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Our team are passionate about protecting New Zealand’s coastal and marine environment. Our members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and share a common goal; to engage and work with local communities, groups and governing agencies to take an active role in protecting the coastal and marine environment. Meet some of our leadership and core team members below:

coordination team


shrestha singh

Shrestha has a postgraduate diploma in Biosecurity and Conservation. She aims to develop sustainable measures to conserve the environment, and to ensure that it will be available for the current and future generation. Shrestha is an active community volunteer, and loves baking, reading and exploring beaches and regional parks around New Zealand. Role: Regional Coordinator – Auckland Region.

Jane Gardiner

Jane has a Master’s in marine conservation and a BSc in marine biology and philosophy. She has a great respect for, and is fascinated by, the natural world, and wants do what she can to promote the preservation of marine ecosystems. In her spare time Jane loves to go on seabird research trips, hike through the bush and snorkel among the fishes. Role: Regional Coordinator – Hawke’s Bay Region.


Tasmin McCormack

Tasmin has a MSc in Environmental Management focused on fisheries and a BSC in Geography and Environmental Studies. As a keen fisher and diver she is passionate about making sure our marine environment is sustainably managed and maintained for future generations. Tasmin’s other interests include travel cooking and reading. Role: Regional Coordinator – Wellington Region.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan studies Ecology and Marine Science at the University of Otago. He is interested in the sustainability of marine ecosystems, and education of youth about their roles as kaitiakitanga of the oceans. Duncan enjoys exploring the Otago Peninsula, volunteering, and scuba diving in tropical reefs of his home country, Indonesia. Role: Regional Coordinator – Dunedin Region.


Marlene Youl

Marlene studied Zoology at Otago University with a minor in Marine Science. She passionate about environmental conservation and enjoys volunteering in the community to promote sustainable living. Her other hobbies include hiking, gardening and travelling. Role: Social Media Coordinator.

Lesl van der Voorn

Lesl has a background in communications and marketing. She is passionate about driving positive change for marine conservation through meaningful conversation and action, and endeavours to improve and enhance our future environmental ecosystems. Lesl enjoys wandering the coast, and exploring native bush. Role: Communications Advisor.


Calvin Quigley

Calvin is a PhD candidate at Victoria University studying genetic connectivity in marine species. He loves scuba and freediving, and still fantasises about living on a sailboat, reef hopping from island to island. Growing up in Florida, his heart still lies in the Atlantic/Caribbean, “but hey man, it’s all one ocean.” Role: Regional Coordinator – Wellington.

Ruby de Grut

Studied environmental management and politics at the university of Otago. Passionate about sustainability and challenging/changing the traditional ways of society, which adversely impact our planet. Lover of the ocean and will happily give you reasons and the tools to cut down on plastic use. Role: Events Coordinator – Christchurch


social media team


Fiona Aspdin

Fiona has a background in digital marketing and communications. She is passionate about protecting the beautiful oceans that nurture and feed all the different ecosystems on the planet. Fiona believes in the importance of education through effective communication in order to help us all live a more sustainable lifestyle.  When she is not working Fiona can be found practicing yoga, doing an activity in the ocean, or travelling. Role: Social Media Admin

James Nikitine

James is a French and British marine scientist, filmmaker and digital communications expert,
originally from the Léman, French Alps and Geneva region. He is a member of
IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and an active contributor to its marine young
professionals task force. He now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and is a Fellow with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship. Role: Social Media Admin/MMR Lead


Janice Huang

Janice is passionate about wildlife conservation and sustainability, and currently works in the eco-tourism industry. She has a degree in Zoology and Marine Science from Otago University, and believes that we are instinctively equipped with the ability to care for nature, and the best way to practice this ability is to spend more time in nature. Janice enjoys tramping and the great outdoors in her spare time. Role: Social Media Admin

Michelle Brett

Michelle is currently studying a Bachelor in Professional Communication. She is passionate about sustainability and finding accessible ways to reduce plastic consumption. In her free time she likes to hike around New Zealand and see our amazing wildlife in their natural environment. Role: Social Media Admin

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Leadership Roles – Is this you?

As part of the OSOF core team, you will be responsible for leading and coordinating environmental education and conservation events, projects, and managing volunteers within your region.You will have a tertiary qualification/s in environmental management or science, with a knowledge of New Zealand environmental conservation issues and environment.

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Support Roles – Is this you?

As part of the OSOF support team, you will be helping our core members in various support roles based on your relevant experience. You will have a tertiary qualification/s or industry experience, with a knowledge of New Zealand environmental conservation issues and environment.

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