About Us / Our Trustees
Jonathan Rudge, Chairman
One time sewage treatment expert, lab technician, curator, archaeologist, planner and a Director of Plantlife International - one sometimes wonders what job Jonathan has not turned his hand to at some time in his career. Likewise, having contributed to and directed biodiversity conservation projects across Europe, Russia, and Africa, one would be forgiven for wondering where hadn’t he had a positive input into the management of our natural world.
Returning home to his native Aotearoa, Jonathan works within primary sector policy divisions in Wellington.
Noel Hyde MNZM, Trustee
A falconer since he could pick up a lure to swing it, Noel is to New Zealand falconry what Winston Peters is to Grey Power. Chair of Wingspan from 2008 - 2014 and trustee before that, Noel has been a champion of Wingspan since it all began. After 25 years of working for Te Papa, Noel is one of New Zealand’s most talented and well respected wildlife taxidermists.
Now living in Rotorua and living the falconers’ dream of flying a bird every day, Noel is a true blue kiwi who lives for Wingspan and for the birds it tirelessly protects.
Our guiding light, he’s not scared of mucking in and is leading the trust forward into an exciting future.
In 2018, Noel was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of merit (MNZM) for services to wildlife conservation and research taxidermy.↑
Tame Thomas Malcolm, Trustee
This a ‘bio’ about the ‘bio’. All about contributing towards biosecurity and celebrating biodiversity. Tame, originally from Rotorua, is the director of Puna Consultants, a company that implements pest control programmes in forests, farms and other locations.
He has worked as a Biosecurity Officer at Waikato Regional Council and also OSPRI and Department of Conservation. He's also the general manager of Te Tira Whakamataki, Maori Biosecurity Network; the watchful ones, keeping an eye on the biological security sector, working with organisations to control pests all around the country.↑
Dr Richard Seaton, Trustee
Self-professed bird geek/raptor-nut, Rich has been smitten with birds of prey since he saw a Peregrine falcon knock a pigeon out of the sky in Wales aged eight. He has been lucky enough to work with and study birds of prey around the world, including doing his PhD on our wonderful Karearea, and working on the Mauritius kestrel and Madagascar fish eagle conservation projects.
Rich continues to work as a conservation biologist over the ditch, working for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, where part of his job includes running research on the elusive Red goshawk. But with regular trips back to his ‘second home’ of Rotorua, coupled with the wonders of the internet, he is helping guide the trust into the future and lending a hand where he can.
Note: improvised raptor head protection; an essential requirement while out in the field!↑
Daniel Feutz, Trustee
Growing up on a farm in central Canterbury, Daniel has always had a close affinity with whenua, the animals that live on and (in particular) the birds that soar above this beautiful country we call home. Whilst working as a business consultant keeps Daniel busy, he balances his corporate office job with time in the outdoors. He relishes time on his smallholding, fishing the rivers and lakes of Te Waipounamu, or simply enjoying time listening to the bird song on one of our many fantastic walks.
Daniel’s involvement with Wingspan began in 2011 when he worked on providing a group evaluation and assessment of Wingspan operations for his MBA thesis. This was the first ever critical business evaluation for a not-for-profit organisation in New Zealand; a study that has stood the test of time, and yes … we still read it!↑