Richard Wesley, Chair

Richard Wesley

Richard has been involved with the great New Zealand Outdoors through his interest in tramping, climbing, kayaking and all things outdoors. He has travelled extensively around the world, undertaking climbing expeditions in South America, Central Asia and Alaska. He has also worked in the international humanitarian aid field for four years in Africa.

Holding an Engineering Degree from Auckland University, he is currently working in the programme and project management field in Christchurch.

Family time is spent with his wife and four young kids. This results in lots of opportunities to talk about leave no trace principles with the children at different levels and stages of development in their exploration of the great New Zealand outdoors.

Chris North, Secretary

Chris North

Chris lectures in outdoor and environmental education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His teaching background includes secondary and tertiary institutions in New Zealand and North America. He has worked as a teacher, tourist guide and outdoor instructor for a range of organisations.

Chris’ research is in the areas of outdoor education practices, adventure education, sustainability and environmental education and initial teacher education. Chris is a founder of Leave No Trace New Zealand.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys unicycling and family adventures in the outdoors.

“We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

Aldo Leopold

Gayle Newman, Treasurer

Gayle Newman

Gayle Newman is an accountant and keen mountain biker, based in Rotorua. Having seen over the last 5 yrs the growth in both the recreational and competitive Mountain Bikers , Tourist Groups and individual travelers to our forests, there is a need to educate all users and protect our environment.

The goal I personally would like to achieve is to have this amazing playground available for our children, grandchildren and our great grandchildren.

Cameron Crowe, Leave No Trace Australia

Cameron Crowe is our board contact with Leave No Trace Australia. Cameron is a businessman with an environmental passion.

Cameron initiated the establishment of Leave No Trace Australia in 2001 after studying the international Leave No Trace program at NOLS Pacific Northwest, Seattle, Washington State. Cameron has a background in tourism and community education and outdoor leadership in regional communities and isolated environments spanning more than 20 years.

Sarah Sellar, Training

Sarah Sellar

Sarah currently works as a Lecturer on the Diploma in Outdoor Leadership at Otago Polytechnic (Dunedin). She has worked as an Outdoor Educator for the past 14 years all around the world. She has a Diploma in Environmental Management, a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice and a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching.

Leave No Training has been organised by Sarah around New Zealand as required, from short awareness courses to longer Master Educator courses.

She is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Adventure Therapy. Her passions include being in the outdoors in any capacity, gardening and doing partner acrobatic yoga. She feels and wants to promote a deep spiritual connection to Papatuanuku and Aotearoa.

Pete Zimmer, Central North Island

Pete Zimmer

Pete Zimmer joined the Board of LNT in late 2015. Pete has a practical background in farming and a degree in agricultural science. Pete has also worked for over 20 years as an independent guide and instructor in the outdoors. Pete’s outdoor recreation interests are mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and trout fishing. In his spare time Pete enjoys researching and exploring historical, cultural and geological sites in and around Tongariro National Park.

Pete and his family live on a small block of land and grow their own food. For a living Pete works for NZ Land Search and Rescue Incorporated as a Group Support Officer. Pete has been a member of the Tongariro Taupo Conservation Board since 2014.

Ashlyn Oswalt, Social Media

Ashlyn Oswalt

Ashlyn is a digital marketing professional with a knack for heading outdoors as much as possible. Hailing from the United States (originally from Chicago, but headed for the mountains of Colorado as soon as she could), Ashlyn now lives in Christchurch with her kiwi partner and rescue pup, Trapper. An avid hiker, Ashlyn enjoys the outdoor access Christchurch offers, honing her climbing and kayaking skills along the way. Her professional career includes heavy usage of social media, and she has seen first hand the negative effects social media has had on public lands.

Using the digital community for good, Ashlyn hopes to conserve the public and private lands in her native and adopted countries and teaching Leave No Trace principles, especially for those with dogs.

Cass Colman

Cass Colman

Cass Colman joins the LNT Board as a Master Educator with 20+ years experience in the outdoors, and a particular interest in extended wilderness expeditions. Cass spent 15 years as a Field Instructor with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), primarily at international locations. This provided amazing opportunities to engage and teach LNT principals in a variety of environments, from deserts and canyons to temperate rain forests, coastal to alpine.

After recently returning to NZ to live, Cass is now based in Hokitika on the stunning West Coast. Cass loves nothing more than being on, in or beside the ocean, and is happiest under sail in rough seas.

Mandy Armstrong, Advisor

Mandy has been on the Board of LNT for about 4 years and has taken on a role as advisor. She enjoys a range of outdoor adventures to do with skiing, tramping, & running. She has previously been involved in outdoor education & tourism ventures as a business owner & professional. She has worked for a number of years as a process engineer & consultant in dairy, energy & water; and most recently as a consultant in Maori economic development and investments.

Mandy Armstrong

Currently her focus for Leave No Trace is facilitating a collaborative project for Tongariro Park involving Iwi, DoC & RAL to champion education & behaviour around cultural & environmental respect.