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.
Aaron is currently a National Manager at the Department of Internal Affairs and has been a trustee since 2010. He has strategy and strategic relationships skills and 8 years experience in local government, including as the Strategy and Research Manager for Hamilton City Council. Aaron is the author of the book Purpose, is a motivational speaker with Celebrity Speakers, has experience in television presenting and has competed in international Ironman triathlons. Aaron's leadership has been recognised through being a previous finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year, is the recipient of the NZ Local Hero Medal and, in 2008, was selected as the New Zealand Ambassador for the Beijing Olympics. Aaron is passionate about environmental sustainability, training school teachers in environmental education in previous employment, and has Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Commerce in Public Policy.
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.
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.
Sam believes in the innate goodness and capability of people and gets excited by the limitless possibilities for how our world can be a better place. These values have shaped her life and led to enriching experiences in a range of environmental and social projects, organisations and campaigns. Currently Sam works for Anglican Action as the Youth Justice Team Leader, and is the Chair of the Kirikiriroa Trade Aid Board of Trustees, and a member of the Waikato Queer Youth Board of Trustees. Previous community involvement saw Sam serving as the Vice-President of Waikato Student's Union, being a Global Poverty Project Ambassador and Generation Zero Regional Coordinator. In 2014 Sam spent several months being lost in awe while walking the Te Araroa Trail. Sam first became involved in environmental issues when, at 13, she attended a Waikato Regional Council Youth Environmental Forum - her passion and commitment to ensuring the environment and community are cared for and protected has grown ever since.