Guardians Profiles

The Fiordland Marine Guardians are appointed by the Minister for the Environment to advise central and local government agencies on the management of the Fiordland Marine Area.

The current Guardians are:

Rebecca McLeod (Chairperson)

Rebecca has extensive knowledge of Fiordland, from the rainforests to its unique marine environment, having conducted ecological research in the area for many years. Rebecca began her career in academia, transitioned into the commercial sector, and is currently a Science Advisor for New Zealand’s Antarctic Research Programme. Rebecca was awarded a PhD from the University of Otago and has received high profile honours and awards that recognise her scientific accomplishments and strengths in communication. She is a keen scientific and recreational diver and boatie, and is passionate about New Zealanders getting into the great outdoors and being able to ‘fish for a feed’.

Stewart Bull

Stewart has extensive knowledge of the customary uses of Fiordland, particularly customary fishing. He is the chair of the Oraka-Aparima Rūnanga and is the Oraka-Aparima Rūnanga representative on the Board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Stewart is a Tāngata Tiaki, appointed by the Minister of Fisheries, in recognition of his particular expertise in local customary fishing management and resource issues. He is the Oraka-Aparima Rūnanga representative on the Customary Fisheries Advisory Group and the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative to the Southland Conservation Board. Stewart has been a member of the Guardians of Fiordland since its inception and in 2018 was awarded a Queens Service Medal for his services to conservation and Māori.

Jonathan Clow

Jonathan brings a wealth of maritime and management experience to the Guardians, having started out as a professional seafarer in the fishing industry followed by 15 years with the Royal New Zealand Navy as a Seaman Officer, and then 5 years as the Marine Manager and Safe Ship Manager for Real Journeys Ltd in Te Anau. Most recently Jon has undertaken a change in career moving into the software industry as a software developer, but remains in Te Anau and attached to the Fiordland Marine Area.


Kerri-Anne Edge Hill

Kerri-Anne’s career in applied conservation ecology spans over 22 years, with 15 years working in Fiordland. Kerri-Anne holds a PhD in Zoology (in seabird ecology), and has worked on a diverse range of threatened species and island eradication programmes from the Kermadec Islands north of New Zealand to the subAntarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia. In 2013 she established her own consultancy business, in partnership with her husband, where she focuses on strategic planning, community engagement, and writing. Kerri-Anne is a keen tramper and sea kayaker and is looking forward to more time kayaking in the fiords with her family as her son gets more adventurous.

Jerry Excell

Jerry Excell is a commercial rock lobster fisherman operating out of Deep Cove. He is the director of a family fishing and quota owning company. Jerry has fished for more than 23 years in Fiordland and is heavily involved in the CRA8 rock lobster fishery as a member of the CRA8 Management Committee Inc board (the southern commercial rock lobster industry organisation). He has dived throughout the fiords as recreation since childhood and uses his experience to assist in research projects; collecting and providing data about the rock lobster fishery.

Mark Peychers

Mark has three decades of first-hand experience of the Fiordland marine environment, including 28 years as a commercial fisher. He was an original member of the Guardians of Fiordland’s Fisheries. Through his work in Fiordland, Mark has built up positive relationships with DOC, MFish and Environment Southland. He is a shareholding director of Fiordland Lobster Company Limited and is actively involved with fisheries management in Fiordland, as well as other areas of New Zealand. Mark was involved in the implementation of the first two marine reserves in Fiordland.


Ali Timms

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Pete Young

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