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Richie Smith has been in Directorship roles dating back to 1995 covering a broad range of sectors including start-up, export and foreign investment, farming, transport, FMCG and with New Zealand Post Group. Lake Tekapo based Richie is motivated to offer his skills as towards a community-based volunteer organisation. He joined us from July 2018 as Independent Appointed Director taking over from long-term predecessor Rick Braddock.
Russell joined Port Chalmers Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1989 and transferred to Alexandra in 1996 where he is now Chief Fire Officer. He has served as President of the UFBA, President of Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigades' Association, President of the Central Otago Sub Association, has been a UFBA representative on the National Training Advisory Group and is an Associate Member of the NZFBI.
Independent Appointed Director
Wellington-based Brenda brings a wealth of governance and executive leadership and change management experience from a range of social and public sector and not for profit organisations. She has held senior management and executive roles with Inland Revenue, Victoria University, PSA and Women’s Refuge Foundation. Brenda joined us from July 2018.
Judith was elected to the Board in 2016. She is a senior firefighter in Paekakariki, where she has been a member for 16 years. Since 2009, she has been a representative on several NZFS training and sustainability committees. Between 2013-16, she was involved in training nearly 200 teenagers in risk awareness and emergency response skills. Judith has worked in secondary and tertiary education. In 2014 she won an NZFBI scholarship to visit Victoria (Aust) to study their youth programme. Over the past twenty years she has worked in research and advisory roles and developed communications for political, business, and community organisations including manuals, guidelines, summaries, media releases, columns and features. Her poems and stories have been published in anthologies.
Warren was elected to the Board in 2017. He is a Senior Firefighter from Ashburton Volunteer Fire brigade with 15 years’ experience as a volunteer achieved in Akaroa which he joined in 2001 when he was the Bank Manager in the town, followed by a move to Kaikoura brigade in 2003 before settling in Ashburton in 2005. He has been a competitor/official in many competition formats at regional and national levels and wants to give back to other brigades. Warren has served as President of the Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association, is a change support champion and a Fire and Emergency NZ volunteer working group member. He is an Asset Finance specialist and has completed 30 years in banking with commercial lending, facilitation, negotiation and people management skills acquired in many different roles over the years with BNZ.