Our team

Paul Allen

Emergency Management Officer (Dunedin)
Level C, 54 Moray Place

DDI: 03 474 3113
Mobile:  027 569 5134
Email:  paul.allen@otagocdem.govt.nz

Matthew Alley

Acting Director 
1 Dunorling St
Alexandra 9054

Mobile: 027 581 5365
Email:   matt.alley@otagocdem.govt.nz

Dan Andrew

Emergency Management Officer (Queenstown Lakes)
10 Gorge Rd, Queenstown

Mobile: 021 709975
Email:   dan.andrew@otagocdem.govt.nz

Karen Beattie

Emergency Management Officer Business Support
Level C, 54 Moray Place

DDI:  03 474 3111
Mobile:  027 282 8191
Email:  karen.beattie@otagocdem.govt.nz

Ewen Graham

Emergency Management Officer (Waitaki)
Centennial Memorial Building, 1 Severn Street

DDI:  03 434 8561
Mobile:  027 801 2861
Email:  ewen.graham@otagocdem.govt.nz

Tony Martin

Group Welfare Manager
70 Stafford Street
Dunedin 9054

Mobile:   027 539 0685 
Email:    tony.martin@otagocdem.govt.nz

Glenn Mitchell

Emergency Management Team Leader (Dunedin)
Level C, 54 Moray Place

DDI: 03 474 3113
Mobile:  027 275 1119

Email:  glenn.mitchell@otagocdem.govt.nz

Michele Poole

Public Information Manager
70 Stafford Street
Dunedin 9054

DDI: 03 474 0827
Mobile: 027 839 8306

Email:   michele.poole@otagocdem.govt.nz

Brendon Smith

Emergency Management Officer (Clutha)
1 Rosebank Terrace, PO Box 25

DDI:  03 419 0287
Mobile:  027 483 9737
Email:  brendon.smith@otagocdem.govt.nz

Oliver Varley

Emergency Management Officer (Central Otago/Queenstown Lakes)
1 Dunorling St
Alexandra 9054

Mobile: 021 190 9251
Email:   oliver.varley@otagocdem.govt.nz

Phil Witchall

Training & Capability Advisor
70 Stafford Street
Dunedin 9054

DDI: 03 474 0827
Mobile: 027 615 9378

Email:   phil.witchall@otagocdem.govt.nz

Controllers and declarations

The Civil Defence Emergency Management priority is public safety; reducing the loss of life and injury, and relieving the distress of those affected by the disaster.

If a state of emergency is in force, you must follow all instructions given by emergency services and civil defence.

Civil Defence is often involved in localised events such as floods and storms, monitoring conditions throughout the troubled district, tracking weather patterns and keeping an overview to ensure safety.

Its role widens when an official state of national or local emergency is declared under section 68 or section 69 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. The CDEM Group will decide if an event is so serious that a state of emergency must be declared.

Once a declaration is made the Group Controller is the head of the CDEM Group response organisation and has two key responsibilities:

  • To participate in the planning and implementation of activities which will prepare the community to respond effectively to any civil defence emergency;
  • To lead, direct, and coordinate all resources as necessary to respond effectively to the impact of a disaster during a state of local emergency.

The Group Controllers are trained in emergency management procedures. The CDEM Group has also appointed local controllers for each of the districts within the region under section 27 of the CDEM Act. Within their respective districts, the local controllers manage their local emergencies and report to the Group Controller.


Trained and experienced Controllers are pivotal in leading the response to emergencies in each district as well as at the regional level. They hold their authority from the Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and operate under the provisions of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.

Here is the list of Controllers who are authorised to act in Otago as of 5 March 2019.



Dunedin City 




Sandy Graham 

Simon Drew

Chris Henderson

John Christie


Queenstown Lakes District





Meaghan Miller

Thunes Cloete

Peter Hansby

Tony Avery


Waitaki District




Neil Jorgensen

Murray Linwood

Peter Muldrew


Clutha District





Jules Witt

John Scott

Gavin Scott

Ian McCabe  


Central Otago District 




Sanchia Jacobs

Louise Van de Voort

David Campbell


The Joint Committee has also authorised the following Group Controllers from other parts of New Zealand to act in Otago.



Southland CDEM Group

Angus McKay

Canterbury CDEM Group

Neville Riley

Nelson Tasman CDEM Group

Roger Ball

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group

Clinton Naude

Northland CDEM Group

Graeme McDonald