Our People

WanderSearch Auckland Charitable Trust has a board of Trustee’s, a part-time Program Manager and Programme Assistant. We also have a number of volunteers who assist with a variety of tasks including changing the tracking devices.


The WanderSearch Auckland Charitable Trust board directs the organisation and its key objectives to ensure the needs of our clients and whanau are met. The board conducts regular monthly meetings.

Garry Learmonth – Chair

Garry has been a trustee of WanderSearch Auckland since 2013, becoming Chair at the end of 2020. Garry recently retired from the NZ Police after 24 and a half years’ service, 20 of which were as a senior member of the Auckland Police Search & Rescue squad. Along with his duties as Chair, he has an active role in the on-going development of the current tracking system and researching alternative systems which could enhance the current programme.

Justin Fox

PGDip, InterBus. ANZIFF, (Senior Assoc) CIP Justin has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services and other growth industries and has worked in the retirement sector. Justin brings wide ranging experience and proven track record at leading large network business units and building high performance teams. He has extensive strategic and people leadership, experience in developing key commercial partnerships and is passionate about delivering value in business and helping in the community.

Dan Pehi

Dan has been a member of Auckland Land Search & Rescue since 2005 and has been a Trustee on WanderSearch Auckland since 2018. He has been on a number of searches for clients and has a solid understanding of how the equipment operates and is an active member of the Trust.

Con Hickey

Con is a recent appointment as a trustee of WanderSearch Auckland. His career has focused on developing and executing strategy for the establishment of start-up organisations and the opening of new markets in the medical device industry across Asia/Pacific.

Roscoe Tait MNZM


I have been, and still am, involved in outdoor activities (tramping, caving, climbing, skiing). I have also used these skills to contribute back to the community through volunteer work with:

NZ Mountain Safety Council, Auckland Land Search and Rescue, New Zealand Land Search and Rescue and Search and Rescue Institute of New Zealand.

I have held a variety of leadership and advisory roles within each of these organisations

Over my working life I have worked in industry, managing manufacturing plants, in the appliance and chemical industries. I have a consulting business, currently consulting on Hazardous Substances and Health and Safety to small to medium sized companies.

Awarded MNZM in 2008 for services to Land Search and Rescue

Sharelee Cleland

I’m a mother of one adult, have been involved with Search and Rescue in the Manawatu and Auckland since 2010. I’m an active, outdoorsy person who loves to be a part of helping people find their way back, in both the physical sense as well as intellectually/socially/psychologically. My ex partner lives with dementia, one of my many reasons to want to help out with WanderSearch. It’s a very worthwhile community service.


We have a wonderful group of volunteers who help out with not only with
device battery changes, but administration.


Programme Manager

Michelle Webb-Atkinson (24 hours a week)

09 480 4448 or 027 230 5165

Programme Assistant

Virginia Edwards (10 hours a week)