St John’s Queen­stown boss takes on re­gional chal­lenge

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Na­tion­wide re­struc­tur­ing of St John has seen Queen­stown’s top of­fi­cer moved into a new re­gional man­age­ment role and new bosses in­stalled in Queen­stown and Alexan­dra. Kelvin Per­ri­man re­turned to the role as Wakatipu man­ager last year, hav­ing also held 10 years ear­lier. How­ever, a re­view fol­lowed and two weeks ago he started in his new role as ter­ri­tory man­ager for Cen­tral Otago and South­land Lakes with re­spon­si­bil­ity for eight sta­tions. He will look af­ter lo­gis­tics, re­sourc­ing and staffing for the sta­tions in an area he de­scribes as ‘‘ge­o­graph­i­cally chal­leng­ing’’ with four ski­fields and large events ap­proach­ing, such as War­birds Over Wanaka, Rhythm and Alps, and events at High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park. ‘‘It’s go­ing to be a re­ally ex­cit­ing job but it’s go­ing to be very busy,’’ he said. He has the backup of in­ten­sive care para­medic Craig Down­ing who has re­placed him as the new Queen­stown man­ager. Orig­i­nally from Christchurch, Mr Down­ing started med­i­cal work with the air force, work­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of New Zealand, in­clud­ing a stint as a po­lice of­fi­cer in the bomb squad, be­fore spend­ing 12 years in Aus­tralia and North Queens­land. If you get a snake bite, he is your man, he said. He re­turned to Christchurch af­ter the 2011 earth­quake and was look­ing for man­age­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, with an eye on Queen­stown. ‘‘When the op­por­tu­nity arose to come here I thought I would do what­ever it took to get it. The rest just hap­pened.’’ The sta­tion now has eight paid staff and about 30 vol­un­teers and he doesn’t see the need to be mak­ing great changes. Alexan­dra St John also has a new man­ager start­ing Novem­ber. Rob An­nes­ley has a navy back­ground and is also an in­ten­sive care para­medic. He comes from a role as emer­gency re­sponse man­ager at Ocea­nia Gold, at the Reefton mine.

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READY FOR AC­TION: Kelvin Per­ri­man is now the ter­ri­tory man­ager for St John Cen­tral Otago/South­land Lakes while Craig Dowling has re­placed him as Queen­stown sta­tion man­ager. Photo: Deb­bie Jamieson 628503748

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