Stephen Glassey

Stephen Glassey

Associate student
Stephen Glassey

Prior to commencing his PhD with Otago University, Steve was the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington SPCA from September 2015 until it was merged into the Royal New Zealand SPCA at the end of October 2017. He led a nationally recognised organisation comprising over 50 staff and 1,000 volunteers who care for over 6,000 animals across its Newtown and Waikanae Animal Care Centres and administered the Wairarapa SPCA (including re-opening the Masterton SPCA centre). The Wellington SPCA is also home to the Animal Rescue Unit, the country’s first technical animal rescue team, that he established 20 years ago, which has rescued hundreds of animals from danger including during the Christchurch 2011 earthquake. The Inspectorate also responds to over 900 animal welfare complaints per year.

Steve's 15 years of commitment to the public safety industry have seen him rise to positions such as: General Manager (Emergency Management & Business Continuity) at New Zealand's largest government department, the Ministry of Social Development; Disaster Management Officer with the United Nations; and Chief Executive of the Emergency Management Academy of New Zealand. In 2008 Steve was awarded the prestigious Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) credential by the International Association of Emergency Managers. In 2014, he, along with Police Sergeant Geoff Bray, became the first New Zealanders to be awarded the prestigious international Higgins & Langley medal for the development of the Swiftwater Recovery Specialist training programme. He also led the development and teaching of a new series of postgraduate qualifications in emergency management at Massey University, in his former role as Assistant Director (Teaching) at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research; as well as developed the Graduate Certificate in Public Safety for the University of Canterbury.

He is the former Chair of the CEM Commissioner for the International Association of Emergency Managers (Oceania-Asia CEM Commission), founding and former Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Search and Rescue. He is also a founding member of the International Technical Rescue Association.

Student project

The aim of the doctoral research project is to critically examine the companion animal emergency management response to and following the April 2017 Edgecumbe flood, including a review of the legal frameworks that affect companion animal emergency management; a review of related after action reports and other official documents; and analysing the perceptions of residents affected by the flooding with regard to the emergency response to establish positive and negative observations that may inform, acknowledge or improve emergency management practices and laws.

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