Meet the extraordinary crew, a dedicated team of professionals committed to saving lives. Supported by our Board of Trustees, they are ready to serve.

Christine Prince

Chief Executive Officer

Christine has extensive global experience in the Marketing and Advertising Industries. She has worked for heavy weights such as Unilever Europe, the Olympics, and Paspaley Pearls. After the earthquakes, Christine decided it was time for a new career challenge. Leaving her role as CEO for Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism to work for St John in a commercial and fundraising role. It then seemed like a logical move to join the Rescue Helicopter / Flying Doctor Trusts as their CEO.

“I wanted to continue to try and help in some way. On a personal level, it is great to get up each day thinking about new ways we can keep the service running. We have a great team of very supportive Trustees and a wonderful team here at the Trust who make this happen.”

Rachael McNutt

Funding & Finance Manager

Rachael has worked for the Rescue Helicopter Trust for over 25 years. She has covered multiple roles during her tenure with the trust, starting out providing Telemarketing admin support and has overseen roles as General Manager and most recently Funding & Finance Manager – being accountable for all of the Trust’s community fundraising and finance requirements.

“I enjoy being part of an incredible team, working hard to provide a world-class Rescue Helicopter and Air Ambulance service for the Canterbury and West Coast communities.”

Experiences that stands out for Rachael were the 2011 and 2016 earthquakes. It was a particularly challenging time for the rescue crews, as well as the wider GCH Aviation and Rescue Helicopter Trust team.

“In order to manage the huge workload the team really had to pull together to support each other, the camaraderie was incredible.”

Kathryn Marshall

Fundraising and Development Director

Kathryn is a highly experienced fundraiser with over 25 years in income generation, strategy and donor-centric communications. Her involvement with world-leading hospitals, universities, and charities both in the UK and NZ means that she is experienced at building authentic and collaborative partnerships in order to gain positive fiscal results. Kathryn will be leading the strategy and implementation of individual, corporate and bequest programmes in order to deliver sustainable income to keep the service running.

“It’s a privilege to work alongside our supporters to see this vital service grow and thrive, safe in the knowledge that every dollar raised is saving somebody’s life.”

Sean Simpson

Business & Rural Support Crew Coordinator

For the past 20 years, Sean has worked with both fixed wing air ambulance and regional rescue helicopters across the country. His primary role throughout this time has been with the Westpac Rescue Helicopters. He continues to enjoy working directly with both new and existing business supporters, all of whom play a vital role in helping keep the choppers in the air for all of us.

“This support directly helps us provide patients with the best possible outcome. I love nothing more than talking directly to our business supporters, catching up with them each year, and of course, being able to thank them on behalf of the crew and the patients.”

Clare Burgess

Marketing and Communications Manager

We feel blessed to have such an experienced marketing guru on the team. Clare spent over 15 years at the University of Canterbury working across a wide variety of departments. Clare is focussed on increasing the profile of the Rescue Helicopter Service and is the head of storytelling and engagement.

“I love working at the Trust as there are never two days the same and there is so much to do. We have so many amazing stories to tell about our patients and crew, which is very satisfying”.

Caroline Wagteveld McKenzie

Project Manager

With almost two decades of national and regional fundraising and events to her name, Caroline brings a wealth of experience and enthusium to the team. She loves hosting amazing and meaningful events, and seeing people connect to make a difference within their community, and hopes to meet you at one, soon.

“I’m inspired by our amazing crew, heroes without capes, that are literally saving lives day-after-day and ensuring the best patient outcomes for all people within our region.”

Ann-Marie Nolan

Executive Assistant

Ann-Marie arrived at the Trust after spending 15 years working at the NZ head office of Virgin Australia as PA and Office Support. Ann-Marie is the executive assistant and look after the administration tas Trustee meetings as well as a variety of other support tasks. She is super organised and very talented with a needle and thread!

“Being able to work on base, amongst the amazing air rescue team provides motivation every day!”

Jacqui Wright

Financial Administrator

Jacqui has been with the Trust for 2 years after a long career in the air force. She is a key member of our financial administration team and keeps all our donor record accurate and up to date, using our CRM and accounting systems. Her cheery spirit and nature are a joy to have around the office.

“I love being around aviation and all the crew. I have a passion for planes and have even been winched out of a helicopter in my past life!”

Janene Walker

Business Support Crew

Diana Simpson

Business Support Crew

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