BB Executive Team
Todd Harper BSC. - Vice President (Acting President)
My BB journey has spanned nearly 20 years, starting in the Anchor Boys with the 7th Hamilton Company. Here I gained my queens badge and attended our world-class NLDC training course. In addition to my role as a BB New Zealand Executive Board Member, I am a current trustee of ‘The Boys' Brigade in New Zealand, Northern Regional Trust’. Outside of BB, I am passionate about community-based, not-for-profit organisations and serve in various governance roles through them all. I am passionate about our ministry and know first-hand the impact it can have on the lives of young people. As a communicator by trade and training, I hope I can be a strong voice for the most important stakeholder in our organisation, our boys’.
David Gray - Southern Region Representative
David started his adventure with BB at eight with Life Boys up through Company Section in 11th Southland Company, becoming a Sargent, then reached his Queen’s Badge. After a year with the unit, he entered Otago University.
After five years, he came back to help with his home unit and was appointed as an officer and later became Captain of the Company in 1981 and for the next 8 years. He moved to the other end of the town and joined the 3rd Southland Company as a Lieutenant-in-Charge of the Team Section, then to Captain to present. He holds the position of Battalion President and serves as the treasurer.
At 65 years young, he and his wife, Dianne, have 4 children, two boys and two girls, and this year a grandson. One of his sons also achieved his Queen’s Badge with BB, and his daughters their respective Queen’s Awards through GB. He is self-employed and a home-based accountant by profession. This allows him to pursue his Christian calling to serve with BB and pursue his passions for the outdoors, fishing, whitebaiting, soccer and tramping with the BB Company.
Ken Morris QSM - Treasurer
Ken has been Treasurer of BB New Zealand for nearly a decade and has contributed hugely to the financial stability and careful financial management of the movement over that time. Ken is a Chartered Accountant and Deputy Chief Executive of the Waipa District Council. He gives a great deal of time to BB and other faith-based community organisations and local church activities on top of a very busy workload. He and his wife Karen have had long-time leadership roles in the Baptist Youth Ministries Northern Easter Camp and Festival One, with a particular focus on catering and fundraising. Ken will step down from the Treasurer role this year, and we are grateful for his service. He will be sadly missed by the executive and staff of BB.
Ross Holland - Canterbury/Westcoast Representative
Ross is currently Captain of 1st Ashburton BB Company and married to Linda, and they have four children, three sons, and the eldest daughter is now married. Ross's involvement with BB began after his oldest son joined in 2008. Ross works as an automotive technician for a local business servicing & restoring Rolls Royce & Bentley motor cars. He is a member of the Ashburton New Life Church and enjoys sailing and skiing.
Mike Brewer - National Director - Executive Ex Offico
Mike held the position as BB National Director for over 2 years and has an extensive background in management across media and business development. Mike has led teams across electronic and traditional media platforms in the commercial and 'not for profit' sectors. His experience includes leading sales and management teams in radio, newspaper, television and social media. As National Director Mike has a passion to see BB grow into a strong contributor of young men who contribute positively to New Zealand.
Leigh-Ann Bailie BCom, DipACC. - Executive Officer - Executive Ex Offico
Leigh-Ann has been with the Boys Brigade for over 3 years and has become an integral part of the Executive, Staff and the wider movement. Leigh-Ann handles a wide breath of administration, fund raising, stakeholder relationships to name a few. She has a wealth of experience and previously held the position of CEO for Diabetes South Africa. Her and Husband John who is a minister, have two adult children, and they currently reside in Maryborough in Queensland where John runs the local food basket and Leigh-Ann takes advantage of the modern digital age working remotely.
Matt Walker - Northern Region Representative
Matt was born and raised in South Taranaki, moved to Auckland, and now lives in Silverdale. He is a product of the BB New Zealand movement, joining 2nd Hawera Company as an Anchor Boy through to the Queen’s Badge in 1999. With two of his own boys now with Windsor Park BB ICONZ, he also serves as a unit leader there. He works as a Primary School teacher and is passionate about reaching boys for Christ and leading a life of faith and adventure.
Josiah Dixon - National Youth Representative
Josiah is a lifelong BB member, starting by joining the Anchor Section at Tauranga City ICONZ. He achieved all three Duke of Edinburgh Awards, completed both stages of NLDC, and was a recipient of the Queen’s Award. Since graduating high school, he took up the responsibilities of assisting the Tauranga unit as captain likewise, leading the youth and children’s ministries. More recently, he has been studying for a Bachelor of Social Work at BTI and is involved in Presbytery at the regional and national levels. It has been his aspiration as the Youth Representative to grow greater engagement and further investments in the future leaders that BB has always sought to continue developing.