Executive Committee

Current 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.

Current NZEA Secretary

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 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

Nikki Roberts (Nat. Dip. Embalming)

I have had both the privilege and the pleasure of working within the funeral industry for the last 10 years. I started my career at Elliott's Funeral Services in Tauranga, as part of their Office Administration Team before moving into the mortuary as an Embalmers Assistant. In due course I moved into a full time embalming position where over the next 8 years I became a qualified embalmer and was promoted to the position of Mortuary Manager in 2010. Responsibilities extended beyond the mortuary to Funeral Directors Assistant, purchasing supplies, performing transfers, trimming caskets, organising hearses and daily office operations.

 In early 2011, I was selected to be a member of the Funeral Disaster Response Team that responded to the needs of Christchurch. During this time I got to work alongside some the best embalmers in the country under a unique situation.

 I am passionate about embalming, committed to continual learning both practically and theoretically. The New Zealand Embalmers Association is renowned for its high standards, of which I have been an active advocate during my embalming career.

As an Executive Member of the New Zealand Embalmers Association,  I want to create further value for members to be involved, and perhaps reconnect with the association. I look forward to continuing to supporting our dedicated embalmers and the fantastic work they do.

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.

Past NZEA President

Geoff Botherway (Nat. Dip. Funeral Services)

I began in the funeral industry in 1998 straight out of school. I was employed in Hamilton as a trainee embalmer and funeral assistant.

I graduated from Weltec with the National certificate in embalming in 2003 the same year I joined Harbour City Funeral Home. I completed the National certificate in funeral directing and gained my Diploma in Funeral Services in 2005.I have a passion for our industry and loved being involved in all aspects of funeral directing and embalming.

I live in Wellington with my partner Rach and three beautiful daughters.

Outside of work I play rugby in the winter and touch in summer. I love spending time with family, music and most sports predominantly those played with an oval ball, especially rugby league and the Warriors!

Executive Appointments

  • Almoner:Katherine Dunstall
  • 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: Alastair Hebberd