WWF's Conservation Innovation Awards

Judges Profiles

Ben Reddiex

Director Community Engagement, Department of Conservation

Ben has a background in pest animal management, working in this area at Landcare Research, Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Primary Industries.  Since the inception of the Partnerships Group at the Department, he has held the role of Director, Community Engagement.  He is accountable for developing the strategy and providing support for the Departments work in the areas of Conservation Education and Volunteering.  He also has a leadership or advisory role with a number of ecologically focused entities, including Trees That Count, Project Crimson and Nature Space.

Devon McLean

Director, Project Janszoon

Devon’s love of trees and plants carried though from his childhood to a career in the forest industry. In 1990 Devon was involved in setting up Project Crimson – a trust devoted to the protection of New Zealand’s pohutakawa and rata trees since then he has been a trustee and served as Chairman for 10 years. Recent interests include Project Managing the Living Legends campaign and as a member of the Trust restoring Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf. As director of Project Janszoon, a privately funded trust, he is working with the Department of Conservation, the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, the community and local iwi to restore the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park over the next 30 years.

James Muir

Business Innovation Advisor - Energy & Environment

James Muir is the Business Innovation Advisor – Energy & Environment at Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s business innovation agency. He has worked in the energy and environment space for 20 years and has a particular passion for clean energy and sustainability. He has a track record of business leadership through thoughtful analysis, creative strategy and adaptable communication. He was previously Director of the power consulting group at Jacobs New Zealand and has worked internationally for organizations across a number of sectors including power, finance, oil & gas, government, water and transport.

Justine Daw

General Manager, Landcare Research & WWF-New Zealand Board Trustee

Justine has a background in sustainable development and climate change policy and programmes, working offshore as part of United Nations, Pacific Regional and Commonwealth initiatives, as well as working more recently in NZ in the environmental and environmental science sectors.  She sits on a range of governance bodies across the Natural Resources Sector, and actively champions new approaches to increase the relevance, application and impact of environmental research.

Matthew Monahan

Board Member, Edmund Hillary Fellowship & Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

Matthew is a founding contributor to Kiwi ConnectInflection, and Namaste Foundation. He splits his time between Silicon Valley and a permaculture farm outside Upper Hutt, New Zealand. He is passionate about regenerative technologies, conscious media, impact entrepreneurship, and community design.

Michele Frank

Head of Conservation Projects, WWF-New Zealand

Michele has a background of 25 years working in the environment and conservation sectors in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Her roles have included practical hands-on conservation, facilitation, training and coaching. Michele is passionate about community conservation, and was Chair of the Whangaroa Environment Centre for several years.

As head of Conservation Projects for WWF-New Zealand this is her third year directing the Conservation Innovation Awards, which aims to increase the scale and effectiveness of community based conservation in New Zealand. Michele is also on the board of Reconnecting Northland, a landscape scale restoration programme.