The UFBA office and staff are based in Tawa, Wellington. Email staff members through this page or find additional contact details here.
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 career areas, Bill has a unique perspective on the issues facing the services and firefighters—both volunteer and career. Bill joined the UFBA Board as an appointed director in 2013 and 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 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, 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.
Susan provides support to the UFBA management team, Board and President. Susan brings over 17 years experience as a PA in the finance sector.
Membership Services Manager
Angela brings a wealth of business development experience from private and not-for-profit organisations in engineering, research and education sectors. Angela has led the development of our Pathways to Fire and Emergency youth engagement programmes.
Stephen has extensive experience as a finance professional working in the private sector, central and local government and not for profit organisations in a voluntary capacity. Out of work Stephen enjoys spending time with family and friends including riding his mountain bike.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Nick brings experience in marketing, brand management, design 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 busy establishing a volunteer environmental social enterprise, part time Masters and teaching adults at the local night school.
Julia is a graduate of the Venue Management School, Brisbane. With a career in events logistics and management spanning two decades, Julia has been with the UFBA since 2016 delivering hugely successful calendar of Challenges and Events.
Lisa had supported the UFBA team in 2019 before formally joining the events team in March 2020. As part of this busy team she brings exceptional customer service experience gained from a diverse range of roles.
Holly joins the events team covering parental leave. Originally from Taranaki, Holly comes after time as a legal secretary with an Intellectual Property Law Firm, and time with a travel company. Holly will be supporting the running of the busy calendar of events .
Advocacy & Support Advisor
With a background as General Manager working with international clients, banks and the private sector, Megan brings a breadth of experiences including in HR and mediation. Megan is also a committed volunteer providing administration support to her local Volunteer Fire Brigade. Megan oversees advocacy and support cases and coordinates a team of dedicated support volunteers across NZ.
Membership Support Coordinator
Jane started with the UFBA in September 2006 and was an operational member and Secretary of Tawa VFB for over 10 years. She remains active in the service as Treasurer of Porirua VFB. She has valuable insight into the functional needs and challenges of fire brigades and members.
Reception & 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.
Service Honours Coordinator (p/t)
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.
Service Honours and Pathways Coordinator
Meg joined the team in March 2020 to support delivery of Service Honours. Meg also coordinates the new Pathways Gateway and Taitamariki programme for youth engagement.