Boys' Brigade NZ / ICONZ Staff

Mike Brewer

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My greatest satisfaction would be over 30 years of marriage and four children who are now young and mature adults, and the opportunity to gather whenever possible with them and their extended family.

I have 3 decades of extensive business background across media including holding the position of CEO of Rhema Media for 4 years and for the last 4 years worked with start-up ventures across Management, Health and Safety sectors.

I also bring real world experience prior to being in business, having worked in many roles in the telecommunications and security industry; with my first role being a postman in his hometown of Opunake in Taranaki. My rural background has given me an appreciation of the heartland and I have also traveled extensively and have a broad world view and appreciation of diverse cultures.

During the process of applying for the position of National Director I have spoken to colleagues and friends and several of them have mentioned their involvement with Boys Brigade and the foundation it laid for them as men, which was one of the defining points for my decision to take on the role.

I am very excited to be given the opportunity to represent BBNZ/ICONZ as National Director and further the cause and mission to build character of young men in Aotearoa. I cannot

think of a more important mission than to build relationship with Christ and prepare young men for the challenges they will face in the future.

I would like to honour Michael Good as he steps into the next season of his life and thank him for his tenure with the organisation and I know he leaves a big legacy. It is my hope to see the organisation grow on the shoulders of this legacy and all the current staff, volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders and all who have gone before and further the impact we may have in the nation for God.

Stu Thomson - ICONZ Director

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Stu has been our ICONZ Director since he and others established the ICONZ initiative in 2003. He was involved in working in a wide variety of children's initiatives prior to joining us. He is most at home outdoors, camping and being with his family which include his wife Karen and their five children and three son and daughters in law. Stu's other interests include kayak fishing and tramping.

With over 30 years experience working with children and young people, Stu says that working with primary school aged children still gives him the most joy. However, mentoring young leaders is an increasingly important part of the job because Young Adult leaders must be empowered to lead into the 21st century. After a fact finding trip visiting our affiliates in the UK and Scandinavia in 2013, Stu was inspired by the large number of young people in important leadership positions and consequently conceived the vision for the Young Guns Leadership Programme which aims to equip and empower young leaders for the Kingdom of God, including Boys' Brigade and ICONZ, into the future.

Stu has a Diploma of Children's Ministries from Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, is a trade qualified carpenter, has worked in sales and marketing, sports coaching and children's entertainment. Since coming to us so he has worked on developing the full ICONZ programme from our Anchor programmes through to ICONZ Edge (in schools), Adventure , Xtreme and Delta programmes for all school aged boys, recruiting and training leaders within churches from Waikato to Wellington. Since 2010 he has been working closely with two churches in Tauranga to develop the ICONZ Edge school based programme at Welcome Bay School.

Contact Stu via email at skyte@bb.org.nz or call him on 027 655 7113

Leigh-Ann Bailie

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Leigh-An brings a wealth of expertise and is very pleasant and easy going. Here’s a bio.
I have been married to my husband for 31 years, he is a Wesleyan Methodist minister and we pastor a church called Millwater Wesleyan Church on the North shore and have done so for the last 4 years.

We are South Africans and have two wonderful Children. Our daughter is married, lives in London, is a remedial teacher and we have one beautiful 20-month-old granddaughter from her. We have a Son who is married and is a policeman here on the north shore of NZ.

I have a B Com degree and an accounting diploma and have worked in the Non-profit sector for the last 15 years. I am a creative shopper, very organized and love to read and long walks.

Northern Regional Manager