Ed Chignell

Chief Executive Ed Chignell is a respected businessman and conservationist, who co-founded Treescape New Zealand and spent 37 years as its CEO. On appointment, Board Chair Jane Taylor described Ed as a passionate leader with strong commercial and strategic nous — perfect credentials to guide Predator Free 2050 Limited.

Shelley Crawford

Executive Assistant Shelley Crawford runs the Predator Free 2050 Limited office and has worked within the marketing and public relations space for over a decade. Shelley has a passion for conservation with experience in leading community projects, including large scale environmental events.

Dan Tompkins

Science Strategy Manager Professor Dan Tompkins was with Manaaki Whenua where he led the Managing Invasives portfolio and process to define the predator free 2025 research goals. An ecologist and epidemiologist by training, Dan has degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Oxford.

Su Sinclair

Project Support Manager Su Sinclair has been a senior ecologist and biodiversity advisor with Auckland Council. She has managed large predator control projects and is a regular volunteer on national and international conservation operations.

Louis Nel

Finance Manager Louis Nel worked previously supporting high performance sport. His background in banking, finance and accounting helps assess and strengthen projects and meet the company’s reporting requirements. He is a chartered accountant.

Nicole Hayward

Finance Administrator Nicole Hayward was previously a financial business partner for local iwi, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Nicole enjoys spending time with her three young children and is excited to be working for another organisation with a positive kaupapa.

Tim Higham

Communications and Business Support Manager Tim Higham has a background in ecology and journalism and has worked for national and international agencies on complex communications and business development projects.