The Forest Bridge Trust is a registered charitable trust. The board consists of five trustees drawn from trusted local farming families, technical experts and experienced business people. The trust is rural based and made up of rural leadership. The trustees have a high degree of professionalism and a long-term commitment to the vision. The board oversees the strategic direction of the Trust and has overall accountability for finances.
The Trust is supported by a group of committed advisors with a range of skills, experience and contacts including long term knowledge and understanding of this farming region and the NZ farming sector; accounting, business and legal; ecological research; strategic programme design and governance.
Kevin and Gill Adshead (Trustees): Farmers of 3,200 acres seven-generation family farm at Mataia on the Kaipara Harbour for 30 years. Productive pastoral farming is mixed with forestry, sand mining and ecotourism. 1,000 acres is being restored for conservation purposes, allowing kiwi to be returned to the property in 2013.
Liz Maire (Trustee): An experienced educator and facilitator with 30 years involvement in delivery of environmental programmes, managing community partnerships and volunteer programmes with the Department of Conservation, NGO’s and private business.
Shona Myers (Trustee): Ecologist (MSC) with 30 years experience working in central and regional government agencies and as consultant ecologist. Specialises in resource management and biodiversity policy as well as conservation management. President of the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), the umbrella organisation for professional ecological societies worldwide.
Chris Roberts (Trustee): Thirty-five years’ experience working with The Department of Conservation, commercial businesses, private land owners, community groups and iwi on conservation and community projects; Currently National Vegetation Manager (national rail contract) for Treescape Ltd.
Thomas Stazyk (Trustee): (BS, MA, US-Certified Public Accountant and Fraud Examiner). Retired partner at Ernst & Young with 28 years’ experience specialising in financial audits of global companies, information systems auditing and forensic accounting. He is also a trustee of the CUE Haven Community Trust, a project to restore a former dairy farm back to native NZ forest.
Barrie Hopkins (Solicitor): (LL.B MRaeS) Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public. Barrie specialises in commercial law, trusts and conveyancing and practices as a consultant to Turner Hopkins in Takapuna.
Tracy Tristram (Administrator) Tracy has 14 years experience managing community partnerships and delivering projects with local government, NGO’s and private business. She is currently working alongside her husband on their third generation dairy farm.