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.

Trustees

RICHARD HURSTHOUSE – CHAIR

(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.

KEITH SALMON – SECRETARY

(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.

ANNALILY VAN DEN BROEKETRUSTEE

(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.

ANNA MICKELL

(RCPN, MBA DISTINCTION) – ADVISOR

Anna offers commercial, governance and relationship management expertise. A health-sector business expert, Anna has experience in working with standards-based medicine data and decision support into third party clinical management and medicine inventory software. Anna has led a division within the EBOS Group, one of New Zealand’s largest publicly listed companies, is the co-owner of a trade publishing business and is currently the CEO of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.  Anna believes that conservation data collection and retrieval requires standardisation so that funders can maximise investment in predator control, enable fast and efficient uptake of conservation tools and share knowledge and skills efficiently.

CRAIG STEED

(MSC, FIRST CLASS HONS)

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.