John Laughton - Chairman
021 370 305
John started working as Senior Radio Technician in Downer New Zealand’s Automation team in May 2021. His key focus is on collaborating with industry bodies, colleagues and communities to help develop a training programme which creates career pathways into the radio industry. John has extensive experience in defence force marine radar and radio communications from his time working at the Royal New Zealand Navy as an Electronic Technician from 2001-2010. He then made the move into the two-way commercial radio industry as a Service Manager at Jacks and Wills in Invercargill. A few years later, he joined CRS Communications where he worked as a Radio Technician for eight years. In his spare time, John continues to be an active member of HMNZS Toroa, working as a Safety Supervisor at the Dunedin-based Naval Reserve unit. He also volunteers at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum sensory centre every year, working with children with autism and disabilities.
David Johnston - Vice Chairman
027 451 9103
David is the New Zealand Channel Manager for Logic Wireless Ltd, working with a nationwide network of land mobile radio dealers. He trained in one of the last groups of apprentices and trainees employed by the NZED, and has over 25 years working across all aspects of the telecommunications industry including the nationwide cellular network build and Ultra-Fast Fibre deployment. David is a registered Electrician with Advanced Trade in Electronics, NZCE Level 3 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Waikato University. This is David’s first year on the RFUANZ committee and he is looking forward to supporting the radio industry.
Debby Morgan - Secretary/Treasurer
027 450 8979
Debby is presently employed 30 hours per week by The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc, (NZART), as Business Manager/ General Secretary, a position she has held for over 20 years. She is responsible to a National Council of 9, and all members of the Association. Having attended a couple of RFUANZ conferences in her role for NZART, in 2014 she was appointed to the position of Secretary/Treasurer. This position has evolved over the last few years to also undertake all Administrative duties.
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Corey is the joint owner of Outback Communications Ltd in Christchurch. Corey trained as a Mechatronics engineer and has also completed a Masters in Engineering Management. Corey has five years project management experience and has been working in the radio communications Industry since 2010. Corey joined the RFUANZ Committee in 2015 and looks forward to helping support the Radio Communications Industry.
03 741 1339
Dale has 30+ years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry and is the founder of Go Wireless NZ. Dale was involved in many different early internet delivery technologies and spent over a decade attending night classes gaining knowledge to help build his career in this field. High speed, long range wireless technologies are what most interest him which was what led to the creation of Go Wireless NZ in 2005. Dale hopes that his experience in the wireless broadband industry will be a useful addition to the RFUANZ committee.
03 357 2787
Mike has become an integral part of the committee since 2019, this year also taking on the Treasurer role in conjunction with the Administrator.
Mike is the New Zealand Operations Manager for Tait Communications in Christchurch and has been with Tait for over 30 years, starting in manufacturing. Mike has an NZCE in Telecommunications and has also worked for Tait in Australia where he was based in Sydney. Mike’s recent experience has been in Systems Engineering, Managed Services and Operations. This is Mike’s first year on the committee and he hopes to leverage his experience in the radio industry to assist RFUANZ and its members.
021 241 6358
Justin has been with Vital as RF Technical Manager and Engineer since 2016. Graduating from Oregon State University in 2005 with a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Justin thereafter began working in the telecommunications field with a major electricity provider in Portland, Oregon. After moving back to New Zealand in 2008 Justin has worked at both 4RF and Powerco in New Plymouth before joining Vital. Justin has delivered a wide range of telecommunication projects ranging from SCADA and Power Line Carrier to Point-to-point and Land Mobile Radio including DMR Tier-III. This is Justin’s first year on the RFUANZ committee and he is eager to provide energy towards the telecommunications industry and RFUANZ.
027 309 5661
Carl is the Managing Director of Ashley Communications and Yonder.co.nz. With over 14 years in the industry, Carl is well placed to offer viewpoints from land mobile radio users as well as WISPs. Carl started his time in radio originally working for Ashley Electronics, before crossing the ditch and spending 5 years working for Nixon Communications based in Gladstone, Queensland. Eventually, he saw the light and returned to Timaru, where he ended up buying Ashleys and Yonder. Carl has a real passion for the radio industry in NZ and is looking forward to being able to add value to the RFUANZ committee.
021 548 291
Steffen began his career in Telecommunications in 1997 during the cellular transition from analogue to digital, 23 years later he is now the Sales Manager at CSE Genesis & heavily involved in the mobile radio renaissance with the move to digital and the advanced functionality that comes with it. Steffen has a passion for Digital Mobile Radio going beyond Push to Talk using application suites that deliver improvements to productivity and enhanced health & safety.
027 436 1796
Steve has been a licensed Amateur Radio operator, (callsign ZL2UCX), since 1980 and has used the skills and experience of working with Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) to assist Police and Land Search and Rescue, Civil Defence Emergency Management, and International Red Cross in providing communications and technology support for emergencies, small and large, domestically and around the world.
As a dedicated volunteer Steve has held positions with many volunteer and charitable organisations from local committees to national boards, so brings experience in governance of volunteer organisations.
Steve has previously work with technology companies like Tait and Trimble and is now self-employed contracting and consulting in technology and providing training across a broad sector, including a part time contract role as the National Training Advisor to AREC.