WWF's Conservation Innovation Awards

Innovation Ambassadors

The role of the Innovation Ambassadors is to:

  • Ensure that the judges have all the required information for each idea they are assessing
  • Make contacts between ideas posted and other relevant work


 Megan Somerville


Kia ora

He uri ahau o Taranaki mounga. I mahi ana au i Te Papa Atawhai no te rōpū hapori mātauranga. I whakapapa to Taranaki and work as the National Programme Developer for the Outreach and Education team at the Department of Conservation. My role is to assist, develop, and stimulate discussion on outreach and conservation education programmes that reaches our goal of one million conservation kids.

Previously I have worked for a number of central government agencies focusing on the aspirations of diverse communities, and a focus on hearing the voices of youth.


Fiona  Edwards


Kia ora

I live in Raglan, a community that looks at its problems and creates its own solutions. I’ve helped by raising millions of dollars for community projects from tree planting and predator control to community health initiatives and local school projects.

I’m Chairperson of an award-winning community project – Whaingaroa Harbour Care, which has planted more than 1.5 million native trees and rehabilitated a harbour ecosystem.



Becky Wilson


Kia ora

As Community Conservation Coordinator for WWF-New Zealand I manage the funding rounds and support community conservation in New Zealand. I also help run the Conservation Innovation Awards, which aim to increase the scale and effectiveness of community based conservation in New Zealand.

Before joining WWF I gained ten years’ experience of protecting native biodiversity and community conservation in New Zealand as a DOC ranger.

Dave West


Kia ora

I am a Freshwater Scientist in the Aquatic Unit of the Department of Conservation (DOC), based in Christchurch. My role includes science project management, strategic planning and advice, independent research investigations and research contract management and review to support the Departments freshwater goals.

Previous to this I was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, studying the effects of mines on aquatic communities. I completed my PhD at the University of Waikato in 2007 after working as a freshwater technical support officer for DOC. I have also worked as a research technician at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.




Brent Beaven

 Kia ora

I have recently started as DOC’s programme manager for PF2050.  The role focusses on coordination, both internally around DOC and also around the relationships with the other players in this space. Because there’s a lot of them, we need to establish a really effective collaborative model and develop a plan for how we’re going to work together going forward.  

I started work at DOC 20 years ago, chasing birds around Pureora, Murupara and Te Urewera, then moved to Stewart Island/Rakiura to manage the biodiversity programme.  I stayed on the island and took on other roles including National Hunting Advisor and Conservation Services Manager for Southern Islands. I also spent a year scoping the potential to eradicate rats, cats and possums from Stewart Island. My most recent role was as a Conservation Advisor in the Minister’s office.