Jo Breese Jo is a consultant based in Wellington. She provides advice on conservation and environment management including strategy, evaluation and review, organisational development, coaching, and NGO and community perspectives. Her work is often at the intersection of protected areas, tourism and recreation, and communities, in New Zealand and Asia Pacific.
From 1999 – 2006 Jo was CEO of WWF-New Zealand. She led the development of WWF’s conservation programmes including marine, and the Habitat Protection Fund supporting community based conservation initiatives. Jo chaired Southern Seabirds Solutions when initially established. She held leadership positions within the WWF network including: Chair of Oceania, Chair of the Asia Pacific region, member of WWF’s global strategy committee, and member of a global task force redesigning WWF’s decision-making processes.
Her experience includes over six years in the private sector as a CEO running a marketing organisation for bookselling and publishing. For nine years Jo was the Assistant Director of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust responsible for trust properties. She also worked for the Department of Lands and Survey head office as Secretary to the New Zealand Walkways Commission and the Waitangi National Trust Board. Jo is the Chair of the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship Fund that supports Nepalese post graduate students to undertake conservation management study at Lincoln University. Other volunteering includes 13 years as a board member of the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society.
Jo has just completed her ministerial appointment as a Director of Antarctica New Zealand.
Appointed: 18 August 2011
Term expires: 31 May 2014
Conservation Board liaison
Jo is the NZCA’s liaison person for the Taranaki/Whanganui Conservation Board. The liaison member for each board attends one of the Board’s meetings each year and keeps in regular contact with the Board’s chairperson. The liaison person reports back to the NZCA with the Conservation Board’s major issues.
NZ IUCN Committee Representative
Jo is the NZCA's representative on the New Zealand Committee of the IUCN.