Matthew believes in the volunteer spirit. Rescue provides the opportunity to create greater meaning and purpose in the marine environment we love.
He is a surfer and waterman that enjoys experiencing the sea in intimate way. With a background in Search & Rescue in both mountains, surf and natural disasters, He is constantly trying to advance how one can better save people whether it be rescue methodology, or organizational development.
His current rolls in Human Resources, Training and Project Coordination within the Swedish Sea Rescue Society allow him to help others evolve.
Before joining the SSRS team, he was responsible for several Emergency departments at Sahlgrenska University Hospital for over 10 years.
Dean 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.
Rikke holds the position of Secretary General in Redningsselskapet (Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue) since August 2012.
She has been actively promoting a closer cooperation across other Norwegian SARs, and she has been a leading voice in the national preparedness discourse. Her engagement has culminated in a white paper presented to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice earlier this year.
Prior to taking on her current position, Rikke served five years as Vice Minister of Trade and Industry. She handled maritime issues and policies and one of her areas of responsibility was the Norwegian membership in the International Maritime Organization.
As CEO of Maritime Forum (2003-2007) she played a key role in developing Norwegian maritime policy and nurturing contacts with authorities at local, national, and EU level.
Rikke chairs the Board of Directors of various companies and organizations such as Fartøyenes Rederiforening (union of cargo freighters) and RS Sea Rescue School AS.
She is married to Trond Rusten and has two daughters.