About Us

WHAT WE DO

SIFT finances projects that create or inspire long-term environmental benefits.  This includes initiatives that minimise waste, maximise resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
 

WHO WE ARE

SIFT is an independent trust established in January 2005 through seed funding from local government waste levies.  The trust is governed by four appointed trustees who are chosen for their collective knowledge of sustainability, research and development, the waste industry and business development.  We are passionate about an environmentally sustainable future for Canterbury and committed to helping people achieve this.
 

OUR TEAM

DARREN PATTERSON – CHAIR
Darren has a background working with multinationals and government and is now an independent environmental consultant focused on waste.  Darren is also the Chair of WasteMINZ.

ROB LAWRENCE – TRUSTEE
Rob works for the Christchurch Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and specialises in assisting companies with government investment funding for R&D/technology development.

MARKUS BENTER-LYNCH – TRUSTEE
Markus is a project director with Coffey Projects Ltd and the Managing Director of Envormation Ltd – a start-up providing information on the environmental performance of consumer products and services.

GLEN SAUNDERS – TRUSTEE
Glen is an investment banker, company director, financial and strategic consultant and chartered accountant with extensive experience in banking, investment, financial and strategic planning.

MARIA WAKE – GENERAL MANAGER
Maria has worked for SIFT since April 2014 and has a background in chemical and process engineering, technology development, project management and technical due diligence.