OUR TEAM

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Damon Birchfield

CEO

I’m the CEO here at EcoMatters Trust, and I have the privilege of leading our great team of passionate and talented ecowarriors and environmental experts. This is an exciting time at EcoMatters as we look to grow on our past success and multiply our effectiveness within the communities we are involved. We are very approachable and love to hear from anyone who wants to get alongside and get involved, be it volunteering in our community garden, or partnering on new and ambitious projects. So please don’t be a stranger, get in touch! Email: damon@ecomatters.org.nz

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Carla Gee

Executive & Operations Assistant

My role here at EcoMatters is Executive & Operations Assistant, and as such, I work closely with Damon, assisting with HR, Heath & Safety, Payroll, Board requirements and general administration for the team. I am relishing working with such an amazing team of talent and dedicated people, and I feel reinvigorated to be exposed to and learning about caring for our environment on a daily basis. Outside of work, I am kept busy with my two sons, who love soccer, kung fu, motorbike riding, swimming, and fighting zombies! Email: carla@ecomatters.org.nz, Ph. ext. 102

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Tina Ivory

Accounts Manager

I’m the accounts manager at EcoMatters. Outside of work my hubby and his business, kids and menagerie of dogs, cat and chickens all keep me pretty busy. For downtime I enjoy Pilates/yoga, walking, exploring the outdoors and curling up with a good book.  Email: tina@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 827 4997

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Myrthe Braam

Project & Event Manager

I started out working at EcoMatters as Event Manager, organising our annual festival EcoWest including EcoDay as well as other smaller events. A few things have been added to the list and by now I am also Project Manager for Love Your Neighbourhood and the Waitemata Low Carbon Network and I help Olivia with the administrative side of our Love Your Water project. The time I don’t spend at EcoMatters, I’m making the most of living in New Zealand while running, hiking, camping, cycling, climbing and paddleboarding. Email: myrthe@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 110

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Barbara Folkard

Visitors Centre Co-Manager & Volunteer Co-ordinator

I co-manage the Visitors Centre at EcoMatters and co-ordinate the volunteer programme. I have been interested in the health of our environment since I was a child perusing Project Jonah leaflets (no internet back then!). Relatively recently I attended university as an adult student gaining a BSc in Geography and Environmental Science. Outside of work I continue to save the world (where possible!) and do yoga whenever I can to relax. Email: barbara@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 122

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Meg Liptrot

Visitors Centre Co-Manager & Education Coordinator

Meg has a background in sustainable land management and green design so can advise you on organic, productive solutions for your backyard or block of land. She has also been through an eco renovation and can help with ideas and eco products for your place. Meg has worked at the Centre since 2005 and over that time has developed a comprehensive workshop programme and network of expert tutors for the centre, the line-up is refreshed every season. She is currently on maternity leave. Email: meg@ecomatters.org.nz

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Sarah James

Visitors Centre & Education Coordinator

I have been involved with EcoMatters for years as a volunteer and workshop participant, and recently I've joined the EcoMatters team. I'll be covering Meg Liptrot's role while she is away on maternity leave, working at the Visitor's Centre with Barbara and also in the community garden. My interests include great local food, organic gardening, and restoring our amazing native flora and fauna. I can help you with tips on healthy living (for people and the planet), and healthy eco products and ideas for your home. I'm really looking forward to working with EcoMatters' great workshop programme and bringing some fantastic courses to you! Email: sarah.james@ecomatters.org.nz

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Olivia Tukuogo

Water Advice Line Advisor

At EcoMatters my mission is to assist Auckland households in their endeavours to reduce water usage. When not water warrioring I enjoy watching my children’s colourful renditions of NZ Idol performances, coaxing edible fare from my garden, chewing hastily through a few pages of the National Geographic, and coercing my reluctant husband into upcycling rescued furniture. Email: olivia@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 151

