The founder of SBN, Rachel has played a critical role in advancing sustainable business for almost 20 years. She is a regular presenter, collaborator and driver of action within NZ business. She provides strategic sustainability advice to countless government agencies and businesses, ranging from large corporates to small enterprises. In 2018 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for years of service to sustainable business.
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. Alaina has a bachelors’ degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish. Previously she worked for 6.5 years with rural communities at the non-profit Sustainable Northwest (Portland, USA). Other former roles include working at the Ministry of Transport in Wellington and the Ecosystem Workforce Program (Eugene, USA).
Andy has almost 20 years’ experience in journalism, fundraising and communications. His focus is on value shifting for global well-being. He holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and a Permaculture Design Certificate. Andy 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.
Ayla’s role as Network Coordinator means she is constantly inspired by the amazing work of our Investors for Impact. She is passionate about sustainability and the sense of community and purpose it brings. Ayla has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Sustainable Enterprise, and a Bachelor of Design majoring in Communication. In her spare time Ayla loves to do anything arty and spend time outdoors pottering in the garden.
Eryn works closely with communities, field partners, landowners and volunteers to help them restore streams. She has a Biology degree with a focus on conservation and experience at research institutes, NGOs and consulting. She has worked in community engagement and capacity building in the Pacific, particularly on community monitoring of marine and wetland resources in relation to climate change adaptation. She has also worked on environmental education and awareness programmes in New Zealand.
Fiona has 20 years’ experience in communications and PR specialising in sustainability. She has a Master’s degree in Environment and Development and an Honours degree from the University of Cambridge, and previously wrote speeches for the UK Government’s chief sustainability advisor. She has wide experience communicating sustainability for businesses, non-profits and universities.
Holly works on our Climate Action 20/25 programme. She previously led SBN’s Now Crowd young professionals network and project managed our Leadership in Sustainable Business course. She has a Master’s of Sustainable Business and an undergraduate degree in Food Science from Otago University. Holly is interested in helping businesses understand their impacts, coming up with the plan and supporting them to take action!
Holly comes to SBN from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment where she describes her role as getting strategic about sustainable, future of work solutions for businesses and communities. She is also Chief of Community and Co-Founder of Collaborate, an award-winning volunteer matching platform, that is revolutionising the speed and ease of doing good.
Holly was a Local Hero Medallist in New Zealander of the Year Awards 2019, finalist for MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the year and Young Tech High Achiever at the New Zealand Hi-tech Awards.
James leads SBN’s work to accelerate the circular economy in New Zealand. 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. James is a Board member of the Northern Football Federation.
Jenny has worked as a company accountant in the commercial industry sector for more than 15 years. She has moved to SBN to work alongside good people and change her lifestyle. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and playing badminton.
Kate is passionate about inspiring the business community to look for new ways to innovate towards our regenerative future. She has a Master’s in Environmental Science from The University of Auckland and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Otago University. While studying, Kate started her own plant-based food business and worked for an environmental NGO.
Lauren has 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. Motivated and committed to actively contribute to sustainable solutions, she is passionate about helping business realise social and environmental change.
Matthew supports Covid-affected Kiwis to find employment and careers in environmental restoration. He works closely with a number of SBN’s restoration project partners to increase their recruitment and operational capabilities whilst simultaneously building relationships with large funders to upscale operations and increase employment opportunities. Matt has a Bachelors’ degree in Biodiversity Management and spent years working in the field managing revegetation projects. He also spent time working in local government managing conservation programmes, including community education. Matt has a permaculture design certificate and spends his spare time ensuring he remains connected to nature in the garden.
Patricia is our brand and design strategist, in charge of inspiring people to fall in love with our work. She’s an insightful designer specialising in emotional design, storytelling and brand strategy. Her professional experience includes identity systems, visual communications, corporate design and marketing in the creative industries, the NZ government and private sector. Patricia holds a Master of Design (AUT University), a Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies (Media Design School) and a Bachelor of Graphic Design. Patricia is enthusiastic about helping business adopt design innovation and sustainable practices.
Piet is a first-generation Kiwi from Dutch parents. He grew up in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) and is passionate about our wonderful natural environment and nurturing its restoration and protection. He has worked for a variety of councils around Northland and Tāmaki Makaurau in roles focused on resource management, business improvement and leadership. He enjoyed 11 years with Te Papa Atawhai (DoC) including a 20-month secondment with Fonterra. He has also been the Kaitiaki Manager for Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust.
