Pamela Storey (Chairperson)
Pamela has been a trustee since 2009, holding the role of Board Chair from 2010. With a passion for energy efficiency and sustainable business practices, she has over 14 years of service in governance roles across a variety of organisations and a passion for the contribution non-profits make to the fabric of our communities. With significant executive and governance level experience and holding a number of key roles from Executive to Director to Board Chair in other organisations ranging from the Dairy Womens Network; to the Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership; and Access HomeHealth. Pamela has led many organizations through significant change, growth and development. Pamela has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (USA), an MBA from Reading University (UK) and is Managing Director of a Waikato-based agribusiness.
Robert Moore (Deputy Chairperson)
Waikato (Tainui Awhiro) Te Atiawa (Ngati Rahiri)
Robert has been a trustee since 2013. Robert co-founded the Greens on Campus at Waikato University and was awarded the Hamilton Youth Council Recognyz Youth Enviro Award in 2010 for his involvement and leadership with various environmental issues. He is the Social Justice Enabler at Anglican Action, working across a wide range of social justice and environmental issues, including supporting Poverty Action Waikato. Robert has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Screen and Media Studies. In his spare time he enjoys getting outdoors, cycle touring and hiking mountains.
Bruce has an unusual background for a trustee of an environment centre, having spent many years working in different positions within the petro-chemical industry. He considers that sustainable practices need to be at the core of both. Bruce is a strong supporter of considering the environment in a broad context. He believes Go Eco's role is as an enabler for other environmental groups and a vehicle for promoting environmental initiatives. Bruce has a Graduate Diploma in Management, is and has lived in the Waikato for many years.
Katherine has an interest in the natural world and environmental issues, sustainable and productive gardening and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She is a former editor of Community Review, holds a Resource and Environmental Planning degree, and is a former Manager of the Waikato Environment Centre (now Go Eco). Katherine is involved in a range of local environmental groups, coordinating weedbusters groups in Jubilee Bush and Miropiko Reserve, a committee member of Hamilton Bicycling Network and Forest and Bird (Waikato branch) and editor of Tui 2000.
Maureen brings both physical and social science expertise to the board. She works in organisational development, specialising in leadership, organisational culture, engagement and change. Her focus is on helping people to be the best they can be by: being supported by capable leaders; working to their strengths; and, having their work recognised as a valuable contribution to the organisation. Maureen's doctoral research was in environmental/climate change and paleoecology. These studies were underpinned by a life-long fascination of landforms and how they change. Maureen is serious about sustainability – she is keenly aware of the importance of having nature enriching peoples' lives and is fervent in advocating the responsibility we all have towards inter-generational equality.
Born and bred in the Waikato, Nathan Orr has always been curious in finding out how things work in order to make them better. Following completion of a master’s degree in Management Sustainability and having worked with some of Waikato’s top entrepreneurs, his attention then turned to starting his own businesses. From building tiny houses on wheels to address the housing and consumption crisis, to managing sustainability projects for existing businesses, Nathan has combined his love for business and passion for sustainability. With skills in ideation, innovation, market research, validation, communication and marketing, Nathan’s talents lend themselves best to leveraging existing opportunities in business through new innovative approaches, or investigating currently untapped potential. With ever increasing pressure on funding for not-for-profit organisation, the value Nathan believes he can offer to the Go Eco board is in investigating commercial opportunities for sustainable funding streams.
Amy Coombes is a Chartered Accountant and Associate of the large Waikato based accountancy firm CooperAitken. Within her 15 years accountancy experience working with small to medium enterprises, and as a director in a Waikato dairy business, she has strong insight into the many challenges faced in running a business. These challenges have highlighted how important good governance, accountability, leadership and ongoing monitoring are in running a successful business. In her role as Associate, she manages a large business advisory portfolio and assists the Directors on special work projects such as strategy, taxation structure planning, scenario planning, budgets, setting KPIs and various other projects. Amy’s interest in Go Eco stems from a passion and desire to educate people. She believes knowledge is power and when people are educated they become engaged and she is certain that Go Eco has the potential to achieve this engagement and increased awareness across the Waikato. Amy sees herself adding value to the governance of Go-eco through her financial skills base, being a strategic thinker, bringing strong relationship building skills and her ability to critically analyse information to make effective decisions.
John Tyrrell has a broad background in research, innovation and business, particularly working in the environmental and primary industry sectors. In his current role as a Research & Innovation Manager at the University of Waikato he works with researchers to develop multidisciplinary research collaborations and partnerships, offering support throughout the research process, including implementation and commercialisation of their research. John has a PhD from the University of Auckland in marine biology working on harmful algal blooms and completed a post-doctorate at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (California, USA) in biological oceanography. As a nominee to the trustee position with Go Eco, John brings his passion for the
environment, wanting to make a positive difference to the resilience and health of our ecosystems – to leave a world our tamariki can thrive in and enjoy.