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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.

Graham Pomeroy, Chairman

Graham Pomeroy, Chairman

Graham was elected to the Board in June 2017.  He has been involved with search and rescue since 1979.  He began in Collingwood, later to become Golden Bay, as a field member, moving on to team leader and is now part of the Nelson Bays Incident Management Team.

He has recently sold his farm in Collingwood and moved to Nelson where he and his wife, Jenny run a tour company.  He is also employed by the Top of the South Rural Support Trust working alongside CDEM Recovery team assisting farmers after the recent East Coast earthquake.

Graham is currently Chair of the Tasman Region and on the Nelson Search and Rescue committee.  He is a keen advocate of supporting the volunteer and the groups.
He loves the outdoors and he and Jenny spend much of their spare time tramping and exploring New Zealand and many parts of the World.

Iain (Cooch) Watson, Deputy Chair

Iain (Cooch) Watson, Deputy Chair

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.

Wayne Stevens

Wayne Stevens

Wayne was co-opted to the NZ LandSAR Board in April 2019.  He is a member of the Wellington LandSAR group and has been doing search and rescue in the Wellington region since 1984.  He is a previous director of SARINZ and is also a volunteer paramedic for Wellington free ambulance and does weekly frontline shifts on Friday nights in Wellington. Wayne has a background in working for central Government including working for Treasury for around 20 years.  He currently works for the Ministry for Primary Industries and working on compensation for biosecurity responses.

Wayne’s motivation for joining the Board is to help to continue to improve land search and rescue (SAR) capability in New Zealand. This has improved significantly since the time he started in SAR in 1984; he wants to continue to see improvements including better resources and capabilities for SAR groups.

Camilla Owen

Camilla Owen

Camilla was co-opted to the NZ LandSAR Board in April 2019.. She has previously worked within government as a crown Counsel within the Treaties and International Law Team of Crown Law, but is now a Barrister specialising in environmental law, and lives in Nelson. Camilla has no direct involvement in LandSAR but her husband Louis Standfield has been a SAR volunteer for over 20 years and is currently an instructor for LandSAR. Her background is thus that of a LandSAR volunteer’s family. She has been a keen South Island tramper since her days at Otago University (although she grew up in the Manawatu).

Camilla sees her value to the Board as providing independent advice to assist the Board’s work in supporting the regions, whilst understanding the context of SAR volunteering

Craig Wells

Craig Wells

Craig was co-opted to the NZ LandSAR board in August 2019. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and specialises in governance and commercial development. He acts as an independent director for a number of organisations covering industries which include forestry, farming, horticulture, saw milling and tourism. He has also held numerous voluntary roles for community organisations and sporting bodies.

Growing up in the Far North of NZ Craig has had a long time interest in the outdoors. He has recreational experience in hunting, tramping and boating and has also previously worked as a scuba diving instructor.

Charlotte Aronsen

Charlotte Aronsen

Charlotte is a member of the Christchurch LandSAR Group and was elected to the LandSAR Board on 10 October 2020. Charlotte is a keen tramper who wanted to give back to the community in a practical way. In 2018 Charlotte became a Committee member, later moving into the Group Secretary role, whilst also managing most of our online social media presence and fundraising. Charlotte’s partner is also a member of the Christchurch LandSAR team (previously Nelson) as well as NZRT1, so Charlotte understands and appreciate the commitment and challenge that can present to a volunteers’ family. Charlotte brings 14 years’ experience in the insurance industry, working for a large insurer. Charlotte’s  previous roles have included leading a Canterbury Earthquake Technical Claims team and Operations Manager, Kaikoura Earthquake team. Charlotte’s current role is Manager, Claims Practice and Customer Assurance.

Julian Tovey

Julian Tovey

Julian is a member of the Wellington LandSAR Group and was elected to the LandSAR Board on 10 October 2020. Julian’s involvement in LandSAR started in 1999 on the West Coast and actively continued when he headed to South Westland. In 2015 Julian moved to Tongariro National Park where he became actively involved with the RARO group. In 2017, Julian ended up in Wellington, joining the Wellington LandSAR group. This involvement with some of the smallest and remote groups, as well as a larger urban group has provided greats perspectives of how different groups operate, their needs and priorities. Julian share’s the commitment and passion volunteers bring to helping those we are all here for. Julian’s blended career in the tourism, outdoor, government, aviation, community, and volunteer sectors has gained him a strong and diverse experience to contribute to the LandSAR Board and its strategic direction.