Full time team members

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Sam Judd
Co-Founder and Waterways Lead

Inspiring speaker and problem solver. Sam left a legal career behind to conceptualise and deliver clever solutions to look after the places we love. A keen surfer, spear-fisher and father, he leads from the front and loves to get his hands dirty on the job.

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Camden Howitt
Co-Founder and Coastlines Lead

Expert strategist, skilled communicator and passionate presenter. Camden combines a deep love for the outdoors with a passion for designing systemic tools for large-scale change. The education, events and community engagement programmes he has created have brought litter prevention and water restoration messaging to millions.

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Fletcher Sunde
Interim General Manager

Motivator, ideas man, surfer, diver and trained in marine ecology, Fletcher recently returned from four years in Southeast Asia working on and establishing a series of marine conservation programmes. He joins our team as a people-orientated driver of our Auckland programmes.

Stephanie Vercoe
Strategic Partnerships Director

Left a career in media to be part of an organisation that “my kids can be proud of”. Connector of people, businesses and ideas. Loves delivering creative solutions for a cause that counts. Passionate skier and beginner surfer.

Jodi Pretscherer
Fun and Fundraising Manager

Events extraordinaire and camp mum. Our annual ‘Let’s Get Cleaned Up’ fundraising ball wouldn’t be the same without her flamboyant style and ability to open wallets for the cause. Around the office, she keeps things running and keeps spirits high with her childish charm and motherly nurturing.


Dr Sandy Britain
Development Lead and Project Manager

Cognitive scientist, enterprise architect, and manager of projects. Lives in Gisborne. Likes: surfing, climbing, flying fantabulous machines and playing saxophones. Dislikes: plastic in the ocean, dessert.

Oliver Vetter
Programmes Manager (Wellington)

Oceanographer turned educator, Oliver’s scientific background and diving experience around the Pacific gives him a unique global perspective on the issues facing our coastlines. When he’s not planting trees or cleaning up beaches you’ll find him surfing, diving or playing the fiddle around Wellington.


Ben Knight
Programmes Coordinator (Wellington)

An ocean lover with a background in diving, communication and business, Ben is passionate about enabling local communities to be involved in the protection and management of our wonderful and unique coastal, marine and freshwater environments.


Dan Downing
Programmes Manager (Auckland)

A smile creator and avid adventurer, Dan lives his life big. He is a boisterous soul who enjoys trail running, bringing people together and DIY. His environmental studies background, humorous nature and hunger to get his hands dirty make him a weapon in the field.


Shelley Butt
Programmes Coordinator (Auckland)

Passionate educator, tramper and adventurer, Shelley often spends her free time on the beach, picking up rubbish and running around with her dog. She helps facilitate clean-ups with schools, businesses and organisations to collectively work towards cleaner beaches and waterways.

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Programmes Coordinator (Auckland)

An enthusiastic connector, Shawn Elise developed a passion for waste reduction working in events & realising the opportunity for people to come together to find solutions to limit human impact on the environment. She loves yoga, disc golf, tramping, gardening & funky house dance parties.


Natalia Groom
Volunteer Programme Manager

A people person, ocean lover, and budding artist! During her globe-spanning volunteer work, Natalia saw the human impact on our environment and made it her mission to make a change. Natalia ensures that our International Volunteer Programme runs smoothly and is a Coastguard radio operator in her spare time.

Helen Adams-Blackburn
Partnerships and Communications

Helen’s go-to places to recharge are the ocean and the bush. She’s keen to put her skills in writing and creative problem solving and her background in environmental ethics to good use in helping to protect the environment. Helen loves swimming, tramping, reading, music, and hanging out with her cat.


George Beattie
Programmes Coordinator (Wellington)

With a background in environmental science, George is passionate about sustainable land-use practices. He enjoys teaching and wants to inspire the next generation to protect the environment. When he’s not out in the field you’ll find him surfing, rock climbing, snowboarding or running.

Part-time staff and interns

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Paice Vaughan
Ambassador and Flagship staff

Raised out at the wild beaches of West Auckland, Paice grew up with sand between his toes. A deep thinker and avid presenter, Paice is always asking questions about how our natural world works and he loves sparking that same curiosity in others.

Amanda D'Souza

Amanda D’Souza
Ambassador and Flagship staff

Amanda loves camping, tramping and being in the ocean. She believes that environmental change starts from grassroots action. Amanda makes it her mission to advocate and take action to instil environmentally positive habits within her communities. As a high-school student, she has first hand experience with schools and insights into the environmental aspirations of youth.

Becky Taylor

Becky Taylor
Operations Intern

Usually you’ll find Becky in on or under the water at any given time. She’s a passionate diver, surfer and completely obsessed with marine animals. Becky has an educational background and enjoys working with children, especially in promoting protection of our environment.

Board of Trustees

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Emma Dent

Fundraising leader and watersports fanatic with a passion for creating positive change, Emma has spent the last 10 years working with charities in the UK and New Zealand. Emma brings a wealth of knowledge around fundraising strategy and operational effectiveness.

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Craig Fisher

Fellow Chartered Accountant, avid surfer, lover of Aotearoa’s great outdoors, and not-for-profit enthusiast, Craig provides a wealth of not-for-profit, governance, and assurance expertise. A former Audit Partner, Group Chairman, and now Consultant of RSM, Craig has over 30 years’ business experience and is well known for translating the technical into practical.

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Paul Trotter

Entrepreneur, inventor, visionary, experienced CEO and director with a passion for running, diving, hiking, and the environment. Paul is the founder of software company Author-it and brings over 20 years of experience building, growing, & scaling businesses globally.

Alex Asher

Alex Asher

Entrepreneur, fitness guru and technology fanatic. Alex proved his passion early on, completing a gruelling 2,300 km coastal run in our honour. Having developed his own online coaching business, Moxiee, he provides solid business development, strategy and technical expertise.

Abbie Reynolds

Abbie lives in Tāmaki Makaurau and comes from a corporate sustainability and philanthropy background. In 2019 she won a Women of Influence award for her work at the Sustainable Business Council and for establishing the Climate Leaders Coalition. Committed to the careful stewardship of our moana and taiao, Abbie is an ocean swimmer who attends whale strandings from time to time as a marine mammal medic.

Stu Potter

Stu lives in Tairāwhiti and has extensive experience of human and business development. He’s a devoted husband and father with a strong connection to his Māori whakapapa and is into every kind of water sport. Stu has a strong commitment to preserving the environment for future generations.

Samantha Walmsley

Samantha Walmsley-Bartlett

An open communicator, keen hiker and lover of being in the water, Samantha is passionate about our precious environment. As a Sustainability Advisor with a background in Environmental Management, she brings an understanding of the key challenges facing our environment and shares our inspiration for change.