Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

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

Kerry Gregory

Deputy Chief Executive
Service Delivery Operations

Deputy Chief Executive
Service Delivery Design

Deputy Chief Executive 
Organisational Strategy and
Capability Development

Russel Wood, fire and emergency NZ

Russell Wood

Steph Rotarangi, Fire and Emergency NZ

Steph Rotarangi

Sarah Sinclair

Deputy Chief Executive
Finance and Business Operations

Deputy Chief Executive
Office of the Chief Executive

Deputy Chief Executive

Darryl Purdy

Darryl Purdy

Bryan Dunne, Fire and Emergency NZ

Bryan Dunne

Janine Hearn, Fire and Emergency NZ

Janine Hearn


Deputy Chief Executive Kaupapa Maori and Cultural Communities


Piki Thomas

Piki Thomas



The Chief Executive reports to the Chair 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:

Rebecca Keoghan (Chair)

Rebecca was appointed Deputy Chair of the Board for a three-year term in June 2019 and she was appointed Chair in July 2021. Rebecca has a wealth of governance and executive experience across a variety of industries; investment, supply chain, manufacturing, energy, ports, medical, agriculture, FMCG, forestry, health & safety and fire and emergency. In 2018 she was recognised as a rural Woman of Influence. In 2016, she was Fonterra’s Dairy Woman of the Year. Rebecca was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017 Queens Birthday Honours.


Hon Ruth Dyson, QSO (Deputy Chair)

Appointed to the Board in December 2022, Hon Ruth Dyson has significant public policy and political experience. Ruth was a Cabinet Minister between 1999 and 2008 and has almost 30 years’ experience in Parliament. Having been a champion for change for the disability sector for 30 years, Ruth was awarded the Queens Services Order in 2021 for services as a Member of Parliament and to disabled peopleRuth holds appointments on a number of Boards, including Asia-Pacific Leadership Network, and Toka Tū Ake Earthquake Commission.

Mary-Anne Macleod

Appointed in August 2021, Mary-Anne Macleod, is a strategic advisor to central and local government agencies while also holding appointments on several government and private boards. She has extensive experience in governance as well as in local and central government. Mary-Anne has a Masters in Earth Sciences.

Danny Tuato’o

Appointed to the Board in August 2021, Danny Tuato’o is currently a Partner at Marsden Woods Inskip Smith, providing specialist property and commercial law advice in the Northland region. He has significant experience working with Māori entities and holds appointments on both government and private boards.

Amit Prasad

Appointed to the Board in September 2022, Amit Prasad is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in finance, audit and risk management.  Amit has extensive governance experience, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. He currently holds a number of governance roles on Boards and Committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Belinda Clark, QSO

Appointed to the Board in December 2022, Belinda Clark has significant experience as a public sector leader in both New Zealand and Australia and considerable legal and Treaty of Waitangi expertise. Belinda holds an LLM in International Law from New York University as well as a LLB (Hons) and BA from the University of Auckland. Belinda led the 2022 independent review on behalf of the Public Services Commission on assessing Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s workplace culture and its handling of complaints of bullying and harassment. Belinda was awarded a Queens Services Order in 2014 for services to the State.