MSC Board Members

Geoff Ensor | Board Chairperson

Director of Commercial Partnerships | Department of Conservation

I have been involved with MSC since 2003, I became a member of the MSC Executive Committee in 2009 and at the 2012 AGM I was voted in as the new Chair. My current role at the Tourism Industry Association NZ (TIANZ) since 2005 is that of Advocacy Manager and a large part of my time is spent working with the adventure/outdoor sectors. On a personal basis, I am irresistibly drawn to the mountains and was a keen hunter for many years. I continue to regularly tramp with my family and value this form of recreation above all others. In addition to that, I am a founding member of the Mackenzie Alpine Trust as well as serving on several community boards. I have a strong belief in what the MSC stands for: ‘safer places, safer activities, safer people’.

Fiona McDonald | Deputy Chairperson

Educational Advisor

I am a qualified teacher and have held the positions of Head of Faculty, Assistant and Deputy Principal within the high school age group. I am currently consulting on a couple of very interesting projects and I sit on a number of committees regarding Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) initiatives. This includes managing the MSC, EONZ, NZAEE EOTC project funded by Sport New Zealand as well as managing the production of professional development and resources for Maori medium schools on behalf of the Ministry of Education.I have been a member of the MSC board since 2011 and I bring a wealth of educational experience as well as insight into safety management systems.My best outdoors experience memories involve adventure racing in the back and beyond of Morocco, Canada, China and Australia - all of which involved lack of sleep, hallucinations and amazing scenery!

Ross Meder | Board Member

Property Manager

I am the property manager and teach some outdoor education for Darfield High School. My first involvement with MSC was in a first aid competition as an assessor in 1975! Since then I have been a volunteer instructor for the bush, alpine and outdoor first aid programmes.I have served on various positions in MSC’s Canterbury branch including terms as chair and vice-chair and as well as that I am also the regional representative for Canterbury, West Coast, Ashburton and South Canterbury branches.I have been part of the executive committee and have served as the Chair for a past 10 years. I recently stepped down at the 2012 AGM, but will continue to serve on the executive committee.

Murray Douglas | Board Member

Dairy Farmer

I have been a member of MSC since 1996. I currently hold the Bush 2 qualification and I’ve served as regional representative and on the Executive Committee [Board] for the past seven years. The skills, knowledge and perspective I offer have come from a background of volunteerism. I am a strong supporter of MSC getting the outdoor safety message out into the public and embedding these skills within the wider community. I continue to have an active interest in the outdoors with some tramping and canoeing as part of my recreation each year. As well as owning and running a large dairy farm, I have served on the Fonterra Shareholders Council for the last 12 years. These roles give me a business perspective and I see the need for MSC to operate within its earnings and to be strategic as we focus on our core roles.

Inspector Nic Brown | Board Member

Manager of Command and Emergency Management for Response and Operations Group | New Zealand Police 

Nic has been a Manager in the NZ Police for the past seven years and has a Masters of Public Management. During his 23-year policing career he has covered many roles, including as a dog handler however his recent focus has been Security, Command and Emergency Management at a national level.

In these roles he has set up and managed the National Command and Coordination Centre, contributed to the management of emergencies such as the Canterbury Earthquakes and Pike River Mine Disaster and overseen the national delivery of response to Search and Rescue, Emergency Management and Command and Control. He is well practiced at analysing strategy and progressing the implementation of initiatives such as the Police Prevention First Operating Strategy.

Rachael Moore | Board Member

Industry Advocate | Tourism Industry Association

I have been involved with MSC since 2011 when I began a 2.5 year contract with the Tourism industry Association (TIA) to lead adventure safety work. That contract focused on adventure safety and included developing the SupportAdventure website and Activity Safety Guidelines. I have since moved into the role of TIA industry advocate. Previous to these roles I spent the last two decades guiding adventure activities and instructing technical rescue around the world, and more recently working at Tai Poutini Polytechnic and consulting on safety management systems. I have been very involved in the development of the NZ rafting qualifications and hold current New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association (NZOIA) qualifications. I live in Wanaka and am a member of the Wanaka swift water search and rescue team. My current and previous roles mean that I work at a national level and have strong relationship with government bodies and private sector outdoor organisations, and am also actively participating in front line tasks of guiding, instructing and rescue. I am passionate about supporting people to participate in the outdoors and to do so safely, and see MSC as being crucial in enabling this to happen.

Sam Newton | Board Member

Advocacy Manager | New Zealand Recreation Association

My involvement with MSC began several years ago as the delegate of the New Zealand Alpine Club, of which I was the General Manager for four years. I am passionate about the outdoors, with a wide variety of interests including mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring, tramping and mountain biking. I am employed as the Advocacy Manager (Outdoors Sector) for the New Zealand Recreation Association. I also serve on the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board and as a trustee of the Graeme Dingle Foundation. I am a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.


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