Learning to survive, thrive and save lives

Our People

BOARD MEMBERS

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Andrew Scott

Chairperson and business

Strategy development portfolio:
Financial sustainability

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Hiraina Tangiora

Marketing and relationship management

Strategy development portfolio:
Marketing and communications

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Gemma Periam

Education development

Strategy development portfolio:
Education strategy

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Neil Penniston

Legal and Risk

Strategy development portfolio:
Financial sustainability

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Ryan McMaster

Legal and Risk

Strategy development portfolio:
Organisational growth

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Angela Werder

Administration and events

Strategy development portfolio:
People strategy

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Pete Zimmer

Search and rescue sector engagement

Strategy development portfolio:
Sector engagement

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Debbie Ireland

IT systems integration and optimisation

Strategy development portfolio:
ICT

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Richard van der Jagt

Business, education, strategy and STEM

Strategy development portfolio:
Business development

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Valerie Rowe-Mitchell

Financial Advisor

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Finance

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Helen Pike

Financial administration

Strategy development portfolio:
Finance

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Steve Campbell

General Manager

Strategy development portfolio:
Management development

Leaders, Instructors & Facilitators

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Steve Campbell

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Melvern Wainwright

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Bob Mankelow

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Dingo (Mark) Noack

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Mat Macmillan

Craig Jameson

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Tom Bennitt

Learning to survive, thrive and save lives

YOUTH SEARCH AND RESCUE NEW zealand

ABOUT YSAR TRUST

YSAR Trust legal entity – Charities Commission CC56119, Certificate of Incorporation Number 271681, NZBN9429047027787

Background – Est 2009, The Youth Search and Rescue  programme, is an independent non-profit Charitable Trust and Incorporated Society in which youth receive training over a period of three years. The programme was initially started to address the aging population of the community volunteers aligned to the Search and Rescue (SAR) and Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) sectors. In 2009/2010 New Zealand SAR secretariat released research suggesting that 67% of all Search and Rescue volunteers were male and over the age of 40. Another report was published in 2019 by volunteering New Zealand, little had changed in 10 years. It was clear that the emergency response sectors were entering a period where there was an increase in the number of volunteers unsuitable for field deployment and that this would continue to a point of crisis from 2020 and beyond unless this was addressed at a strategic level. In addition, the demographic within SAR did not represent the national and local demographics highlighting a need focus recruiting more on gender balance and ethnic diversity. Since its inception YSAR has gained significant interest nationally to provide SAR and CDEM training to New Zealand youth.

Key Objectives for the Board of Trustees – To ensure YSAR  is managed: 

  • Being the catalyst and driver of the YSAR
  • Providing leadership so it achieves its goals
  • Using the collective resources available to achieve its goals to develop a thriving and sustainable local YSAR group.

The current Board of Trustees are: Andrew Scott, Neil Penniston, Gemma Periam, Hiraina Tangiora, Ryan McMasters and Peter Zimmer.

To contact the Board of Trustees please email [email protected]

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