Staff and Trustees

Dr David Butler
Trust Chair
Dr David Butler is an ornithologist and conservation biologist. As a project manager with the Department of Conservation Dr Butler directed the nature recovery project at Nelson Lakes National Park. Dr Butler is a founding BWST trustee and serves as Chair.
Hudson Dodd
General Manager
Hudson Dodd is the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust’s General Manager. He is a lifelong conservationist with a background that spans the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Now a New Zealand resident, he comes to Nelson from the Pacific Coast of the United States and brings with him a bachelor’s degree in cross-cultural communications and post-graduate work in environmental studies. He has extensive experience in non-profit conservation initiatives, including nearly a decade in management with the innovative non-profit organisation, Conservation Northwest. It was there that Hudson honed his community organising, project management, campaigning, and fund raising skills. Most of the time, he can be found working with staff, volunteers, trustees, and business supporters on sanctuary development, although on occasion he has been known to “go bush” and disappear into the sanctuary with some good hiking boots, a packed lunch and his equally enthusiastic wife, Dawn Gauthier.
Rick Field
Project Coordinator
Rick Field is the Project Coordinator for the sanctuary and has been carrying out field based conservation activities, facilitating education programs and coordinating volunteers here since 2007. Rick sits at the nerve center of the sanctuary’s operations, and is the beloved face of the sanctuary to thousands of students each year. After completing a Science Degree and a Diploma of Education Rick embarked upon a career path that took him places - Switzerland, the Antarctic, the United States, England and Scotland to name a few! Working mainly as a science educator and trainer, Rick’s various roles have included positions at such prestigious institutions as the Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian Institution in the United States. His spare time is spent with his wife, Danella and two rambunctious sons, James and Thomas, and a property to maintain in rural Tasman.
Naina Mahto
Finance Administrator
Naina Mahto hails from the UK, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Geography and then spent many years involved in various local conservation projects. Her move to Nelson in 2002 heralded a change of lifestyle that would culminate in forging a new career in bookkeeping, raising two lovely daughters (Rani and Amba) and studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Accounting. When not engaged in juggling career, family and study Naina likes to relax at the beach, go for a bush walk, swim in the Brook Stream, or just generally appreciate the wonderful New Zealand environment.
Derek Shaw
Derek Shaw is a former Nelson City Councillor with 30 years’ experience in local government including chairing a range of committees. An accredited resource management commissioner, Mr Shaw is a trustee on a number of boards, including Nelson Environment Centre and Tasman Regional Sports Event Trust. He is principal with a publishing business, Nikau Press, and is a former member of the Nelson Conservation Board. Mr Shaw is a founding BWST Trustee.
Karen Driver
Karen Driver is a manager with the Nelson Environment Centre. She serves on multiple boards, including the Community Recycling Network. Ms Driver oversaw BWST’s pest-monitoring programme as a volunteer before becoming a BWST Trustee in December 2013.
Christine Hemi
Christine Hemi has served in leadership roles with Ngati Kuia, a recognised Nelson Region iwi, including as a current trustee. Ms Hemi represents Ngati Kuia on the BWST board and has been a BWST Trustee since 2006.
Cindy Batt The Trust welcomes Cindy Batt of Te Atiawa as our new iwi representative Trustee. Cindy is an information librarian at the Nelson Library and as a qualified te reo tutor is currently leading a fun and interactive ten week course at the library (Wednesday 12.30 – 1.30; free; bookings required). Cindy is also an educator at the Nelson Provincial Museum, and serves on various boards, including Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust, which represents Te Ātiawa people who whakapapa to Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island).
Peter Jamieson
Peter Jamieson joins the BWS Trust board as a trustee with many years experience of the outdoors. His interest began as a 10 year old with a wonderful family holiday spent tramping the Milford track and camping on the shores of Lake Te Anau. Peter got involved in the tramping and mountaineering clubs at school and has enjoyed bush walking and tramping ever since. Ten years living in Auckland deepened his enthusiasm for the natural world as he followed the development of endangered species havens on Tiritiri Matangi and Great Barrier Island.” After moving to Nelson Peter was keen to rekindle his volunteering work and when introduced to the Brook Sanctuary found that trapping fitted well with his full time work. He completed his training in 2009, served his apprenticeship, and around 2011 took over the “management” of the West D trapping team. Peter has 3 main areas of business skill – Finance, Sales & Marketing and Organisational Change & Leadership Development. He has volunteered for the finance & fundraising committees on the BWS Trust Board and also has a strong interest in Nelson/Tasman tourism and the development of a sustainable business model for the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary.
Cindy Batt
Cindy Batt is an information librarian at the Nelson Library, is a qualified Te Reo tutor, and is also an educator at the Nelson Provincial Museum. Ms Batt serves on various boards, including Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust, and has been a BWST trustee since 2015, representing local iwi.