New WOW Personnel for 2018
Warbirds Over Wanaka has confirmed the appointment of a number of new personnel to help organise what is shaping up to be a special 30th Anniversary Airshow at Easter next year.
Wanaka’s Jane Sharman has taken on the pivotal role of Assistant Event Manager to help Mandy Deans make the event happen. Jane has already started in the role on a part-time basis and will be full time from later in the year. Jane and her family moved to Wanaka just six months ago and she has already been active in the community helping organise the recent Pink Ribbon breakfast in Wanaka.
A new position for 2018 is Information Manager. Long-time Warbirds Over Wanaka volunteer Gill Loughnan has taken up this new role which is aimed at further enhancing the visitor experience at the Airshow.
Warbirds Over Wanaka has a new Media Manager for 2018. Celia Crosbie from Wanaka-based Scope Media and her team will be looking after the up to 80 local, national and international media who attend the airshow.
Former Media Manager, Jill Herron from Cromwell, is taking a step back this Airshow but will still produce the official Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018 book.
Back for a second airshow in another key role is Clare Chapman who returns as Volunteer Manager. Warbirds Over Wanaka traditionally has around 300 volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the event.
Another new appointment is Hawea Flat’s Gus McAllister. Gus is taking over from Graham Taylor looking after some of the static displays including the famous stationery engines which greet visitors when they arrive at the Airshow.
Graham Taylor from Luggate has been involved with the Airshow since the very first event in 1988 and will still be helping out in the lead up to Easter 2018.
Other new appointments include Australian-based Cam Hawley on the Flying Display Committee and local sport aviation enthusiast Greg Doran on the Organising Committee.