Staff

Rachel Brown ONZM

Chief Executive Officer

The founder of SBN, Rachel is passionate about the role business plays in transforming our economy to a sustainable one. She 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. In 2018 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for years of service to sustainable business.

James Griffin
James Griffin

James Griffin

General Manager Projects and Advisory

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.

Dave Watson

National Network Manager

Dave is SBN National Network Manager.

His role is to facilitate maximum value for SBN members.

A creative thinker and problem solver, he is committed to enable positive, lasting change for the organisations, businesses and communities he engages with.

Dave comes to the SBN after founding and running GreenShoot Pacific, a specialist sustainability advisory providing strategic services, systems, solutions and training for the NZ event industry.

Dave holds a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice from Otago Polytechnic and is an associate of The Natural Step. Dave’s consulting experience includes energy efficiency, sustainability for the built environment, zero waste events, sustainability training for business and developing sustainable community initiatives.

Lauren O’Connor

Events Manager

Lauren is our Events Manager and comes to us from a background in events across festivals, the tertiary sector, and the corporate world both at home and abroad. She takes care of what’s happening in Auckland and key annual events such as the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

It was during her years overseas that she was exposed to the environmental stresses present in the rest of the world, and strengthened her resolve to forge a career path with an ecological lean. Motivated and committed to actively contribute to sustainable solutions, she is passionate about helping business realise social and environmental change.

When not at work you’ll find her out on a west coast beach with the dog, or getting creative in the kitchen/garden/studio.

Holly Leach

Membership Coordinator

Holly has a Masters of Sustainable Business and an undergraduate degree in Food science from Otago University. Throughout studying she worked at events and hospitability jobs, including being a function manager at a catering company. She is passionate about educating people, businesses and communities about sustainable practices. In her free time she enjoys exploring nature, walking, finding new good food recipes and spending time with friends and family.

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.

Emma Brosnahan

Project Lead

Emma is a Project Lead, working to develop and drive the delivery of our projects.

She has a consultancy background and was previously a senior environmental planner and project manager, working on a wide range of environmental and infrastructure projects. Prior to this, Emma spent three years in the UK working for an entrepreneurial solar energy company where she managed a small team to develop large-scale solar energy projects for local communities across the UK.

Emma is passionate about New Zealand’s environment and communities and addressing some of the many challenges we face to drive positive social and environmental change.

In her spare time she can be found getting muddy mountain biking, surfing or doing DIY at home.

Phil Jones
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.

Georgina Hart
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.

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.

Andy Kenworthy
Andy Kenworthy

Andy Kenworthy

Communications and Campaigns

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.

Jessica Beau Paul

Membership Communicator

Jessica helps across almost all SBN communication channels, including website, newsletters, media and social media.

Over the past few years, she has worked as a lecturer for AUT, and as a communicator in the health sector and for Maori businesses.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Auckland University of Technology, as well as undergraduate degrees in Maori Development/Maori Media and Communications.

In her spare time, Jess likes to keep fit and is a food, fashion and photography enthusiast.  She is a Mum to three daughters who attend school doing total immersion Maori.

Glen Crowther

BOP Regional Manager

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.

Laurie Foon

Wellington Regional Manager

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.

Shilo Zhang

Digital Strategist/Marketer

Northern (includes Auckland)

Shilo works in the communications team and spends most of her time on SBN’s digital channels. This includes our social media, website and newsletter. She has a background in Marketing specialising in Digital Marketing, and she is fully qualified in Google Analytics and Google AdWords. She is also experienced in social media marketing. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies from the Auckland University of Technology. Shilo enjoys scuba diving, freediving and doing Yoga. She also loves good food.

Alaina Pomeroy
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.

Brigitte Hicks
Brigitte Hicks

Brigitte Hicks

Communications Assistant

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.

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.

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.

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.

Board

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 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.

      Anne Blakeway

      Anne manages Council Controlled Organisations’ Governance and Relationships at Tauranga City Council. She previously worked in Community Development where she led sustainability.

      As Global Capability Development Manager at Manuka honey manufacturer Comvita, Anne led sustainability with restorative projects such as Trees That Count, as well as social initiatives. She has extensive experience in a broad range of stakeholder engagement and project management functions, in both the public and private sector in New Zealand and overseas.  Anne recently graduated from the University of Waikato with an MBA with Distinction and has held Board roles with Tourism Bay of Plenty, Tauranga Waldorf School and ARRC Wildlife Trust.

        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.

          Dawn Baggaley

          Dawn is a highly experienced sustainability business leader. She has a passion for embedding sustainability into core business strategy, building purpose led brands and strong customer and employee value propositions. Over the last 5 years, Dawn has worked with the integrated thinking and reporting (International Integrated Reporting Council) framework as a critical tool for understanding all forms of value creation.

          Dawn has worked for 11 years as a sustainability professional working in New Zealand and Denmark, 8 years as Head of Procurement at Westpac Banking Corporation, New Zealand and 10 years in social housing in the UK.

          She is the editor and initiator of the Change the World for $15 book in New Zealand.
          Dawn holds a Masters of Science in Responsibility and Business Practice from Bath University, UK and is an alumni of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership Executive programme.

            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.

              Peter Thompson

              Peter is CEO of The Formary, a Wellington-based textile R&D company consulting globally on circular solutions for reuse of surplus and end-of-life fibre waste streams.  Peter is also co-owner/director of IT consultancy Socket Group.  He comes from a wide and varied background in the IT sector, has a strong focus on a systems approach, and strongly believes in the value of resource efficiencies achievable by implementing a circular economy model.  He brings a passion for protection of the environment and of social justice. 

                Ella Gordon-Latty

                Ella has been brought onto our board in a learning capacity. She is a consultant at PwC’s The Experience Centre where she helps businesses solve problems and better serve customer needs. She has experience in corporate services and change management in companies such as Waste Management and BizDojo.

                Ella is passionate about empowering young professionals to implement a future with a successful economy built on sustainable business, through a new wave of intra and entrepreneurship. She is a founding member of The Now Crowd, a group young professionals doing just that.

                  Business Connectors

                  Katrina Kidson

                  Over the past 20 years Katrina has worked as a CEO, Company Director, and Senior Executive in small and large organisations. She is a civil engineer by training and her engineering work was mostly in water and waste sectors. She has a firm belief that taking an integrated, more holistic approach to work and our environment is important.  Helping people and organisations be happier is the basis of her business coaching. Katrina’s interests include mindfulness, yoga, travel and tramping.

                    Esther Whitehead
                    Esther Whitehead

                    Esther Whitehead

                    Esther is the co-founder of Sustainable Queenstown, a not for profit that takes care of the Lakes District area. Originally from the UK, Esther graduated in Ecology and worked as a researcher at the Institute of Freshwater Ecology. She also worked at Groundworks, a pioneer of environmental action in the city of Leicester and instrumental to the city being designated as the UK’s first Environment City. Esther has a passion to bring people together through community-led change.  She manages the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand, and consults to schools and businesses to champion best practice in sustainability.  She facilitates opportunities for businesses, local government and the public to get involved and create partnerships through events, workshops, and collaboration cafes.

                    Adele Rose – 3R Group Ltd

                    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 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.

                      Rachel Teen

                      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.

                      Camilla Carty-Melis

                      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.

                        Duncan Sinclair

                        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.

                          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.