Follow the Endangered Species Foundation's journey in setting up a conservation fund for New Zealand's rarest of the rare - critically endangered fauna and flora on the brink of extinction. The future of New Zealand's most vulnerable is uncertain - nearly 4,000 indigenous species are in danger of being lost. We we have a chance to pledge our commitment and support to protect our extraordinary species and unique habitats, now and into the future. We are committed to preserving the rarest of the rare, by funding results orientated conservation projects, with the support of New Zealanders like you.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Introducing ...

We have been making steady progress on establishing the Endangered Species Foundation, the trust deed is in the final throes of preparation and we have nearly a full complement of trustees. Over the next few posts we'll introduce the trustees and let them say in their own words why they are involved.

All these people have been successful in their chosen career and are very very busy. We are extremely greatful that they have agreed to devote some time to the Endangered Species Foundation. They all bring different skills and attributes to the trust board and we look forward to working together to make the Endangered Species Foundation New Zealand's pre-eminent conservation fund!

On to the first trustee - Richard Dore of Wellington:

Richard has over 20 years experience dealing with policy and economic analysis of significant New Zealand assets in the public and private sector. His key skills are strategy and commercial economic analysis, business case development, company valuation, and programme management.  This experience has included the following roles and assignments: Senior Economist at the Commerce Commission, Acting Director of Strategy at NZ Trade & Enterprise, Economist for the development of the National Bovine Tuberculosis Pest
Management Strategy managed by the Animal Health Board and Senior Analyst roles at NZ Post,Telecom, NZ Treasury and Ministry of Commerce. Richard has an Honours Degree in Economics and a Certificate of Investment Analysis.  He is currently contracted to the Strategy Group of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and is a director of two small companies.

Richard says "as a passionate New Zealander I see the ESF as a great opportunity to not only protect the ‘rarest of the rare’ in NZ but also raise awareness in local communities about those species.  On my travels around NZ over the last 25 years I have seen the benefit of New Zealanders becoming more aware
about the need to protect and in many cases rehabilitate the environment that we live in.  However in many of these places the challenges remain and in many other parts of NZ the challenges have grown.  The unique species that live in these places are a key part of this environment and the ESF gives me the chance to make a real difference through both raising awareness and protection of species".

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