Around 240 personnel from around the country have now graduated from the highly valued UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop following the 15th course in Wellington in March.
Participants, who came from volunteer brigades, rural fire forces (both UFBA and FRFANZ members) and Operational Support, were Rhys Heslop (Swannanoa Rural), Stephen Bishop (Waitakere), Shelley Baeriswyl (Rotoma), Kenneth Austin (Kaingaroa), Francis Boag (Ngongotaha), Stacey Verheul (Balclutha), Jarrod Roberts (Kohi), Christal Morrison (Turangi), Logan Charters-Leahy (Tirau), John Sturgeon (Kurow), Ian Faulkner (Christchurch Airport), Paul Osborne (Ngongotaha), Andrew Douce (Wellington Airport Fire), Terina Adams (Rimutaka), Sarah Sundgren (Waikanae), Niamh McNamara (Seaview)
Strong leadership a key UFBA goal
UFBA Chief Executive Officer Bill Butzbach says enhancing the leadership capability of current and emerging leaders in fire and emergency services is a key strategy of UFBA/FRFANZ. “Providing members with a range of leadership development opportunities helps strengthen the skills of our firefighters which benefits the growth and wellbeing of brigades and rural fire forces,” he says.
The learning outcomes of the UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop are highly regarded with generally 100% of respondents to our satisfaction surveys being very satisfied with the overall workshop. The UFBA workshops support our commitment to the learning, growth and wellbeing of our members.
‘A dynamic course that fostered development of my leadership skills and valuable insight and understanding into the key elements of governance. It was a great investment of my time and a “must attend” for all aspiring leaders.’ Francis Boag, Chief Fire Officer, Ngongotaha Volunteer Fire Brigade
‘The Leadership and Governance course is something I would recommend to anyone wanting to better yourself, whether it is in your personal or professional life. I believe the skills that I have attained will build me into a better Crew leader as well as my professional job as a Corrections Officer. Outstanding interactive course, with high calibre tutors.’ Rhys Heslop, Crew Leader, Swannanoa Voluntary Rural Fire Force
Bill says learning from Damian D’Cruz and Jane Huria who are leading experts in the field at this workshop gives our members opportunities to enhance skills that will benefit their personal lives, careers and fire and emergency services.
These skills include:
- Increasing self-awareness
- Gaining an understanding of leadership styles, decision making and consensus building
- Culturing innovation
- Building a positive team culture and dynamics
- Developing coaching and mentoring techniques
- Gaining valuable insights into the key elements of governance—purpose, issues, processes, structure and systems.
As well as development skills, the workshops provide an ideal forum for participants to learn from like-minded peers and form strong networks throughout New Zealand.
Consultancy resource for UFBA/FRFANZ advocacy
Bill says many graduates helped with member consultation during the transition to Fire and Emergency NZ and are now providing input and feedback on co-design projects. “Their leadership and guidance will continue to be a major factor in achieving a great response from our members when we gather feedback and provide input over the three years of the integration phase,” he says.
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