Gary Taylor Chair

Gary has extensive experience in corporate governance, having been the Chairman of the Auckland Area Health Board, the Climate Change and Business Centre (Aus) and the Peoples Centre Health Trust. He has been a director of Watercare Services Ltd, Infrastructure Auckland, the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority and the Hobsonville Land Company. He has also been a city and regional councillor. Gary was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Barry Barton

Barry is a Professor of Law at the University of Waikato and Director of the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law in Te Piringa, the Faculty of Law. He is the New Zealand member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section of Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association. His general field of research is energy, natural resources and environmental law. In recent years, Barry has focussed on regulation in the energy sector, mining law, water, climate change, energy efficiency and demand management, and he teaches courses in Energy Law and Climate Change Law.

Dick Bellamy

Emeritus Professor Dick Bellamy has been involved with EDS since 1972. Over his academic career as a full time researcher, he worked in the general area of the molecular biology of virus infection and the application of recombinant methods to the characterisation of viral gene products. Dick was the Dean of Science at the University of Auckland and a Director of Auckland Uniservices Ltd, DNA Diagnostics Ltd and the Forest Research Institute (now Scion). He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2005 was awarded a CNZM for services to science and education.

Alastair Bisley

Alastair was the Chair of the Land and Water Forum from its inception at the end of 2008 until 30 June 2016. He has had a long career in the public service holding various roles, including a lengthy diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1967 to 1998, during which time he held a range of posts and led a number of New Zealand delegations to trade negotiations and consultations. Alastair was also Secretary of Transport from 1998 to 2004. In 2017 he was awarded a QSO for services to the State.

Malcom J Bowman

Malcolm is Distinguished Service Professor of Oceanography at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He currently researches global climate change and coastal flooding threats in Metropolitan New York. During 1996 to 1999, Malcolm was Founding Head of the School of Environmental and Marine Sciences at Auckland University where he studied marine reserves for conservation and fisheries rehabilitation. Malcolm is an honorary Professor of Physics at Auckland University and a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (USA).

Bevis Fedder

Bevis is the Officer for Knowledge Exchange at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology in Bremen, Germany. He provides institutional support and advises projects on the implementation of knowledge exchange with non scientific stakeholders to promote conservation and sustainable use of tropical coastal ecosystems. Bevis completed a doctorate at GLOMAR (Global Change in the Marine Realm) at the University of Bremen in 2011. He was a PostDoctoral Research Fellow at INTERCOAST, at the University of Bremen, from 2012 2014. In 2013, Bevis was an intern at EDS where he worked on international comparative studies on wildlife protection legislation.

Ruby Haazen

Ruby is a junior barrister working for international lawyer Duncan Currie and resource management barrister Rob Enright. She spent time in the legal department for urban development with UN Habitat and as a legal research intern at the international criminal courts in the Hague. Ruby specialises in resource management law and international environmental law. She holds conjoint degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Auckland.

David Hall

David is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT University and Chair of the Vice Chancellor s Sustainability Steering Group. He has a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford. His current research focuses on climate change, sustainable finance and nature based solutions. David is co founder of the Climate Innovation Lab, a partnership with ANZ on climate finance instrument design. He is also Principal Investigator for AUT s Living Laboratories programme which is building scientific and practical knowledge of nature based solutions in Aotearoa New Zealand. His most recent book is ‘A Careful Revolution: Towards a Low-Emissions Future' (BWB Texts).

Dayle Hunia

Dayle Hunia (Ngāti Hokopū, Ngāti Awa and Te Whakatōhea) is an Environmental Advocate based in Whakatāne. Dayle is involved in a diverse range of initiatives at the intersection of Māori economic development and natural resource management. She serves on a range of governance entities including the Environmental Protection Authority, Bay of Plenty Conservation Board and the Ngāti Awa Joint Management Committee Te Tapatoru a Toi. She is also an Independent Commissioner and has been involved in numerous decisions made resource management and exclusive economic zone legislation.

Heugh Kelly

Heugh is a barrister and solicitor based in Warkworth. Heugh is a longstanding director of EDS and is also a director of Windflow Technologies Ltd. He is involved in a number of community activities in the mid North and has a long standing interest in environmental issues.

Graeme Lawrence

Graeme has 45 years in planning and resource management. As an adviser on significant environmental issues of the day, he has played a particularly vital role in the fields of coastal and harbour planning, rural planning, natural, cultural, and historic heritage, public works and mining. For over 12 years Graeme served in management roles in local authority policy development, district plan preparation, administration, and environmental monitoring. In 1998, he established a new environmental planning practice, serving a wide range of government, private, community and Māori clients. Graeme has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Raewyn Peart

Raewyn heads EDS s highly regarded environmental policy think tank. She has over 30 years professional experience in environmental law and policy having worked as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not for profit sector. Raewyn has published widely on coastal and marine issues including major books on coastal development, dolphin protection, fisheries management and the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. She was a member of the Ministerially appointed Resource Management Review Panel which led a comprehensive review of the resource management system. In 2019 she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to environmental and conservation policy.

Jacinta Ruru

Jacinta (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) is a Professor of Law at the University of Otago, fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, and recipient of the New Zealand s Prime Minister s Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching. In 2019, she received an inaugural University of Otago Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair. She has recently completed a five and half year term as Co Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand s Centre of Māori Research Excellence. She holds Ministerial appointments to Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand Board and Kāhui Wai Māori. Her extensive research considers Indigenous peoples rights, interests and responsibilities to own and care for lands and waters.

Shay Schlaepfer

Shay has a BSc/LLB. She is a resource management lawyer with over 10 years experience. She began her career as EDS’s first in house solicitor before working in chambers and for Brookfields Lawyers in Auckland. Shay has since returned to EDS and now works part time as a legal and policy researcher.

Kate Storer

Kate is a Senior Associate at Berry Simons Environmental Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Bristol and a first class Masters degree in Public International and Environmental Law from the University of Auckland. Prior to joining Berry Simons, Kate worked for EDS as a Senior Researcher focusing on marine policy. She has also worked for an environmental consultancy in the United Kingdom, specialising in marine planning and waste management matters. Kate has broad experience in resource management development, policy/ plan and advisory work.

Charles F Wurster

Charlie earned a doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University in 1957 but has been an ardent environmentalist and ornithologist for most of his life. In 1967 Charlie became one of the founders of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on which EDS was modelled. EDF is now an international organization of scientists, attorneys, and economists seeking creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of environmental problems.