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.

Anna Parkin
Marketing Director

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
Marketing 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.

Mike Buddle
Communications Manager

Mike has over a decade of diverse marketing and communications experience in the not-for-profit sector. Originally from Southland, Mike has also worked in marketing roles across prominent retail and B2B organisations, bringing a varied skillset including media management, communications planning and content development with him to Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Drawn to the concept of kaitiakitanga – the relationship and guardianship between us and the world we live in – Mike is keen to connect with supporters, members and the public to help Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Rebecca Hampton
Education Director

Rebecca has over 20 years’ of experience in the education sector and is passionate about the role of education in increasing our understanding of the world around us and in driving positive behaviour change. Born and educated in Christchurch, Rebecca has taught, developed programmes and lead teams across all levels from school aged to tertiary to adult learners. As an advocate of life long learning, she is committed to continuing to build on the success of Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s environmental education programmes.

Meet our board

Alexandra Davids
Interim Chair/Zone 4 Representative

Alexandra has a successful 10 year governance background. She is currently the Chair of Keep Christchurch Beautiful, is on the Board of Trustees for Whitau School, and is a Board Member for The Woolston Development Project. She is also a Crisis Support Kaimahi for Aviva and is the Zone 4 representative and immediate past Chair of Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock
Zone 5 Representative

Born and raised in Dunedin, educated at both Otago and Victoria University, Mandy is an Events Coordinator, a Celebrant, MC and Chair of Keep Dunedin Beautiful. She is a Dunedin City Councillor, on the Otago Local Advisory Committee for Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and holds the office bearer role in many local organisations. 

A positive person with a passion for our people Mandy is dedicated to advocating for the community and enhancing our cities for more accessible and beautiful shared spaces.

John Riddell
Zone 1 Representative

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

He is registered on the national HASANZ Register for Health and Safety Professionals, is a member of the Henderson Rotary Club, Secretary of the Massey Birdwood Settlers Association ( a resident and ratepayers group and owners of community hall in Massey West, Auckland), current Chair of the Waitakere Local Community Organisation Grant Distribution Committee, is an Appointed Representative to the Ministry of Social Development  Benefit Review Committee, a member of the Henderson Community Patrol and an active motorsport competitor.

Wayne Gazley
Zone 3 Representative

Wayne’s career has predominantly been in the building and construction industry – working for both himself and in large corporations building brand awareness, customer retention and profitability.

As a volunteer, he spent 16 years on the Executive of the Wellington Master Builders Association and six years on the Board of the Scaffolding and Rigging Association.

What started as a neighbourhood graffiti cleanup eight years ago ignited a passion for a clean and healthy environment. This resulted in Wayne establishing The Keep Hutt Valley Beautiful Trust. This voluntary Trust now not only organises its own events but also supports numerous other clean up and beautification groups throughout the Hutt Valley. Wayne participates in as many of these events as possible. Wayne also chairs two other local community groups