Meet the team…

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Davin Bray  – Chief Executive
(DipBus, Auckland University Technology)
Much of Davin’s working life has revolved around the teaching and coaching of swimming and water safety. Alongside that he also brings extensive management and local government experience to the organisation, having owned and operated a large swim school and managed New Zealand’s largest learn to swim business at Auckland Council. Davin has competed internationally in swimming, has been involved with Surf Lifesaving at Piha Beach for the past 35 years, from nipper to senior lifeguard and New Zealand surf lifesaving title holder. Davin is married with three young daughters and in his spare time likes to remain active, including swimming, running and surfing. Email Davin

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James Lea – Operations Manager
James has spent much of his life in and around water, as a keen surfer and qualified senior lifeguard. He has been involved with Surf Life Saving for 17 years, is a call out member for Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and support services team member for Surf Life Saving Northern Region, for whom he has also been a regional lifeguard supervisor and west coast supervisor. James brings extensive knowledge and experience around risk management and rescue techniques, along with emergency care training, gained through his role as Training Manager for First Training and the provision of water safety for events and film shoots for NZ Lifeguards and, Lifeguard and Safety. James is a keen surfer and snowboarder (current snowboard examiner for Snowboard Instructors New Zealand) and is highly motivated to reducing drowning through education.  Email James 

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Teresa Stanley – Research and Development
(MBsStud., BSc., DipTchg. (Phys-Ed),)
Teresa is both an aquatic practitioner and a participant having been a NZ Swimming representative and NZ Surf titleholder. She is a qualified swim teacher and has held positions with Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Sport North Harbour. Together with Dr Kevin Moran, Teresa has had research published in Injury Control and Safety Promotion journal in September and December 2006. Teresa is an active swimmer, surfer, scuba diver and cyclist. Teresa brings her extensive experience and expertise in a number of aquatic areas specifically in relation to Injury Prevention and Early Childhood. Email Teresa

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Lynley Stewart – Aquatic Educator
(BEd; Dip. Ed. Leadership; TTC)
Lynley has considerable expertise in physical and outdoor education, believing them to be rich contexts for learning. She is committed to supporting schools to develop meaningful and sustainable aquatic education programmes, and safe practice in aquatic education. L
ynley has extensive teaching experience at a variety of primary school levels and more recently taught at an international school in the Middle East. Prior to going overseas was employed as a Health and Physical Education Advisor at the University of Waikato School Support Services. She enjoys the excitement and challenge of aquatic activities, including swimming, kayaking and rafting. Email Lynley

Nicky Howes – Aquatic Educator
(BPhEd)
Nicky is a secondary  school teacher, joining us from St Mary’s College (Ponsonby) where she has been teaching Health and Physical Education (years 7-13) and has also been Assistant Head of Faculty and House Dean during her tenure (2012-2016). During this time she also took a year off to work in the U.K. Nicky is very active in sports, both in and out of the water, having been involved in Surf Life Saving for the past 18 years, a Surf Life Saving Instructor and Examiner, and facilitating first aid training for 9 years. She still patrols as a senior lifeguard Whangarei Heads and is First Aid Officer on the committee. Nicky also plays hockey at a National Provincial level, coaches school and club hockey, and is involved in representative age group coaching and specialist goal keeper coaching. Email Nicky

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Harry Aonga – Aquatic Educator  
(Bachelor of Sport (Major Physical Education), Diploma in Travel and Tourism)
Prior to joining the team Harry was working as a Tutorial Assistant and gym instructor at Unitec New Zealand and has a strong background in rugby league. He has played for the Auckland Premier and NZ Universities Rugby League Teams, the Auckland Vulcans (Warriors Reserve Grade), Mt Albert Lions and professionally for Limoux in France. Harry’s background, skills and experience are invaluable with his focus on youth, Māori and Pacific communities. Email Harry

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Alan Chow – Aquatic Educator
(BSc (Major Human Nutrition)
Alan has an extensive background (12 years) in swim teaching, during which he has taught, written and coordinated learn-to-swim programmes throughout Auckland. He is of Chinese descent, fluent in Cantonese and conversational in Mandarin, and will be working with our refugee and new migrant communities, international students, and swim schools. In his spare time you will catch Alan out in the open water, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Email Alan

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Clayton Wikaira – Aquatic Educator
Te Hikutu te Hapu and Nga Puhi te Iwi.
(Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, University of Auckland)
Clayton has more than 14 years experience in public health delivering community development projects that successfully improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Maori in both urban and rural settings. He has held a variety of roles from drug education, reducing alcohol-related harm to smokefree and National Maori Health Promoting Schools facilitator. Clayton is an accomplished waka ama paddler and open-water diver, through which he has demonstrated a long-standing passion for water safety, providing advocacy and education within his community to address, in particular, unsafe practice in the area of collecting kai moana. Clayton’s strength is his ability to engage with hard-to-reach Maori communities, leading change that is both empowering and sustainable. Email Clayton

Barbara Venville-Gibbons

Barbara Venville-Gibbons – Marketing and Communications
(Open Water Scuba Instructor, IPNANZ Foundation Certificate in Injury Prevention – Te Aho Tapu)
Barbara has an extensive background from the dive industry – in promotions and communications, membership support, sales, diver training, and underwater sports. Her work has included the management & development of junior aquatics, boating education and diver safety education programmes. Barbara is currently studying for a Diploma in Communication at Massey University. Email Barbara

Kushida

Kushida Rasheed – Office Administrator (BA).
Kushida is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where she majored in Management and Economics. She also has a Certificate in Computing and Administration from Unitec, Auckland. Kushida is a Fijian Muslim [she speaks Hindi and Fijian] with two young children that keep her busy. Email Kushida