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.
Stakeholder Engagement & Membership Manager
Jo brings extensive experience in senior levels both practically and strategically with broad experiences at Wellington Water, NZ Police, Ministry of Justice and former Department of Labour. Jo joins the team middle of February 2019.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Joining UFBA in April 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 busy establishing a waste minimsation social enterprise, part time Masters and teaching adults at the local night school.
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.
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 joined the UFBA team in April 2016. Victoria has an extensive administration background and provides support for Events, Communications and Workshops.
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.
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.
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
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.