Our People

Our organisational efforts rely on the collaboration of many outdoor representatives and supporters. This includes our board, member organisations and funders who all strive for improved outdoor safety in New Zealand. You can also contact our MSC team on the Contact Us section.

Our Board


Inspector Nick Brown

Inspector Nic Brown | Board Chair

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.


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Richard Davies | Deputy Chair

Tourism Policy Manager | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

He joined MBIE in early 2018 after 5 years as Recreation Manager at the Department of Conservation. Before joining MBIE, Richard held various roles in the Department of Conservation, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Economic Development.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration; and a Masters of Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington.

Richard also served as President of the Federated Mountain Clubs from 2010-2012, and has served on numerous club committees for the Victoria University Tramping Club and Wellington Section of NZAC. He very occasionally gets out in boots, running shoes, bike shoes or skis to explore the outdoors. 



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 Arctic 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.


Candice Johanson | Board Member

Communications Manager | Tourism New Zealand

Candice is the Communications Manager at Tourism New Zealand, responsible for the organisations internal and external communications function and team. She has over 18 years strategic communications and stakeholder engagement experience in the private and public sector both in New Zealand and overseas and was previously the Board Chair of the i-SITE Visitor Network and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Candice has a passion for working for and with purpose led organisations who make a real difference to peoples lives and communities.

Carl McOnie | Board Member

Chief Executive | New Zealand Land Search and Rescue

Carl has been the CE of New Zealand land Search and Rescue for three years. Carl holds multiple qualifications, including a Masters in Business Administration (Distinction), a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Distinction) and a Diploma in Adult Education & Training. Over his career, Carl has fulfilled a  number of strategic and operational positions within the Private Sector, Government (Defence)  and NGO’s (Not for profits and Charitable entities). As a Professional Independent Director, Carl has been responsible for the governance, policy and leadership of national and international organisations, all the time working to create value for stakeholders/shareholders and the broader communities of New Zealand.

Leigh Matheson | Board Member

Expert Meteorologist – National Forecast Centre | MetService New Zealand

Leigh has been a meteorologist, with the New Zealand MetService, for 25 years; for the past nine years she has worked with the severe weather team in the forecast room, including three years as an adjunct lecturer on the Victoria University’s Master of Meteorology programme. 

Leigh has a specific interest in Mountain Meteorology, largely driven by a love of the outdoors and tramping. She is a current member of the Tararua Tramping Club - though somewhat inactive at present due to the commitment of two sporty boys - with student years in the Victoria University Tramping Club where she was Chief Guide and involved with LandSAR. 

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a post graduate diploma in Meteorology, (now known as the Masters of Meteorology), with a WMO (World Meteorology Organisation) Class 1 classification.

Karen Leacock, NZ Alpine Club

Jen Riley, Recreation Aotearoa 

Our Funders

New Zealand Lottery Grants Board

The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board’s purpose is to benefit the New Zealand community by distributing the profits from state lotteries run by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

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New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police is working with the community to make New Zealanders be safe and feel safe.

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Department of Conservation (DOC)

Department of Conservation is the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage.

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New Zealand Search and Rescue Council (NZSAR)

The New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council has a mandate from the NZ government to provide strategic leadership to the New Zealand Search and Rescue Sector.

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Sport New Zealand

Sport New Zealand is proud to be guardian of our country’s world-class sporting system, from grassroots through to elite sport.

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