Around 220 personnel from around the country have now graduated from the highly valued UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop following the 14th course in Wellington from 30 November to 2 December 2017.
Participants, who came from volunteer brigades, rural fire forces (both UFBA and FRFANZ members) and Operational Support, were Adrian Bray (Brooklands), Andrew Olsen (Mangonui), Bruce Moffat (Rolleston), Christopher Temperley (Papakura), Craig Clayworth (Richmond), Glenn Heather (Kohi Rural/ Hawera), Kirk Gillam (Cobden), Mark Richards (Swannanoa Rural), Nigel LeGrice (Newlands), Peter Hanne (Turangi), Peter Drummond (Waiuku), Philip Dee (Glenbrook Industry), Reuben Woolliams (Matamata), Roger Sutton (Hedgehope Rural), Rosanne English (Hutt Wairarapa Operational Support) and Tony Clark (Manly).
Pictured: December 2017 UFBA Leadership & Governance Workshop Graduates
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 Leadership and Governance Workshop was the best leadership course I have ever had the privilege to be involved with. To me personally, the skills I learnt during the 2 ½ days will greatly benefit my personal work career and even more so as an officer and 2IC of the Hutt Wairarapa Operational Support Unit. I have already encouraged other members of our brigade to apply to attend the course.
"I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone within Fire and Emergency NZ.” Rosanne English, Hutt Wairarapa Operational Support
Bill says learning from Damian D’Cruz and Jane Huria who are leading experts in the field 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.
“I was surprised to have colleagues identify areas that I thought of as strengths were actually perceived as weaknesses. This workshop has enabled me to develop those weaknesses and improved my ability to communicate effectively in challenging situations.
“I would strongly recommend this workshop to all persons in a leadership role in both urban and rural brigades. As well as personal growth in the leadership area, developing the skills required to communicate effectively with all fire force/ brigade members is extremely valuable." Glenn Heather, Kohi Volunteer Rural Fire Force/Hawera Volunteer Fire Brigade
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.
A Leadership and Governance Workshop is scheduled from Thursday 24 May to Saturday 26 May in Wellington. Click here for more details and how to apply
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