The Trust Team

Our Fundraisers

Christine Prince

Chief Executive Officer

Christine has extensive global experience in the Marketing and Advertising Industries, working 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 Air Rescue/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

General Manager

Rachael has worked for the Air Rescue Trust for over 20 years, starting out providing admin support for the Trust’s Telemarketing Fundraising Programme working her way to the position of General Manager. “I enjoy being part of an incredible team, working hard to provide a world class Air Rescue 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 Air Rescue Crews, as well as the wider Garden City and Air Rescue Trust team.

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

Barbara Dawe

Air Rescue Development Manager

Barbara’s 20 years sales experience - spanning across Real Estate, Advertising and the NZ Blood Service - combined with her love for meeting people drew her to work for the Air Rescue Trust. Barbara’s role sees her raising funds through contact with corporate sponsors, schools and clubs.

“Coming up with new ideas and ways of promoting our cause through a variety of channels with an end result of raising funds is a great challenge, certainly one that keeps us all busy!”

Through her role, Barbara gets to meet generous supporters from the wider community and it is these experiences that stand out for her. Recently Barbara has worked with a group of High Schools students’ through the ‘One School Network’ who collectively got behind our cause, “working with them was an inspiration, the students were incredibly enthusiastic about supporting us.”

Michael MacLachlan

Fundraising Manager

Michael has been a professional fundraiser for over 5 years; previously with St John and the last 2 years with the Air Rescue Trust. Michael brings over 25 years project management experience across multiple sectors, including advertising, human resources and technology to his fundraising and has worked in the UK, US and NZ. Michael’s role is to develop the Trust’s individual, community and corporate giving programmes with particular focus on direct mail, regular giving and donor development.

“It’s fantastic to be working in Christchurch as it rebuilds as a conscious, caring community. I love connecting individuals and businesses with this critical service so that people can live their lives to the fullest and feel proud that they are making a real difference in their community.”

Lea Goddard

Creative Executive

Lea has a broad creative background spanning 8 years – working in a diverse range of industries’ such as freelancing, Commercial Development, and Health Care – with the ultimate goal of working for this prominent charity. "I love the diversity of the role and the fact our work has such an impact on our community."

Meeting patients and hearing their stories is always a memorable experience for Lea, “hearing their gratitude and the getting to know the patients’ perspective of the service is invaluable.” She also gets to see the Crew’s perspective, having tagged along to numerous training exercises. “Seeing the rigorous training the Crew undertake really puts into perspective the extreme conditions they work under."

Liz Knight

Administration Manager

Liz is one of the Trust’s longest standing team members (after Rachael), looking after the office as well as processing donations and helping our generous donors with any inquiries they may have.

Having worked in Administration across a variety of industries Liz was motivated to join the Air Rescue Trust “knowing that raising money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter would help so many people in life-threatening situations.”

 Liz finds meeting the Air Rescue patients’ and supporters very rewarding, ”speaking to people who have used our service and seeing how grateful they are always puts things into perspective.” 

Whitney Tapara

Fundraising Executive

Whitney is the Trust’s newest team member bringing 3 years’ fundraising experience from Life Flight Trust in Wellington. Joining the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust means Whitney can continue to help people, “something I had missed doing when I initially moved down from Wellington.”

Looking after donor inquiries and donations as well as assisting the team in a variety of areas suits Whitney love of meeting new people, “whether it’s patients with their incredible life-changing stories or the generous supporters who help keep the service going, it’s the people who make all the difference to the Service.”

We rescued over 900 people

in 2017 alone


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