District Governor Elect's

Grant Smith

District 9910, New Zealand & South Pacific Islands

Rotary Club of Albany
Grant grew up in Auckland and commenced his working career as an Automotive Technician with BMW. He spent 20 years with BMW including 4 years working in Germany as an International Trainer. On his return to New Zealand he was appointed as Marketing Manager for BMW, and then moved on to Porsche New Zealand which he ran for 10 years.
For the last three years Grant and Sarah have been living in Hong Kong where Grant was Managing Director of Porsche Hong Kong and Macau. Having returned to New Zealand late in 2018, he is now working as a Business Excellence consultant and Motorsport consultant founding a new motor racing category which will commence early in 2020.
Grant and Sarah have been members of Albany Rotary since September 2008. Grant was appointed as President in 2010 and achieved the Club Presidential Citation. Sarah became President of Albany Rotary two years later, and Albany Rotary had four years with Smiths at the helm and got on the cover of RDU!
Grant was member of the District Literacy Committee, was Assistant Governor for 2012-13, and he then became District Rotary Foundation Chair from 2013-2016 with the introduction of the new Foundation Grant Model.
He is a District Trainer and in 2015 received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.
Grant is a member of the Paul Harris Society and is currently once again President of Albany Rotary for the 2019-2020 year.
Grant and Sarah are really looking forward to the challenges ahead and working with clubs to help enhance Rotary’s image and to grow membership.

Steve Chaney

District 9920, New Zealand & South Pacific Islands

Rotary Club of Manakau City Sunrsie
Steve grew up and was educated in Otautahi (Christchurch), the second youngest of 5 children. He graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Canterbury and for post graduate studies from Massey University he passed a Diploma in Business in Accounting, Marketing and HR. After graduating he moved to the North Island, to pursue employment opportunities within the Chemical industry. Kapuni, Taranaki first, then onto Auckland where he established a 40 Year career with NZ Farmers Fertiliser which became Fernz Corporation and then Nufarm. During this time, he has held a number of positions which included roles in Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Logistics and Computers specializing in Animal Health, Human Health, Agricultural Chemicals, Fertilizers and Industrial Chemicals.
Steve is currently Chief Executive for Peter Hay Kitchens, Manukau.
Steve joined the Rotary Club of Papatoetoe in October 1984 and was Club President in 1988/89. To accommodate the demands of a young family of 4 children and both himself and Edith, his wife, working fulltime, would see him become the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Manukau City Sunrise, 1998/2000. He took on the President role again for the Clubs 20th Anniversary Year in 2018/2019.
At the District level he has been 9920 Conference Chair in 1989, 2004 and 2010. He and Edith were committee members for the Australia NZ Exchange Programme,1989/97, Step-Up Young Adult Leadership Programme Inaugural year 2006 till 2011, and members on the Fellowship and Hiking RAG. Assistant Governor 1996 and 2019. Together they have been RYPEN Camp Mum & Dad 2013 and 2014. They have hosted participants of GSE teams from Turkey, Germany, Louisiana USA, and Canada. Their club hosted a ROMAC sponsored child, Matilda, from Vanuatu for two visits for heart surgery at Starship Hospital.
Rotary has enriched Steve and Edith’s lives and that of their whanau of, 4 tamariki and 6 mokopuna. They have hosted 12 Youth Exchange students. Three of their four children to have had the privilege of taking part in Youth Exchange programmes, between Australia, England and Argentina. Three children have taken part in RYPEN and 2 in RLYA programmes as participants and then as leaders. Their eldest daughter was a member of the Rotary Club of Parnell and was an Inaugural participant in the Step-Up Young Adult Programme and then returned to the programme as the Outdoor Challenge Coordinator.
In March 2020, Edith officially joined Rotary as a member of the RC Manukau City Sunrise.
Edith is the District Leadership Development Chair (Learning & Development) 2020/2023. Edith has worked in education for over 30 years, in a range of school leadership roles, the Education Review Office, University of Waikato, Ministry of Education, and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiārangi, as Regional Director Tāmaki Makaurau. Her passion for service and education continues with an exciting new career pivot into Coaching and Leadership for Indigenous by Indigenous.
They are a tag team and together Steve and Edith look forward to continuing their service in Rotary and are excited about serving District 9920, in 2021/2022.

Ross Pinkham

District 9930

Rotary Club of Taradale
Ross has been a member of the Taradale Rotary Club on 3 occasions.  Firstly in 1984 – through to 1986, when he transferred to New Plymouth North, then back to Taradale in 1991, then on to Bangkok South, Thailand in 1998, then to Dunedin South in 2004, before returning to Taradale Club in 2010.  He has held Board positions in each of the Clubs with the exception of Bangkok South.
He has held the role within District 9930 of Youth Protection Officer since 2013.  He is a graduate of the Rotary Learning & Information programme.
He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Taradale Club in 2012 for services to Rotary, the New Zealand Police and to the community.  As Convenor of the 2016 District Conference in 2016 awarded a Sapphire pin.  Through Ross’ contributions to the Rotary Foundation, he received a double Sapphire pin in 2017.
Ross had a distinguished career (for 43 years) with the New Zealand Police holding the rank of Detective Inspector for 21 years.  He has been involved in many high-profile criminal investigations and has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for his investigation of homicide and serious crime.  Ross was seconded to the NZ Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand as the Police Attaché for 5 years covering the majority of Asian countries.  In 2002 he was involved in the investigations into the Bali bombing.
Ross attended Hastings Boys High School and is a current Trustee on the Old Boys’ Association.  He also is a Trustee for the Camp Kaitawa Trust and the Napier Rotary Pathways Trust.  He is a keen cyclist and swimmer. 
He looks forward to serving the District and supporting the 2021/22 International President Shekhar Mehta, of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India

