Dean Lawrence has an extensive 'hands-on' operational SAR background, extending over some 28 years involving Marine Search and Rescue, Rescue Vessel operations, SAR Communications and SAR Incident Management.

Dean has also been involved in various governance roles within the Coastguard organisation at all levels - Station, Regional and National.

He is a qualified Surf Lifesaver, regularly undertaking his beach patrols during the summer months, and is a qualified Instructor for the Surf Lifesaving Ribs.

Dean has recently complete the maximum three year term as President of the Royal New Zealand Coastguard, but has been co-opted back on to the Board for his experience and background.

He has also been appointed to the Board of Water Safety New Zealand, the national organisation that coordinates the overall water safety sector.

Married to Debbie and with two adult children, his recreational time is spent fishing, hunting and generally looking after their small farm.

Location: New Zealand Coastguard - New Zealand

E-mail: [email protected]