Our people

The Better Futures Forum is comprised of a core group, coming together to make day-to-day decisions and keeping things moving, and a wider forum, bringing together people and organisations from a broad range of sectors. A list of forum members will be available on this page soon.

Core group

Dr Mike Joy is a freshwater ecologist, widely respected for his courageous and sustained advocacy for the environment. He has received many awards in recognition of his contributions to the environment, including being a semi-finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the year.

He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, University of Victoria, Wellington.

Dr Catherine Knight is an experienced policy professional at KHM Consulting and an environmental historian. She is the author of four award-winning books, including Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand and New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history.

She is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, University of Victoria Wellington. Catherine also teaches yoga from her rural studio in the Manawatu.

Shane Ward is a regenerative land use advisor, communicator and founder of Action Ecology, which focuses on connecting people and knowledge.

Passionate about sustainable food systems, ecosystem restoration, as well as plant, soil and microbial ecology, Shane also works to engage people with visioning a better way forwards for humanity’s approach to energy, economy and agriculture – re-partnering with natural systems – so we might provide a chance for future generations to thrive on this planet.

Stu Farrant is an ecological engineer who specialises in the water aspects of ecologically sustainable development, particularly integrated urban water cycle management and water sensitive urban design, and he has extensive skills in the planning, design and implementation of innovative and practical water management projects. 

Stu is Wellington Branch Manager at Morphum Environmental.

Glen Baxter is a chemical process engineer with a passion for energy efficiency and utilisation. He has experience in how energy is utilised and wasted in the industrial sector, including petrochemical plants, power plants, steel mills and food manufacturing facilities.

A primary interest of Glen’s is around transitioning our energy system in a way that minimises resource utilisation and lifecycle waste. This energy transition needs to go beyond renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Mark Kroening is a leadership and organisational effectiveness coach who sees his purpose as supporting change towards a socially equal and environmentally sustainable world.  He works with Kiwi influencers who are driving their organisations and the economy in this direction.  Mark has an MBA, MPP, and BE(Mech), and has worked in management consulting, sustainability strategy, and sailboat rigging design.  In 2019, he ran a half marathon in every US state.

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