Lucy Deverall is an environmental policy advisor working in the Natural Resources and Environment team in Auckland.
Lucy’s role sees her travelling around the upper North Island, meeting growers and councils and helping to plan and respond to changes to environmental policy, as well as proactively influencing the policy before it comes into effect.
She comes to Hort NZ from Auckland Council, where she spent four years as a policy advisor in the parks and recreation department assessing land use and subdivision regulations across rural, coastal, residential and commercial environments. She also advised on plan changes, and open space zoning in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.
“This role combines all the aspects of planning and policy that I enjoy,” says Lucy. “I’m especially enjoying the strong RMA [Resource Management Act] focus at a higher level; it’s an opportunity to improve environmental outcomes for the industry and the wider New Zealand community. I’m also passionate about the horticulture story, and love having the opportunity to support it; food security and land use are fundamental to New Zealand.
“Why we use the land, what for, and the decision-making that goes into it; that’s what I’m all about.”
In her spare time, Lucy sticks to the land, with camping, hiking, and running being her passions.
“I’m less of a pro-runner and more of a pro-injurer,” she laughs. “Running in Auckland can be treacherous.”
On occasion, however, Lucy leaves the land for the sea, sailing on her partner’s yacht.