A SMALL TEAM FOR BIG IMPACT
Our team have come around a common mission, to amplify and accelerate positive change for our ocean. They bring a range of ocean experience to Live Ocean both on and off the water. We also are lucky to have a wide range of advisers who help inform, guide and inspire us.
Peter, known by his sailing team mates as “Pistol”, started sailing at the age of six in Welcome Bay estuary near his home in Tauranga, in an old wooden Optimist called Jellytip. At the age of eight, he joined Tauranga Yacht Club and started competing. He has gone on to become an Olympic, America’s Cup and Round-the-World sailor.
Peter sailed as watch captain and helmsman with Team Brunel on the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race. They placed 3rd overall in the closest finish in the history of the race, with the top three boats going into the final leg effectively tied on points and finishing just 25 minutes apart.
He says it wasn’t a ‘single moment’ when he realised he had to do something to help drive positive change for our ocean but a growing consciousness. This was fuelled by The Volvo Ocean Race which made him realise how connected the whole ocean is.
He firmly believes in the ability for New Zealanders to be world leaders in this space.
Born and raised by a keen boating family in Kerikeri, Blair grew up on the waters of the Bay of Islands. He even went to school by speed boat at times. He learned to sail at the Kerikeri High School sailing academy, and has gone on to become an Olympic, America’s Cup and Round-the-World sailor.
Blair sailed with Mapfre in the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race, finishing 2nd overall, just one point ahead of Peter and Team Brunel. The experience of completing a round-the-world sailing race accelerated Blair’s desire to make positive change for our ocean.
A keen spear fisherman and surfer, even on his days off from sailing, Blair can generally be found in or on the water. For Blair it has always been the ocean first. He feels it has given him so much and preserving it for future generations is a big driver for him.
He wants Kiwis to feel excited about making change so we can really start to make a difference.
Miranda’s career spans both the commercial and social sectors and she has over twenty years 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 currently the Chair of Meadow Mushrooms Ltd and its associated entities. 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.
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.
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.
Shelley (Ngati Hine) is the Chief Executive of Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society. Prior to this, Shelley spent eight years as Chief Executive of Sir Peter Blake Trust, where she was responsible for implementing its 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 also a Ministerial appointment to the Health Review Panel and the National Cancer Agency. She 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.
Sally has worked with the nonprofit sector since 2012. In 2014 she joined the Sir Peter Blake Trust giving strategic communications advice. This is where her knowledge and passion for both the opportunities and challenges facing the ocean were developed.
After stepping up to the interim CE role at Blake in 2017, Sally studied at the Australian School of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies (ACPNS) and earned a grade of distinction for her Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies).
Prior to this, she provided media relations advice to wide-ranging corporate, consumer and not-for-profit clients over 15 years. Sally is also a trustee for The Duncan Foundation.
Sally can often be found on Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf, where her family enjoy their time living off the grid, with lots of ocean adventures, good reading and amazing views.
Anna brings international experience in the areas of IT, Major Sports Events, Sponsorship and VIP Hospitality. She has managed VIP client programs for global technology companies at some of the world’s largest sporting events, including three Olympic Games – London 2012, Sochi 2014 & Rio 2016.
Prior to joining the Olympic events circuit, Anna worked as a Project Manager for Microsoft. She now takes care of the operational side of Live Ocean, keeping systems, policies and procedures in check.
Part of the water-loving Tuke family, Anna grew up on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Soon after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, she moved to the USA and has since spent many years in offshore waters. Anna highly values the healthy, outdoors upbringing that New Zealand offers to its children, and wants to see New Zealand reach its full potential in leading ocean health on the global stage.
Andrew has worked with non-profits since 2005, most recently joining Live Ocean in the role of Capacity Development & Programme Director. He was COO and then CEO of SurfAid International from 2007 to 2019, during which time they delivered major emergency responses in Padang and the Mentawai, Indonesia. Andrew lead SurfAid through significant program expansion, gained accreditation and grants with NZ and Australian government aid agencies and established SurfAid’s private fundraising model.
Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from Columbia University (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and he undertook postgraduate studies at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies in 2006.
A keen diver, Andrew is always seeking out saltwater redemption. He has most recently been inspired by the resurgence of life in the marine reserve of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
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We know it takes the right team to achieve a massive goal. We want Kiwis to come around this big, ambitious vision and put their shoulder to it. We also know having fun is an important part of any mission. Being an ocean lover isn’t enough anymore, we need to be ocean champions.
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