The Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust is made up of a team of locals who are passionate about the lifesaving difference the ECT Rescue Helicopter makes in our community. They are all volunteers and donate significant time and energy for the good of our community.

Dan Russell

Appointed to the Trust in 2012, Dan is a resident of Te Puia Springs where he runs a sheep and cattle farm. Dan is also a former Air New Zealand pilot servicing the regional network including Gisborne, so brings a unique set of skills to the table. Dan also has close connections with the late Des Beale-Williams, one of the original supporters of the Trust.

Peter Franks (secretary)

Peter is a retired sheep and cattle farmer with extensive community involvement. Peter has been the local Federated Farmers president and chairman of Port Gisborne. Peter now volunteers much of his time to work in the community. He is involved with the Cancer Society, the Sunshine Service, Coastguard and the Trust. His behind the scenes administration is the “glue’ that holds things together.

Ian Parker

Currently General Manager of Walter Findlay Ltd, Ian is highly respected in local Not for Profit circles. In a previous incarnation, Ian was an accountant, Associate and lead of the Not for Profit sector for BDO Gisborne and has held previous governance roles with the Cancer Society, the Child Cancer Foundation and the Funeral Service Training Trust. Ian was appointed to the Trust in 2011 and holds the position of Treasurer.

Jane Williams

Appointed in 2008, Jane brings a wealth of knowledge to the Trust. Trained as a nurse at Waikato School of Nursing in the late 70s, Jane brings extensive experience in a variety of nursing fields. Jane is a member of Tairawhiti DHB’s Hospital Advisory Committee Tairawhiti and has represented parents on a number of school Boards of Trustees. Alongside her husband, Jane is also involved in farming. A resident of Ruatoria (now only part time), Jane also has an appreciation of the issues facing those who live in remote locations.

Julian Kohn

Julian has a strong connection to the forest industry but joined the Trust to give something back to a community that has given him and my family so much for so many years. Julian brings a strong background in business management and governance. He is involved, or has had involvement, with Kohntrol Forest Services, a number of Forestry related businesses and property development companies, Eastland Network and a number of Family Trusts. This brings a good understanding of the drivers behind local business and community issues.

His wish is to see the Trust well-funded, to the point where it doesn’t have to worry too much about keeping the money coming in to allow them to provide an essential service. This is can be an issue, and a distraction, for many of these services like the Rescue Helicopter.

Murray Ferris

Recently retired from a management position after over 40 years in the print industry, Murray was appointed to the Trust in 2010.

Murray has been involved in many community committees and organisations. He’s a life member of Tourism Eastland, chairman of the Eastland Region of Fish & Game and past president of the local JP’s association. A keen hunter and fly-fisherman, Murray has been married over 40 years and has two grown sons.

Patrick Willock (Chairman)

Chairman since 2001, Patrick was born and raised in Gisborne. A retired sheep and cattle farmer, Patrick is well-known around the district. He served on the Gisborne District Council between 1989 and 2001 and was the provincial president of Federated Farmers between 1995 and 1998. Patrick is currently a director of the Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative, a JP and marriage celebrant.

Ewan Atherton

Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, Ewan moved to NZ as a nine-year-old. Following on from College and Medical School in Auckland, Ewan was a GP in Whakatane for 13 years with particular interests in musculoskeletal, ENT, psychiatry and obstetrics. Looking for another challenge in his late 30s, Ewan transitioned to the grocery world. After nine years operating NW Matamata, Ewan and Shara moved to Gisborne and have been the Owner Operators here since 2013. And both Ewan and Shara love Tairawhiti.

Charlene Donald

Appointed to the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust in 2016, Charlene has a background in project management, logistics, and health and safety roles. Her currently role is a Health and Safety Inspector. Charlene moved to Gisborne with her husband John in 2002. They have three children. Charlene has also been involved in sporting and school committees.

Peter Moore

Peter was appointed to the Trust in 2014 and brings valuable aviation industry experience. Peter has spent time as the ECT Rescue helicopter pilot, so understands the pressure of the role and the operational environment the pilot works in. Peter is owner operator of Gisborne Helicopters and has extensive helicopter and local knowledge.

Jaki Boyle (absent)

Jaki is Gisborne born and bred, and has a long association with the rural community. Having lived at Tokomaru Bay, Whatatutu, Rere and Pehiri, she understands the need for fast efficient access for help in case of illness and injury in remote locations.

Jaki worked as a Paramedic for St John for a long period and crewed the rescue helicopter in Gisborne when it was first set up as a dedicated rescue service. Jaki is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications from Otago University in Aeromedical transfer and retrieval, which gives good insight into the medical aspects of flight. She also has a Masters of Nursing & a PG diploma in Acute Care and is currently the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department at Gisborne Hospital working closely with St John and helicopter staff.