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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 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.
Daryl was elected to Board in 2018 bringing four years experience as Chief Fire Officer of a volunteer suburban Christchurch brigade. Prior to this he served as Deputy CFO for 10 years. With a background as a community pharmacy owner and representative on the Board of the Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group, Daryl brings business acumen and governance experience for a membership based organisation.
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.
Kevin Ihaka is the Chair of FRFANZ and is an appointed director during the merger process. He holds several industry and business directorships and roles. He has 38 years of firefighting experience including as a volunteer at the Hikurangi Brigade, a career firefighter in Whangarei and fire operations within the forest industry, he is an Operations Manager in a National Incident Management Team. Kevin is currently an Integration Advisor with FENZ and sits on many working groups.