Today we announced the new Service Delivery Leadership Team (SDLT). This team brings together a vast range of experience and skills from within Fire and Emergency, as well as new perspectives from outside of our organisation. This team is well placed to lead Service Delivery and deliver on the intent of the reforms.


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Bios of the new appointments

Paul Turner – National Manager, Response Capability

Paul is currently the National Operations Manager managing a diverse team, including the specialist response functions of Urban Search and Rescue, Communications Centres and Medical Response. He has wealth of experience gained within the New Zealand Fire Service over the last 30 years, including roles such as Volunteer Support Officer, Planning and Performance Manager, Area Executive and Strategic Management Adviser to National Operations. Paul has qualifications in leadership, applied management and is a Certified Incident Controller.

Roxanne Hilliard – National Manager, Risk Reduction

Roxanne joins us from the transport sector where she has significant risk management experience having worked in both public and private organisations. As Risk Manager for the New Zealand Transport Agency, Roxanne was responsible for the implementation of the Risk and Assurance Centre of Excellence across the transport sector. Roxanne is currently Manager of the Wellington Transport Operations Centre, has a Masters in Public Management and is trained and experienced in CIMS structures.

Steve Turek – National Manager, Community Readiness and Recovery

Steve has extensive experience in the emergency sector in New Zealand and internationally. He has proven senior leadership capability and has developed relationships with a wide cross section of organisations, including emergency services partners, central and local government, and community and stakeholder groups. Steve was seconded to the Integration Programme to lead the development of Fire and Emergency’s Risk Reduction Strategy, which has a strong focus on community readiness and recovery. Steve was seconded to this role from his position of Fire Region Manager, Region 4. Steve holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration.

Rebecca Kearns – Chief Advisor to DCE Service Delivery

Rebecca has held a variety of senior advisory roles in the public sector. Currently Rebecca is the Principal Governance Advisor at the Department of Internal Affairs where she provides advice to the Executive Leadership team on corporate governance. Previously Rebecca was Advisor to the Comptroller of Customs and has held roles as Private Secretary and Advisor to various Ministers. Rebecca has a BA in Psychology and Criminology.

Ron Devlin, Region Manager Te Hiku (region previously known as Region 1)

Ron is currently the Fire Region Manager, Region 2 where he has held a number of management positions. He brings to this appointment over forty years’ experience in fire services and qualifications in applied management, adult teaching and fire engineering. Ron is Chair of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, giving him significant experience in governance, strategy and business development. Ron has had experience in both urban and rural fire management, including three years as Chair of the Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority.

David Guard, Region Manager Ngā Tai Ki Te Puku (region previously known as Region 2)

David is currently the Fire Region Manager, Region 5.  He was the National Training Manager for 16 years and before that, worked for the New Zealand Fire Service for 18 years in various operational roles. David brings governance experience having been the Director and Board Chair for the Fire and Rescue Services Industry Training Organisations (FRSITO). David was also a Board member for the Otago Enlarged Rural Fire District and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Bruce Stubbs, Region Manager Te Ūpoko (region previously known as Region 3)

Bruce is currently the Fire Region Manager, Region 3. He brings to this appointment over 25 years’ experience in the emergency sector from New Zealand and internationally. He has held a number of senior operational and leadership positions across multiple functions, including training. Bruce has a Masters in Emergency Management.

Paul Henderson, Region Manager Te Ihu (region previously known as Region 4)

Paul is currently the acting Fire Region Manager, Region 4, from his substantive position as Area Manager mid-South Canterbury. Paul began his career in the UK culminating as Brigade Commander managing over 600 paid staff in Durham. Paul moved to New Zealand in 2007 to lead mid-South Canterbury. Paul has an MBA and holds qualifications in Fire Service Management and in Fire Engineering.

Mike Grant, Region Manager Te Kei (region previously known as Region 5)

Mike is currently the Regional Manager Rural, Region 5 and previously worked for Rural Fire Authorities, the Department of Conservation, and the New Zealand Fire Service. Mike has qualifications in forestry and fire and rescue and recently held a key position in the development of our new legislation as part of the transition project. Mike has held a number of leadership positions in fire management in the lower South Island over the last 20 years.


Transition to the new team

The members of the new team will take up their positions on the 1 July. This means that the existing Operational Leadership Team will remain in place until 30 June.

We are working with people in current roles to discuss how they can support the stand up of the SDLT, as well as future opportunities and projects.

People who report directly to current Operational Leadership Team members have been advised of reporting line changes. For all other people, your current reporting lines remain unchanged.

If you have any questions, please talk to your manager.


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