Board of Trustees
Our devoted Board of Trustees volunteer their time, bringing a wealth of governance experience and expert professional ability to govern the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust. The community can be assured of sound leadership, transparency and conservative application.
ChairpersonJoined in November 2012. Bryce is an Executive Director of Augusta Capital, a NZX-listed property funds management company, that in 2014 acquired KCL Properties which Bryce originally founded in New Plymouth. With a background in chartered accountancy Bryce brings his astute business acumen, passion for the Taranaki region and an open communication style to all aspects of the Trust’s operations - and delivering a sustainable and viable rescue operation. Bryce also sits on the boards of the Puke Ariki Charitable Development Trust and the National Military Heritage Charitable Trust. In 2013, Bryce was awarded Taranaki Person of the Year.
TrusteeJoined in March 2011. Evan brings to the Trust his extensive financial and management experience, including 30 years public practice as a Chartered Accountant and the last 19 years as a Financial and Investment Adviser. Evan is an active member in the Taranaki community
TrusteeJoined in June 2013. Peter is the Executive Director of McDonald Real Estate Ltd, a real estate firm with seven offices throughout Taranaki. Peter is currently a trustee of the Taranaki Health Foundation; a member of St John Ambulance Central Board; the Chairman and Trustee of Aged Care Central Ltd and a life member of Hospice Taranaki and a life member of REINZ.
TrusteeJoined in August 2013. Fiona works for the South Taranaki District Council and has done so for the last 21 years in a variety of roles. She is currently employed as the Group Manager of Community Services with responsibility for the district’s libraries, pools, pensioner housing, tourism, economic and community development and TSB Hub.
TrusteeJoined in 2013. David is a director of a chartered accountancy practice in Taupo. He is also Secretary for Philips Search & Rescue Trust, operator of five rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island, where he has played a major role in the financial operations of the Trust since 1987.
TrusteeJoined in January 2019. Darrin brings extensive business, operational and governance experience to the Trust. Owner of The Plymouth International Hotel and Auto Lodge Motor Inn, Darrin actively contributes to the Taranaki business community. Chair of the New Plymouth Girls’ High School Board of Trustees for 10 years, Darrin is also chair of several community boards, including the Taranaki Musical Theatre Trust and the Music Innovation Trust of Taranaki.
Our Crew are dedicated to ensuring rescue operations are ready to go if an emergency or accident occurs in the Taranaki region. The crew spend many hours training to coordinate life-saving missions, sometimes in extreme climate conditions, and are 100% committed to providing a rapid response rescue service.
General Manager / CrewmanAbout Andy
General Manager / CrewmanJoined in 2011. Originally a volunteer for the TRHT marine team, Andy started as a full time crewman in 2014. A qualified arborist who is used to operating at heights where trust in equipment is essential, Andy also has experience working in the not-for-profit/community rescue sector through his extensive involvement in Surf Life Saving. As a crewman, Andy is responsible for many aspects of a mission, both in the air and on the ground
PilotJoined in 2019. Search and Rescue flying has always been a passion for Fergus MacLachlan. The experienced pilot, who has flown in Australia, the USA, and New Zealand has returned to Taranaki six years after he was a pilot for the Rescue Helicopter. Married to fellow helicopter pilot, Christine, and father to Rachel and Hannah, Fergus is looking forward to reacquainting himself with the beautiful Taranaki region.
PilotJoined in 2012. Mike moved to Taranaki after various flying roles both in New Zealand and overseas. During this time he has completed a number of challenging high profile rescues including winching a kayaker to safety 60nm off the coast of Taranaki and two survivors from a plane crash in challenging terrain in East Taranaki. He enjoys flying the rescue helicopter and making a difference in the community.
CrewmanJoined in 2016. Originally from the Waikato, Sarah has been involved in Surf Life Saving and was previously a volunteer in the TRHT marine team. Moving back to Taranaki to take up the crewman role, she is enjoying being back and providing a valuable service to the community. Sarah enjoys exploring the outdoors, especially tramping and spending time at the beach.