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Emily Harris

Events and Sponsorship Manager

I’m the Events and Sponsorship Manager. I coordinate our annual EcoWest Festival and other events, and look after our wonderful business partners. When I’m not at EcoMatters, I am helping to put on other community events, trying to grow veggies in New Lynn clay, or out enjoying everything our beautiful city has to offer. Email: emily@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 202

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Pamela Gill

Manager – Restorative Projects

I am the Manager – Restorative Projects here at EcoMatters. Many of the projects I work on are focused on restoring stream side areas out west or dealing to pervasive weeds. I love working with the community to restore their environment. When not at work you’ll most probably find me further out west enjoying the beautiful bush & beach environment I live in. Email: pamela@ecomatters.org.nz Ph: (09) 826 0554

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Dr Dan Ducker

Research & Strategy Lead

As the resident geek at EcoMatters, my primary role is developing our research and strategy capability. I love hearing about, creating, or trialling new and interesting ways that communities (including businesses) can work together to make progress on the complex social and environmental issues we face. You’ll often find me at a desk but I’m more at home in the ocean, watching sunsets over our beautiful west coast lagoons, or chatting with mates with a beer in hand. Please do get in touch if you have any cool ideas for projects, or want to bounce any thoughts off me. Email: dan@ecomatters.org.nz

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Simon Grant

Weedfree Operations Manager

I had notions of being an explorer in Africa when I was a kid but I’ve ended up with something almost as challenging; tackling weeds in Auckland city. I like coffee; I like cats and getting a job done with my workmate Phil, because he makes hard work seem like fun. Ph. 021 308 132 or email: simon@ecomatters.org.nz

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Phil Needle

Weedfree Community Services Supervisor

I work alongside Simon, connecting community with their environment. My favourite part of the job is making challenging projects worthwhile and fun. When I’m not lending a hand in the bush you’ll find me with the family, having more fun!! Ph. 027 904 5514

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Sarah Jane Murray

Waste Programme & Development Manager

I blaze the Waste Minimisation trail at EcoMatters. Some of my projects include Project Manager for the Compost Collective, the Love Zero Waste Trailer, managing the Wesley Produce Market’s Zero Waste initiatives. I am currently one of the executive trustees for the Community Recycling Network (CRN) and a trustee for Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust (MEACT) in my beautiful hometown of Muriwai. In my spare time, I love kite surfing and hanging at the beach. Email: sarah@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 141

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Chrissy Yates

Nursery Manager

I joined EcoMatters in January 2016 to set up small native plant nursery with the aim of contributing to environmental restoration activities in our local community, as well as providing an enjoyable setting where people can connect, share knowledge, learn and grow to love our native bush. I love my work and from a very early age I was fascinated with our native fauna and flora. The Waitakere Ranges was the perfect playground and over the years my passion for protecting our natural environment has grown. I am a resident of Glen Eden and for the past 15 years have gained much experience in native plant propagation and forest restoration. Contact details; Email: chrissy@ecomatters.org.nz Mobile: 0274 810 688

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Gabriela Ezeta

Engagement and Environmental Advisor

I am the Engagement and Environmental Advisor, and part of the EcoMatters restorative projects team. This means I'm sometimes in the office and sometimes outdoors getting the community involved in caring for their natural environment! Outside work I spend quite a bit of time enjoying New Zealand beaches and playing with my very energetic daughter. E-mail: gabriela@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 0211432255

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Alanah Mullin

Stream Ranger

I'm proud to have been a Stream Ranger at EcoMatters for 8 years, working alongside West Auckland neighbours restoring streamside environs together.
In my spare time I love following the Womens Professional Tennis Circuit, going to local music performances, working, swimming and yoga where possible. Email: alanah@ecomatters.org.nz or phone (09) 813 2285 / 021 308 268

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Deborah Teh

Digital Communications and Media Coordinator

I'm the Digital Communications and Media Coordinator, and my job is to tell stories online about how our community cares for the environment, and why. I'm often found with my nose behind a camera, and when I'm not at work I'm partial to sunny weekend bike rides and river-side reading. Email: deborah@ecomatters.org.nz