Board members

Founding Trustees of Aspiring Biodiversity Trust


Anthony Coote MSc (1st Class Hons) MBA, member AIG & SEG

Anthony provides direction for the Trusts scientific-based biodiversity enhancement projects, and manages logistics and safety in relation to field programmes. Anthony CooteHe is a Geo-scientist with specialist technical input into the delineation of metals in the Earth’s crust, many of these metals increasingly strategic and indispensable to expanding sustainable energy generation and consumption. Presentation of papers at international conferences provides Anthony with a means of ongoing professional development. His previous experience in directing charitable/not-for-profit organisations includes the re-development of the Rainbow Snow-Sports area. He has a strong appreciation for the natural world, participates in a range of outdoor pursuits, and considers himself a capable amateur meteorologist. His post-graduate university projects include a New Zealand volcanologic study, and an economic evaluation of a resource development in Vietnam.

Rachel L Hufton BSc Hons PGDip MCIEEM

Rachel implements and coordinates scientific based biodiversity enhancement projects. She is an experienced Ecologists/ Ornithologist with international experience; working as a county ecologist safeguarding local biodiversity for local government, as an environmental consultant and a field project officer and ornithologist for NGO’s. She is a certified member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology with Hons and has completed post-graduate studies in biological recording and ornithology.

Rachel HuftonShe is experienced in collaborative and partnership working in relation to high profile ecological projects for infrastructure and development and in relation to local biodiversity community projects. She continues to inspire and promote the future kaitiakitanga – caretakers of the natural world through biodiversity advocacy, awareness raising and science communication. Rachel has been involved as an ecologist in biodiversity projects in relation to the Makarora area since April 2016. Her most recent survey work has provided an update on the status of Makarora’s indigenous braided river avifauna and helps lead a proactive way forward to the protection, enhancement and restoration of endemic threatened braided river bird species. Rachel is a supportive member of OSNZ and Forest and Bird attending conferences and contributing to local events.

Donald P Lousley

photo credit Hannes Weikert

Donald has invested twenty years in helping reinvigorate the native bird populations in the Matukituki Valley, Wanaka by contributing to invasive mammal predator control programmes and species monitoring. Positive results are now being observed with a noticeable difference to the dawn chorus. At home in the outdoors as former mountain guide, including volunteer search and rescue work for the Department of Conservation (Doc). Popular publisher, web site designer, photographer and founder of Southern Lights Initiative:

Donald was recently interviewed by national news for his contributions to native biodiversity: