Our Team

Our Board




Boyd is originally from Taranaki and, like so many, lived and worked around the world before returning home. In the last 10 years he has worked supporting businesses by developing their strategic plans with respect to technology. In 2016 Boyd travelled for a year with his young family in India, Nepal and Thailand where they observed the importance of strong communities. He believes society can live in a more sustainable way by leveraging knowledge and technology, and applying simple non-consumer based practises into daily life. His focus with Sustainable Taranaki is to support the Trust in its endeavour to facilitate a highly connected, resilient community.




Dee is a teacher of organic horticulture, permaculture and bio-dynamics. She has a keen interest in resilient communities and bringing community groups and people together. Dee manages our budgets and supports the ongoing development of the Sustainable Taranaki Workshops programme, on which she also teaches some of the workshops. She is passionate about promoting environmental education among our local community groups and organisations.




Carrie was born in Nairobi, Kenya, lived in the Middle East, and studied in the UK. She majored in Psychology with a concentration in Human Biology. After working in Jersey, Channel Islands for several years, Carrie made the big leap to New Zealand. Prior to becoming a Trustee, she worked for 11 years at Venture Taranaki doing talent attraction and project management. When she's not busy, Carrie enjoys tramping, swimming, cycling, yoga, and gardening.




David became a Trustee at the start of 2017. He has several years of teaching and administration experience in schools around the North Island, and also has spent some time living with his family in the United Arab Emirates where he worked for the Abu Dhabi Education Council. In 2013, he moved back to Taranaki where he became the principal of Stratford Primary, before moving to Inglewood Highschool. He and his wife, Suzanne are currently involved in establishing a new church in New Plymouth, a division of the Vineyard Church, already operating in Stratford.




Jamie is passionate about today’s opportunity to tackle carbon emissions and energy poverty with new technology and social mega-shifts. Involvement with Sustainable Taranaki offers a channel to extend this sustainable interest beyond energy, and contribute to a sustainable community for his children to enjoy. Jamie's 30 years of commercial, finance, IT and product management experience ranges from multi-national blue chips to innovative start ups in the UK and New Zealand, as well as managing diverse teams across multiple continents. Jamie has lived and worked in Taranaki since 2005.

Our Staff

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General Manager

Steve coordinates & develops the diverse activities of Sustainable Taranaki, as well as working on several of its' projects, including The Junction, Taranaki’s community zero waste facility. After a career in financial management in Aotearoa & Europe, Steve worked in governance for an international environmental NGO, and regional sustainability associations in Belgium, including those focusing on local food and energy initiatives. He is also the founder of two citizen-owned renewable energy cooperatives.

Steve loves the environment and the open spaces that Taranaki has to offer – maunga, moana & wao. He is interested in the interaction between energy, food, waste and climate change, and creating synergies with businesses and community groups.

Contact: steve.francis@sustainabletaranaki.org.nz




Laine works on a number of diverse roles for Sustainable Taranaki, including working with youth on the Impact program and co-ordinating the Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail. He has a background in environmental management, having worked for the business sustainability team at Christchurch City Council and as Environmental Coordinator at Capital and Coast District Health Board. He has also spent time volunteering on environment projects in India and the UK and, more recently, has several years experience working in tertiary education in the field of natural medicine.

Laine lives with his family on a bush clad property in Omata, which was one of the properties showcased in the 2016 backyards trail. He has a special interest in building healthy soils, growing nutrient dense food and the biointensive gardening system.

Contact: laine@sustainabletaranaki.org.nz

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Erin has a big heart for the outdoors and looking after our natural environments. She studied at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology a Bachelor Degree in Outdoor Education and Sustainability. Erin was in Christchurch pre, during and after the earthquake, a time she found inspirational to be part of the rebuilding of the community and to be surrounded by such active and engaged youth. She loves working with youth via our Impact program, connecting with their ideas and helping them turn these ideas into reality. She also co-ordinates the Sustainable Taranaki Workshops program and is the Zero Waste Educator at the NPDC recycling plant.

Contact Erin at: erin@sustainabletaranaki.org.nz




Jayne the Trust’s administrator. She is also the coordinator of Taranaki Seedsavers, one of Sustainable Taranaki’s Community Partners. Jayne's passions include being an active citizen within the local community. Whilst living in Auckland she helped start community gardens throughout South Auckland. Since living in Taranaki she has set up Seedsavers Taranaki, which encourages seed saving, with an emphasis on saving heritage food seed.

Contact: jayne@sustainabletaranaki.org.nz