Our people

 The people of the Walking Access Commission divide into six groups. 

  1. The board - our independent governing body, appointed by the Minister for Agriculture.
  2. Senior management team - see below to meet our senior management team and organisational structure.
  3. Operations team - administers and implements our national strategy on outdoor access, creates and monitors our walkways, and resolves disputes.
  4. Regional field advisorsthe public face of the Commission in the regions and the first point of contact for access issues or questions.
  5. Corporate services - keeps our office running smoothly, dealing with finances, administration, IT systems and our corporate responsibilities.
  6. Communications and partnerships - tells the Commission's stories, makes sure people have the information they need about outdoor access and builds enduring relationships with the Commission's partners.
  7. And  vacancies - if you want to work for us, look here.

Staff organisational structure chart


Senior management team

The senior management team is led by our Chief Executive Ric Cullinane and includes Deputy Chief Executive Phil Culling, Operations Manager Susan Wallis  and Strategic Communications and Partnerships Manager Asher Wilson-Goldman:

Ric Cullinane

Chief Executive | Te Tumuaki

ric.cullinane@walkingaccess.govt.nz or 04 815 8509

Ric CullinaneRic Cullinane is the organisation's Chief Executive. Prior to his appointment, he was Operations Manager for the Commission for eight years, and built the Commission’s structure and processes from new beginnings into the organisation it is today. Ric’s career has taken him around the world with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and across our country during his time at Fish & Game NZ. Ric is trusted and respected with both the recreational and farming sectors, and understands the Commission’s role as an honest and independent voice for public access to the outdoors. 

Phil Culling

Deputy Chief Executive | Te Tumuaki Tuarua

phil.culling@walkingaccess.govt.nz or 04 815 8512


Phil CullingPhil Culling is our Deputy Chief Executive and manages our corporate services team. The corporate services team keeps our office running smoothly, dealing with finances, administration, our IT systems and our corporate and statutory responsibilities. 

Meet the corporate services team

Susan Wallis

Operations Manager | Te Kaiwhakahaere Rauemi

susan.wallis@walkingaccess.govt.nz or 027 279 1962

Sue WallisSusan leads the operations team and the regional field officers. The operations team administers and implements our national strategy on outdoor access, creates and monitors our walkways, and resolves disputes.  Our Regional Field Advisors (RFAs) are located throughout New Zealand. The RFAs are the public face of the Commission in the regions and the first point of contact for access issues or questions about land that is accessible to the public.

Meet the operations team 

Meet the regional field advisors 

Asher Wilson-Goldman

Strategic Communications and Partnerships Manager | Te Kaiwhakahaere te Rautaki Whakapā me te Whakawhanaungatanga

asher.wilson-goldman@walkingaccess.govt.nz or 04 815 8517


Asher Wilson-GoldmanAsher Wilson-Goldman looks after the Commission's communications and partnerships team.  The team tells the Commission's stories and makes sure people have the information they need about outdoor access. It is also responsible for building strong and enduring relationships with the Commission's partners.

Meet the communications and partnerships team

Organisational Structure

Organisational Structure chart - April 2019

Page last updated: May 1, 2019, 1:22 PM