Sir Peter Blake Trust Chief Executive Announces Resignation


4 August 2017

Chair of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Sue Foley, is today announcing the resignation of the Trust’s Chief Executive, Shelley Campbell.

Campbell leaves on Tuesday 19 September to take up a new role as CEO of The Cancer Society for Waikato/Bay of Plenty, returning to her background in healthcare and giving her the opportunity to return home to whanau.

Foley says Campbell has made “an enormous contribution” to the Sir Peter Blake Trust over her seven years as Chief Executive and will be greatly missed.

She says key to the Trust’s success under Campbell’s tenure has been her focus on ensuring the quality of the people, programmes and partnerships.

“Since her appointment as Chief Executive in 2007, the Sir Peter Blake Trust has grown into the thriving organisation it is today, inspiring and mobilising the next generation of Kiwi leaders, adventurers and environmentalists.”

Under Campbell’s leadership the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s environmental programmes have grown from beach clean ups to delivering a solid pipeline of young environmental leaders for New Zealand.

This includes the establishment of Young Blake Expeditions. This programme takes young New Zealanders with a passion for science and the environment to the Kermadecs and the Sub-Antarctic to develop their skills, knowledge and leadership abilities.

The Youth EnviroLeaders Forum (YELF) and Blake Ambassador programmes have grown substantially in size and impact over this period with hundreds of young Kiwis participating in ‘life-changing’ opportunities. These focus on the environment, ocean health and sustainability with an element of adventure.

Campbell has also led the development of new leadership programmes including the Dream Team, Young Leader Awards and the Dream Bank, which are now part of 1000 events held every year during Leadership Week.

The annual Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards are now considered New Zealand’s premier leadership awards with 79 Blake Leaders and Blake Medallists awarded for their exceptional contribution to New Zealand.

Campbell says it’s been “an immense privilege to continue Sir Peter’s legacy” but says she is excited about the new challenge and the opportunity to move closer to family.

“There have been so many highlights but some include visiting Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic, my attestation as Honorary Captain with RNZN and of course Tara’s recent visit. It’s been an honour to be a member of Sustainable Seas and the NIWA National Science challenge,” she says.

“Over the past seven years I’ve worked alongside so many outstanding New Zealanders, including the team at the Trust. I’m confident the Sir Peter Blake Trust team is well placed to take the organisation’s strategy and aspirations to the next level,” says Campbell.

Sally Paterson will step in as acting Chief Executive. She has worked with the Trust and team for nearly three years in a strategy and communications role and offers strong leadership and guidance for Trust staff, partners and networks moving forward.

The appointment of a new CEO will be discussed at the Trust’s August Board meeting.


For more information please contact Sally Paterson, or 021 446 708