The New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association (NZDA) has appointed keen hunter and highly experienced lawyer Gwyn Thurlow as the organisation’s chief executive and general counsel.
Thurlow has wide corporate legal experience and holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in management and marketing.
He is currently practising at the top-tier national legal firm Chapman Tripp in its banking and finance team. He has previously worked for the major international accounting firm KPMG.
An enthusiastic and active hunter, Thurlow joined the NZDA in 2003. He is currently the treasurer and vice-president of the Wellington branch and secretary of the NZDA National Heritage Trust.
He is also on the committee overseeing construction of the National Hunting Museum and Deerstalkers’ House in Wellington. NZDA president Trevor Chappell says Thurlow’s appointment is a significant step forward for the organisation.
“We are living in challenging times and it is vital that we have an energetic, highly skilled and passionate advocate to take our organisation forward”, Chappell said.
“The recruitment process has been long and thorough as we needed the right person to implement and manage modern systems, advocate for our members and all recreational hunters and bring a professional skillset and business acumen to the table.
“We have found that person in Gwyn Thurlow and our national executive is pleased to be able to appoint someone of his capability and experience.”
Chappell says Thurlow is a hands-on member and is not afraid of getting stuck in. “Gwyn helped organise the NZDA’s last two annual conferences in Wellington and Porirua, as well as re-writing our constitution to make it fit for the modern world. “He also co-presented the NZDA’s submission on the Arms Legislation Bill to the Select Committee, so we have seen how he operates and the skills he brings to bear.
“The national executive has full confidence in him hitting the ground running and tackling the many challenges we as an organisation face.”
Thurlow said he was excited by the challenge and as a keen hunter and proud NZDA member understood the expectation that comes with the role.
“I’m looking forward to leading the NZDA and helping it and the wider hunting community face the significant and very real challenges which are developing.”
“It is a big job but I look forward to rising to that challenge on behalf of our members and all recreational hunters.”
Gwyn Thurlow will officially start in his new roles as chief executive and in-house legal counsel on 1 June 2020.