Administration ManagerAbout Michelle
Administration ManagerJoined in 2010. Taranaki born and bred, Michelle fulfils a varied but vital role for our team covering financial and office management, grants and fundraising activities. Michelle brings to our team a wide range of administration skills, refined over sixteen years in varied administration roles. She has two children, and enjoys playing netball, being involved with her kids sports, volunteering and participating in local events.
AdministratorJoined in 2014. Originally from Wellington, Marie has been in Taranaki for five years. She enjoys being part of a well respected charity in the Taranaki community and her background in sales and finance is essential to the smooth running of the Trust. Marie loves long distance running, and is often out running with her husband Simon, or taking part in other outdoor activities with her three children.
Our dedicated team of volunteers are spilt into two groups, marine and alpine, both with equal amounts of dedication, passion and experience to assist the crew on missions. Our volunteers are experts in their fields and train hard, whilst balancing their day jobs.
Marine TeamAbout Nathan
Marine TeamJoined in 2015. Nathan believes strongly in community service and his background in swimming and Surf Life Saving, both patrolling and competing are hugely beneficial in his role in the marine team. Nathan works at the Taranaki Regional Council as a land management officer, is in the Territorial Army and has a young daughter. He enjoys learning new skills and utilising these to help the Taranaki community.
Marine TeamAbout Mike
Marine TeamJoined in 2011. Mike has been heavily involved in Surf Life Saving for fifteen years as a senior lifeguard and member of the NPOB Surf Life Saving Club and Taranaki Surf Life Saving Rescue Squad. These skills and experience as well as his background as a competitive swimmer make him a valuable member of the Marine Team. Mike loves being involved in the community and using his skills to assist wherever he can. Mike is kept busy by his wife and two young children, and enjoys fishing and doing DIY around their home.
Marine TeamAbout Sean
Marine TeamJoined in 2012. Sean joined the marine team to help people and uses skills from his swimming and Surf Life Saving background to contribute to the service the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter provides. Sean is a senior planner at BTW Company and has a long history with NPOB Surf Life Saving Club as well as the Taranaki Surf Life Saving Rescue Squad.
Alpine TeamAbout Mike
Alpine TeamJoined in 2011. Mike has been involved in Search and Rescue in Taranaki for nearly 30 years, a majority of this time as part of the alpine rescue team. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors, either as a building contractor or guiding. His partner is also involved with SAR, so knows where he disappears to at times! Having been involved with TRHT for a number of years, he enjoys working with the team and putting his skills to use helping those in need within often hostile environments.
Alpine TeamAbout Jeremy
Alpine TeamJoined in 2015. Jeremy is proudly Taranaki born and bred, and has spent a lot of time on Mt Taranaki climbing different routes in different conditions. He loves working with helicopters, so this combined with his outdoor experience is hugely valuable to the alpine team and enables Jeremy to give back to our community. Jeremy and his wife Sarah love taking their two children into the outdoors to explore, with Jeremy’s favourite hobbies being rock climbing, camping, fishing, water skiing and travelling. Each year Jeremy takes leave from working at Farmlands as a Technical Field Officer for a climbing trip to the South Island, which in December 2015 included climbing Mt Aspiring.
Alpine TeamAbout Grant
Alpine TeamJoined in 2015. Grant enjoys using his experience and skills to help others in need. With extensive knowledge of Mt Taranaki, he is a member of Taranaki Alpine Cliff Rescue and has spent significant time in both bush and alpine environments. Grant spending his spare time weight lifting, climbing, camping and on motorbikes.
Alpine TeamAbout Jeremy
Alpine TeamJoined in 2011. Jeremy spends a lot of his spare time off the beaten track in the outdoors, particularly enjoying tramping, climbing and photography. He is a self-employed joiner by trade, and is married with two teenage children. Jeremy volunteers his time with the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter to help other outdoor people with similar passions to his own.
Alpine TeamAbout Vaughan
Alpine TeamJoined in 2012. Vaughan spends his spare time out exploring the Taranaki landscape, whether it be cycling the roads or climbing and tramping on the mountain. His background as a member of the Taranaki Alpine Cliff Rescue team and as a Police Senior Constable based in New Plymouth mean his specialist skills are well utilised as part of the alpine team and he likes putting something back into society while doing activities he enjoys.
Alpine TeamAbout Peter