Our Board

Our Board is responsible for the governance and driving the strategic direction of our organisation. Each member brings important skills and perspective to help ensure our organisation is sustainable and effective at addressing the current environmental challenges.


Dr Pamela Williams - Chairperson

Pamela has been on the Board since 2013. She is also a Red Cross Refugee Services volunteer, Trustee of the Nelson Angel Loan Fund (micro-finance for women) and on the Trust Board of the Cawthorn Institute. As her background is in secondary education, her passion is environmental education for a more sustainable future. Therefore, she has been involved with youth environmental forums and various government and not-for-profit initiatives in areas of biodiversity, nature-space development and learning for sustainable future.


Derek Shaw

Derek has been involved with the organisation since 1976, as he was a part of the group that founded the NEC. He was the Chairperson for most of this time and now serves as a Board member, so he has proudly watched the NEC develop and evolve. He has governance experience by being a part of many local and national environmental and sports organisations along with 30 years as an elected member of Nelson City Council, Nelson Catchment and Regional Water Board. Derek is also a small business owner, operating his publishing business Nikau Press for the past 35 years.


Richard Frizzell

Richard has been involved with the organisation since 1985, first as a volunteer, then as an employee and now as a Board Member. His involvement has nurtured his passion as an activist concerned about native forest clearance, environmental protection and peace issues. Richard has a resource management and planning background and since 1998 has worked for Nelson City Council in a range of roles on a variety of environmental programs, notably air quality, heritage protection and biosecurity.


Rachel Boyack

Rachel joined the Board in 2018 and brings experience in employment relations, community organization and governance. She also sits on the Boards of BUWT, Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge, Community Action Nelson and The Nelson Ark. She currently works as a Health and Safety Coordinator and is completing a BCom (Management) at NMIT. Rachel is stressing the importance for the NEC to continue to build its profile as a leader in the Nelson community, so that it can influence businesses and individuals to reduce their waste in the first place.


Elton Merrin 

Elton is interested in the area of sustainability and confident the NEC can provide leadership and encourage change within communities. Currently he is employed as an Agri Manager by ANZ. Through his previous work, he gained governance experience from the roles as school Board of Trustee member and Board role on another local not for profit organisation. He is crucial in providing both a financial perspective and broad community involvement to planning and decision-making undertaken by the NEC Board.


Dominic Bloomfield 

Dominic is a Nelson local, whose love of nature has made him a strong advocate of preserving it. To the NEC, he brings his passion for the environment & financial acumen, as he is a charted accountant who has worked in chartered accounting firms in NZ & Australia. His current role is a management accountant for the Cawthron Institute.


Carlo Wiegand  

Carlo’s passion is a positive contribution to the environment. He has spent the last 15 years working in the field of conservation, project management and the wider field of environmental science. He has advanced customer service and management skills as he used to be to co-run a building company in Nelson. At this moment, he is contractor to Nelson City Council and other events organizers for waste minimization and management.