Senior Management Team

Meet our Senior Managers


Mike Daisley - CEO

Mike Daisley | Chief Executive

I joined the Mountain Safety Council in January 2014 at a time of pivotal organisational change. My career has always been about influencing decisions that can make our communities stronger and better places to live. I’ve worked hard to develop a close working relationship with our board, member organisations and our wider partners. This collaborative approach was particularly important through MSC’s organisational change, and collaboration continues to be pivotal to our current and future successes. My current role as CEO brings together my experience directing various senior leadership teams within the public and private sectors across New Zealand, UK and Scandinavia.

I have a commitment to creating an environment of success, and I’m well versed in managing governance relationships and stakeholder engagement that deliver measurable impact. I prefer to create a calm leadership style that gets the most out of senior leadership teams.

I’m currently living in Wellingtons seaside township of Eastbourne with my family. I’m a keen cyclist and often clock up 200+ km in a week.



Nathan Watson - Partnerships Manager

Nathan Watson | Partnerships and Insights Manager

My regular involvement with the Mountain Safety Council began in 2011 when I became a Council Delegate representing GirlGuiding NZ in my role at the time as National Outdoor Programme Co-ordinator. In 2013 I joined the MSC as a staff member and since then have held several different roles within the organisation.

The outdoors has always been a pivotal element of my life and I spent countless weekends and school holidays roaming around Arthur’s Pass, Abel Tasman and Nelson Lakes National Parks with my family. It was a natural progression to study in this field and I completed a Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Education from CPIT before spending extended periods of time working in South Africa and Asia.   

The outdoors has enabled me to see and experience some of the most wonderful things in life and I’m deeply passionate about being able to positively influence other people’s outdoor experiences.

I’m excited to be leading our partnership focused work and engaging with so many wonderful likeminded people who are equally committed to improving outdoor safety. Through focused collaboration and mutually beneficial action the MSC and partners will achieve some significant milestones.

After my wife and I relocated to Wellington in 2016 we’ve been enjoying exploring many new and varied adventure opportunities in the lower North Island, and with the arrival of our first child in early 2017 those adventure are sure to continue, albeit a little differently!   




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