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:

Malcolm Lawson

Rebecca McLeod (Chairperson)

Rebecca has extensive knowledge of Fiordland from the rainforests to its unique marine environment, having conducted ecological research in the area over the last 10 years. Rebecca began her career in academia then moved into the commercial sector, developing the skills required to translate technical information into a form that is useful for managers and vice versa. Rebecca was awarded a PhD from the University of Otago and has received high profile honors and awards that recognise her scientific accomplishments and strengths in communication. Rebecca has experience with public, government and commercial sectors and is a member of the NZ Marine Sciences Society and the Institute of Directors.

Stewart Bull

Stewart Bull has extensive knowledge of 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. Stewart has been a member of the Guardians of Fiordland since its inception.

Jonathan Clow

Jonathan brings a wealth of maritime and management experience to the Guardians having started out life as a professional seafarer in the fishing industry followed by 15 years with the Royal New Zealand Navy. His military career was that of a Seaman Officer navigating ships worldwide, progressing to a career qualification of PWO(N+); Principal Warfare Officer, sub-specialised as Advanced Navigator or more commonly called Naval Pilot. Jonathan is now the Marine Manager and Safe Ship Manager for Real Journeys Ltd and is based in Te Anau. His responsibilities are centered on vessels, people and compliance across the business.  This means that he has a vested interest and day-to-day involvement with the Fiordland Marine Area.


Kerri-Anne Edge Hill

Kerri-Anne's career in applied conservation ecology spans 20 + years with 12 years working in Fiordland and living in Te Anau. Kerri-Anne holds a PhD in Zoology (in seabird ecology) and has worked on a diverse range of threatened species and island eradication/restoration programmes from the Kermadec Islands north of N.Z. to the sub Antarctic Islands of N.Z. and Australia, and mainland Australia. Her work with the N.Z Department of Conservation from 2003-2013 required her to identify and develop opportunities where science would deliver greater confidence and credibility in front-line decision making for conservation managers. In 2013 she established her own consultancy business, in partnership with her husband, where she focuses on strategic planning, and science communication and brokerage. Kerri-Anne also works as an educator, delivering training in Structured Decision Making, and is an Associate Editor for the New Zealand Journal of Ecology.


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.

Ken Grange

Ken Grange

Ken Grange is a marine ecologist, and the Regional Manager of NIWA Nelson. He has a broad understanding of general marine science and, in particular, the Fiordland marine environment. Ken was the first to describe scientifically the unique marine environment of Fiordland, and is an internationally recognised expert on black coral. He is a member of a number of societies, institutions and committees, including the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Anne McDermott

Anne has significant experience of the area, having dived, fished and tramped in Fiordland for 20 years. She has dived in the fiords more than 350 times (in Preservation, Chalky, Dusky, Breaksea, Doubtful, Nancy, Charles and Caswell Sounds), giving her first-hand experience of the Fiordland marine environment. Anne and her husband own a boat and she has many contacts among the Southland recreational fishing, boating and diving sectors.

Mark Peychers

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.