Our people and structure

We have approximately 250 staff, including our Director and senior managers. Get a snapshot of our people, the work they do and our organisation’s structure.

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Our staff are located in our 10 regional offices, our Wellington head office, at our Marine Pollution Response Centre in Auckland and our Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand in Lower Hutt.

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See some of our people around the regions at work and play

Our Director and Chief Executive Officer

Map illustrating the size of RCCNZ’s search area

Keith Manch

Keith Manch has the dual role of Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is accountable to the Board of Directors.

As CEO, Keith is also the senior manager responsible for the day-to-day running of Maritime New Zealand.

Keith joined Maritime New Zealand in December 2011.

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Senior management team

The seven general managers reporting to Keith each have a specific functional responsibility.

Sharyn Forsyth

General Manager Maritime Standards


  • Seafarer certification
  • Ship registration
  • Operational certification (safety management systems)
  • Health and safety for operators
  • Exemptions
  • Maritime and environmental technical services

Stephanie Winson

General Manager Legal and Policy


  • Policy and regulatory
  • International engagement
  • Legal services (including Chief Legal Counsel)
  • Research and analysis
  • Official Information and Privacy Act requests
  • Ministerial servicing

Nigel Clifford

General Manager Safety and Response


  • Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand
  • Marine Pollution Response Service
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Distress and Safety Communications
  • Maritime incident response
  • Maritime security

Andrew Saunderson

General Manager Corporate and Strategic Services


  • Strategy, planning and risk
  • Organisational accountability and reporting
  • Education and communications
  • Finance and procurement
  • Information systems and infrastructure
  • Administration and facilities

Kenny Crawford

General Manager Maritime Compliance


  • Maritime investigations
  • Safety and environmental auditing
  • Field operations
  • Commercial and recreational liaison

Anne Greenwood

General Manager Human Resources

  • Recruitment
  • Human resources specialist services
  • Organisational health and safety systems
  • Internal induction and career development
  • Learning and development systems
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