Dean has an extensive 'hands-on' operational SAR background, extending over some 31 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.

Dean was re-elected IMRF Trustee and became IMRF Chairman Trustee at the QGM in Vancouver in June 2019. 

"I am looking forward to my second term on the IMRF Board. I found the first four years a positive and enlightening experience and very rewarding albeit there were a few challenges along the way. Helping to improve the global SAR capability and working with our members to achieve that is an important and significant contribution we can make to ensure the waters of the world are a safer place."


Location: New Zealand Coastguard - New Zealand

E-mail: [email protected]