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

Deputy Chief Executive
Finance and Business Operations

Deputy Chief Executive
Office of the Chief Executive

Darryl Purdy

 

Darryl Purdy

Raewyn Bleakley

Raewyn Bleakley

 

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 Chair of the Board in June 2021 after initially being appointed Deputy Chair in June 2019. She has significant governance experience and is currently Chair of Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Deputy Chair of Timaru District Holdings Ltd and a member of the Judicial Control Authority Board. She has particular expertise in the areas of health and safety, risk management and culture change. Rebecca was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and named the 2016 Dairy Woman of the Year.

Wendie Harvey

First appointed to the Board in July 2018, Wendie was reappointed for a three-year term in June 2021. She holds a number of senior governance roles including being the Director of the Hawke's 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

First appointed to the Board in July 2018, Malcolm was reappointed for a three-year term in June 2021. 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.

Gwen Tepania-Palmer

Appointed to the Board in October 2019, Gwen Tepania-Palmer brings a wealth of experience to Fire and Emergency.  With a background in nursing, Gwen has been a driving force in the development and expansion of Māori health initiatives for decades and sits on several health sector boards.

Gwen also holds a Master of Business Administration, Certificate in Health Economics and a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (inc). Her tribal affiliations are Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Paoa Tainui.