The National Biodiversity Network is devastated to announce the untimely death of its CEO, John Sawyer, who died of a heart attack on Friday 6th November. He was at his "spiritual" home, the Isle of Mull, when it happened.
Our deepest condolences to John's family, in particular his partner Karlene, with whom he was expecting their first child.
- See more at: http://nbn.org.uk/News/Latest-news/John-Sawyer.aspx#sthash.Cwm5Nbsv.dpuf
...many folk in NZBI will either have worked with John or know of the work that he did. He only moved back to UK last year. From the NBN website profile of John, in his own words:
"I was born in Yorkshire and studied environmental sciences at the University of Southampton in the early 1990s. Since then I have worked in terrestrial biodiversity conservation around the world including the highlands of Guatemala, the Juan Fernandez Islands (off the coast of Chile) and the Chatham Island archipelago (680km east of New Zealand). I have worked as a technical advisor, team leader and manager at the Department of Conservation (NZ), and most recently was environmental strategy and policy advisor for Auckland (NZ's largest city).
I have also worked for charitable NGOs including a time as President of the NZ Ecological Society (NZ's largest ecological science organisation) and co-founder of both the NZ Plant Conservation Network (NZ's largest NGO devoted to the protection of the indigenous flora) and Nature Space (a national partnership to support the work of those involved in ecological restoration).
I also have an interest in the outdoors and published a hiking cookbook in 2007 entitled 'Gourmet Tramping in New Zealand'. My spiritual home (known in Maori as 'turangawaewae') is the Isle of Mull in the inner hebrides of Scotland."