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New Directors elected to National Trust Board

17 March 2016

Media release

New directors elected to QEII National Trust Board

Donna Field of Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury and Michael Legge of Westport, West Coast have been elected by QEII National Trust members to serve on the National Trust's Board of Directors. 

Ms Field and Mr Legge’s terms are for 3 years beginning on 11 March 2016.

Ms Field has a background in resource management and is a Director of Cleardale Station, a 1400ha sheep and beef property in the Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury. She has wide experience sourcing, allocating, and governing funds for weed control and land protection, predominantly on private land. She is Chair of the Ashburton Water Zone Committee and the Whitcombe Landcare Group, and worked with the Department of Conservation and Solid Energy on the Stockton plateau to establish the Millerton Plateau Protection Society. Ms Field is a financial member of the National Trust and is in the process of covenanting a 37ha forest remnant.

Mr Legge is a retired Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Pathology at Otago University. He has  conservation and environmental planning experience and has had a long involvement with many environmental organisations and initiatives including the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, the National Plan of Action for Sea Birds, and the Dunedin City Council's waste water committee and solid waste planning group. He currently chairs the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board. Mr Legge is a National Trust covenantor, owning two covenants (49ha and 7.3ha) that protect coastal forest on the West Coast.

National Trust member elections to vote for two members to serve on the Board are held every 3 years. 

The elections were run by electionz and the results were announced by returning officer, Warwick Lampp, on 11 March 2016.

Ms Field and Mr Legge replace Megan Balks and James Hunter, who both retired from the Board at the end of their terms in March having served 6 years and 9 years respectively.

The National Trust’s Board of Directors comprises six directors. Four are appointed by the Minister of Conservation and two are elected by members.

The current Ministerial appointments are James Guild (chair), Gina Solomon (appointed by the Minister of Conservation after consultation with the Minister of Māori Development), Bruce Wills, and Sue Yerex. 

Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is an independent statutory organisation and a registered charity. It partners with private landowners to help them permanently protect special natural and cultural sites on their land for the benefit of present and future generations. 

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Spokesperson: Mike Jebson, Chief Executive, QEII National Trust, 021 499 759 

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