Appointed 1 July 2011 by the Minister of Conservation. James is a high country farmer and has a diverse background in agri-business, game animal management and conservation. He was the inaugural chair of the Canterbury/Aoraki Conservation Board and Pohatu Marine Reserve; past chair of NZ Deer Farmers Association; past Director of the Deer Industry New Zealand and the President of the NZ Association of Game Estates.
The Guild family have a QEII covenant on their High Peak Station property located near Darfield in Canterbury, protecting 94 ha of braided shingle riverbed, sedgeland, tussockland and shrubland.
Elected by members in the 2016 member elections. Donna has a background in resource management and is a Director of Cleardale Station, a 1400ha sheep and beef property in the Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury. She has governance experience and is interested in plant, ecosystem, and landscape conservation. Donna is Chair of the Ashburton Water Zone Committee and the Whitcombe Landcare Group, and worked with DOC and Solid Energy on the Stockton plateau to establish the Millerton Plateau Protection Society. She is a financial member of the National Trust and is currently (March 2016) in the process of covenanting a 37ha forest remnant on her property.
Appointed by the Minister of Conservation after consultation with the Minister of Maori Development. Of Ngai Tahu and Ngati Kuri descent, Gina was raised in Oaro and now lives in Peketa, south of Kaikoura. She has extensive community and iwi involvement and is a committed conservationist. She sits on a number of boards and trusts including the Kaikoura zone committee for the Canterbury water management strategy, Nelson/Marlborough Conservation Board, the Kaikoura Marine Guardians Te Korowai o Te Tai o Karokura, and the Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust.
Appointed by the Minister of Conservation. Sue lives in Turangi and runs a beef and sheep farm in partnership with her husband, James. She brings governance skills, scientific knowledge and a pragmatic farming perspective to the board. Sue has a strong academic background in agricultural commerce and horticulture and was a Lincoln Kellogg Scholar in 2008. She serves on a number of private and voluntary trusts, boards and charities, including two that advocate for the care of Lake Taupo and its water.