Our Team

Our Board




Boyd is originally from Taranaki and, like so many, lived and worked around the world. In the last 10 years he has settled back in New Plymouth and worked supporting businesses by developing their strategic plans with respect to technology. Recently he 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 TEET 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 and she has a keen interest in resilient communities and bringing community groups and people together. Dee currently supports the ongoing development of the Sustainable Living Programme and 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 where she spent her first year living in Queenstown and travelling around both islands before settling in New Plymouth. 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. We are happy to welcome Carrie to the team! 




David became a Trustee at the start of 2017, and is a valued member of the board, as he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience. David has several years of teaching and administration experience in schools around the North Island and 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. He left his role in 2016 to start fresh, and has redirected his focus on his food forest, which has been featured in the Taranaki Daily News. 

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




Currently acting as Interim General Manager, Laine is also a coordinator of the Impact program and 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




Jayne the Trust’s administrator. She is also the coordinator of Taranaki Seedsavers, one of Sustainable Taranaki’s Community Partners.

Jayne's passions are being an active citizen within the local community and seed saving. Whilst living in Auckland she helped start community gardens throughout South Auckland. Since living in Taranaki she has organised Seedsavers Taranaki which encourages seed saving for everyone, with an emphasis on saving heritage food seed. Contact: jayne@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 there pre, during and after the earthquake and it was such an inspiring time to be part of the rebuild community and be surrounded by such inspiring youth. She loves working with youth, connecting with their ideas and helping them turn these ideas into reality. Contact Erin at: erin@sustainabletaranaki.org.nz