Office Staff

The UFBA office and staff are based in Tawa, Wellington. Email staff members through this page or find additional contact details here.

Bill Butzbach

Chief Executive Officer

With a 41 year career spanning senior strategic roles in the NZ Fire Service with firefighting experience in urban, rural, volunteer and paid areas, Bill has a unique perspective on the issues facing New Zealand’s fire and emergency services and firefighters—both volunteer and paid. Bill joined the UFBA Board as an appointed director in 2013 and again in 2015. After the Government released a Fire Services Review Discussion Document in May 2015, which set out options to review and reform the structure and funding of rural and urban fire services, he helped advocate for UFBA members and to produce the UFBA Fire Services Review Submission and the joint UFBA/FRFANZ submission on the Bill. Most recently Bill has worked with the Fire and Emergency NZ Transition Project Team on the co-design of a range of better support for all volunteers to recognise, respect and promote their contributions including volunteer engagement with the organisation, dispute resolution and advocacy and support services. Bill is committed to ensuring the UFBA achieves its strategic goals, meets its vision of safe sustainable communities and continues as a robust, professional and innovative advocacy organisation.

Ceara Owen-Perry

Stakeholder Manager

Ceara Owen-Perry joined the UFBA Team in July 2012. Having spent four years travelling the country meeting a wide range of our membership through the management of UFBA Challenges and Conference, Ceara has now stepped up to the role of Stakeholder Manager. Ceara’s past experience as a Senior Manager in Hotels, gives her relevant experience in operations, finance and staffing. Ceara is also a member of the Marketing Association and the Institute of Directors and has a keen interest and knowledge of strategic planning.

Hayley Bilton

Executive Support

Hayley joined the UFBA team in June 2015. Her role primarily provides one-on-one executive support to the Chief Executive Officer. Hayley is also responsible for providing secretarial support to the UFBA Board, President and Vice President. Prior to joining UFBA, Hayley spent 5 years working at Fire and Emergency NZ National Headquarters providing executive support to members of the Senior Leadership Team, and later moving onto a role within the Strategic Programme Office.

Julia Costa

Events Manager

Julia joined the UFBA team in September 2016. With nearly two decades of event management and business development experience she enjoys delivering successful events for the UFBA.

Nick Cottrell

Marketing & Communications Manager

Joining UFBA in 2018, Nick brings experience in marketing, brand management and communications with not for profits in both the UK and NZ. A strong advocate of volunteerism, Nick has 14 years history volunteering with conservation education charities. In his spare time he is involved in establishing a start up social enterprise around waste minimisation, part time Masters degree and tutoring at Wellington's community education college.

Loralee Hyde

Communications Advisor

Loralee joined the UFBA team in May 2015 and is responsible for UFBA communications to members and partners including newsletters, Annual Report, website and social media. Loralee has had extensive experience in non-profit communications and marketing - her previous position was Marketing Manager for The Salvation Army. She also has experienced life as a volunteer through working in Tanzania for two years with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA).

Jane Davie

Membership Support Coordinator

Jane started with the UFBA in September 2006 and has been a member of a Volunteer Fire Brigade for almost nine years, having served eight of those years as Secretary. She has valuable insight into the functional needs and challenges of fire brigades and members.

Tearo Kelemete

Service Honours Coordinator

Tearo joined the UFBA in July 2007. Started as a temp in Fire Shop and Reception and became full time. Tearo then took over the role of Service Honours Coordinator. She also provides additional office/events support when it is required.

Amy Bandy

Events Coordinator

Amy joined the UFBA Events Team in 2018 to help coordinate and manage our challenges. She comes with three years of conference and events work while completing her marketing degree, as well as eons of customer service experience. Her background in marketing will also aid the UFBA to increase member numbers and adapt our challenges to suit new firefighters.

Victoria Tiffen

Events Administrator

Victoria joined the UFBA team in April 2016 and provides support for Events, Communications and Workshops.

Megan Leggett

Membership and Fire Shop Administrator

Megan looks after and runs our Fire Shop and reception as well as carrying out general office duties. Make sure you watch the Fire Shop frequently for new items and specials.

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