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NZAC announces appointment of new General Manager

Keith Gilby has been appointed to the role of General Manager of the NZ Alpine Club, replacing outgoing manager Sam Newton.

“After an extensive search, Mr Gilby was selected to fill this critical outdoor leadership role, and to continue to guide the club forward as it celebrates its 125th year” said Past President John Cocks.

“Mr Gilby was selected from a strong range of candidates with superb skills and backgrounds.  Given the complexity and nature of the NZAC, we were seeking strong leadership, financial and project management skills and Keith best suited the mix.”

Mr Gilby has worked for 30 years in the Power sector and since returning to Christchurch with his family in 2014 has been working as General Manager Southern for Switch Utilities. His move to the NZ Alpine Club is about combining a passion for the outdoors with his management skills to guide the club in its own unique developments.

“Joining the NZ Alpine Club is a fantastic opportunity to combine business and leadership skills with the personal passion I have for mountaineering and the NZ outdoors” said Mr. Gilby.

“The NZ Alpine Club holds a special place in the provision of development, training and leadership within all facets of climbing and backcountry sports.

“Taking on the role of General Manager during the Club’s 125th anniversary year is a legacy that is both a privilege and a challenge. I’m looking forward to working with a great team of full time staff and dedicated volunteers to further develop and deliver our world-class instruction programmes, facilities, publications and benefits for members. Looking to the future of climbing in NZ, I’m also keen to work with the club to develop a wider youth programme, increasing the membership base and providing the platform for elite development within the sport.”

At a national level the club is increasingly being called on to provide leadership, guidance and advocacy on access and sustainability issues alongside our partners such as the Federated Mountain Clubs ( FMC).

“I look forward to this key opportunity to develop open and constructive relationships with all leisure and sporting organisations who have focused interests in the NZ outdoors. I also hope to further develop the NZAC’s excellent relationships at local and national government level” said Mr Gilby.

For further information;

John Cocks – Past President – Ph 027 246 3918

Keith Gilby – Incoming General Manager – Ph 027 414 1629


Posted: 28/04/16

Posted By: Sefton Priestley