresa Gaire

Theresa Gaire

Accountant

Theresa is our in-house accountant and has worked for SBN and the Not for Profit sector for the previous ten years. Her favourite pastimes are gardening, cooking, reading and walking in the Waitakere Ranges.

Email: theresa@sustainable.org.nz

Natasha Fromont

Natasha Fromont

Office Manager

Natasha does anything and everything that helps keep the office running, including accounts, PA to Rachel, HR and more. She’s well organised and keeps the rest of the team on track. She enjoys walking in the Waitakere ranges and spending time with family and friends.

Phone: 09 826 5689

Email: natasha@sustainable.org.nz

Rebecca Keen

Rebecca Keen

Advisor - Million Metres Streams Project

Rebecca works alongside Georgina and is assisting with the development of a riparian planting platform. She is a relative newcomer to the sustainable sector but is enthusiastic and eager to make a difference.  She enjoys swimming and walking and has set herself the task of completing New Zealand’s 23 great cycle rides. 

Mobile: 021 1229182

Email: rebecca@sustainable.org.nz

Board

Jacqueline Farman

Jacqueline Farman

Jacqueline is a founding Partner of The Purpose Business,. She is a passionate advocate for values and purpose driven business, and bringing the customer’s voice into an organisation to drive better decisions, performance and results. She has over two decades of experience working with leading New Zealand businesses and brands to improve the quality of their stakeholder engagement and reputation capital. Jacqueline is recognised as a thought leader in sustainable business and brand strategy. In her previous role leading New Zealand’s most respected market insights agency, she created The Colmar Brunton Better Business Report, a seven year longitudinal study into the growth of conscious consumerism in New Zealand.

Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Sean is CEO of Hubbard Foods, one of New Zealand’s leading muesli & cereal makers and a company that has a proud record of promoting sustainability for over 25 years.   His 10 years with Hubbards, mainly in the CFO role, have also given him the opportunity to be instrumental in driving sustainability and community-based projects for the company.  Sean is a Chartered Accountant, with 17 years experience predominantly in food & beverage companies.

Roseline Klein

Roseline Klein

Auckland

Roseline is the Sustainability Manager for Watercare Services Limited, the water and wastewater service provider for Auckland. This involves working with teams, Executives, Board and stakeholders to conduct change. She also leads the organisation’s water efficiency programme to achieve the Auckland Plan target of reducing per capita water use region-wide. Prior to living in New Zealand, Roseline was based in France and worked on sustainability in the manufacturing, consulting and public sectors in France. 

Marty Forsman

Marty Forsman

A passionate sustainability advocate, Marty’s journey evolved from a compliance focus then to environment manager and onto sustainability.  Marty has been Air New Zealand’s sustainability manager since 2010. His previous experience included managing environmental contracts across the Hauraki Gulf Islands.

Anne Blakeway

Anne Blakeway

Anne is Global Capability Development Manager for Comvita New Zealand. Her role includes leading sustainability with restorative projects such as Trees That Count, as well as social initiatives including supported employment opportunities for those with disabilities. Anne has more than 20 years of international business management experience. 

Sound governance experience comes from Board Member positions with Tourism Bay of Plenty, Tauranga Waldorf School and ARRC Wildlife Trust.  

Micah Gabriels

Micah Gabriels

Micah is Head of Product and Marketing at Qrious, a rapidly expanding big data and analytics start-up.  He sees a wealth of opportunities arising from the explosion of information that can help inform some of our biggest challenges and affect sustainable change.  His passion for sustainability stems from a tertiary background in environmental economics, which has guided the direction of his collaboration and influence within corporate decision-making.  Micah brings a track record of developing customer-centric products and services that have led to commercial success.

Nick Winstone

Nick Winstone

Nick is a Partner at Aera VC, a fund that invests in early stage technology businesses that combine profit and purpose. He also runs his own consulting practice, Amplify. He draws on 15 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance and law in the UK and New Zealand. He has held business Director roles at Northington Partners and CIT, and as a lawyer at Buddle Findlay.

 

Leanne Holdsworth

Leanne Holdsworth

Leanne runs the eco-coffin making company, Return to Sender.  This company has had the vision of ensuring all families have access to an environmentally considered coffin that represents the values of their loved one. Under her leadership the company has won many sustainability awards. It has instigated the first life cycle assessment in the world for coffins.

