Grant DodsonGrant Dodson (Chair) is the Chief Executive of City Forests Limited, current Chairman of the Southern Wood Council and is a member of the Forest Owners Association Executive and a Board member of Forest Growers Research Ltd. Grant has an extensive background in land management and recreational hunting in New Zealand and Australia. He shares a passion for the outdoors, hunting and shooting sports and is an advocate for future generations of New Zealanders.

Stephen Hall has over 20 years experience in the resource management sector with extensive experience in biodiversity, pest management and land and water operations. He has held various executive management positions and served in a range of capacities at a national level. He is a consultant and is currently the Environmental Operations Director for the NEXT Foundation. Stephen has a strong interest and passion for both NZs big game animals and our natural environment and has been a recreational hunter since childhood and enjoy many other outdoor activities including fishing, tramping and photography.

Rachael Dean is a self-employed finance, systems and business consultant plus director and Shareholder in ECE Services and Staff Ltd. She has over 30 years’ experience across many aspects of accounting, project management, business systems, strategy, property, operational auditing and governance. Rachael has a strong commitment to NZ’s outdoors and in ensuring NZers are able to continue to hunt and make a valuable contribution to the environment. Rachael is a recreational shooter and is involved in a number of firearms clubs as well as being a board member of COLFO.

Steve McFall is a Past President and life member of the Te Kuiti Pig Hunting Club and has given considerable time to supporting pig hunting including as an inaugural member of the NZGAC. Steve currently serves on the NZPHA national executive. Having been involved in judging competitions since 2001 Steve was a founding member of the Ridgeline Judging System. Steve also represented pig hunters at a government-led 1080 hui in Kaikoura in 2005. Steve spent 20 years managing dry stock farms and is a trustee and Past President of the Oparau Station Trust. Steve and wife Marilyn are now directors of their own septic tank cleaning business.

Sharon Salmons MBA is based in Queenstown and is a self employed business/marketing consultant specialising in tourism and outdoor activities.  She has been secretary for the NZDA Southern Lakes Branch since 2012  and also sits on a number of outdoor related committee groups. She is a keen hunter and tramper and brings marketing and tourism skills to the council. Sharon has experience and a strong commitment to good communication/education on all hunting aspects in particular access and the more complicated bureaucratic issues.

John Cook has been a self-employed dairy farmer in Waikato for last 35 years and is the current President of the Central North Island Sika Foundation. He is a keen recreational hunter of deer and pigs, and has enjoyed getting into bow hunting over the last 5 years. John sees both game animals and the environment as resources that, if managed correctly, can be there for future generations to hunt and enjoy.

Erin Garrick has a science background in agriculture and wildlife management. She has been a keen recreational hunter for over 20 years, including a decade living and hunting in the Rocky Mountains. Erin works as a Field Officer at Southland Fish and Game, where she particularly enjoys working with farmers in development of wetland habitat. She is passionate about habitat, harvest and food gathering, and encouraging others to get out and enjoy our backyard.

Don Patterson is Governing Director of Manuka Point Station, a member of Safari Club International, New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association, Dallas Safari Club, Association of Game Estates, Patron Of Ellesmere SAR, active in the Whitcombe Landcare Group and is a volunteer fire fighter. His interests include family, farming, wing shooting and recreational hunting, aviation, boating and hunter training. He now wishes to recognise the game animals that made it all possible.

Bruce Warburton is a science team leader of the Wildlife, Ecology and Management team at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. He has been involved in research for over 40 years related to the improved management of New Zealand’s introduced vertebrates. He has a keen passion for New Zealand’s environment and has been a recreational hunter for many years, mainly with a rifle, but occasionally with his bow. He also enjoys trout fishing and sharing the outdoors with others.

General Manager

Tim Gale has a long standing involvement in biosecurity and professional hunting both commercially and as a government employee. He has experience in ground operations through to policy and governance. He has been a recreational and professional hunter for over 23 years. He is involved in and is passionate about training and equipping hunters to be safe and successful, and has published magazine articles, co-authored a hunting book, co-produced a hunter training DVD, produced digital hunting content and leads firearm and hunter training courses. Tim is enthusiastic about helping recreational hunters be safe and successful in their chosen activity. His vision for the GAC is to continue to represent the interests of the hunting sector and improve the management of New Zealand’s unique hunting resources while contributing to positive conservation outcomes.

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