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SEARCH & RESCUE SUPPORT
FOR THE LOST, MISSING & INJURED

Board Member Profiles

LandSAR’s governance body is the Board of New Zealand Land Search and Rescue Incorporated.

The Board comprises of elected directors chosen by the LandSAR membership and appointed directors. The Board meets at least six times a year and appoints three of its members to the Audit Committee, which reviews all policies and financial commitments and undertakings.

Rex Hendry, LandSAR NZ Chairman

Rex Hendry, LandSAR NZ Chairman

Rex joined the Board as a Director in November 2011 with a strong interest in retaining the ‘old school SAR skills’, the growth of technical skills, competencies framework and developing key working partnerships with other agencies.

He has over 40 years’ SAR experience in New Zealand, the Antarctic, UK and Europe. He has had 23 trips to the Antarctic working in roles including electrician, field training instructor, dog handler, mountaineer, field assistant, search and rescue leader and operations manager, with experience in both the Ross Dependency and around the Antarctic Peninsula. Rex was a New Zealand Government representative and field guide/lecturer on tourist ships to the NZ Sub-Antarctic Islands and the Ross Sea. In 2007 he was awarded the NZ Special Services Medal for his contribution at the Air New Zealand DC10 crash-site on Mt Erebus in November 1979.

His governance experience includes time as a Board Member of the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki, Chair of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board and Environmental Sustainability Representative on the Taranaki Regional Transport Committee. A previous outdoor instructor, planner and DOC Area Manager and Search Manager for Taranaki LandSAR Rex is now self-employed growing garlic and lavender commercially.

Rex may be contacted via email: Rex.Hendry@landsar.org.nz

Greg Bishop, LandSAR NZ Deputy Chairman

Greg Bishop, LandSAR NZ Deputy Chairman

Greg joined the Board as an Independent Director in May 2011. Greg is a Senior Partner in the Wellington Office of KPMG and works with clients across a range of sectors including energy, infrastructure, finance, insurance, property, not-for-profit and Maori. KPMG has a strong commitment to the community and supports local Wellington search and rescue services providing equipment and donating money.

Greg is a keen pilot, diver, boatie and clay target shooter. He is currently Vice President of the Kapiti Districts Aero Club, a member of the Hutt Valley Gun Club Inc and a Past President of the Wellington Rifle & Gun Club.

Greg is keen to make a contribution to the LandSAR community through his time on the LandSAR Board.

Ron Smith

Ron Smith

Ron joined the LandSAR Board in November 2011 and has been involved with Search and Rescue for over 25 years in roles such as team member, team leader, training coordinator, deputy group chairman, Police advisor and regional committee member.

He is committed to training volunteers to high standards and technical proficiencies to enable them to stay focused and save lives if called upon.

Ron has a haulage business in Methven and is the Club Membership Chairperson for Methven Lions Club and the Canterbury Branch Chairman of NZ Groundspread Fertilisers’ Association. His personal interests include hunting, fishing, tramping and he has been to Everest Base Camp.

Dave Robertson

Dave Robertson

Dave was elected to the Board in October 2014. He has been a SAR volunteer in Dunedin for twenty years. As well as search work, he has been a cliff rescue team member, working with rope systems, wire cable rescue, and helicopter winching operations. Dave has worked closely with trackers and search dogs, both in operations and in training and has a good understanding of the needs of these groups. Since 2001 he’s been part of Dunedin’s search management team and has served as a SAR Adviser since 2008.

He is currently the Chair of the Dunedin Search and Rescue Committee and was also chair of the Southern Regional Committee from 2001 until 2007. In addition to SAR work, Dave has served on the Dunedin Civil Defence Rescue Committee, and on the National Board of the NZ Red Cross.

Dave was part of the winter-over team at Scott base in 1989-90, and has recreational experience in tramping, caving, rock climbing and alpine climbing.

Terry Blumhardt

Terry Blumhardt

Rex joined the Board as a Director in November 2011 with a strong interest in retaining the ‘old school SAR skills’, the growth of technical skills, competencies framework and developing key working partnerships with other agencies.

He has over 40 years’ SAR experience in New Zealand, the Antarctic, UK and Europe. He has had 23 trips to the Antarctic working in roles including electrician, field training instructor, dog handler, mountaineer, field assistant, search and rescue leader and operations manager, with experience in both the Ross Dependency and around the Antarctic Peninsula. Rex was a New Zealand Government representative and field guide/lecturer on tourist ships to the NZ Sub-Antarctic Islands and the Ross Sea. In 2007 he was awarded the NZ Special Services Medal for his contribution at the Air New Zealand DC10 crash-site on Mt Erebus in November 1979.

