Our People

Nigel Greenwood

ESAI Chairman

Fourth-generation arable grower in Southbridge, raising the fifth generation and doing his best to manage the land with a lighter touch.

Stuart McPherson

ESAI Vice Chairman

Craig Croft

ESAI Secretary

Third-generation sheep and crop farmer from Lakeside, with a desire to support local farmers manage the current changes required for compliance.

David Birkett

ESAI Treasurer

Tim Chamberlain

Committee Member

Organic mixed farming on the banks of Harts Creek and Birdling Brook as a fourth-generation farmer that began organic certification in 1985.

Alison Inwood

Committee Member

Alison and husband Stuart have a mixed cropping farm near Southbridge. She has been involved in various local educational and sporting organisations.  “This committee is a way to both support local farmers, and share the good things happening in our rural community.”

Alison Inwood

Alison Inwood

Hillary Cross

Committee Member

Growing up in a farming family has shaped who Hillary is and how she operates. She has practical experience in community support, massage therapy, herbalism and herbal cultivation. The Ellesmere farming community is home for her and her husband George, who are based on the 5th generation, organic family farm. In the current agricultural climate – a time of rapid change she is passionate to be a part of the ESAI team supporting the agricultural community.

Carey Barnett

Environmental Advisor

After a long career of environmental planning and consulting roles, including the Selwyn District Council and Boffa Miskell Ltd. Carey and husband Alastair are part of an arable family farm at Lakeside. She has been heavily involved with local schools and sports and has a strong passion for well-being in the rural sector.

David Hewson

Project Tinaku and IFP – Project Manager

021 241 3549

E:  david.tinaku@esai.co.nz

Jo Fearn

Project Tinaku Extension Project and IFP – Project Co-ordinator


021 030 4783

Originally from the UK, Jo and her husband moved to NZ in 2007. They settled on the Coromandel where they owned and operated a seafood restaurant for 10 years. Jo has always had a love for nature and the environment and decided, at the age of 35, to study a Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree with Massey University. The move down to Canterbury in 2020 and the completion of her studies, signaled the change in career that she had been looking for.

Jo loves working with farmers in the Ellesmere area and is passionate about regenerative farming and how it could change farming in NZ to better protect the environment and the climate in the future.

Diana Moroney

Project Tinaku and IFP – Project Administration Specialist

Diana has lived in the Ellesmere district nearly 30 years and has a rich family heritage in the region.  Diana’s role within the ESAI is to keep Project finances running smoothly with receipts, payments and reports for the Governance Group.  “I am excited to be involved with ESAI projects including the Tinaku Project which will enrich our waterways and creating a legacy for the next generation.”

Johanna Blakely

Project Tinaku Co-ordinator

Johanna has a background in horticulture, working in native plant nurseries before training as a Landscape Architect. Since then, she has been involved in developing integrated farm plans, preparing wetland restoration proposals, and writing landscape and visual assessments. Johanna has a passion for native plants, waterways, and the enhancement of biodiversity through ecological design.

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