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 Chairman. I am currently the Director of the Commercial Partnerships Team within the Department of Conservation, a role that was preceded by 8 years as the advocacy manager for Tourism Industry Aotearoa. 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. I have a strong belief in what the Mountain Safety Council stands for: ‘safer places, safer activities, safer people’.
Fiona McDonald | Deputy Chairperson
I come from a teaching background and have held the positions of Head of Faculty, Assistant and Deputy Principal within the high school age group. I am a self employed consultant, assessor, project manager, auditor and mum. My work primarily involves Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC), Outdoor education and lots of Health and Safety advice. I work for Education Outdoors NZ, and a number of other youth focused organisations. 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
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, Wildlife Guide
I am an owner and director of a family Dairy farming business with operations in Northland and South West Bahia in Brazil. Our business in both environments has been about making best use of available resources and building a “brand” to create opportunities. We employ nearly 50 people between the two countries with a strong emphasis on growing people. My governance experience has been with a range of organisations, the largest being with Fonterra as a Shareholders Councillor for 12 years including serving on sub committees of the Board. I enjoy the outdoors and along with time in NZ have been self-guided wilderness expedition canoeing on multiple trips of about 3 weeks in length in Artic Canada. This has led me to the opportunity of Wildlife guiding on Tundra Wolves, Caribou, Polar Bear and Musk Ox! MSC laid the groundwork of Knowledge that has allowed me to achieve this.
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.
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.
Peter Kreft | Board Member
Meteorologist | MetService
I have been a meteorologist, at the Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService), since 1981 and I have a lot of experience and knowledge of meteorology in New Zealand. The weather has a large influence on outdoors activities: how safe, enjoyable, comfortable they may be - and in most circumstances, use of the right weather information enhances the safety of outdoor experiences.
My involvement with MSC began about eight years ago. Being in the hills is an important part of life for my wife and me: we aim to be out there just about every day.