Our team | Sustainable Coastlines

Full-time team members

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Josh Borthwick
CEO

Fair-weather sailor, novice long-boarder, hiker and sustainability enthusiast, Josh has been on the water and around the water all his life. From sailing around the Bay of Islands through his childhood to tramping around rivers and streams as an adult. Josh also brings 25 years of leadership and commercial experience to help the SC team scale up the regeneration of the waterways and coastlines we all love.

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Camden Howitt
Co-Founder and Programme Director

A passionate advocate for our moana and awa, Camden is a driving force behind community-based environmental solutions around Aotearoa and the Pacific. With over 15 years of strategy, community engagement and programme design experience, Camden combines a deep connection with the outdoors with a drive for collaboration to build large-scale change. A regular contributor to national, regional and global dialogue on sustainability, Camden is an expert at creating innovative solutions that work.

Stephanie Vercoe
Strategic Partnerships Director

Left a career in media to be part of an organisation that “my kids can be proud of”. Connector of people, businesses and ideas. Loves delivering creative solutions for a cause that counts. Passionate skier and beginner surfer.

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Maurine Talpin
People and Operations Director

An avid learner and nature lover, Maurine originally hails from France but has made Aotearoa home for the last two decades. You’ll find her walking her dog at the beach or forest or buried in a book. She loves new challenges and bringing people and communities together around a shared kaupapa.

Jodi Pretscherer
Fun and Events Manager

Events extraordinaire and camp mum. Our annual ‘Let’s Get Cleaned Up’ fundraising ball wouldn’t be the same without her flamboyant style and ability to open wallets for the cause. Around the office, she keeps things running and keeps spirits high with her childish charm and motherly nurturing.

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Ben Knight
Citizen Science Manager

An ocean lover with a background in diving, communication and business, Ben is passionate about enabling local communities to be involved in the protection and management of our wonderful and unique coastal, marine and freshwater environments.

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Dan Downing
Programme Manager

A smile creator and avid adventurer, Dan lives his life big. He is a boisterous soul who enjoys trail running, bringing people together and DIY. His environmental studies background, humorous nature and hunger to get his hands dirty make him a weapon in the field.

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Shawn Elise Tierney
Litter Intelligence Programme Manager

An enthusiastic connector, Shawn Elise developed a passion for waste reduction working in events and realising the opportunity for people to come together to find solutions to limit human impact on the environment. She loves yoga, disc golf, tramping, gardening and funky house dance parties.

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Natalia Groom
Programme Coordinator

A people person, ocean lover, and budding artist! During her globe-spanning volunteer work, Natalia saw the human impact on our environment and made it her mission to make a change. Natalia ensures that her events run smoothly and is a Coastguard radio operator in her spare time.

Helen Adams-Blackburn
Communications and Content Coordinator

Helen’s go-to places to recharge are the ocean and the bush. She’s keen to put her skills in writing and creative problem solving and her background in environmental ethics to good use in helping to protect the environment. Helen loves swimming, tramping, reading, music, and hanging out with her cat.

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Becky Taylor
Litter Intelligence Education Coordinator

Usually you’ll find Becky in on or under the water at any given time. She’s a passionate diver, surfer and completely obsessed with marine animals. Becky has an educational background and enjoys working with children, especially in promoting protection of our environment.

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Veronica Rojo
Partnerships and Campaign Manager

Travel and language enthusiast and lover of all things nature. Vero’s background is in public relations and working with beloved and well-known Kiwi brands and charities. She’s passionate about protecting the environment and in her free time enjoys running, cooking, reading, and camping and stargazing out in the wops.

Holly Cole

Holly Cole
Funding Analyst

A career spanning social science research, branding, corporate communications and manufacturing has taken Holly to all corners of the globe.  Experiencing both the magnificence of nature and some devastating human impacts, the decision to use her skills to restore and protect the environment was an easy one.

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Carla Fonseca Paris
Litter Intelligence Programme Coordinator

Carla is originally from Chile, and a restless soul! She’s always travelling, exploring and volunteering. Her passion for the ocean took her to pursue a Masters in Marine Conservation (her background is in Chemistry). Her hobbies and passions are all related to the ocean and the marine sciences: she is a waka ama paddler and loves snorkelling and swimming.

