The Foundation's People

Founder & Chairman: Denis Marshall

Denis-marshallHon Denis Marshall QSO, was founding Chairman of New Zealand National Parks & Conservation Foundation in 2001. He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar and a former Government Minister, with portfolios including Conservation and, Lands.

Denis was Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association based in London and has consulted on democracy programmes with the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank Institute.

He lives near Queenstown where he is proprietor of Hawkshead Wines.

Phone: 021 541 467



Chairman: Murray McKee

Murray-mckeeMurray McKee practices as a public policy and risk management adviser in Wellington, and has served on the New Zealand Conservation Authority (a Ministerial advisory body), and two regional Conservation Boards.

Phone: 027 453 0094



Trustee: Lady Wallis

Prue, Lady Wallis, together with her husband Sir Tim Wallis and her entrepreneurial family, have a long and productive involvement in farming, aviation and high-end tourism.

Prue is an active supporter of trusts and charities for the environment, the arts, medical research and local groups.

Phone: 021 443 795



Trustee: Mark Christensen

Mark-christensenMark Christensen is an expert in resource management and biodiversity law. Mark is a member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority and Chair of the Banks Peninsular Conservation Trust.

He is actively involved in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the New Zealand Sustainable Business Council.

Phone: 027 487 8611



Trustee: Richard Riddell

Richard-riddellRichard Riddell is an Executive Director and Principal of NZAM (New Zealand Assets Management) and has more than 30 years experience in the banking and investment management industries.

Richard hails from a farming family. He is a director of a number of private companies and trustee of family and charitable trusts.

Phone: 021 379 006



Trustee: Richard Riddell

Richard Riddell is an Executive Director and Principal of NZAM (New Zealand Assets Management) and has more than 30 years experience in the banking and investment management industries.

Richard hails from a farming family. He is a director of a number of private companies and trustee of family and charitable trusts.



Trustee: John Ombler

John Ombler, QSO, has extensive experience in public sector management. He has more than 30 years experience in conservation management in New Zealand, in operational, policy, and research and development roles. He is currently involved in a variety of governance, contract and voluntary work.



Trustee: Andy Archer

Andy Archer is a senior tax partner at EY, and has worked in the United Kingdom and Australia. He is an active member of the New Zealand branch of the International Fiscal Association and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and is past executive of the Australia–New Zealand Business Council. Andy assists in the not-for-profit sector, and has served nationally with Diabetes New Zealand Inc.



Ambassador: Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE

Sam Neill is an actor with many leading roles in film and television in New Zealand and overseas. Environmentalist. Proprietor of Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago.



Ambassador: Sir Tumu Te Heu Heu Tukino VIII, KNZM

Sir Tumu Te Heu Heu Tukino VIII, Paramount Chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa. Chair NZ Historic Places Ma-ori Heritage Council. Former Chair UNESCO World Heritage Committee. In 1887, his family gifted the land we now know as Tongariro National Park.

Trustees of the New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation have a wealth of public and private sector experience and expertise covering conservation and environmental management, business practice, fund management and governance.

The Foundation would not exist without the generosity of a few individuals who, in its earliest days, trusted in the Trust:

  • Sir Leslie and Olive, Lady Hutchins, Real Journeys.

  • Sir John Davies and Trish, Lady Davies, Tourism Milford.

  • Henry van Asch, AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand.

Their donations, with no strings attached, helped the Foundation become established.

The Department of Conservation’s support at this time is also gratefully acknowledged.