Office Staff

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

George Verry

Chief Executive Officer

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Rugby Union and Master Plumbers Association, George joined the UFBA in November 2008. A little-known fact: he has attended every Rugby World Cup and has never missed a World Cup Final. He is also an avid golfer – rain, wind or hail won’t keep him away from the course on Sunday mornings.

Ceara Owen-Perry

General 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 General 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

Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

Hayley joined the UFBA team in June 2015 as the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. Hayley's role also includes providing support to the UFBA Board, and office management responsibilities. Prior to joining the UFBA, Hayley spent 5 years working at the New Zealand Fire Service National Headquarters.

Jane Davie

Membership Support Manager

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.

Kirsten Bolton

Events Coordinator

Kirsten joined the UFBA team in May 2010 as the Events Administrator, providing support to the Events Manager. Kirsten has a keen eye for photography and is often seen at events taking photos for the website and newsletter.

Julia Costa

Events Coordinator

Julia joined the UFBA team in September 2016. She has nearly two decades of event management and business development experience and is looking forward to delivering successful events for the UFBA.

Tearo Kelemete

Service Honours Administrator

Tearo joined the UFBA in 2007. Starting on the Fire Shop & Reception, Tearo then took on the huge role of Service Honours Administrator and provides additional office support when it is required.

Victoria Scirkovich

Administrative Assistant

Victoria joined the UFBA team in April 2016 and will be with us for the next year as Administrative Assistant while Megan is on parental leave. Victoria looks after and runs our Fire Shop. Her role also includes processing Accident Assurance Claims. Make sure you watch the Fire Shop frequently for new items and specials.

Loralee Hyde

Communications and Marketing Manager

Loralee joined the UFBA team in May 2015 and is responsible for UFBA brand management and communications to members including newsletters, the website and social media. Loralee has had extensive experience in non-profit communications and marketing, most recently as 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).

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