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

Trustee: 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 recent member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority and Chair of the Banks Peninsula 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: Andy Archer

Andy ArcherAndy Archer was a senior Partner at Ernst & Young until 2017. He is currently a Director and Partner at VCFO Group Ltd specialising in business governance and improvement, taxation, and re-organisations.

Andy works across the not-for-profit sector generally, and holds several governance positions helping Diabetes New Zealand Inc.

He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Impact Investing, International Fiscal Association.

Phone: 0274 899 052

Trustee: Evan Blackman

Evan BlackmanEvan brings significant skills in strategic thinking, business development, building partnerships, and programme leadership, gained through experience across start-ups, corporate and multi-national organisations.  Evan's areas of interest include conservation, healthcare and education with a focus on digital transformation in these areas.

Ph 027 240 3587

Executive Officer: Lisa Busch

Lisa BuschLisa is a lawyer and project manager with over 10 years' experience in private practice, public sector and in-house corporate employee relations. The daughter of a DOC Ranger, Lisa has had a lifelong passion for conservation and New Zealand’s natural environment.

Lisa supports the work of the Trustees, and provides project support to Foundation partners so they can stay focussed on their conservation operations.

Phone: 021 409 191

Ambassador: 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

Ambassador: John Ombler

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.

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.