Leanne has consulted for business and government and the not for profit sector on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. As a chartered accountant by training, her particular expertise is in facilitating strategy and aligning work programmes to vision and strategy. 

 

 

Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas

Peter has more than 10 years’ experience working on the Executive Leadership Teams of some of New Zealand’s largest private and public sector organisations.

Peter is currently chief operating officer and one of the directors of Fuji Xerox New Zealand Limited. Previously he was the deputy chief executive corporate services at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).  He also spent five years working for the New Zealand Defence Force as chief Information officer and general manager organisational support. And he was part of the executive leadership team at Westpac Banking Corporation.

Peter grew up in the Wairarapa and attended Wairarapa College. He has completed Executive Education Programmes at Auckland University and London Business School. He is married to Nic and has three children: Chris, Stephen and Lucy; and outside work Peter has a passion for football, fishing, and beach living with his family.

Steve Ellingford

Steve Ellingford

Steve is the Centre Manager for Bayfair Shopping Centre in the Bay of Plenty and has responsibility for its sustainability focus. Steve has more than 10 years’ experience in the shopping centre industry, and has ongoing involvement at a community level. He was previously Chair of the SBN Regional Advisory Board for the Bay of Plenty and was a judge for the NZI Regional Sustainable Business Network Awards from 2010-2012. Steve is passionate about green technology, market leadership and bringing stakeholders together to achieve shared goals and outcomes.

Business Connectors

Adele Rose – 3R Group Ltd

Adele Rose – 3R Group Ltd

Hawkes Bay

3R develops programmes to recycle, repurpose or responsibly dispose of used products and packaging.  We work with individual companies with a specific waste issue through to industry-wide projects looking at the full product life cycle.  We’re a passionate group of individuals who care about making New Zealand a more sustainable place to live and work, and we like to “imagine a world without waste”.  To that end, we get involved at all levels, both nationally and locally, to encourage other businesses on their sustainability journey.

Niki Bould

Niki Bould

Dunedin

Niki is a researcher, educator and sustainable advisor for Ahika Consulting.  She focuses on building capacity and capability for incorporating sustainability into the heart of any business or community.  Niki earned her PhD in 2012.  A key focus of her thesis research was the obstacles and opportunities for educators and businesses to incorporate more sustainable practices into what they do/how they work.  She is familiar with pertinent issues in New Zealand, specifically concerning climate change, energy, transport and food systems.  She is a Trustee of her local community hall, has worked for several not-for-profit organisations, and previously sat on the Chalmers Community Board.

Email: nikibould@ahika.co.nz

Rachel Teen

Rachel Teen

Christchurch

With an early background in advertising/marketing Rachel has worked across a range of industries - media, recruitment, telecoms and hospitality. This breadth has enabled her keen insight into values based commerce and what’s important to businesses. Since completion of her MBA Rachel has consulted for numerous projects/contracts and has sat on a number of not-for-profit boards. She works with enterprises that are focused on socially and environmentally sustainable practices. Rachel is currently studying a PostGradDip in Environmental Management at Lincoln University.

Email: rachelteen@icloud.com

Camilla Carty-Melis

Camilla Carty-Melis

Hamilton

Camilla is a sole-trading sustainability consultant and environmental educator. She helps businesses and organisations become more sustainable by reducing their environmental and social impacts, and supports them in getting more involved in the communities in which they operate. She has worked for several not for profits and volunteers for causes she cares about. She loves travelling, hiking and spending time with her family.

camillasustainablefuture@gmail.com

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Whanganui

An architect, Duncan Sinclair is the founding partner of Black Pine Architects. He enjoys having a positive influence on people’s lives by sharing ideas and contacts, and he seeks opportunities to learn from the best thinkers on the planet. He has construction experience in NZ and internationally, and his architecture expertise includes specialist healthcare, Passivhaus and ‘alternative’ material use. Duncan has an active interest in the Living Building Challenge.

Email : duncan@blackpine.co.nz

Partner Organisations

We love collaborating with organisations around the world that share our values. With some of these organisations we have formal partnerships, with others we don’t, but with all of them we love their work.

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