Trevor, VSA Programme Manager for Vanuatu, has a wealth of experience in development, management and leadership. In his previous role with Auckland City Mission, he worked alongside people from challenging environments and situations, including  homelessness, people suffering with mental health and addiction issues and in need of support.  

Previously, he was a high school teacher at one of the poorest schools in South Africa, before moving into experiential and behavioural education. His experience includes stints in the UK as a General Manager and mountain guide. As Program Director of Educo he developed leadership and social programs throughout Africa. He has worked in South-East Asia as the Director of Programme Operations for the Jump Foundation in Thailand and the Make a Wish Foundation in New Zealand.  

He holds a postgraduate degree in higher education from the University of the Western Cape (SA) and in 2010 obtained a NZ Teaching Practicing Certificate from NZQA. He also holds certificates in Management, Leadership and Governance, Health and Safety, Coaching, Sustainable Development Practice, and Advanced Wilderness First Aid. In NZ he worked for the Department of Corrections, as an Adult/Outdoor Education Tutor at Aoraki Polytechnic, and as the Community Development Manager for the Birkdale Beach Haven Community Project.  

He is a mountain climber with summit attempts on six continents and represented South Africa on the 1998 Mount Everest Expedition.  

He is a committed social and environmental activist with many publicity events, including founding the Peninsula Paddle and On the Edge Campaign. 

"I love life, fear nothing, risk everything, live to meet the moment, lead with passion and purpose, am a perfectionist, and care deeply for people and the planet."