The Flying Hight Project is not-for-profit, managed by the Flying High Charitable Trust.
Meet our passionate board members.
Andrew Parker - Founder
Sam Judd (MNZM) - Chairperson
Dr. Victoria Metcalf - Deputy Chairperson
Dr. Victoria Metcalf is a marine biologist and science communicator committed to making a difference. She has made many trips to the Antarctic, researching environmental change impacts on Antarctic fish and shellfish.
Her previous role in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor as National Coordinator of the Participatory Science Platform, whereby communities, educators and scientists receive funding to work together on locally meaningful projects, was highly rewarding and matches her passion for engaging the public with science.
She is now working as the Iho Hapori Whānui External Engagement Advisor for the Royal Society. She has also been a steadfast advocate for women in STEM, and she balances all of this with being a mum to a busy, curious eleven-year-old daughter, especially exploration of the world around them together on bike and foot.
Millan Ruka (MNZM)
Shanandore Brown is a promoter of STEAMM education (the second M includes Mātauranga Māori). She is a specialist teacher of technology at Papakura Intermediate School. In 2019 she facilitated an education program that saw her students create NZ’s first Māori Astronomically Aligned School Playground.
In 2020 she received a Teacher’s Study Award to complete a Master of Technological Futures where she explored ways in which emerging disruptive technologies could be used to enable the communication of live environmental data in a modern twist.
This includes the concept of projecting a 3D Digital Avatar as a ‘kaitiaki’ of a river system that is determined by live environmental data sourced from IoTs; giving nature a voice and a body. In 2021 Shanandore continues to pursue the advancement of Mātauranga Māori within the communication of environmental scientific data.
A Senior Manager within the PwC Financial Advisory team, with over 12 years of financial management and reporting experience within a number of industries across the Waikato including both charities and for-profit entities. Having completed both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Management studies, she understands the importance of the STEAM learning approach and encourages growth and development.
She volunteers to deliver the PwC Financial Literacy Programme (FLiP) and reading the Toi Toi journals with kids around some of Hamilton schools. When not at work, she enjoys getting outdoors riding her horses, hiking, snowboarding or spending time with friends and family. She was awarded the PwC Values award for Care in 2018 and the People’s Choice Award in 2020.
She is thrilled to be part of such a great initiative and looks forward to seeing the kids embrace the programme and get excited about the balloon of course!