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Gwyn Thurlow appointed as new NZDA Chief Executive

By Trevor Chappell, NZDA


The New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association has appointed keen hunter and highly experienced lawyer Gwyn Thurlow as the organisation’s Chief Executive and General Counsel.


An enthusiastic and active hunter, Gwyn Thurlow joined the NZDA in 2003.


He is currently a member of the Wellington NZDA branch, where he is the treasurer and vice president. He is also secretary of the NZDA National Heritage Trust and on the committee overseeing construction of the National Hunting Museum and Deerstalkers House in Wellington.


Professionally, Gwyn has extensive experience in the private sector and corporate legal world and holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Marketing.


He is currently practising at the top-tier national legal firm Chapman Tripp in its banking and finance team. He has previously worked for the major international accounting firm KPMG.


NZDA President Trevor Chappell says Gwyn Thurlow’s appointment is a significant step forward for the organisation. “We are living in challenging times and it is vital that we have an energetic, highly skilled and passionate advocate to take our organisation forward”, Mr Chappell said.


Delegates at last year’s national conference recognised this and made it clear that the NZDA needs to have a highly skilled and astute Chief Executive who can put it on the firm footing necessary to grow,” Trevor Chappell says.


The National Executive has taken that sentiment on board and conducted a robust and thorough recruitment process.


While that process has been lengthy, we were determined to find the right person to implement and manage modern systems, advocate for our members and all recreational hunters and bring a professional skillset and business acumen to the table.


“Gwyn said he was excited by the challenge and as a keen hunter and proud NZDA member understood the expectation that comes with the role.”


We have found that person in Gwyn Thurlow and our National Executive is pleased to be able to appoint someone of his capability and experience.


Trevor Chappell says Mr Thurlow is a hands-on member and is not afraid of getting stuck in.


Gwyn helped organise the NZDA’s last two annual conferences in Wellington, as well as rewriting our constitution to make it fit for the modern world.


He also co-presented the NZDA’s submission on the Arms Legislation Bill to the Select Committee, so we have seen how he operates and the skills he brings to bear”, Trevor Chappell says.


This will stand the NZDA in good stead for the coming years.


The National Executive has full confidence Gwyn will hit the ground running, ready to tackle the many challenges we as an organisation face,” he says.


These include growing membership, retaining hunters’ social licence to operate and implementing the systems necessary to make the NZDA as efficient and cost effective as possible.


Gwyn Thurlow said he was excited by the challenge and as a keen hunter and proud NZDA member understood the expectation that comes with the role.


I’m looking forward to leading the NZDA and helping it and the wider hunting community face the significant and very real challenges which already exist, or are developing,” Mr Thurlow says.


It is a big job but I look forward to rising to that challenge on behalf of our members and all recreational hunters.


Gwyn Thurlow will officially start in his new roles as Chief Executive and in-house legal counsel on 1 June 2020.




Trevor Chappell

NZDA National President

027 595 2398

Gwyn Thurlow

NZDA Chief Executive

027 406 0060


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