Gillian Wratt Stirling May 08

Gillian Wratt (Chair)

Until recently Gillian was the Chief Executive at the Cawthron Institute.  She has a Masters in Business Administration from Sydney University, Australia and Bachelor of Science (Hons) Botany, from Canterbury University.  Gillian was also the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Antarctic Institute (Antarctica New Zealand) from 1996 - 2002.

A keen cyclist and former National kayak champion, Gillian was brought up on a farm near Motueka. 



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Barrie Brown is an experienced company director. Barrie was a partner for 25 years with PwC where he headed the firms Private Client Services and served on the PwC Board. Retiring from the firm 10 years ago, Barrie holds a number of Directorship/ Trusteeships including, Chairman of the private equity investor Waterman Holdings Limited, Chairman of The Rotoroa Island Trust which has converted Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf into a conservation park, and Chairman of the Auckland City Mission Foundation.

He is a Director of Hutton Wilson Nominees Limited, The Project Janszoon Trust and Investment Property Titles Limited. He is an Independent Trustee of the W A Stevenson Memorial Trust and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand.

David Flacks

Photo by Rory Harnden, Ink


David Flacks comes to Project Janszoon with a wealth of experience gained in the corporate, legal and financial worlds.

He recently established boutique corporate law firm Flacks & Wong, after retiring as a senior corporate partner of Bell Gully. David is also a trustee of Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), chair of AFT Pharmaceuticals, and is a director of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, peer-to-peer lender Harmoney and Vero Insurance. He is a member of the Takeovers Panel and chair of the Markets Disciplinary Tribunal of NZX.

Originally from the UK, David first visited the Abel Tasman National Park in the mid 90s and says he was struck by the pure beauty of the natural environment. He is really excited to be working with a project that aims to enhance the ecological fortunes of the Park for the generations of visitors to come.


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Devon McLean

Devon is both a trustee and the Project Director for Project Janszoon.

His love of trees and plants began as a child growing up in Nelson and became his career. He joined New Zealand Forest Products (later Carter Holt Harvey) in 1974 as a graduate forester and held a number of management positions including Chief Operating Officer. He was also the Chairman of the NZ Forest Industries Council and a Director of the Forest Research Institute (Scion).

In 1990 Devon was involved in setting up Project Crimson—a trust devoted to the protection of New Zealand’s pōhutukawa and rātā trees. His involvement in this and many other biodiversity projects saw him awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the 2015 New Year's Honours.

Devon is currently the Chairman of Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), Environmental Advisor to the NEXT Foundation, a Member of the NZ Conservation Authority, Governance board member of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Director of the Taranaki Mounga Project, Chair of Predator Free Wellington and a director with Predator Free 2050.

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Philip Simpson was born in Takaka and is on the Tasman Environment Trust.  He is also a founding member of Project Crimson.

Philip has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) 1st Class from the University of Canterbury and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.

Philip has received various rewards for his written work. He is currently working on the book “Heartwood: the natural and cultural history of Totara” (Michael King Fellowship).