Our goal is to instigate a series of community based projects with an aim to increase economic opportunities, conserve and improve island environments, increase and support education and halt the decline in small island populations and communities.
The Island Initiatives Trustees are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds, but all have in common their commitment to actively support the charity, and to lend their expertise in directing the Island Initiatives affairs.
The Trustees have legal responsibility for ensuring that the Island Initiative meets its statutory obligations, is well run and solvent, and delivers its charitable outcomes. While the Trustees have overall responsibility for the operation of the Island Initiative, day to day management is delegated to the project managers and staff. The Trustees’ quarterly meetings are chaired by the Chairman of Trustees.
An Aquatic Science graduate from Deakin University, Warnambool, Australia Mathew McHugh worked in various scientific government agencies in various roles in both the UK (CEFAS) and New Zealand (NIWA) and private organisations (BAYER CROP SCIENCE) prior to setting up Fly Odyssey Ltd, a fly fishing related travel company, in 2007.
A PhD in law graduate from Nice Sophia Antipolis University and lawyer Dr Hinano Bagnis has dedicated much of her life to her country, having spent many years holding various government positions, motivated to work toward a better future for French Polynesia.
A history graduate of Kings College London University, Charles Watson has spent his career building business across the professional services sector. He spent 25 years building leading international financial communications consultancy Financial Dynamics, where as CEO he led management buy out of the business, and its subsequent sale to FTI Consulting in 2006.
Mike Youkee has worked in housing and urban regeneration his whole career. He was principally charged with new development and re-provision of existing housing and the associated social and economic issues. He held senior positions in local government, charitable housing associations and private sector developers and holds diplomas in public administration and archaeology.
A graduate of Oxford University, with a PhD from Exeter University, Toby Coe has spent his career in fisheries science. Currently a Director of sister companies Fishtek Consulting and Fishtek Marine, he works in a wide variety of areas, including fish pass design, bypass mitigation and fish migration with a focus on finding technical solutions to the problems facing fish populations around the world.
The island Initiative’s foundations were formed in 2014 when Sir Douglas Myers and his wife Lady Barbara Myers, decided to support the development of a project proposed by current trustees Hinano Bagnis and Mathew McHugh. Sir Douglas, a New Zealander and Lady Barbara, a Tahitian had a love for the remote Polynesian islands and their marine life, wanted to help preserve these for future generations.
The idea was to create projects that would benefit the economies of these small island communities and from that conservation measures could be put in place to ensure protection and rehabilitation of fish stocks and marine ecosystems.
The Island Initiative is forever grateful for the continued support of the Myers family in helping us to make economic and conservation change in small island communities.
To date we have been able to use their expertise and resources as follows:
The Island Initiative is a charity registered in England and Wales (Charity number 1179271). It is governed by a Board of Trustees, who combine the legal responsibilities of charity trustees. The Island Initative, we strive to ensure our governance is transparent and robust.