Our congratulations to Alan Kittelty, CFO Darfield Volunteer Fire Brigade, for being made a Life Honorary Member of the UFBA at the 2017 Conference in Auckland.
Alan served on the Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association Executive from 2006-2012 and became President in 2010. During Alan’s tenure, he was instrumental in aligning the Provincial with modern ‘board-like’ governance practices.
He has been a long-standing participant across the entire suite of challenges managed by the UFBA and continues to be an active competitor in the Waterway and Firefighter Combat Challenges and officiates at other challenges.
Alan was elected to the UFBA Board as a Director in 2012 and served until 2014. He was elected as UFBA Vice President in 2015 and was President from 2016-2017. Alan takes great pride in the UFBA and throughout his Presidential term he attended every function and event he could, spreading the news of the extensive work the UFBA does to support members throughout the country.
Here Alan is congratulated at Conference by UFBA President Joe Manihera on the left.
UFBA congratulates former UFBA Chief Executive Officer George Verry for being made a Life Honorary Member of the UFBA at Conference.
George was appointed in September 2008 at a time when the organisation was experiencing serious financial concerns. With his background as a partner in a major Chartered Accountants firm and associated business knowledge, the UFBA recovered from this unfortunate situation swiftly.
George’s work restored confidence in our Association. His outreaching personality promoted resonance and ongoing friendship with our members, stakeholders and partners. He was always approachable regarding any concern or problem.
During his tenure, there was a substantial growth in UFBA membership, stature and the number of activities offered. A major achievement was growing the leadership resources of the UFBA hugely through new Board Directors attending a Institute of Directors Course, developing business plans with Provincial Associations and implementing the highly valued UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop.
George’s vision, tenacity and influence through the transition to Fire and Emergency New Zealand will be his legacy as through the co-design work the UFBA is doing on behalf of members during the integration phase of the new organisation, the UFBA is now seen as a co-owner.
As George did not attend this year’s Conference, the awarding of his Life Honorary Membership will be made at an appropriate occasion.
Here George is shown with UFBA Board Directors and Officers along with former Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Peter Dunne who very kindly hosted a farewell function for George at the Grand Hall, Parliament on Tuesday 25 July.
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