Air Rescue Trust´s Chopper Appeal Campaign 2017

The Role of the Trustees


A deliberate blend of expertise and practical experience has been sought in establishing the make-up of the Trust which is currently under the Chairmanship of Mr Murray Weakley.  The Trustees meet every six weeks to set policy and procedure and monitor the Trust’s operational and financial performance and its obligations and agreements with sponsors.

The Trust is committed to keeping administrative overheads to a minimum, reserving funds for operational costs wherever possible.  There are only three full-time staff employed by the Trust, with hundreds of hours being given free of charge by the Trustees and business community to support the service.



The Trustees


Murray Weakley - Chairman
Murray is a partner in the law firm Anthony Harper specialising in property, commercial, corporate and banking law.  His particular areas of expertise are commercial agreements, banking law, property law, trust and tax law and local government law. In 1992 he taught the income tax and estate planning law course at the University of Canterbury.  He is a notary public and secretary of the South Island Society of Notaries and the Vice-President of the Canterbury Asthma Society. He was appointed as a Trustee in 1998.


Trevor Watts - Deputy Chairman (West Coast)
Trevor is a born and bred West Coaster living in Greymouth. As Manager of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Service on the West Coast, he is a person who literally knows the West Coast 'inside out'.
As well as spending 23 years in total with NZ Mines Rescue, Trevor has also spent 23 years with NZ Fire Service, 8 years as Deputy Chief Fire Officer.


David Duns - Treasurer 
Managing Director of Duns Ltd, Business Consultants and Chartered Accountants, David has developed a long-standing base of business services and consultancy clients. His area of expertise includes establishing the most suitable structure for the sale and purchase of business’s and properties and the financing of these activities. David also has extensive experience in dispute resolution and business negotiations. He enjoys associating with the firms many clients and continues to act for his first client. David was appointed as a Trustee of the Trust in 1998 and was appointed Treasurer of the Trust at that time.


Barry BraggTrustee
Barry has been a Trustee since 2002. He is the Chairman of Ngai Tahu Property Limited which has significant property, agricultural and land developments throughout the South Island. Barry is also consulting to NZ Coal and Carbon Limited on a number of energy projects. Barry is also a Director of CRL Energy Ltd.


Barrie Cooper - Trustee
After retiring as Executive Director of the New Zealand Security Association after ten years, Barrie recently relocated to Christchurch with his wife Lyn to be closer to family.
Barrie has a long history working in the 'not for profit' sector and with trusts. He is a past trustee of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, past chairman and present director of the international charity Radio Lollipop New Zealand Ltd. This charity cares for children in hospitals throughout the world. He is a director of the New Zealand arm of the Australasian Society of Association Directors. Barrie operates a Corporate Cab franchise in Christchurch and is a Justice of the Peace.


Ivan Campbell - Trustee
Ivan's early career was with the NZ Police for 14 years, followed by a decade of administration in the helicopter and air ambulance industry. A pilot himself, Ivan offers experience in the operational requirements and the equipment necessary to support the efficient use of resources for air ambulance and helicopter rescue services.

Since 2000 Ivan and his wife Sandra have run their aviation businesses, Campbell Aero Classics and Campbell Aviation, on their dedicated 1940's theme airfield in North Canterbury. Ivan invented the world's only custom fit hard shell leather flying helmet - these helmets are now exported to over 22 countries worldwide. They are also import agent/assemblers for replica Supermarine Spitfire and Mustang aircraft.


Tracey Chambers - Trustee

Tracey is our newest Trustee, starting in 2015. 

Tracey’s areas of specialty are issues management, stakeholder engagement and communications and also putting people together to do great things.  In terms of governance, she is currently on the Board of Canterbury Employers Chambers of Commerce and was also the first female President.  Tracey was previously CECC representative on Business NZ and the Vice-President of that entity.  She is a director of The Rata Foundation, and has been the Chair in the past as well. Tracey has enjoyed the combination of those governance roles as it has given her commercial-community balance.  Other governance roles over the past decade have included:

  • Rainbow Children’s Trust
  • Tactix Netball 
  • Royal NZ Ballet 
  • Cash Converters 

In a previous life Tracey was a Chief Reporter and so she has a strong media background as well. Her father was rescued by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter when he suffered a heart attack, and Tracey values the Trust as close to her heart.

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