Our team & board

Meet our team

Heather Saunderson
CEO

Heather’s experience has been varied and well rounded; having worked for numerous sectors, both commercial and not for profit, in New Zealand and abroad. Her professional work ranges from leading Law Societies for close on a decade in the States, to serving the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society for nearly ten years.

Heather has a proven track record of success in managing complex business initiatives and achieving exceptional rather than expected results. She is a leader who possesses the capabilities and judgment for taking a business to its next level of success or resolving the deficiencies that impede its ability to grow and prosper.

Christine White
Education Manager

Christine has over 15 years’ experience in the not for profit sector working for both large and small charitable organisations.  During this time she has been involved in organisational change projects and has utilised her science and mathematics background to contribute to scientific research projects. She is currently completing a Network Climate Action Course through Cornell University.

Anna Parkin
Marketing Manager

Having studied Resource and Environmental Planning, and with a post-graduate in Museum Studies, Anna has always had a passion for protecting New Zealand’s unique environment.  She began her Marketing career in London, before heading home to develop her talent in the financial services industry as a sponsorship, communications, and brand expert. Anna spent a number of years working at a design agency dedicated to building authentic brands and high performing cultures inside purpose-led organisations.   She has a unique perspective having worked in, and for corporates, government, advertising agencies and the not-for-profit sector.

Jo Mulholland
Digital & Communications Manager

Jo has over 10 years’ experience working in marketing and communications across the advertising, tourism, retail and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand and abroad. With a Bachelor of Communications Studies from the Auckland University of Technology Jo is an expert in content creation, digital marketing and brand communications. Her diverse range of skills and experience supports the implementation of Keep Zealand Beautiful’s marketing strategy across all communication channels. Jo is passionate about the environment and is an advocate of living sustainably on her small lifestyle block with her young family in Auckland.

Meet our board

Alexandra Davids
Chairperson/Zone 4 Representative

Alexandra currently serves as Chair of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board, Chairperson for Keep New Zealand Beautiful, Chairperson for Keep Christchurch Beautiful, Chairperson and Zone 5 Representative of the Community Board Executive Committee for Local Government New Zealand, Chairperson of Whitau School, Resource Management Act Commissioner for the Ministry for the Environment and Zone 5 Representative of the Young Elected Members Board for Local Government New Zealand.

Alexandra also works as an advocate for Women’s Refuge with the Battered Women’s Trust.

Cr. Victoria Kaye-Simmons
Deputy Chairperson/Zone 3 Representative

Victoria has been the appointed Local Government Representative for Keep New Zealand Beautiful since 2015.

Currently a fourth term Councillor for the Horowhenua District, she is dedicated to her community and environment. Victoria Chairs the Community Wellbeing Committee, Older Persons Forum, Keep Horowhenua Beautiful and Levin Budget Services.

As well as being an active member of the Horowhenua Lake Domain Board, Horowhenua Family Violence Intervention Services, Te WhareMahana Community Hub, Thompson House Executive, and Waitangi Day Committee (Muaupoko Tribal Authority).

John Riddell
Zone 1 Representative

John is the Deputy Chairperson of Keep West Auckland Beautiful, and is the immediate past Chair of Keep New Zealand Beautiful.  John has a Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice Occupational Health and Safety and a Grad NZISM and works as a health and safety consultant. 

He is registered on the national Hasanz Register for Health and Safety Professionals, is a Rotarian, Secretary of the Massey Birdwood Settlers Association, Treasurer of the Federation of Ratepayers NZ, a member of the local Community Organisation Grant Distribution Committee, is an Appointed Representative to the Benefit Review Committee, member of the Henderson McLaren Park Community Patrol and an active motorsport competitor.

Cr. Andrew Iles
Zone 2 Representative

Andrew is a Chairperson of the Projects and Services Committee and a member of the Policy Committee for Whakatane District Council. He is also the Ward Member appointed to the Taneatua Community Board, Chair of Whakatane AMP Association, Whakatane District Council representative on the Ohiwa Harbour Implementation Forum, as well as the alternate representative to the Regional Transport Committee.

Andrew is on the Council appointees to the Whakatane District Sister Cities Association and member of the Conduct Review Panel.

David Cartwright
Appointed Representative

Originally involved with Keep Christchurch Beautiful, David joined the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Board in 2015.

David has a Bachelor of Applied Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

His current governance roles include: Trustee New Zealand Flying Doctors Service and Chairperson of the Fendalton Waimairi Harewood Community Board. David also serves as the Managing Director of Cartwright Catering Group Ltd.

John Eatwell
Apppointed Representative

John has a M.A. (Hons) Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Canterbury. He has over 28 years’ experience, starting his career in consulting with Deloitte Management Consulting and SHL New Zealand (now CEB), then for 10 years as a Senior Manager at Airways Corporation of New Zealand. In the last eight years he has formed his own consulting company, Strategic HR and has delivered projects worldwide.

John is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist and Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society.  He is also Chair of the Institute of Organisational Psychology, on the advisory Board of Telpower Canterbury Ltd, and a committee member of the Queen Charlotte Track Landowners Cooperative.