With over 30 years of business experience growing and leading high-tech NZ companies, Rick brings a sound strategic and planning focus to the Board of Trustees. Rick currently runs his own business consultancy in the areas of technology and innovation, Strategy and business planning for both profit and non-profit organisations.
When not working, Rick follows his passion for sailing and is often cruising the Hauraki Gulf with his family in their Lotus 10.6 yacht. Rick has been a long term volunteer with the Auckland Volunteer Coastguard in both an operational and management capacity, and supporting youth sailing through local yacht clubs.
Alick has been a master mariner for over 50 years working mainly on freighters and in the offshore exploration industry. He is currently semi-retired, though still works on contracts captaining seismic research vessels or doing ship deliveries. Outside the professional sphere, Alick’s interests lie in golf, fishing and the majority of other outdoor activities.
Tony operates a Chartered Accountancy practice in Silverdale and has served as Treasurer on several sports club committees in the past. Outside of work, Tony has a keen interest in yachting and diving and is a local in the Torbay/Long Bay area.
Dr Ross is a former physics lecturer at the University of Auckland and scientific company director. He is a founding trustee of Sir Peter Blake MERC and was Board Chairman from 1995 – 2008. Over and above his professional career, Dr Ross was also a former competitive sailboat racer.
Denise co-founds and leads TableSide Charitable Trust – a unique community brokering agency bringing small businesses, other not-for-profits and local residents together for connective social outcomes.
She was elected to Auckland Council in 2013, and served on the council until the 2017 General Election, when after a successful campaign, she entered Parliament as the new MP for Maungakiekie. Denise currently sits on the Education Select Committee and is the National Party spokesperson for Local Government (Auckland).
Mark is the Head of School – Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology and is a respected yachtsman having been involved in successful campaigns from around the world ocean races, The America’s Cup, and New Zealand championships in a range of small yacht classes.
He is an important leader in the governance of the sport and has served as a New Zealand selector, as a captain of New Zealand representative teams, he is on the board of the New Zealand Sailing Trust and the New Zealand International Yachting Trust and is a key member of the organising team for the largest small boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta. In his spare time, Mark enjoys surfing, sailing, paddle boarding and scuba diving.
A long-time lover of the ocean, Steve left the trade he’d known for the previous 20 years (running his own construction business), to pursue his passion of telling stories about the underwater world.
Since starting underwater filming professionally in 2008, his footage has appeared on Discovery TV, National Geographic and TVNZ, in numerous award-winning documentaries including the popular and timely documentary ‘Blackfish’, and on BBC’s series Blue Planet 2, which he received a BAFTA award for.
With over 25 years of health and disability leadership experience, Rob is passionate about improving health and wellbeing outcomes for people and communities. Rob is currently National Manager – Business Operations for the New Zealand centre for mental health, addiction and disability workforce development, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui. He contributes relevant health and social service experience to the Board of Trustees.
In his free time, Rob spends time with family hiking, surfing, playing social soccer and travelling. Rob’s governance and leadership experience includes leading a school Board and an innovative Auckland non-government organisation, along with advisory and trustee roles spanning health insurance and rehabilitation, tertiary education, industry peak bodies and health promotion agencies.