Who are we?
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is a conservation organisation highly respected by the Department of Conservation and the Minister of Conservation for its work in the preservation of rare and endangered yellow-eyed penguin.
Eric J. Shelton
PhD, Dip. Sci., Dip. Tour. Trustee since 2003, appointed Chair 2014. Former wildlife and heritage guide. Convinced that tourism can make a major contribution to achieving conservation goals.
BA (Hons), M. Appl Sc. (Hons), PhD. Founding Trustee (1987). Now based in Christchurch where he co-ordinates the Department of Conservation’s island biosecurity work nationwide. Has four decades of experience with endangered species recovery in all major vertebrate taxa, marine and terrestrial. Research experience in foreign languages, sociology and conservation biology. Euan’s doctoral research defined extinction risk in today’s two small, highly inbred populations of Chatham Island black robin.
BA (Otago), QSM. Founding Trustee. A qualified teacher, retired from position as Teaching Facilities Manager at the University of Otago. Active in a number of conservation and ecological organisations.
BCom PGDip(Otago). Jesse joined the trust in 2013 as an 'emerging leader' trustee. Since then, he has become a full trustee and has chaired our external relations committee until it was disbanded in 2015. Currently a consultant at Spark New Zealand with an interest in organisational governance and fostering strategic not-for-profit and business connections.
BSC (Botany). Trustee since 1994. Retired secondary school teacher. Actively involved in practical conservation for many years.
QSO, JP, BSc (Botany and Zoology) Trustee since 1994/95. Worked as Serials Assistant in University Libraries. Has been involved in practical conservation efforts for over thirty years.
Wildlife Film Editor at BBC Bristol and NHNZ. Trustee since 1995, appointed spokesperson 1999-2008 and Chair in 2010-2012. Whilst working at BBC Bristol Natural History Unit he organised the Bristol Conservation Volunteers. Moved with his family to NZ in 1987. August 2010 bought Penguin Café in Portobello.
BCom Accounting, Trust treasurer since 2013. Chartered Accountant with broad experience in export markets, manufacturing process control, HR management, Information systems implementation, corporate strategy, growth through acquisitions, change management and governance. Director of City Forests Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Presbyterian Support Otago.
BSc in Geography (2001), Trustee since 2014. Retired Ship’s Master. Crew on research vessel ‘Evohe’ for wildlife trips to sub-Antarctic islands. Volunteer for several organisations including Orokonui and Foodshare. A family man with interests in geography cycling and outdoor pursuits.
BSc (Geol), Dip for Grad (Environmental), Trustee since 2014, has worked in RMA for 20 years, dealing with both natural resources and the built environment. He has also worked in Economic Development, and been involved in a wide range of community organisations.
MSc (Ecology and Conservation). Trustee since 2017. Research experience in avian ecology. She is also a wildlife photographer and a popular science writer (in Chinese). She has interests in watercolour painting, bird watching and travelling with her beloved husband.
BJourn (Journalism), current BSc (Ecology), Young Emerging Leader Trustee since 2017, a passionate volunteer for several conservation groups, currently completing an Ecology degree at Otago University. Kate loves the outdoors, and is a keen trail runner and tramper.
BSc (Zoology & Ecology) PgDipSci Geography. Trustee since April 2012.
Active kaitiaki / Tangata Tiaki for Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, Rapuwai, Kati Hawea.
Employed as the Manager of Operations Taiaroa Head. Responsible for the day to day management of the Royal Albatross Centre and Blue Penguins Pukekura.
Environmental Consultant, RMA Commissioner, Trustee of the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group. Past member of various species recovery groups, and the former chairman of the Otago Conservation Board.
Actively involved in the Otago ecological community, taking a holistic approach to environmental management.
Diploma in scuba instruction. Emerging Leader Trustee appointed 2016. Currently completing a bachelor of science majoring in geography with a minor in environmental management. Employed as a dive instructor at Dive Otago. Interest in environmental health, everything outdoors and trying to improve environmental health for future generations.
Trustee since November 2015. She has spent her career in the media industry, working for TVNZ, MediaWorks, Natural History New Zealand and Fairfax. Building partnerships with corporate business and securing sponsorship has been an integral part of many of her roles. A combination of those skills and a lifelong interest in conservation is her contribution to the YEP trust.
General Manager (1.0 FTE)
Sue Murray (since July 1999). NZCS (Botany), Grad. Dip NFP Management. Lifelong interest in conservation. Employment has included science technician, teacher-aide and her previous position was fundraising/public relations work with a not-for profit organisation.
Field Manager (1.0 FTE)
David McFarlane (since October 2003). BA(Hons) (History), Dip. Librarianship. Worked for DOC as Regional Librarian (Dunedin) 1990-95 before positions as hut warden, DOC field worker in Coastal Otago, and Conservation Officer with the DOC Community Relations Team in Dunedin. Ran the Dunedin Branch - Forest & Bird Wilding Tree Team since 1997 until 2006.
Conservation Science Advisor (1.0FTE)
Trudi Webster (since February 2016). BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD (Marine Science and Zoology). Worked on a variety of terrestrial and marine conservation projects in New Zealand (lizards, birds, marine mammals). Previously employed as Assistant Curator at Otago Museum, teaching fellow at the University of Otago and ranger at the Department of Conservation. Before moving to New Zealand in 2003, worked as a research scientist on Marine Environmental Impact Assessments. Passionate about New Zealand’s native wildlife.
Nursery Supervisor (0.5FTE)
Louise Ashton (since June 2015) BSc Zoology (Victoria). Grew up in Hawkes bay, studied Radiography at Waikato Hospital, worked as a radiographer in Hawkes Bay and Dunedin. Took 23 years to get a job in zoology/biology field, but excited to now be here!
Ben Goldsworthy (since April 2017) BSC (Zoology), Grad. Dip Wildlife Management, Master of Wildlife Management. Lifelong interest in the natural world. Worked for DOC as a Ranger (Stewart Island, 2016) on the weeds team, then as a Ranger (Pureora, 2016-2017) on the pests’ team. Also volunteer roles for DOC (Wanganui) and the Bushy Park Trust (Wanganui).
Allison Wallace joined the Trust in October 2016. Born and bred in Dunedin, Allison has worked in a variety of roles and has extensive experience in customer services, IT support, marketing and finance.
Allison has a passion for working with not for profit organisations and volunteers for both marine and land search and rescue in Dunedin.
Stewart Island contractor
Sandra (Sandy) King