Staff Profiles

It takes some amazing people to give every single camp a “Life Changing Everytime” camp experience, but we have those amazing people on staff.

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Ian & Christine Fraser

Ian & Christine Fraser

Camp Director & Office Support

Office@finlaypark.co.nz

Ian & Christine arrived at Finlay Park almost 30 years ago to “stay for 12 months”. 30 years later Ian has been major driving force in the ongoing development of the camp. Christine has supported him with all the office and admin duties.

Erin Fraser

Erin Fraser

Instructor

Arrived at Finlay Park for “one summer” and Erin realized that camping is way more fun than a desk job.

Andrew Balchin

Andrew Balchin

Instructor

Variation is the spice of life” rings true for Andrew. Working at Finlay brings new challenges and different jobs to do each day making it an ever changing but always positive experience. He is the “camp scientist” with a Bachelor of Science tucked under his belt. He “loves it too much to leave any time soon

Elena Dimcea

Elena Dimcea

Instructor

Prior to coming to Finlay Park Elena was working on a dairy farm. She loves working with kids more than she loves working with cows and enjoys the fun atmosphere of Finlay Park 

Gus Johannes

Gus Johannes

Compliance Manager

Gus@finlaypark.co.nz

Gus started at Finlay Park in 2000, married the boss’s daughter and has been here ever since.

Ashleigh Suisted

Ashleigh Suisted

Instructor

Ashleigh had the blessing of growing up at Finlay Park. She left to study and work as a Social Worker but at the beginning of 2016 the camp bug brought her back. Currently on maternity leave

Kayla van der Valk

Kayla van der Valk

Instructor

Kayla grew up at Finlay Park so she calls it her home! She absolutely loves this place and the lifestyle. So many learning opportunities and something new every day. She couldn’t ask for better people to work with or a better job.

Joan Billings

Joan Billings

Kitchen Manager

In 2004 Joan and her husband Gary came from mid-west America to be closer to her family in NZ. By the Grace of God she found Finlay Park and began to fulfill a passion of feeding as many children (and adults) as she can.

Debbie Wanhill

Debbie Wanhill

Instructor

After completing Bible college and outdoor qualifications Debbie volunteered for MMM and Scripture Union. In 2016 Debbie made the move to Finlay Park and has thrived in the challenges that Finlay Park provides.

James Cakebread

James Cakebread

Instructor

James has been a leader at camp couple of years previously. A pom….  and slightly football mad…

Joe (Jonathan) Hall

Joe (Jonathan) Hall

Program Manager

Jo@finlaypark.co.nz

After years involved with the Finlay Park Board Joe has jumped ship to become a full time staff member. Joe is the go-to man with anything that has technology involved.

Shelley Hall

Shelley Hall

Kitchen

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Sharnea Arthur

Sharnea Arthur

Instructor

Sharnea is a bubbly staff member who is looking forward to all of the challenges and experiences that working at Finlay Park brings. She is passionate about outdoor activities and loves to work with people.

Volunteers

 Pia Sommerhoff

Pia Sommerhoff

Volunteer from Germany

Pia is from from Aachen in Germany and is 18 years old.  At home she is in the Circus and enjoy sailing. Pia is very excited about this year at Finlay Park and hopes to learn lots and meet some fun New Zealanders.

Nilsson von Kriegsheim

Nilsson von Kriegsheim

Volunteer from Germany

Nilsson is 18 years old, a new volunteer from Germany.  He is looking forward to do activities with you