Our Trustees


Chair: Tony Roxburgh

Tony is the Community Facilities Manager for Waipa District Council.  He has considerable experience in the field of conservation management, having worked with the Wildlife Service, Department of Internal Affairs, and Waikato Area Manager for the Department of Conservation.  Over that period he has been engaged in all facets of wetland conservation and management and retains an active interest in wetland protection in both a professional and private capacity.



Jason Butt

Jason’s background is in ecological restoration projects, through the provision of planning, advice and implementation, including restoration plantings and ecological weed control work.  He has worked throughout Canterbury on numerous projects and a range of habitat types, from wetland through to dryland ecosystems, providing wetland and riparian restoration services to the likes of The Canterbury Regional Council, Canterbury Waste Services, Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu. Travis Wetland, Horseshoe Lake, Tutaepatu Lagoon and Te Waihora/Ellesmere are a few of the projects he has been involved with over the last 7 years.


Dr Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato with a research interest in NZ’s peat wetlands.  With graduate students he has researched and published on wetland hydrology and carbon exchanges for more than 20 years. He also works within a team of researchers who are focussed on mitigating emissions of greenhouse gases from intensively managed farmland, including the drained peatlands (www.waiber.com). Dave works with other wetland scientists at Landcare Research, the Department of Conservation and Canadian Universities, and is also passionate about wetland education. He represented the National Wetland Trust on the Collaborative Stakeholder Group, which worked to develop the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora Regional Plan Change..


Vijesh Chandra

Vijesh is a charted professional civil engineer with 25 years of experience in NZ local government infrastructure management having worked for Auckland City, City Design, Opus, and GHD. Vijesh is GHD’s Liveable Cities and Communities Advisor and works at a strategic level with local and regional government exploring and developing integrated planning solutions to manage the effects of stormwater run-off on people, property and the receiving environment. He has played a key part in winning national and international awards including the International Water Association project innovation award 2012 for managing road stormwater contaminants, IPENZ Arthur Mead award for the environment and sustainability 2001 and the New Zealand Engineering Excellence award for Environmental Practice 2012. Vijesh is also currently the chairperson of the stormwater group committee of Water New Zealand which has over 400 or so interested members.


Dr Beverly Clarkson

Bev is a wetland plant ecologist at Landcare Research, Hamilton. She currently leads a collaborative PGSF (Public Good Science Fund) funded research project on New Zealand wetlands which involve researchers from NIWA, DoC and the University of Waikato. Her expertise is in the functioning and restoration of restiad peat bogs. Bev has been a member of the Waikato Conservation Board and is currently a member of the International Society of Wetland Scientists.


Philippa Crisp

Philippa is a Team Leader in the Environmental Science department at Greater Wellington Regional Council. She has over 25 years of experience in terrestrial ecology and is currently initiating a regional wetland monitoring programme for the Wellington region. Philippa has been involved in numerous wetland restoration projects and scientific investigations through her work for the regional council. She has a particular interest in Wairarapa Moana (Lake Wairarapa and wetlands, a proposed Ramsar site), working alongside Iwi, the Department of Conservation and other partners and stakeholders.


Melanie Dixon

Melanie is an Auckland-based consultant ecologist who provides wetland management advice to private landowners, community groups and local government. Between 2000 and 2006 Melanie was Greater Wellington’s wetland advocate and helped organise the first National Wetland Restoration Symposium, in Wellington in 2004. Melanie is keen to see that the Trust continues to facilitate a relationship between wetland managers (including local authorities, community groups and private landowners) and the nation’s wetland scientists.


Susie Elcock

Susie is an Aquatic Ecology Technician at NIWA, based in Hamilton. Previously she has worked in environmental consultancy roles and as a volunteer for Otari Botanic Gardens and the National Wetland Trust. She has a keen interest in wetlands and has a Master’s degree in Wetland Science and Conservation form Bangor university, UK.


David Lawrie MNZM

David is a Principal in a Land and Surveying and Land Development Consultancy in Pukekohe. He holds a diploma in Town Planning and is a member of both the Survey and Planning Institutes. David has been actively involved in conservation organisations for a number of years with his main passion and hobby being the study of birds. This is reflected in his involvement in the following organisations: National Wetland Trust, New Zealand Fish and Game Council, Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Council, Miranda Naturalist Trust since 1975, Ornithological Society South Auckland Region, Waikato Conservation Board, New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust.  David co-founded the National Wetland Trust in 1999 with Gordon Stephenson.


Shonagh Lindsay

Shonagh Lindsay has worked in journalism, public relations and communications since 1990. She was Public Awareness Advisor for Fish & Game NZ from 2001 to 2008, and over this time also completed a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. She then launched a new publication for the profession, Landscape Architecture NZ for AGM Publishing – the pre-eminent NZ publisher of design and architecture magazines. Following the magazine’s establishment she completed a Master of Urban Design (HONS) at the University of Auckland. Her communications career includes a major public art gallery, the film and television industry and a variety of strategic research projects including a multimedia guide to the AucklandArtGallery’s collection.


Don Scarlet

Don is Mercury Energy's Key Relationships Manager.  Don has held a number of practical environmental management roles in the Waikato region.  These have included senior consents and policy roles at Environment Waikato / Waikato Regional Council before moving to be Project Manager of Mighty River Power's project to renew the resource consents for the Waikato Hydro System.  Upon completion of that project his work has extended into his present relationships champion role.  Don is an active member of a number of community environmental interest groups and has acted as an environmental advocate and chair of action groups in his local community.  Don is a Trustee of the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust, Chair of ROTAB Investments (the Raukawa Trust Board's Asset holding company), was a Crown Appointee on the Guardians Establishment Committee and is a director of Hamilton Waikato Tourism.


Keith Thompson

Keith Thompson is a wetland ecologist, with a particular interest in peat systems and specialises in management and restoration issues. He has researched wetlands on five continents and taught ecology, environmental science and botany at universities in the UK, Africa and, for 28 years, at Waikato. He has collaborated with, and carried out studies for, various regional and national government bodies, farmers and community groups and is currently a private consultant. He was Supervisor of the Hamilton Junior Naturalist Club for 15 years and is now a trustee of the Te Kauri-Waikuku Trust. He recently joined the Advisory Committee for Regional Environment.