Gill Wratt  

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.


Devon McLean

Devon McLean

Over the years as he kayaked and sailed past the beautiful bush-lined beaches of the Abel Tasman, Devon McLean used to tell his wife Anne that one day he wanted to make a difference to the Park.

That dream saw him become both a trustee and the inaugral director of Project Janszoon. He retired as project director in 2017, and is also 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 of Predator Free 2050.

Previously Devon was the Chief Operating officer with Carter Holt Harvey. He 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 looks forward to the day when the Abel Tasman National Park’s whole coastline is lit up over summer by the vivid red flowers of the rātā, robin’s flit on the beach at Anchorage and mohua can be heard in the upland areas of the park. Along the way he wants to make sure Project Janszoon inspires the next generation to be passionate about our parks and the environment.


 barrie brown


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.

 Jarrod Buchanan


Jarrod Buchanan joined Project Janszoon as a trustee in 2017. Of Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa descent he grew up in Wellington and Waikawa, but always felt a strong sense of belonging to this region, in no small part because of his love for the Abel Tasman.

This affection for the Park saw him consider studying Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and becoming a DOC ranger, but he ended up on more of commercial pathway, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science with honours at the University of Tasmania, working in Japan, and then for Sealord Group in Nelson.

In 2011, having spent several more years overseas, Jarrod returned home as owner and manager of local accommodation and property management service, Holiday Nelson. He also became an associate director for Wakatu Incorporation and later, a trustee for Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust.

He feels very strongly about ecological restoration and is pleased to finally be engaged in the important work of protecting and enhancing the Abel Tasman. Jarrod looks forward to enjoying more time in the Park with his family and getting ‘hands on’ with the Project Janzoon team!

 philip simpson


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).