West Coast Local Advisory Committee

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

West Coast Local Advisory Committee

West Coast Local Advisory Committee - mihi mai rā.


Read more about the members of the West Coast Local Advisory Committee.

TERRY DONALDSON (Chair)

Terry is a mechanical superintendent involved in coal mining operations across Buller and Grey districts. He has substantial governance experience in the education sector and is currently a Minister-appointed member of the Barrytown School Board of Trustees. He is Chair of the Māwhera, Kahui Ako Stewardship group in the Grey District School Cluster, and previous Chair of both the Ngahere and Barrytown School Boards of Trustees. Terry was previously Senior Firefighter with the Ngahere Volunteer Fire Brigade. He was also Chair for the Greymouth SPCA Board that successfully restored the organisation to financial and operational health.
ANDY THOMPSON (Deputy Chair)
After dairy farming in Nelson for 10 years, Andy moved to the West Coast to establish a family dairy farming business. In 2016 he came off the farm and took up a position with NZME as a local radio presenter of an agriculture programme broadcast on the Coast and in Southland “The Muster”. Andy was Engagement and Stakeholder Manager for the Department of Conservation (DOC) for the Papāroa Track (new Great Walk). He was also on the Westland District Council, and the founder and Managing Director for Agfest West Coast, as well as Public Information Manager – Westland for West Coast Civil Defence.
HEATH MILNE (Member)
Heath is currently CEO of Development West Coast. He has had a career in international marketing and operations in the meat industry. Heath was elected New Zealand delegate and board member of the UK International Meat Traders Association and has been involved in the advocacy to the UK government and EU agencies on post Brexit arrangements for meat trade access.
SHOSHY PERCHIG-GIBLI (Member)
From Israel, Shoshy and her husband immigrated to New Zealand 17 years ago to settle and bring up their family on the West Coast. Shoshy has a background in social sciences, specialising in teaching and more recently life and vocational counselling. She is actively involved in the community, participating in several community boards and interest groups to achieve positive community outcomes.

 MARK DAVIES (Member)

Mark’s career in conservation management spans 40 years, starting as a ranger in Arthurs Pass and moving through the ranger ranks to be a Senior Ranger and then moving to the North Island working in Tongariro National Park as a manager. He then moved into a regional planning role in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast which he held for many years. Marks skills and experience are in strategic and operational planning. Mark is currently the Director Operations of the West South Island Region (Tai Poutini West Coast), the largest land area in New Zealand under DOC’s custodianship.

MARK BOLLAND (Member)

As director of a property valuation company Mark has been working as a surveyor and valuer for 20 years throughout leadership in developing innovative and collaborative solutions across the local Coast Guard and other emergency services has been recognised as best practice in New Zealand.
ZAK NEALE (Member)
Zak has lived most of his life on the West Coast and has a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Canterbury. He works in the Health and Safety team at a local dairy processing factory as Critical Risk and Emergency Planner, helping the business to prevent and prepare for emergencies. He is also a volunteer firefighter in the Hokitika brigade and has had past involvement with the local Boys' Brigade youth group.

The map below shows the area that the West Coast LAC will cover (shown in dark blue).