Controllers & Declarations

The Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group have appointed Group and Local Controllers in accordance with Sections 26 and 27 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act.

(A competency profile for the Group Controller is available from the Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre)

The Group Controller must, during a state of emergency for the area for which the Group Controller is appointed, direct and co-ordinate the use of personnel, materials, information, services, and other resources made available by departments, CDEM Groups, and other persons.

Other key functions include:

  • acting as an advisor to a local controller in a local emergency,
  • training and mentoring local controllers,
  • maintaining relationships with CDEM Group Members,
  • monitoring and auditing response capability through exercises.

Declaring a state of emergency allows the Controller and others access to statutory powers. Its purpose is to be a public method of granting people the necessary authority to protect life and property in extraordinary emergency events.

The rationale for declaring a state of emergency is:

  • an emergency event has occurred or may occur
  • the safety of the public or property is endangered
  • loss of life, injury or illness or distress may be caused
  • usual services are inadequate to deal with the emergency




John Dragicevich

CDEM Director

Bryan Cartelle

Principal Rural Fire Officer

Alan Treasden

Technical Advisory Manager

John Schermbrucker

Manager Stormwater Delivery

Ian McCormick

General Manager Building Control

Ian Maxwell

Director Community Services

Craig McIlroy

Manager Stormwater

Sarah Sinclair

Chief Engineer

Graham Bodman

GM Arts, Sports and Recreation

Stephen Drumm

Business and Finance Manager

Matthew Walker

GM Financial Plan Policy and budget

Claire Richardson

Executive Officer, Operations

Grant Barnes

GM Licensing and Compliance

Graham Bodman

GM, Arts, Community and Events

Rachel Kelleher

Manager Biodiversity

Victoria Walker

Head of Marketing and Publicity

Mara Bebich

Strategy and Stakeholder Liaison Manager

Jennifer Rose

Operations Support Manager






NOTE: The above list identifies the Controllers and Alternate Controllers for the Auckland CDEM Group as at 1 January 2016. This list is subject to change. 

Related Links

Director Guidelines - Response Management for CDEM Group and Local Controller

Read the guidelines here

Director Guidelines - Declaration

Read the guidelines here

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