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Caitlyn Prince
Programmes Coordinator

Caitlyn can be found swimming at the beach no matter the weather, connecting with people, and cooking up a storm! Naturally, as a passionate soul, Caitlyn will be at the forefront of key conversations around environmental and social justice. Her desire for Aotearoa Te Waipounamu is for all to reconnect with themselves, with nature, and promote resilient communities.

Sumana Whitelaw
Programme Coordinator

Sumana spent most of her childhood on the beautiful beaches of South Australia. She became a passionate environmentalist after realising all of her favourite things to do were among nature, and moved to New Zealand to pursue her studies in Environmental Science. While she’s not gallivanting around native forests, Sumana is a wannabe yogi, rookie snowboarder, and macrame enthusiast.

Jemma Hovelmeier

Jemma Hovelmeier
Programme Coordinator

Jemma looks towards a regenerative future and how we can create that each day. Previously working in waste minimisation, she sees the power in education and is eager to get stuck in and get her hands dirty for our moana and awa. Loves floating in the ocean, new walkways, growing and cooking to share, and a good boogie.

Part-time staff and interns

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Fletcher Sunde
Maintenance and Support

Motivator, ideas man, surfer, diver and trained in marine ecology, having worked in various roles at SC, including General Manager and Operations Director, Fletcher is taking a step back to work on his boat and is enjoying his part-time role as odd-jobs man at the Flagship.

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Paice Vaughan
Ambassador and Flagship staff

Raised out at the wild beaches of West Auckland, Paice grew up with sand between his toes. A deep thinker and avid presenter, Paice is always asking questions about how our natural world works and he loves sparking that same curiosity in others.

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Nakita Daniel
Design and Operations Intern

Lover and protector of the big blue, Nakita’s passion for the ocean has taken her from exploring rock pools as a kid to learning how to surf, dive, and become a marine mammal medic! Almost done with her marine science studies at uni, when not at the beach, you’ll find her off on an adventure, trying new coffees for her future zero-waste cafe, having a chat with anyone and everyone she meets or getting overexcited about dogs (sometimes all together).

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Rachita Mathur
Social Media Marketing Intern

Despite being raised in the bustling suburb of Flatbush, Rachita has a taste for adventure. She loves anything to do with the outdoors, whether it’s going on hikes, biking or swimming. Having recently finished her marketing degree, she wants to lend her efforts towards marine conservation and give back to the community in whatever capacity she can.

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Security

Prince loves long walks along the beach and sniffing anything and everything. He’s no good at retrieving balls but prefers to steal other dogs’ balls and sticks. Prince thinks he’s a small dog; he likes cuddles and sitting on laps. More likely to lick you to death than scare you. Will work for treats.

Board of Trustees

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Emma Dent
Chairwoman

Fundraising leader and watersports fanatic with a passion for creating positive change, Emma has spent the last 10 years working with charities in the UK and New Zealand. Emma brings a wealth of knowledge around fundraising strategy and operational effectiveness.

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Craig Fisher
Trustee

Fellow Chartered Accountant, avid surfer, lover of Aotearoa’s great outdoors, and not-for-profit enthusiast, Craig provides a wealth of not-for-profit, governance, and assurance expertise. A former Audit Partner, Group Chairman, and now Consultant of RSM, Craig has over 30 years’ business experience and is well known for translating the technical into practical.

Abbie Reynolds
Trustee

Abbie lives in Tāmaki Makaurau and comes from a corporate sustainability and philanthropy background. In 2019 she won a Women of Influence award for her work at the Sustainable Business Council and for establishing the Climate Leaders Coalition. Committed to the careful stewardship of our moana and taiao, Abbie is an ocean swimmer who attends whale strandings from time to time as a marine mammal medic.

Stu Potter
Trustee

Stu lives in Tairāwhiti and has extensive experience of human and business development. He’s a devoted husband and father with a strong connection to his Māori whakapapa and is into every kind of water sport. Stu has a strong commitment to preserving the environment for future generations.

Samantha Walmsley

Samantha Walmsley-Bartlett
Trustee

An open communicator, keen hiker and lover of being in the water, Samantha is passionate about our precious environment. As a Sustainability Advisor with a background in Environmental Management, she brings an understanding of the key challenges facing our environment and shares our inspiration for change.

Grant Biggar

Grant Biggar
Trustee

An experienced entrepreneur and investor from having spent several decades building and investing in financial technology companies around the world.  Grant is now focused on improving New Zealand for future generations while also indulging his passion for all watersports and outdoor activities.