Membership Advisory Panel

Current matters being addressed by the MAP.

About the MAP

The UFBA Membership Advisory Panel gives an active role for elected Officers and other additional co-opted members to act as representatives from the UFBA Membership. Acting as a liaison between the Board, Management and Membership they will act as a first point of reference for consultation, a sounding board to offer recommendations, and allow Membership to raise issues for consideration or consultation by the Association.

You can raise matters of importance to you with them via MAP@ufba.org.nz - if your inquiry is concerning a need for individual advocacy however, please contact our Advocacy Advisor on 0508 832 269.

You can be involved in the MAP by putting yourself forward for election as UFBA Vice President.

Who's on the team?

The MAP initially consists of the elected representatives Vice President and President, plus the immediate Past President. To ensure rural representation a member of the FRFANZ Executive Committee is also part of the group. The modern Constitution allows for others to be co-opted.

James Walker – UFBA President 2019-20
Joining Wyndham Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1983 and from a line of firefighters means firefighting is in James' blood! Formerly President of the Northern Southland Sub Association and then Otago Southland FB Provincial Association gives James plenty of experience in ceremonial roles. James has been Chief Fire Officer at Wyndham for 14 years. A prior attendee of the UFBA Leadership & Governance course, James encourages others to follow their path towards self growth, fulfillment and development.

Jason Prendergast – UFBA Vice President 2019-20
Following in a long family line of firefighters, Jason has been heavily involved in Provincial and Sub-Associations. A regular face at the UFBA Challenge Events, Jason has contributed many hours to supporting the running of events.

Howard Cole - FRFANZ Executive Committee
Howard is a dairy farmer from Maramarua on State Highway 2 which is halfway between Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula. His fire experience began as a founding and current member of what was the Maramarua Voluntary Rural Fire Force in 1990. The work there has been quite varied for a rural unit, consisting of many MVAs, structure fires and vegetation fires.
The Maramarua VFF has belonged to both FRFANZ and the UFBA for many years and Howard has been on the FRFANZ Executive Committee since 2017. Howard has represented both Associations on various working groups and FENZ co-design forums during the last few years and been a consultant supporting the UFBA/FRFANZ amalgamation.
Howard is very much supportive of, but not limited to, our rural members and hopes his experience from Young Farmers Club days, Chairing the School Board of Trustees and current farming background puts him in good stead to represent members’ interests through the MAP.

Glenn Williams – UFBA Immediate Past-President 2018-19
In 2017 Glenn completed three terms as a Director of the United Fire Brigades Association including as Deputy Chairman of the Board. Elected as Vice President in 2017 Glenn became president at the end of 2018. He was delighted that the proposal to merge UFBA and FRFANZ was unanimously agreed to by our conference as he stood down as President.
A firefighter for nearly 40 years Glenn has been Chief Fire Officer of Te Puke Fire Brigade since 2006.
In 2016 year he became a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and was also appointed as a Trustee of the Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ Board until early 2019. In 2015 he exited his business and became a business broker giving more capacity to contribute significantly to the UFBA.

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