Mitchell Brown (Fiona) Rotary Club of Takaro, Palmerston North
District Governor – Rotary International District 9940
DG Mitchell Brown was born in Elsdon (near Tawa) and shifted to St Johns, Auckland in 1973. He attended Outward Bound in early 1982, before starting work as a sailmaker at Lidgard Sails in Ellerslie. Mitchell’s career in the Fire Service began in early 1983, being stationed at St Heliers Fire Station. Having been promoted to Officer in 1989 he spent two years at the Auckland training centre. During this time Mitchell joined the Rotary Club of Panmure (D9920, Auckland) in March of 1991. He led the District 9920 GSE Team to Florida in 1997, and was club President in 1998-99.
Mitchell was appointed to the position of Chief Fire Officer in 1995 at 30 years of age. In 2000 he was appointed as the inaugural NZ Fire Service national recruitment manager. Then in April 2001 he was appointed Assistant Regional Commander and shifted to Palmerston North and joined the Rotary Club of Takaro. He was President of the Rotary Club of Takaro in 2003-04, Assistant Governor 2005-07 for the Palmerston North cluster; was the Rotary representative on the Manawatu Community Housing Trust; led the GSE Inwards team for the Scottish visitors in 2009-10 having been on the GSE and latterly the VTT District Committees; is a District contact for Trees for Survival Charitable Trust; and has been involved with matched twin exchange and the Rotary youth exchange programs.
Currently Mitchell’s role is Area Commander, Manawatu Area, for Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Mitchell has attended the Australian Institute of Police Management (Manly, NSW) twice to complete certificate and graduate programs in organisational leadership. He was one of six national urban search and rescue managers who has led USAR deployments to major earthquake events - Gisborne in December of 2007; Canterbury in September of 2010; Christchurch in February 2011 and the international USAR deployment to Japan in March of 2011. These experiences, as well as many others in his 34 year fire service career and 26 years in Rotary in District 9920 and 9940, provides the District Governor role with a unique set of skills, personal and professional, to the task of being governor.
Mitchell has two adult children – Nikki in Wellington, and Simon in Auckland. He is married to Fiona who is the Design Studio Manager at The Printery, Massey University. They live 12 km’s from Palmerston North on the outskirts of Bunnythorpe on their 3 acre lifestyle block. This is also home to many animals including miniature ponies, dogs, cats, turtles, chickens, and alpacas!
This keeps their lives busy and makes it a challenge to balance their work and interests which include their property and animals, photography, fishing, music and travel.