The Trusts Crew
Here are the sailors who teach, inspire and encourage our students to shine. They comfort the timid, assure the doubtful and allow the leaders to lead.
What makes these fully qualified skippers, mariners, biologists and professional crew work for very little money and long hours...
Because of the students who sail on board and their potential to be amazing New Zealanders.
Paul is passionate about the marine industry and being on the water he started out his career with the RNZN before moving on to develop a successful career in the Marine and Capital Equipment Industries holding variety of roles from Sales through to National Management.
Paul was involved in the supply of Main Engines, Generators and Monitoring systems for many superyacht and commercial vessel projects around New Zealand.
Paul holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of Auckland.
Evelien is our business and programmedevelopment manager. A passionate and active sailor who with her partner own a Davidson 31.
Evelien has a background in operations having worked for Top Deck Europe in the UK and NZ. She was the Employer Liaison Manager with the University of Auckland Business School.
Evelien holds a Business degree in marketing and is a qualified career development consultant.
Andre has a Diploma in Marine Studies, is a former scuba instructor and holds both NZ and European maritime industry qualifications.
Andre joins the Trust with a wealth of experience on boats and over 12 years of sailing professionally on a variety of modern and classic yachts.
A passion for the marine environment is evident and
over the last few years he has been sharing his knowledge with students and guests alike as they searched for marine mammals and wildlife.