The NGCC Team

NGCC is made up of representatives of the four emergency services, independent experts and specialists.


The Board

The Executive Governance Board Independent Chair is accountable for engagement with Oversight Ministers for delivery of the investment outcomes. The agency Chief Executive representatives are accountable for representing their agency requirements, priorities and constraints. The independent members provide perspectives from their specialist domain.


Independent Chair, Rob Fyfe

Rob is the former Chief Executive of Air New Zealand (2005 to 2012), and Chief Executive, and later Chairman, of New Zealand clothing manufacturer Icebreaker (2014 to 2018). Currently Director of Air Canada and other New Zealand businesses.


Independent Technical Specialist, Antony Royal

Antony is a Board Member of the NZQA, and has served as Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Māori Digital Technology Fund, and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Ultra-Fast Broadband and the Rural Broadband Initiative.


Independent Commercial Specialist, Deborah Battell

Deborah is currently the Independent Consumer Representative on the Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Scheme, has been both the Director of Fair Trading and the Director of Competition at the Commerce Commission, and was formerly the Banking Ombudsman.

Karen Mitchell

Independent Commercial Specialist, Karen Mitchell

Karen has considerable experience in complex, high profile infrastructure procurement and commercial negotiations involving multi-agency programmes. She has been appointed to a number of governance and advisory groups for infrastructure projects.

TJ Kennedy

Independent International Specialist, TJ Kennedy

TJ was President of FirstNet in the USA, responsible for the implementation of nationwide broadband network used by over 1.5 million first responders. He has advised on public safety networks in numerous international jurisdictions.

Rhys Jones

Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Chief Executive, Rhys Jones

Rhys is the first CE of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, which was established on 1 July 2017 to create a stronger emergency response organisation. He rose to Chief of Defence Force over a 35-year career in defence.

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National Emergency Management Agency, Chief Executive, Carolyn Schwalger

Carolyn was the Programme Director for the NEMA transition (from the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management) since July 2019. She has held several senior positions across New Zealand’s public sector.

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New Zealand Police, Police Commissioner, Andrew Coster

Commissioner Coster's police career spans over 23 years including serving in the frontline and in a variety of leadership roles. He lead and co-ordinated Police's largest IT project of the decade - replacement of the HR and payroll systems.

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St John Ambulance, Chief Executive, Peter Bradley

Peter's career in the emergency ambulance service spans over 30 years. He has worked on the frontline and was Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service in 2000. Peter was awarded a CBE in 2005 for his services to the Ambulance Service in England.

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Wellington Free Ambulance, Chief Executive, Dave Robinson

With more than 20 years’ in the community, health and public service, Dave joins Wellington Free Ambulance as the organisation looks towards 100 years of service in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa regions and is proud of the direct and immensely positive impact the organisation has on its community.


The leadership team also includes senior representatives from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, New Zealand Police, St John New Zealand and Wellington Free Ambulance.

Steve Ferguson

Lead Entity Director

Steve Ferguson

Rob Fitzpatrick

Capability Director

Rob Fitzpatrick

Andrew Hooker

Technical Director

Andrew Hooker


Dawn Wilce

Commercial Director

Dawn Wilce

Nicola Wright

Programme Director

Nicola Wright

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Relationship Director

Paul Smith

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Finance Director

 Kiran Patel

The leadership team also includes senior representatives from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, New Zealand Police, St John New Zealand and Wellington Free Ambulance.