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BLAKE Team

Chief Executive

I started as CEO of BLAKE in February 2018. My most recent role was GM Partnerships & Communication at Sport NZ, with responsibility for managing Sport NZ’s relationship with the sports sector, as well as their brand, communications, events, and partner capability work. I also led their women in sport work. Prior to this, I […]

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Finance Officer

As Finance Officer for BLAKE, I manage the finances on a day to day basis and business planning to assist the team to turn their dreams into financial reality. I am involved in reporting quarterly financial results to the BLAKE Board and annual financial reporting for public accountability. I have worked as an accountant in […]

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Programme Manager

I work with the team to deliver our amazing environmental education programmes such as the BLAKE Inspire suite of programmes, BLAKE Expeditions, and BLAKE Ambassadors. I joined BLAKE in October 2016. I obtained my BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Auckland, Leigh Marine Lab specialising in Marine science. My research focused on snapper […]

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Programme Manager

Jacob is a Programme Manager for BLAKE and manages the BLAKE Inspire for Teachers and BLAKE Ambassador programmes. He coordinated the science communication and outreach for the BLAKE Expeditions to the Sub-Antarctic in 2016 and to Kermadec Islands in 2018. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Earth Science at Massey University and his Master […]

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Brand, Communications and Events Manager

As the Brand, Communications and Events Manager for BLAKE I am responsible for managing the brand and ensuring all our messages are effectively communicated to our audiences, including stakeholder communications, media and digital communication channels. I lead delivery of our main events, including the annual BLAKE Awards dinner and our fundraising event, the Great Blake […]

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Administration, Logistics and Programme Support Manager

I work across all of our BLAKE programmes from coordinating our BLAKE Leadership Awards and Young Leader Awards through to managing logistics for the BLAKE Inspire programmes and mobilising young New Zealanders as a BLAKE NZ-VR Environmental Educator. My involvement with BLAKE began in 2016 as a NIWA Freshwater Ambassador in Christchurch and I have […]

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Senior Virtual Reality Environmental Educator

I work with our NZ-VR team of Environmental Educators connecting thousands of young Kiwis with their marine environment. My involvement with BLAKE began in 2016 when I was selected as the Blake Antarctic Ambassador working alongside Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Team down in Antarctica on Sir Edmund Hillary’s Hut. It […]

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Virtual Reality Environmental Educator

I work with the BLAKE team as a Virtual Reality Environmental Educator inspiring students to care for, and take action to protect marine environments. I was first involved with BLAKE as a BLAKE Ambassador in February 2016, working on biodiversity projects with DOC and Hawkes Bay Regional Council. I graduated from the University of Otago […]

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BLAKE Patrons

Patron

Pippa was born in Portsmouth, England 1954 and educated at Downe House School, Berkshire, UK. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in London between 1972 and 1976, gaining a First Class BA Honours degree in Painting. She went on to work for the Arts Council of Great Britain and as an assistant […]

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Patron

In 2016 the Governor General accepted an invitation to become the Patron of BLAKE, as her predecessors had been before her. For more information see http://gg.govt.nz/the-governor-general.

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BLAKE Trustees

Chairman

Paul Reynolds is a long-time supporter of BLAKE, previously sitting on the Board as CEO for the Environment and now as an independent Trustee. Paul spent 17 years as a senior public servant in Wellington. For 7 of those years he was Chief Executive and Secretary for the Environment at the Ministry for the Environment. Paul […]

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Patron

Pippa was born in Portsmouth, England 1954 and educated at Downe House School, Berkshire, UK. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in London between 1972 and 1976, gaining a First Class BA Honours degree in Painting. She went on to work for the Arts Council of Great Britain and as an assistant […]

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Trustee

Rear Admiral David Proctor joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as a Midshipman in January 1987 and assumed the role of Chief of Navy in November 2018 following numerous senior positions within the New Zealand Defence Force. This included Deputy Commander Joint Forces New Zealand and Acting Vice Chief of Defence Force from July […]

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Trustee

André leads Auckland Airport’s infrastructure development and delivery team, focusing on the implementation of our 30-year vision to build a world-class airport.  André has over 20 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure projects across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Auckland Airport in March 2018, André was chair of Regenerate Christchurch, the organisation tasked with planning […]

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Trustee

Nick Humphries has experienced all of the BLAKE programmes from receiving a BLAKE Young Leader Award to participating in BLAKE Inspire (previously known as YELF) leading him to go on a BLAKE Expedition and later to Antarctica as a BLAKE Ambassador in 2015. Nick is now the Director and Co-Founder of LuminateOne, an innovative software […]

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Te Aue Addison-Te Whare hails from Waitahanui, Taupō and has whakapapa links to Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāi Tahu and Te Ātiawa-ki-te-Tau-Ihu. Te Aue works for Plant and Food Research as the Principal Advisor to the General Manager Māori leading strategic advice and partnerships with Māori entities, regional businesses and government agencies to develop horticulture, plant and […]

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Ngarimu is currently the Deputy Chair of the Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust and their appointee to Whai Rawa Ltd which is a large commercial entity. He is also a Director of Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research and a Governance Board member for an MBIE National Science Challenge, ‘Building Better Houses Towns and Cities. He serves as a […]

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Kevin Shoebridge is one of the few individuals that has successfully evolved from sailor to management in international yachting. He has been involved in six round the word yachting campaigns, winning twice – once as part of Sir Peter Blake’s all conquering Steinlager 2 crew winning every leg of the race. He has also skippered […]

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Early on in his academic career, Professor Gary Wilson developed an international reputation for his research. He held a Fulbright award whilst at Victoria University, followed by the Admiral Byrd Fellowship at The Ohio State University. He was also a New Zealand Foundation for Research Fellow, before taking up a lectureship at the University of […]

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Gina Dellabarca is the General Manager, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Westpac New Zealand Limited. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for leading Westpac New Zealand’s people strategy, with strong focus on building employee capability and advocacy. Gina Dellabarca is a member of the Westpac New Zealand Executive Team and reports directly to […]

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Trustee

Nick is a chartered accountant and was Chief Executive and later Chairman of Deloitte in New Zealand. More recently, he was Deloitte’s Global Managing Partner of Sustainability and Climate Change Services and Global Chief Sustainability Officer, based in London. He has also served as Deloitte’s Global Chief Ethics Officer. Nick currently chairs the Middlemore Foundation […]

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Natasha has worked at MfE since 2008, before that holding roles with the Wellington and Tasman Councils and a government role in Laos. Natasha is an authentic leader who is committed to the environment sector and the opportunity that the ministry has to be at the forefront of real change. In partnership with Statistics NZ […]

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