Phil’s career in media and communications has involved him as a writer, photographer and video producer. Over the past decade he has been raising awareness of environmental issues and promoting their solutions at both local and global levels. Phil credits a rural upbringing for his connection to the land and ongoing dedication to sustainability.
Phil is a skilled and versatile sustainable business consultant, with a strong focus on climate change and carbon measurement and reduction over the last 15 years. He has helped many organisations understand impacts, develop strategy and take action, across the sustainability landscape, including carbon, energy, waste, water, procurement, compliance and reporting. He brings a focused approach honed by a background in commercial project management and systems analysis.
Rosa is part of our Water team, focusing on our new Partnering to Plant initiative made possible by the Government’s Jobs for Nature Fund.
Rosa has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business, with experience managing various wildlife conservation projects in Zimbabwe. She is passionate about the environment and excited to be involved in the restoration of New Zealand’s waterways.
Shilo spends most of her time on SBN’s digital channels. She has a background in Marketing, specialising in Digital Marketing, and is qualified in Google Analytics and Google AdWords. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies from AUT University.
Sol is our in-house administrator, who ensures operations run smoothly in office and at our events. She embarked on her sustainability journey as a consumer but her dedication to be a part of the climate action movement has led her to join SBN. With her experience in office management and an extensive background in hospitality she has a keen eye for detail, and is driven to create a circular economy model office.
Te Huia believes indigenous solutions are vital to a sustainable future. Growing up in total immersion Te Reo Maori education, attending iwi land court hearings and walking, swimming and paddling her land and waterways, her passion for the environment was inevitable. Pairing her grounding in Te Ao Maori with her Bachelor of Commerce she is helping the SBN team embed tikanga Maori and matauranga Maori into our projects, network and culture. By pairing Western science and matauranga Maori she hopes to be able to influence system change that is harmonious and protects the ecosystems and environments that surround us.
Theresa is our in-house accountant and has worked for SBN and the not for profit sector for more than 15 years. Her favourite pastimes are gardening, cooking, reading and walking in the Waitakere Ranges.
Tori is our people person. She’s passionate about promoting a culture where people are supported, celebrated and innovative ideas are allowed to flourish. Her strong corporate background and sustainable ethos immediately connected her with SBN’s mission to help bring about systems change in business. Previously Tori was at Expedia where she established the NZ office and managed the strategy for the NZ market.
Adam is the Sustainability Manager at Waste Management, New Zealand’s largest waste service provider. He is leading the company’s transition to a low carbon and more sustainable future. He is a Chartered Environmentalist with an MSc in Environmental Management from Hertfordshire University, in the UK. Adam’s sustainability knowledge has been built across a diverse range of organisations including City of London, PepsiCo and Unitec. He is the Chairperson of IEMA-NZ, the United Kingdom’s sustainability organisation with over 15,000 members.
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.
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.
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.
Natalie is Trustpower’s Sustainability Project Coordinator. After studying Geography and Māori Resource Management at Victoria University, she wanted to make some measurable, positive change in the world. Natalie was a member of The Now Crowd Board for over a year and the Bay of Plenty lead. She has experience in the horticulture, energy, and telco industry, having worked across strategy to enact change and assist business to embed sustainability into decision-making.
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.
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.
Tom is the Commercial Account Manager at Ecotricity. In addition to corporate sales, he is responsible for maintaining Ecotricity’s Toitū carbonzero certification, working with solar partners and promoting distributed renewable generation projects across New Zealand. Tom has a passion for the environment and for addressing climate change. He is motivated to connect with like-minded people and to promote and inspire a sustainable reset of New Zealand’s economy in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
Glen has worked for two decades in the education, environment and health sectors, and has 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 works with local businesses and community networks in the Bay, to facilitate that process.
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.
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.
Rebbecca is Green Start NZ’s Principal Consultant and Director. She has experience helping business leaders implement tools and frameworks for a more resilient and restorative future, while increasing engagement of stakeholders. Clients sit across multiple industries. Her credentials include Green Star Practitioner, Infrastructure Sustainability Practitioner and a certified verifier for sustainability with the Golf Environment Organization. Rebbecca has more than a decade of practical experience in assessments, implementation, management, analysis and communication.
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.