About us

EcoNet is a Charitable Trust currently run by volunteers. We are focused on helping conservation groups and working on better IT systems for conservation. We welcome input from those with the drive and skills to help us achieve our goals.

Board of Trustees

Chair
Richard Hursthouse, MBCHB, DCH, DIP OBST, FRNZCGP

Richard has worked on various conservation projects on the North Shore for 30 years, including the Centennial Park and Tuff Crater environmental restoration projects. He currently chairs Centennial Park Bush Society, EcoNet, Restore Hibiscus & Bays and is on the Forest & Bird Board.

Secretary
Keith Salmon, MA

Keith has been involved in Le Roys Bush, on Auckland’s North Shore since 2007. A keen member of the Kaipatiki Restoration Network from 2009 and Pest Free Kaipatiki from 2016. Now full-time in a voluntary role in conservation projects, Keith worked for 40 years in information technology in a range of jobs including PeopleSoft implementations. From 2006 to 2016, he implemented and supported a large customer relationship management system.

Trustee
Annalily van den Broeke, BA Art Management

Annalily is chair of Forest and Bird Waitakere. She brings strong volunteer, ground-up, advocacy to the EcoNet board with her background in not-for-profit conservation project management with Bethells Bufferzone and Matuku Link.  She has a background in public arts and museum project management in the Netherlands and Auckland.   Annalily advocates strongly for volunteer community groups. In her work she has discovered that tools which connect volunteer conservation project management with people, place and outcomes are not available, making volunteer management and contribution difficult to measure and reward.

Advisory Board

Olivia Rothwell

Olivia has been working at the intersection of conservation and technology for over 8 years, and has been at the forefront of the design and roll-out of conservation technology and data management programmes for organisations/companies including the Zoological Society of London, SMART Partnership, United for Wildlife, Encounter Solutions Limited, Predator Free 2050 Ltd and EcoTrack. Olivia is a strong believer that innovation is crucial in solving current challenges in conservation. She feels that with the support of collaborative initiatives like EcoNet, community groups across New Zealand can achieve rapid, scalable, and successful conservation.

Craig Steed, MSC First Class Honours

Craig has been involved in the health IT sector for over 30 years, in a number of roles including solution architect, development manager and technical services manager. He specialises in databases, data analysis and technical integration, and brings knowledge of data sharing and integration in the health sector based on the Health Level 7 standard, which enabled broad and deep integration between health IT systems.

Andrew Rossaak

Andrew Rossaak has over 20 years of ecological and environmental experience gained in southern Africa, Antarctica and New Zealand. Andrew’s experience across these diverse regions has provided extensive understanding in the design and implementation of environmental, ecological and protected area projects at scales from a few hectares to many thousand. Andrew is particularly interested in rural landscapes, watercourses, wetlands, biodiversity management and systematic ‘big picture’ understandings and decision support systems. Andrew is the Science Team Leader at Morphum Environmental where he enjoys working with a skilled team on a broad range of projects. When Andrew is not working, you will find him pursuing his hobbies of sailing, flying and walking with his family.

Simon Fraser

Simon has worked in IT for more than 25 years, designing and developing cloud-based web and mobile applications. He has specialised in building geo-spatial applications for real-time management of projects, including data visualisation, route-planning, asset tracking, and work allocation. Today he’s very interested in the role geo-spatial software can play in conservation, including citizen science, tracking pest species, planning, prioritising, and costing of conservation projects.