Our People

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Dr. Linda Newstrom-Lloyd (Botanist, Trustee)

Dr Linda Newstrom-Lloyd is a botanist and pollination biologist conducting research in New Zealand on the best bee forage to improve the quantity and quality of bee nutrition using native and exotic bee plants. She received her Ph.D. in botany from the University of California at Berkeley, USA and has previously worked on pollination research in California, Mexico, and Costa Rica. She moved to New Zealand in 1994 to conduct research on the New Zealand flora. She has been engaged in the New Zealand beekeeping industry since 2006 to promote strategic bee forage plantations that will provide optimum bee nutrition.

Contact Linda at: newstrom.lloyd@gmail.com or 021 385 953

Dr. Angus McPherson (Farm Planting Adviser, Trustee)

Angus is a forestry consultant and farm planting adviser with over 35 years’ experience in forestry. He has a Forestry Science honours degree from the University of Canterbury, NZ and a PhD (Forestry) from the University College of North Wales, Bangor and has worked on a wide variety of forestry projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Angus has worked on farm planting projects throughout New Zealand, covering production forestry, land stabilisation and riparian zones, farm shade and shelter, amenity planting, mānuka plantations and bee forage. With the Trees for Bees Team, he has developed design templates and planning tools to assist farmers and beekeepers to install plentiful high-performance pollen and nectar sources to promote bee health.

Contact Angus at: angus@wsm.co.nz or 021 832 933


Ross Little (Trustee, Chairman)

Ross Little is a retired sheep and beef farmer from Amberley, North Canterbury and has been chair of Trees for Bees since its inception in 2010. Ross is the interim chair for our Trust, and brings significant farming, local body and governance experience to the role. He has 15 years of experience as an elected councillor for Environment Canterbury Regional Council and the Hurunui District Council. In 2011, Ross installed bee forage shelter belts and amenity plantings on his farm --our first demonstration farm for Trees for Bees.


Jeremy Williams (Trustee)

Jeremy Williams is a retired farmer from Ruatoria, where he and his wife Jane won the FMG National Rural Excellence Award in 2001. Jeremy was General Manager for Ingleby NZ LP from 2008 to 2018, and Ingleby has been a strong supporter of Trees for Bees with several ongoing large-scale demonstration farm sites. Since 2013, over 36,600 bee plants have been installed by Ingleby NZ LP in the Gisborne and King Country regions. Jeremy was a member of the Waitangi National Trust from 1990-2011 including as Chair. He has served on several local farming bodies as committee member and Chair including Federated Farmers, A+P show President, Wairoa / Gisborne Angus Association, and the Gisborne / Wairoa / East Coast Vet Club Charitable Trust.


Des Kavanagh (Trustee)

Des Kavanagh is a retired banker from Hawke’s Bay, where he had extensive involvement with rural sector clients. In addition to his banking experience, Des has 38 years of experience in governance positions as treasurer, secretary, and chair of committees in many different service societies, including Jaycees, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, and the St Vincent de Paul Society.