Fish & Game Announces New Chief Executive

(Published on 21st August 2017)

Fish & Game NZ is one of seven organisations represented on NZ Landcare Trust's Board of Trustees. Last week Fish & Game announced that Martin Taylor will take over as Chief Executive from the organisation’s long serving head, Bryce Johnson, who is due to retire at the end of October.

Martin Taylor has wide experience in the corporate sector, including as Chief Executive of the Aged Care Association.  He has also been chair of the Wellington Fish & Game Council and is presently working for the Capital Coast DHB as a project manager.

The chair of Fish & Game’s New Zealand Council, Lindsay Lyons, is delighted with Mr Taylor’s appointment.

“Martin’s the right person for this demanding role.  He’s highly qualified, an experienced leader and politically astute,” Mr Lyons says.

“He’s also a mad keen angler and loves the outdoors and New Zealand’s wild places, so from our point of view, this is a perfect combination.  We are delighted to have him on board.”

Lindsay Lyons says there was huge interest in the role. “We were humbled by the large number of high quality applicants who wanted to continue the fabulous work Bryce Johnson has done protecting our environment and water quality.

“That fight for the environment isn’t over and there are huge challenges ahead, but with Martin’s appointment, Fish & Game is well placed to meet them.”

Martin Taylor says he is delighted with his new role. “I am honoured to have been appointed to such an important and high profile position. I am determined to make sure New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and streams are swimmable, fishable and safe to gather food from,” Mr Taylor says.

“I am also committed to ensuring that kiwi families retain their access to the outdoors so our children can grow up enjoying our unique mountains, bush and waterways.”

Martin Taylor will be taking up his new role in early November following the retirement of Bryce Johnson, who has held the leadership role for 37 years - Fish & Game and its predecessor, the Acclimatisation Societies’ national body.

The NZ Landcare Trust Board of Trustees represents a cross section of highly respected national organisations with a keen interest in land and water management. One of NZ Landcare Trust's greatest strengths is the ability to unify groups with different perpsectives, such as economic, environmental and recreational - after all, the sustainable use of our natural resources is of benefit to everyone.

The Trust's Board of Trustees is made up of the following national organisations: Ecologic Foundation; Fish & Game New Zealand; Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand; Federated Farmers of New Zealand; Royal Forest & Bird Society of New Zealand; Rural Women New Zealand and Federation of Maori Authorities.




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