For Gill, the opportunity to work with Project Janszoon to restore the ecology of the Abel Tasman is like returning to her backyard. She grew up on a farm in Motueka and fondly remembers the annual family picnic at Appletree Bay.
Gill spent six years as Chief Executive of the Cawthron Institute, New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation. After leaving Cawthron she turned author, writing a book about the history of international co-operation within the Antarctic Managers Council which was published in 2013.
Her credentials to write such a book come from leading New Zealand’s Antarctic agency for 10 years from 1996 – 2002. Gill has a Masters in Business Administration from Sydney University and Bachelor of Science (Hons) Botany, from Canterbury University.
A former national kayak champion, Gill is currently on the board of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chair of the Antarctic Science Platform Governance Group and a board member of the Our Land & Water National Science Challenge. As well as chairing Project Janszoon she is also chair of the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust, and of the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association. She still manages to fit in mountain biking, kayaking and skiing between reading board papers and attending meetings.