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Trustees

The Trustees come from a variety of scientific, forestry, nursery, legal and farming backgrounds. All are top people in their fields.

Peter Berg

Peter Berg

ONZM

Past President of the NZ Forest Owners Association for 12 years and former member of the SCION (NZ Forest Research Institute) and Auckland Conservation Boards, Peter is presently the Chair of the NZ Branch of the Commonwealth Forestry Association and a member of the executive committee of NZ Farm Forestry Assn. Peter is involved in many aspects of NZ forestry and has jointly authored two books on New Zealand’s forest history.
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Warwick Silvester

Warwick Silvester

PhD

TTT Treasurer

Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at University of Waikato. He has interests in plant nutrition and productivity and has published papers on nitrogen fixation, nitrogen cycling and tree physiology. He is currently Chair of Pukemokemoke Forest Trust and is the inaugural KuDos Lifetime Achievement Awardee in recognition of outstanding achievements in environmental research.
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Ian Barton

Ian Barton

JP, MPhil Waikato

A retired forestry consultant with a lifelong interest in kauri. He has authored several papers on the species and has worked on trials to determine its detailed site requirements. He has published two books; one on Continuous Cover Forestry and one on kauri.
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David Bergin

David Bergin

PhD

David is director of Environmental Restoration Ltd (ERL) where he is a scientist specialising in restoration ecology and promoting the planting and management of indigenous timber species. Until recently he was a senior scientist with the Crown Research Institute Scion with 35 years of applied research experience. David has a long history of research with totara including involvement with the Northland Totara Working Group promoting management of naturally regenerating totara on farmland. He is a founding trustee of both the Tane’s Tree Trust and of the Dune Restoration Trust of NZ, and trustee of The Project Crimson Trust.
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Gerard Horgan

Gerard Horgan

BSc. (hon) in Chemistry and MCom. (hon) in Economics, University of Canterbury

Gerard is an economist with over 40 years’ experience in research, policy, and forestry/natural resource economics. He was a research economist with NZFS/FRI/Forest Research for 23 years, and then for three years worked for APR Consultants on business and community development. For the last twelve years, until officially retiring from MPI in May 2015, he was a Senior Policy Analyst responsible for collating MPI’s log price series, and worked on various other resource related issues including bioenergy, water and climate change.
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Kirsten Crawford

Kirsten Crawford

MSc Lincoln

Trained in ecology, resource management and project management, Kirsten has long term experience working with communities and organisations to establish and maintain collaborative restoration projects. Kirsten ran an environmental management consultancy for eight years prior to switching to the non-profit sector to manage charities including the Dune Restoration Trust of NZ and Southern Seabird Solutions Trust.
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Helmut Janssen

Helmut Janssen

MSc (Forest Ecology), BSc (Hons), Cert. GIS, Dipl. Farm-Forestry (Hons)

Helmut is an ecosystem scientist specialising in resource information and integrated management to restore integrity of people and place. Synergetic ecological reforestation of useful indigenous ecosystem – compatible native species can achieve functional integrity of ecosystems and culture within a lifetime. He founded and co-directs Adaptive Resource Management Ltd and the charity Reciprocate Biocapacity Ltd.
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Rob McGowan

Rob McGowan

JP, M.Soc.Sc Waikato

Previously Continuing Education Officer at Waikato University and chairman of the BOP Conservation Board, he now works for Nga Whenua Rahui. Has been involved in teaching and researching traditional uses of NZ native plants, particularly for medicine (rongoa Maori); and IP issues relating to Wai 262.
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Paul Quinlan

Paul Quinlan

BLA Hons

Paul is a registered Landscape Architect, involved with rural landscape design, planning and management. He has developed a professional interest in sustainable indigenous forestry and has prepared sustainable harvest permits and plans under the Forests Act. He is particularly involved with activities and projects of The Northland Totara Working Group.
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Jon Dronfield

Jon Dronfield

Jon is a forester and production manager for New Zealand Sustainable Forest Products on the West Coast and is responsible for the management of Foreverbeech products from the forest to a market ready state. Jon has 20-years’ experience in managing forests under sustainable forest management legislation and remains committed to the utilization of timber resources through the application of ecologically sensitive continuous-cover forestry.
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Mel Ruffell

BMS Waikato

TTT Executive Officer

Mel has been with the trust since 2013 and looks after the administration of TTT. Mel spent 5 years as a Corporate and Commercial Banking Manager, dealing with a portfolio of clients’ banking and financial requirements before having a family.
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Keri Anderson

BA

Secretary

Keri has joined us in 2016 to assist in running the office. Keri is a mum of two adult children and also works part time in another role. Email Keri