Predator Free 2050 Limited’s Directors are appointed by the Ministers of Conservation and Finance.

Denise Church QSO CFInstD

Denise chairs the Board of Predator Free 2050 Limited - and of Airways New Zealand. Denise has had active interests in research, environment and conservation over the course of her career. She has chaired the boards of ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research), Zealandia, Wellington Zoo Trust and WWF NZ. She is currently on the Board of Predator Free Wellington. Denise Church is Wellington based. She consults on strategy and leadership through her company Leadership Matters Ltd. Denise’s earlier career was in environmental management. She was Chief Executive at the Ministry for the Environment from 1996 to 2001 and before that Director of Public Affairs with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK.  
Devon McLean

Devon McLean

Devon McLean is the Environmental Advisor to the Next Foundation. He has extensive business experience including as Chief Operating Officer for Carter Holt Harvey Ltd. Currently he holds governance roles at Zero Invasive Predators Ltd, Project Janszoon, Taranaki Mounga Project, Predator Free Wellington, Te Manahuna Aoraki Project and Predator Free South Westland. He was awarded a QSM in 2015 for services to the environment.  
Estelle Leask

Estelle Leask MNZM

Estelle Leask is of Ngāi Tahu, Whakatōhea and Ngāti Ruanui descent. She was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to conservation and Māori in June 2022. She is a Senior Environmental Advisor for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, sits on the Southland Conservation Board, is a member of the Whenua Hou Committee and chairs the Bluff Hill Motupōhue Environment Trust.  
Katie Milne

Katie Milne

Katie Milne dairy farms at Rotomanu, east of Lake Brunner on the West Coast. She is a former president of Federated Farmers. She has served on a range of farming-related boards and national and regional advisory committees. She received the Dairy Woman of the Year Award in 2015.  

Mike Slater

Mike Slater is the former Deputy Director General of Operations for the Department of Conservation(DOC) He has over 40 years public sector agency experience in conservation management including 20 years managing the West Coast Region for DOC with considerable background experience in pest management. He has a strong interest in the outdoors both as a recreationist(climbing,tramping,skiing) and as an advocate for community involvement in the protection of the wonderful biodiversity and natural values that make this country unique. Mike is excited by the potential that Predator Free 2050 Ltd has to both integrate existing and develop new techniques and approaches to enable the vision of a pest free Aotearoa New Zealand to be realised.