Our Guardians provide a long-term strategic perspective on the sanctuary’s evolution and have an active interest in the long term future of the Trust. Guardians are not required to bring a specific technical or professional skill, however knowledge and experience in areas relevant to the Trust’s mission are welcomed. These areas include education, conservation science and research, conservation and biodiversity management, and visitor experience.
Roy Sharp (Chair)
Roy is the former Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Canterbury and former Deputy Vice Chancellor at Victoria University. Roy has also been a volunteer guide at ZEALANDIA for several years.
Julia has been volunteering at ZEALANDIA since1996 in a variety of capacities across conservation, education, and visitor experience. A long-time member of the ZEALANDIA community, Julia says her life has been enhanced in many ways through the animals and people she has met at the sanctuary. Julia has a degree in zoology and botany and until retirement was Deputy Principal at Kimi Ora Special Needs School. Her other activities include triathlon and dragon boating. Also she takes a keen interest in the predator free NZ concept and is proud to live in Crofton Downs, the first community to be declared predator free.
John has been a founder member since 1996 and an active volunteer guide for many years. In 2002 he was recruited to manage the conversion of the Visitor Centre from a weekend to a seven day operation. He has recently retired from a project management career within the banking industry and is running an apiary consultancy and supply business having been a keen beekeeper for over 30 years.