Mark Wheeler

District 9940

Rotary Club of Wellington
Mark was born in Christchurch, Katie in Timaru and both have lived throughout New Zealand and frequently overseas.
Mark served in the New Zealand Army for 38 years, holding a number of senior Defence Force appointments. Mark deployed overseas on a number of operational and nonoperational postings and retired from the Army as the Land Component Commander.
In 2013 Mark became General Manager of the Government’s Aviation Security Service, a position he still holds. Mark holds two master’s degrees; a Master of Philosophy from Massey University and a Master of Arts from Deakin University. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007.
Mark and his wife Katie, a registered nurse have been together close to 30 years. Katie’s career has been intermittent as the family traveled globally, though Katie found time in the last few years to go to Northern Iraq to support a Humanitarian hospital. Having lived in Wellington for over 30 years both call Wellington home.
Mark joined Rotary in Florida as a member of the Tampa Hyde Park Rotary Club. On return to Wellington, he joined the Rotary Club of Wellington and was President 2016/17.
Mark has been chairing the national Centennial Committee, with the mandate is to use the opportunity for all of Rotary New Zealand and the Pacific to successfully launch our second century, whilst celebrating Rotary achievements over the last 100 years.

Nick Courtney

District 9970

Rotary Club of Papanui
Nick has been a member of Papanui Rotary since 1996 and will celebrate his 25-year anniversary in February 2022.
He was Club President in 2003-04, has served on most committees and most recently been a Director and Chair of the Club Development/ Membership committee.
Nick has served on the District 9970 Club Development Committee in recent years and was the Co-Chair in 2017-18. He has been closely involved in the development and chartering of the new-style Rolleston Rotary Club and is passionate about growing Rotary.
He is an RLI facilitator and regularly facilitates the Club development segment in District RLI seminars.
Nick was born in Christchurch but grew up in various rural areas in Southland and Canterbury. On completing his schooling in Christchurch, Nick completed an Architectural degree in Auckland. On returning to Christchurch, Nick worked as an Architect for the Ministry of Works, before establishing his own architectural practice in 1986.
During his career, Nick has been actively involved with management of projects and leading teams, including co-managing a major facilities expansion at The University of Canterbury in the late 1990’s. The practice is known for its renovation work, new housing, educational, and Dental practice fitouts.
Nick is married to Liz who as an Interior Designer and a fellow Director of the Architectural practice. Liz is also a Rotarian and Past District Governor of D9970. They have five children and nine grandchildren living in New Zealand and Western Australia.
Spare time (when available) involves cycling, classic cars, gardening and travelling overseas.

Nick Wood

District 9980

Rotary Club of Cromwell
Nick has been involved with Rotary D9980 since 2003 as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, spending a year in Sweden in D2400.
Joining the Dunedin Rotaract club in 2004 until 2005 before joining the Cromwell Rotary club in 2012 upon moving to Cromwell.
Nick and Beth married in 2008 and have two boys Joseph (13) and Charlie (10) and have a crazy dog “Loki” and cat “Magnus” the family moved to Cromwell for business opportunities in 2012.
Nick is a master locksmith and Beth is an apprentice locksmith. Nick runs the architectural door hardware side of the company looking after the Queenstown Lakes district and Central Otago region.
Nick served as Cromwell Rotarys’ president in the 2015-16 year, then becoming assistant governor for the Central Otago region during the 2018-20 period and then becoming DGN during the 2019-20 rotary year.
Nick was made a Paul Harris Fellow following his year as club president and the following year was the recipient of the Cromwell Rotary “Lindsay and Mary McIntyre Award” for the rotarian that best embodied the spirit of rotary.
As a young DG (34) he has joined the young governors group with fellow governors under the age of 47 working on helping other younger rotarians into leadership roles within clubs and districts.
Nick and Beth have been members of the D9980 RYE committee since 2012, having hosted 3 students as part of their family, both of their children want to be RYE students in the future from this experience.
Outside of rotary Nick has been a leader of the Cromwell Scouts running the cub section for 4 years as his children have moved from keas to cubs and onto scouts. With fellow leaders they managed to grow the group from 20 children across all sections to over 60 children involved in the 3 sections, Nick has finished up with scouts in 2020 due to the increased rotary workload.
“I look forward to serving as District Governor for D9980 in the 2021-22 Rotary year”