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Our People

Mark “Budgie” Woods

What do you do at Peak?

I am a director here at Peak Safety. This means I facilitate connections with our tribe, both outward to our remarkable clients, and inward with our extraordinary staff.

What do you do when you are not at work?

My passion is gravity. I love to ski and mountain bike.

Where have you come from?

I am from a background of ski patrol management and crayfishing.

Henry Worsp

What do you do at Peak?

What I’m told for the most part, although I like to break out of my boundaries from time to time.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Historically adventures involving family, friends and community but as the years go by I find myself pottering in the garden more and more.

Where have you come from?

My parents. Rotorua born and bred but have lived in Canterbury, Nelson and Ruapehu.

Nick Morrison

What do you do at Peak?

I am El Director, a First Aid Instructor and a Medic. I like finding solutions to things.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Hmmm… that’s a very good question… Gardening! I like thinking… I like sitting and thinking… and playing around in water.

Where have you come from?

I come from an Adventure Tourism background, Guiding, Ski Patrol. I'm also a director of rankers.co.nz and Sunrise Motorhomes.

Kimi Chater

What do you do at Peak?

I’m the General Manager looking after all finances, social media and anything else that happens upon my desk.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I paddled and raced Waka Ama and Whitewater Rafting for years, but am having a sojourn from training on the water to hike, bike, jog, yoga, do garage workouts – whatever feels right on the day! Love hanging out with my daughters and my husband.

Where have you come from?

I am not the best person in the event of an emergency, but funnily enough I come from a family of Yosemite, California Search & Rescue/Firefighters, so its in my blood somewhere! I worked on rivers for 10 years (whitewater photography) before starting and owning a Mountain Bike-Rafting-Adventure Tour company for 12 years... I'll stop now... I'm showing my age...

Mike Robertson

What do you do at Peak?

Operations Manager, Event Medic and First Aid Tutor.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Ride motorbikes, mountain bike, kayak and climb.

Where have you come from?

Adventure Guiding and Bike Patrol.

Felicity Thomas

What do you do at Peak?

I am the Academic Administrator for Peak Safety, and look after our PTE requirements and First Aid Training courses.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I love Mountain biking, Running, Adventure races and pottering in my garden!

Where have you come from?

My origin is from the West Coast of the South Island (Stillwater). I have come from an Outdoor Recreation/Tourism background - I also dabbled in the banking world.

Zoe Gilmer

Zoe Gilmer
What do you do at Peak?

I am a medic and an instructor?/tutor?, and help with clinical training and currency of staff

What do you do when you are not at work?

When I’m not at work I try to ride my bike and also grow vegetables.

Where have you come from?

My background is outdoor instructing and ski patrol, and I’m a paramedic by trade

Scott Culpan

Scott Culpan
What do you do at Peak?

Contract as an OFA instructor and Event Medic. I fit this around working as Training Manager for an Adventure Caving company and assessing for Skills Active Aotearoa.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Get outdoors with the family, help my kids develop a love for adventure. Coach basketball and hockey

Where have you come from?

Ruapehu is my mountain, Waikato is my river. If my wife and kids are with me, anywhere can be home.

Alex Petherick

Alex Petherick
What do you do at Peak?

I work as an event medic and first aid instructor, with a bit of health and safety/projects/security on the side.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I try to get out on my mountain bike as much as possible, a bit of skiing in winter, some climbing in summer, and the occasional good movie.

Where have you come from?

I have spent most of my time ski patrolling at Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu, with a few Canadian seasons thrown in between. Plus a few summers working in adventure tourism as a canyon guide, hiking guide and abseiling instructor.

Russell Hodgson

What do you do at Peak?

Not a heap - mainly training… First Aid and a bit of Heights Safety

What do you do when you are not at work?

Love my family. MTBing, Skiing, Canyoning and general outdoor goodness

Where have you come from?

Born and bred Kiwi - Born in Morrinsville but most of my ‘growing up’ was around Te Awamutu.

Perryn Lydford

Perryn Lydford
What do you do at Peak?

I am a medic and the South Island rep for teaching OFA and PHEC

What do you do when you are not at work?

Ride my bike and go on adventures. This summer I’m learning to fly!

Where have you come from?

New Zealand wanderer

Wayne Darlington

Wayne Darlington
What do you do at Peak?

Fun all lately but really keen to hit some more heights & rescue training - that’s typically my specialty. First Aid teaching with the occasional medic mahi is also a fun gig.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Mountain biking is a fav - watching my kids playing sport of which there is much! Hanging with good people - much learning and laughter here. Canyoning is part of my other job I love and getting out there when possible...

Where have you come from?

Ko Pirongia te Maunga, Tainui te Waka, Waipapa te Marae, Ngati Hikairo te Iwi ki Kawhia Moana, Kawhia Kai, Kawhia Tangata
E noho ana au ki Kirikiriroa.

I live in Hamilton and have spent a couple of decades in the Adventure Tourism Industry - Caving & Canyoning and associated sports & continue to play in these areas, but more moments these days with my Tamariki exploring life! Awesome!

Kia tau te Rangimarie ki a koutou katoa

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson
What do you do at Peak?

At the moment resources and I’m a medic.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I love to ride my bike, spend time with my family and (with less love) I'm renovating my house.

Where have you come from?

My family is from the West Coast of the North Island - Te Akau, but I have lived in Rotorua most of my adult life. In a medical sense, I have been a registered nurse for 17 years and currently work in a busy emergency department.

Our amazing on-call medics out and about at an event near you:

Cam Carter, Rob “Goblin” McBrearty, Nico Fournier, Joshua Morris, Jamie Garrod, Nicky “Shorty” Hughes, Jack Robinson, Nick Crocker, Helen Leong, Nic Worsp, Femke Hilbink, Nadia Peacock, Darryl Jones, Wayne Williams, Meg Petherick, Sandy McBrearty, Sam Worsp, Luke Brindle, Dawn Mulligan, Ryan Leong, Kierin Oppat, Russell Garlick, Kelly Donnelly, Andy Windle, Andrew “Cheese” Charlesworth

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