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Noel Jhinku

Noel has an academic background in the biomedical and marine sciences. He is passionate about the marine environment and founded the OSOF initiative in 2011, prompted by a lifelong interest and love of the ocean. Noel can be found exploring the Otago coastline in his spare time, contributing to community initiatives, and mentoring the wider OSOF team.

Active: 2011 – present

“Nothing is missing from my life when I have the ocean by my side.”

George Connolly

George works in the higher education sector and has experience in the governance of not-for-profit organisations at a local, national, and international level. At an OSOF event, his interest in marine conservation was sparked, inspired by the work of OSOF volunteers. George has been lucky enough to live next to beautiful marine environments his whole life. He wants to make sure that future generations get to enjoy them too.

Active: 2020 – present

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Yuin Khai Foong

Yuin Khai has a business and NFP background at Senior Management level. Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au. Yuin grew up in and around the ocean spending way too much yet not enough time diving, fishing, boating, swimming, exploring. He dreams of evolving to be a cetacean and can be found close to Tikapa Moana, the Hauraki Gulf.

Active: 2018 – present

Maarten Magielse

Maarten is studying and teaching in business while exploring land, sky and sea. After moving to New Zealand and being bewildered by its natural beauty he realised how important it is that many others can experience it in the same way he did. Growing up next to the Dutch North Sea, he built a strong relationship with the sea and its inhabitants at a young age. He loves to hear the sound of the waves when waking up, or in the background when he is listening to psychedelic rock or ambient music.
 
Active: 2020 – present
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Trustee – Is this you?

As part of the OSOF Trust Board, you will assist in the strategic development of the OSOF Charitable Trust, ensuring services offered are compatible with the mission and objectives of the organisation, and that these are responsive and relevant to the needs of the wider community.

View the trustee role description.