Laura Harry appointed FCT Manager

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April 2014

The Fiordland Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Harry as its new manager.

Laura joined the Fiordland Conservation Trust as its Manager following the recent departure of Rachel Cockburn who held the position for 6 years.

“I was attracted by the Trustees' vision, their values and their proven track record in undertaking worthwhile conservation projects that wouldn’t otherwise be achieved and their encouragement of conservation through partnership with DOC, individuals, businesses, particularly the younger generation,” Laura said. “I believe that encouraging and providing opportunities for people particularly the young to get involved and understand conservation and the issues around conservation is one of the best multipliers to truly create change. We all have a part to play in adding our bit to the ecosystem jigsaw and I truly look forward to playing my part.”

Laura comes to the Trust with extensive experience in the legal and projects fields. Most recently, Laura has been project managing and capital fundraising for Coastguard Queenstown’s new marine rescue centre at Frankton Marina, a position she continues to hold. There, amongst other matters she is treasurer, secretary, has led community and business fundraising efforts, event planning and creating marketing, capital grants and fundraising materials.

This background has helped Laura make an easy transition into her position with the Trust.  In addition to her prior project management and fundraising skills and experience, Laura has extensive experience as a construction & projects lawyer in the UK.

Murray Willans, Chairman of the Fiordland Conservation Trust said, “the Trustees are excited with the appointment of Laura and believe she will bring some fantastic skills to the role.  The Trust is now well positioned to grow our programme of work after Rachel’s excellent work to establish the Trust as a respected conservation organisation.“

And in saying farewell after six years as Manager of the Trust, Rachel Cockburn has put together this 'movie' - a great record of what the Trust is about. Thank you Rachel.

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