Our People

"One of Peter Blake’s greatest attributes was his ability to build and lead great teams. He understood that his great dream could not be achieved on his own. He also understood his great dream needed more than simply a team of great sailors – it needed a wider team of supporters and helpers, all of whom shared the dream, were committed to it and would play their part to the best of their abilities to create something special." Mark Orams, Team NZ.

We are a core team of seven people who love what we do, and more importantly who we do it with. We are supported by our Patrons, Trustees, Selection Panel, and our extended family made up of Blake Leader Alumni, Blake Ambassadors, Sponsors, Partners & Supporters.

Sally Paterson
Sally Paterson

Acting Chief Executive

Bhakti Patel
Bhakti Patel

Programme Manager - Environment

Hannah Prior
Hannah Prior

Programme Director

Jacob Anderson
Jacob Anderson

Programme Manager - Environment

Kelly Bleakley
Kelly Bleakley

Leadership Programme Director

Lara Harrison
Lara Harrison

Leadership Events & Programme Manager

Sue Ratcliffe
Sue Ratcliffe

Finance Officer