The Water Safety New Zealand team is based in Wellington and is led by CE Jonty Mills. The management team comprises Neil McInnes, Capability and Investment Manager and Sheridan Bruce, Strategic Partnerships and Communications Manager.
Communications and media by Ben Christie, member management, finances and administration by Christine Lim and Michelle Reidy. Executive Assistant to the CE is Sally Walker who manages the office and is secretary to the board.
Jonty Mills – CEO
Jonty joined Water Safety New Zealand in 2016. Previously he had spent more than 20 years in communications and external affairs leadership, operations and business development roles. He brings expertise in stakeholder management to CEO and ministerial level, with a blend of private and public sector experience. A long-standing member of BP's Senior Leadership team and media spokesperson Jonty has a background of leadership roles in marketing, operations and business development across commercial and retail business channels. During his time at BP, he was responsible for managing the company’s community partnerships – including Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Young Enterprise Trust and Royal Society of New Zealand – and has experience in advocacy as the interface between BP and central and local Government. He also helped embed safety as the number one priority and value across the organisation and is a strong advocate for Water Safety New Zealand’s core values and strategic direction.
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Sheridan Bruce – Strategic Partnerships and Communications Manager
Sheridan is a marketing professional whose career has spanned working across the charity, small business and corporate sectors. She has extensive experience in fundraising strategy, planning and implementation and has especially enjoyed working with fundraisers supporting their professional development. At Water Safety New Zealand, Sheridan develops
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George Bulleid – Marketing Coordinator
George started working at WSNZ in April 2019 after graduating from Victoria University of Wellington. Since moving to Wellington from Christchurch in 2014, he has worked in a variety of roles, most recently on the marketing team at a local software company. George has a love for New Zealand’s oceans, rivers and swimming holes, citing Pelorus Bridge as his favourite spot. In his spare time George enjoys Wellington’s sporting, musical and culinary offerings.
Ben Christie – Senior Communications and Media Advisor
Ben began working at Water Safety New Zealand in 2016 as communications and media advisor after a
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Felicity Fozard - Advisor Information and Research (Maternity Leave)
Felicity joined WSNZ in 2010. Previously, Felicity was a swim instructor, and has spent several years travelling and working in the US. Felicity reached the pinnacle of her swimming career aged 15 representing Wellington once in the Div 2 championships.
Joanne Kinnaird – Fundraiser
Joanne has a passion for the oceans and rivers of Aotearoa. She spent her teenage years living on a yacht with her parents sailing around the country and now lives on the banks of the Hutt river in Upper Hutt. She has seen first-hand the need for people to have a healthy respect for the water and she hopes that in her role as fundraiser, she will be able to contribute to the success of Water Safety New Zealand in keeping people safe. Joanne has worked for a number of charities including The Salvation Army and Sailability Wellington where she was able to sneak in a sail in occasionally much to her delight. Joanne joined the team in November 2018.
Christine Lim – Accountant
Christine joined WSNZ in 2013. In her spare
Ants Lowe – Funding and Relationship Manager
Ants joined WSNZ in July 2019 as the Funding and Relationships manager. Ants has a management background in the not for profit sector and has worked for local and central government agencies in New Zealand and overseas. Previously, Ants worked as a professional dive instructor, breathing bubbles, in New Zealand and the Caribbean. Ants has a strong connection to wai (water) and spends his spare time reti ngaru (surfing) and kaunga (swimming) with his family.
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Neil McInnes – Capability and Investment Manager
Neil joined WSNZ in August 2016 after a
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Michelle Reidy – Team Administrator
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Sally Walker – EA/Office Manager
Sally joined WSNZ November 2015. Prior to
Karen Richardson – Policy and Research Advisor
Karen joined WSNZ in 2019 as policy and research advisor. Prior to that she worked in social services advocating for social change and researching social issues in Aotearoa. In her spare time she enjoys boating, fishing and swimming during the summer and tramping then curling up with a good book during the colder months.