Miranda is Chair of the Live Ocean board. Her career spans both the commercial and social sectors and she has over twenty years of governance experience.
She spent three years as the CEO of NZ Global Women. She also served as Deputy Chair of Project Litefoot, a charitable trust that inspires New Zealanders to be environmental champions through connections with sports clubs and sporting heroes.
Miranda is the Co-Founder of Food Nation (a plant-powered food producer), Chair of Emerging Proteins NZ and Chair of Meadow Mushrooms Ltd. Miranda studied at Harvard University (USA) as the recipient of the Trade New Zealand Export Award in 1999.
Miranda has a deep appreciation of water as a Taonga and the importance of the ocean as comparable only to the air we breathe.
Shelley (Ngāti Hine) is the Chief Executive of Wise Group, one of the largest providers of mental health and wellbeing services in New Zealand. Prior to that she was the CEO at the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society. Her passion for the environment was honed during her time as CEO of the Sir Peter Blake Trust through their leadership development and environmental programmes for young New Zealanders.
She is on the Next Foundation Advisory Board and is also on the Board of the national science challenge, Sustainable Seas. She’s also an honorary Captain of the Royal NZ Navy, and a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Shelley is a current board member of Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and Le Va, and has previously served on the board of the Halberg Foundation among others.
When she isn’t working Shelley can be found out fishing in the Coromandel, training for Iron Māori or with her three mokopuna.
Jez’s passion for the ocean started on the South Coast of England. His path was set with his first Whitbred 97/98 ocean race and then again with the 2001/02 race.
Jez was involved with the British Olympic Sailing Team, coaching Ben Ainslie for the 2008 Olympic Games, before moving to NZ in 2006. He spent eight years as Yachting New Zealand’s High-Performance Director, where he led arguably the country’s most successful Olympic sailing campaigns (London 2012 and Rio 2016). It was through this he met Peter (then 17) and Blair (19) and coached them for the three years leading up to their Olympic silver medal in London.
Jez sits on both the board for Live Ocean in NZ as well as the US board.
The ocean has provided Jez’s life with so much and he is a strong advocate for leaving a healthy and productive ocean for future generations, an ocean full of life.
NZ + US BOARD
Erin Miserlis is a philanthropy and community engagement specialist with over 20 years in the non-profit sector. Specializing in organizational leadership with an emphasis on fundraising, marketing, and communications Erin most recently served as the US-based Executive Director for SurfAid International, which originated in Gisborne.
As well as development roles with the YMCA and American Heart Association, Erin also worked for the Center for Community Solutions (CCS). She was the agency’s first-ever Development Director and raised over a half-million dollars for their emergency services programs and $250,000 in grant revenue, including the prestigious Oprah Winfrey Angel Network Grant.
Erin spent her youth on the shores of Oxnard, CA which is home to the beautiful Channel Islands National Park. Spending the bulk of her time in and around these waters became the foundation for a lifetime appreciation of the ocean, its inhabitants, and preserving it for generations to come.
Amanda has over 20 years experience as a tax advisor working in a Big 4 firm, a UK investment bank and Tax Principal at nsaTax Limited – New Zealand’s largest specialist tax practice. In 2021, Amanda founded New Zealand tax specialist firm, Tax Advisory Limited. Her clients include SMEs, high net worth families, non-profits and other chartered accounting and law firms.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce from Otago University, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and is an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Amanda brings to Live Ocean her extensive experience with tax compliance and reporting obligations with tax authorities.
Originally from Wellington, Amanda is a passionate advocate for ocean health. When not at work, Amanda loves spending time with her family on Rakino Island and diving in or sailing on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.