Meet the Team

Owain John
Chief Squawker (CEO)

Likes dressing up as a giant kiwi and attempting to fly (semi-successful). Passionate about creating social change – excited for the incredible team we have this year!

Fraser McConnell

Fraser (a.k.a "bird boy") was one of the innovative (bird?) brains behind Squawk Squad's beginnings. He has a deep passion for the outdoors and spends as much time as he can in his tent. He is also an Edmund Hillary Fellow, TedX speaker and was a finalist for the 2020 Young New Zealander of the Year

Siobhan O'Connor
Program Manager

Siobhan’s life goal is to become a real mermaid. While waiting for divine intervention she's managing our education programme and trying not to turn into a bird.

Anya Bukholt-Payne
Future Founder - Education Lead

Anya is responsible for nerding out about Antarctica like a five year old and roping people in the office into putting their hands in ice-water.

Dylan Glave
International Graduate Intern

Dylan joined the team because of a passion for education and Aoteroa. He stretches out his days between California and New Zealand like a Trans-Pacific yoga pose. His goal is to assist the communication and education teams in their quests for enlightened engagement with students, teachers and stakeholders alike

Ryan Walker
Strategic and Technical Lead

Ryan is responsible for beautifying the not so beautiful things and primarily talking in jargon.

During our 4 years in operation we had countless people contribute time, largely voluntarily, to our kaupapa. Ngā mihi nui ki a rātou - here are a few of our team photos from across the years.