Executive Committee

Current NZEA President

Nick Evans (Nat. Cert. Embalming) 

I started in the funeral industry in August 2003, after answering an ad in the Gisborne Herald for an Embalmer/Funeral Director, no experience required. I worked as a trainee for about 18 months and enrolled in the Embalmers course of 2005, graduating with a New Zealand Certificate in Embalming in 2006. I have been working at Evans Funeral Services in Gisborne to date. I am married to Kim and have 3 children, Michael, Hayley and Ethan, and a proud granddad of two. I enjoy a number of things outside of the industry, and try to get time with family, in my shed, going fishing, or on my motorbike when I am able. I have a passion for what I do, and enjoy passing on the knowledge that I have gained to other people who are new to the industry.


Current NZEA Secretary

Katherine Dunstall (Nat. Dip. Embalming & NZ Dip. Funeral Directing) 

I have had the pleasure of being involved in the funeral industry for all of my life. I began working full time for the family business in 2012 after being asked by Dad if I was interested in learning how to embalm and if I wanted to look into get my Diploma in Embalming. As an embalmer, I get immense satisfaction out of giving families the right ‘memory picture’ of their loved one. When I'm not at work, I enjoying spending time with my family and in the summer months I enjoy heading off water skiing. As a member of the Exec, I look forward to sharing my ideas and thoughts from a younger perspective to keep this association moving forward.


Current NZEA Treasurer

David Buckley (Nat. Dip. Embalming & Nat. Dip. Funeral Directing)

I have been involved in the funeral industry since 1996, and saw the opportunity to open my own funeral business in 2002 as Cloudy Bay Funeral Services in Blenheim.  I am a Registered Embalmer and Funeral Director having obtained my National Certificate in 2001 and my Funeral Directing Diploma after that.

Both my wife Ann and I have significant family connections in Marlborough and together we have 3 children and a dog. Church commitments, along with family and community involvement only allow for a few individual moments for fishing in the Marlborough Sounds, hunting, or biking. In a few weeks I will compete again in the ‘Source to Sea’, a 160km road race.

Now working the business as a partnership with a colleague, allows me to put something back into organisations that have given me support in the past. The NZEA is one I choose to make time to support and use my skill with this nomination.


Current NZEA Executive Members

Jo Piper (Nat. Cert. Embalming and NZ Dip. Funeral Directing)

It was May 1980 when I approached the local funeral home with an inquiring open mind. Whilst still a student in college 4 th Form (Year 10).
I found myself with an after school cleaning job at this local funeral home that in turn, led to a school holiday job whereby I worked fulltime
in a voluntary capacity. During this time I was introduced to Funeral Directing then Embalming. 1985 saw me leave Wellington, for Auckland
where I lived, worked and studied to learn the art and Science of embalming. Leaving Auckland I worked overseas embalming and travelled
 the world for the next 4 ½ years. I am a registered Embalmer and Funeral Director, obtaining my Embalming qualification from CIT in 1986
and the Diploma in Funeral Directing from Weltec in 2016. I became a member of Blake Emergency Disaster Response Team in 2015. 
Now based in the Wairarapa, when I’m not at work I enjoy traveling, my garden, socialising, the gym, share market, property investment,
laughing and catching up with my 2 adult sons’. Passionate about embalming and the funeral profession as a whole I will listen to your ideas 
and suggestions on how we together, can advance the development and voice of the NZEA amongst our professional affiliations and on to a National Platform.


Jordan Goss (Nat. Dip. Embalming & NZ Dip. Funeral Directing)


Hi I’m Jordan Goss. I joined the funeral industry in 2009, completing the 2012 and 2015 National Diploma’s in Embalming and Funeral Directing
respectively. Over the past couple of years I have been supporting the NZEA executive as the local convener for Wellington based meetings.
I believe I can be of value to the association because I am motivated, efficient, approachable and contactable. I am also a strong advocate for
embalming and the education of others about our chosen profession.


Past NZEA President

Gary Wybrow (Nat. Dip. Funeral Services) 

I am currently employed by Hope and Sons Funeral Directors in Dunedin, where I was fortunate enough to begin my employment as a trainee embalmer/funeral assistant back in June 2000. I attended CIT in Upper Hutt in 2001, graduating in November 2002 with my national certificate in Embalming. I returned to Wellington in 2003 to attend Weltec in Lower Hutt to complete my National Certificate in Funeral Directing graduating 2004 with my Diploma in funeral Services. I live in Dunedin with my wife Averill and our 2 daughters, Hannah and Sarah. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, getting together with friends, music, playing golf, hitting the lake or harbor on the jetski. I really enjoy getting out fly fishing on a remote Fiordland or high country river.


Executive Appointments

  • Almoner: Jordan Goss
  • Auditor: Dennis Blank
  • Disaster Response: Simon Manning
  • FuneralCare Representatives: Anna Wolffram and Tim Brown
  • FSTT Representatives:Andy Ellis
  • Practical Examiners: Gavin Murphy (Chief Examiner), Wade Downey and Paolo Guglietta
  • Website Administrator: Katherine Dunstall
  • Assistant Website Administrator: Rhys Cleveland
  • Facebook Administrator: Alastair Hebberd
  • Assistant Facebook Administrators: Kirsty Merhtens and Jodie Hope