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.
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.
Anne is responsible for getting the word out there about Million Metres and inspiring people to get involved. Before coming to SBN, Anne worked for a French language and cultural centre where she was in charge of graphic design, communications and explaining the peculiarities of Kiwi culture to her French workmates. Previously she was involved in sustainable transport initiatives, including for Cycling Action Network, Bike Auckland and ‘Slower and Less Traffic’. She has a degree in Political Studies and English, and a post-graduate qualification in Development Studies.
Daniella works alongside Laurie looking after and providing value for our Wellington members and coordinating events. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Environmental Science from Monash University (Australia) and a BSc Honours degree in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa. She brings experience from the natural health industry and communications for sustainable business.
Dave’s role is to facilitate maximum value for SBN members. A creative thinker and problem solver, he is committed to enable positive, lasting change. Before coming to SBN, he founded and ran GreenShoot Pacific, a specialist sustainability advisory for the event industry. Dave holds a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice from Otago Polytechnic and is an associate of The Natural Step. His consulting experience includes energy efficiency, sustainability for the built environment, zero waste events, sustainability training for business and developing sustainable community initiatives.
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 almost 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.
Georgina leads SBN’s work on water with a focus on Million Metres, SBN’s national waterway restoration programme. Georgina has a background in environmental management and social science, climate change adaptation, and ecosystem services frameworks for decision making. She sits on the Watercare Environmental Advisory Group.
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.
Holly loves educating people, businesses and communities about sustainable practices. She has a Master’s of Sustainable Business and an undergraduate degree in Food Science from Otago University. While studying she worked at events and hospitability jobs, including being a function manager at a catering company.
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.
Jessica 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 AUT University, as well as undergraduate degrees in Maori Development/Maori Media and Communications.
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.
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, organising events and catching up with local members. Laurie also runs a blog and radio show called B-Side Stories about the people who make Wellington tick.
Phil is a skilled and versatile environmental and sustainable business consultant, with a background in commercial project management and systems analysis. He has helped many organisations understand impacts, develop strategy and take action, in areas including carbon, energy, waste, water, procurement, compliance and reporting.
Rebecca has a strong passion and interest around generating action in cleaning up New Zealand waterways. Having researched and identified key challenges and identified supportive stakeholders for the project, Rebecca is now an expert in the stream restoration space. Along with her passion for the project Rebecca brings strong interpersonal skills, great networks and some formidable qualifications (including a Chemical Engineering Degree, an MBA and a Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment) to the project.
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.
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.
A degree in Ethnic Studies from Brown University led to a passion for both music promotion and community engagement, underpinned by environmental awareness and social capital. A graduate degree in Sustainability from Portland State University prompted her return to New Zealand in 2017. Xan comes to SBN with significant experience in international music promotion and PR, inserting tunes into business events wherever possible.
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.
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.
Gerri Ward leads the Sustainability and Community programme at Z Energy. She’s passionate about transformational behaviour change that empowers and enables sustainable business, and better communities. Prior to joining Z, she led the across-government Biodiversity Offsetting research programme at the Department of Conservation. Before that, she was at the Ministry for the Environment for five years. There, she worked on business opportunities out of climate change, and led the Carbon Neutral Public Service and voluntary corporate carbon neutrality programmes. Gerri holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Waikato, and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Environmental Law from the University of Nottingham (UK).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.