His governance experience includes time as a Board Member of the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki, Chair of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board and Environmental Sustainability Representative on the Taranaki Regional Transport Committee. A previous outdoor instructor, planner and DOC Area Manager and Search Manager for Taranaki LandSAR Rex is now self-employed growing garlic and lavender commercially.

Rex may be contacted via email: Rex.Hendry@landsar.org.nz

Iain (Cooch) Watson

Iain (Cooch) Watson

Iain is a member of the Horowhenua LandSAR Group and was elected to the LandSAR Board on 18 July 2015.

His involvement in search and rescue started in 1979 as a member of a Police SAR squad in Hawkes Bay. In 1991 Iain became a Police dog handler and for 11 years utilised the dog in SAR operations around the lower North Island. After he left the Police in 2002 he became a volunteer member of LandSAR and joined Search Dogs as an operational handler, trainer and assessor. From 2002 to 2012 he was involved closely in the evolution of the volunteer search dogs into NZ LandSAR Search Dogs Incorporated. A committee member for the duration of this time, he held the positions of treasurer and secretary for a number of years. In 2013 Iain was awarded Life Membership of NZ LandSAR Search Dogs Incorporated.

Iain was a salaried staff member of LandSAR from 2009-2012 as Field Support Officer, based in Central Otago. He now delivers SAR courses and CIMS (coordinated incident management systems) courses for Tai Poutini Polytech (TPP) throughout the country.

Malcom Inglis, Independent Director

Malcom Inglis, Independent Director

Malcolm joined the Board in August 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant who spent the early part of his career in Palmerston North and Whanganui working in both industry and public practice. He then spent most of his career in Wellington as a Management Consultant and as a Public Servant including a stint as Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission. Malcolm now splits his time between consulting and governance work drawing on over 20 years in consulting, the public service and a dozen assignments as a Crown appointed Observer on the Boards of tertiary educational institutions and public health providers.

Malcolm is Chair of UCOL Council and Deputy Chair of Whanganui & Partners Ltd. From 2012 to 2016 he was Deputy Chair of WITT in New Plymouth. He has business and science degrees and in addition to his membership of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Malcolm has recently swapped Wellington for a lifestyle block just north of Whanganui and spends any spare time he can out in the hills. He is a member of NZ Deerstalkers Assoc and was a member of Tararua Tramping Club and a volunteer trapper for the Rimutaka Kiwi Restoration Trust while he lived in Wellington. He completed the Outward Bound – 21 day Masters Course at Anakiwa in November 2009.

Siobhan Quayle

Siobhan Quayle

Siobhan was co-opted onto the LandSAR Board in April 2016. A field member with Wellington LandSAR for 3 years, Siobhan is keen to contribute more broadly to the organisation through her legal and governance skills.

She is currently the General Manager, Climate, Land and Oceans with the Environmental Protection Authority (and prior to that was General Counsel for the EPA). Siobhan has worked as a senior solicitor with the Ministry for the Environment and a specialist environmental law team at Chapman Tripp. She has also spent a number of years teaching outdoor education, physics and mathematics to secondary school students. Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science from Victoria University and also holds a post graduate Diploma in Education.

Siobhan is also currently a trustee for the Capital Vision Research Trust (which aims to restore the gift of sight through medical research into eye disease).

Con Anastasiou

Con Anastasiou

Con was co-opted onto the board of LandSAR in September 2016. He is a Barrister and Solicitor running his own law firm. The practice specialises in corporate commercial law, intellectual property law and resource management law. Prior to that Con was a partner in the national law firm of Simpson Grierson.

Con is a former Chairman of Airways Corporation having been on the board of Airways Corporation for 11 years and Chair for 6 of those years. Airways Corporation is responsible for air traffic control in New Zealand and within New Zealand’s allocated air space. An essential plank of airways operation is a strong safety culture.

Con is a former Chairman of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited having been on the board of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences for 10 years and Chair for 8 of those years.

Con is a former commodore of the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club and of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. He has been active in off-shore yacht racing and is very familiar with safety issues at sea and the need for participants in activities which sometimes take them into difficult environments to be self-sufficient and educated in survival skills.