Richard Wesley, Chair
Richard has been involved with the great New Zealand Outdoors through his interest in tramping, climbing and kayaking. He has travelled extensively around the world, undertaken expeditions in South America, Central Asia and Alaska, and worked in the international aid field for four years in Africa. Holding an Engineering Degree from Auckland University, he is currently working as a Business Analyst with the infrastructure rebuild in the quake of the Christchurch earthquake. Family time is spent with his wife and three kids.
Chris North (Secretary)
Chris lectures in outdoor and environmental education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His teaching background includes secondary and tertiary institutions in New Zealand and North America. He has worked as a teacher, tourist guide and outdoor instructor for a range of organisations. Chris’ research is in the areas of outdoor education practices, adventure education, sustainability and environmental education and initial teacher education. Chris is a founder of Leave No Trace New Zealand. In his spare time, Chris enjoys unicycling and family adventures in the outdoors.
Gayle Newman, Treasurer
Gayle Newman is an accountant and keen mountain biker, based in Rotorua. Having seen over the last 5 yrs the growth in both the recreational and competitive Mountain Bikers , Tourist Groups and individual travelers to our forests, there is a need to educate all users and protect our environment. The goal I personally would like to achieve is to have this amazing playground available for our children, grandchildren and our great grandchildren.
Jacqui Dyer, DOC representative on the Board
Landscape Architect (NZILA registered) with a background in landscape design and project management, parks planning, conservation and management in NZ and the UK. Currently working for the Department of Conservation as a Technical Recreation advisor, developing policy and tools to support outdoor recreation infrastructure investment decision making.
Pip Rees, Training Coordinator
Pip has been involved with teaching Leave No Trace since 2010 and on the Board of LNTNZ since 2013. She currently works as an outdoor instructor and also has a background in environmental engineering. She is interested in permaculture, cooking and caving and doing volunteer work for Tides Rites of Passages with young women. She loves seeing people push themselves further than they thought they could in the outdoors whilst at the same time developing an appreciation for our wilderness areas. She believes that an appreciation of and a connection to nature is an important part of teaching Leave No Trace. “We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ― Aldo Leopold
Mandy Armstrong, Advisor
Mandy has been on the Board of LNT for about 4 years and has taken on a role as advisor. She enjoys a range of outdoor adventures to do with skiing, tramping, & running. She has previously been involved in outdoor education & tourism ventures as a business owner & professional. She has worked for a number of years as a process engineer & consultant in dairy, energy & water; and most recently as a consultant in Maori economic development and investments. Currently her focus for Leave No Trace is facilitating a collaborative project for Tongariro Park involving Iwi, DoC & RAL to champion education & behaviour around cultural & environmental respect.
Cameron Crowe is our Australian contact with LNT. Cameron is a businessman with an environmental passion.
Craig Moore is a new member on the Leave No trace Board. He has been working in the outdoors as a sea kayak guide since 2008 and is currently a manager for Sea Kayak guiding company in the Abel Tasman area. He has also recently accomplished becoming a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) instructor. He found out the ins and outs of LNT during his training and now as a Master educator loves spreading the word to as many people as possible. When Craig is not working you will find him on his own expeditions either Sea Kayaking, Mountain Biking or Hiking. As a keen outdoors expeditionist he spends lots of time overseas and has seen the impact that ‘leaving a trace’ makes!
Dan was born and raised at Kaiwhaiki on the Whanganui river. From a farming, forestry and land management background, Dan has for the last 12 years worked in outdoor experiential education across a variety of organisations and has recently left Outward Bound after seven years where he worked as an instructor and more recently in managing course design and curriculum development.
His main areas of interest include facilitation development in practitioners, outcomes evaluation and process model design. Dan currently lives in the Marlborough sounds with his wife Clare. In his spare time he enjoys adventure (mountains, rivers, oceans), adventure racing, beekeeping, gardening and playing music with his mates.
Pete Zimmer joined the Board of LNT in late 2015. Pete has a practical background in farming and a degree in agricultural science. Pete has also worked for over 20 years as an independent guide and instructor in the outdoors. Pete’s outdoor recreation interests are mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and trout fishing. In his spare time Pete enjoys researching and exploring historical, cultural and geological sites in and around Tongariro National Park. Pete and his family live on a small block of land and grow their own food. For a living Pete works for NZ Land Search and Rescue Incorporated as a Group Support Officer. Pete has been a member of the Tongariro Taupo Conservation Board since 2014.