Our structure

Executive Leadership Team (ELT)

The Executive Leadership Team is accountable to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Board, through the Chief Executive, for the leadership and management of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Chief Executive

CE Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones

Deputy Chief Executive
Service Delivery

Deputy Chief Executive 
People

Deputy Chief Executive 
Organisational Strategy and
Capability Development

Kerry Gregory

Kerry Gregory

Brendan Nally

Brendan Nally

Russell Wood

Russell Wood

Director Integration

Deputy Chief Executive
Finance and Business Operations

Deputy Chief Executive
Office of the Chief Executive

Janine McLees

Janine McLees

Darryl Purdy

Darryl Purdy

 

Raewyn Bleakley

Raewyn Bleakley

Operational continuity

To support operational continuity, Paul McGill, National Commander Urban and Kevin O'Connor, National Manager Rural will continue in their roles until 30 June 2019. They will work closely with the Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery.

 

The Chief Executive reports to the Chairman of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Board.

Our Board

The Board of Fire and Emergency New Zealand is appointed by the Minister of Internal Affairs. Terms of appointment are usually for 3 years and members are eligible for reappointment.

 

The current members of the Board are:

Hon Paul Swain (Chair)

Paul was initially appointed to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission Board for a 3-year term in April 2016 after leading the independent review of the Fire Service in 2012, which resulted in a call for reform. In 2019 he was reappointed for a further two years as Chair of Fire and Emergency.

A former Cabinet minister, his political career spanned some 15 years. During this time, he has held a number of ministerial portfolios including state-owned enterprises, corrections and immigration. He was a negotiator in Waitangi settlements, and holds a seat on the Wellington Regional Council.

Paul was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2009.

Rebecca Keoghan (Deputy Chair)

Rebecca was appointed Deputy Chair of the Board for a three-year term in June 2019. She has approximately 10 years’ experience as a company director with a health and safety focus and last year was recognised as a rural woman of influence. In 2016 she was Fonterra’s Dairy Woman of the Year. 

Te Arohanui Cook

First appointed to the Board in April 2016, Te Arohanui was reappointed for a three-year term in 2018. She has had significant engagement with rural fire, at both an operational level and through her involvement in rural fire training.

Wendie Harvey

Wendie was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2018 for a three-year term. She holds a number of senior governance roles including being the Director of the Hawkes Bay Airport, Director of Centralines, Director of Napier Port Limited, Director of Quality Roading and Services Limited and a Director of Etco.  Wendie has extensive experience in state sector governance, organisational change, employment relations, and risk management.  She is also a Council Member of the Eastern Institute of Technology. 

Malcolm Inglis

Malcolm was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2018 for a three-year term.  He is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in the state sector including large scale organisational and sector change.  He has held a number of governance roles on Crown Entity Boards and Councils.