Reece O’Leary, trustee
Reece is the Environmental Manager for Pan Pac and was introduced to ECOED when he started his role with Pan Pac (a sponsor of ECOED). Reece enjoys spending time outdoors and is amazed by the amount of work ECOED volunteers do to support the Hawke’s Bay kiwi population. Reece and his wife Hannah are also kept busy with their two young daughters, Frankie (3) and Nellie (1).
Marilyn Wright, trustee
Marilyn joined ECOED as a creche volunteer in 2019, learning and practising kiwi handling skills.
She subsequently became a trustee and has worked within this role on strategic planning. Previous employment includes teaching, parenting and school counselling.
Deb Harrington, manager
Deb was recruited as a volunteer in 2011 after taking early retirement from her banking career. Most weeks, she is in the Kawekas tracking down kiwi for health checks, raiding nests and training new volunteers.
She took over the administrator now manager role in 2021.
Tipene Cottrell, trustee
Tipene was appointed as a trustee in October 2022.
He has whakapapa connections to Wharerangi marae, Timi Kara marae and Mōteo marae.
Tipene also gives talks to school students about local hapū history.
Polly Macdonald, trustee
Polly was appointed as a trustee in January 2023. She and her partner are farming near Lake Tutira.