Trainee Support Team - Southern



Steve Richens - Learning Support Advisor

Otago / Southland

Steve joined the Skills Active team in July 2013. Born and raised near Salisbury, England and with a BA Combined Honours in Sports Science & History, Steve has enjoyed a career in Leisure & Tourism predominantly within the Snowsports Industry.

Steve moved to New Zealand in 2004 and is now settled in Arrowtown with his wife Sadie and boys Seth & Arlo.

Go Highlanders!

Go Highlanders!


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Emily Cooper - Learning Support Advisor

Southern Region


Born and raised in Christchurch, I have grown up in the Recreation and Sport industry in a wide range of sports, from swimming to competitive diving. At age 16, I started working part time as a lifeguard and have held various roles in the Recreation and Sport industry ever since - including a stint at Disney World in Florida.


I am passionate about education and helping people achieve their goals. I have a Bachelor of Health Science and am currently working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management. In my spare time I love to hang out with family and friends, kayak, travel and explore this beautiful country on tramping adventures. 


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Denise Clarke - Learning Support Advisor
Nelson Region


Denise joined Skillls Active in July 2016 and is based in Nelson. Denise has experience working in the sport, recreation and fitness sectors delivering and assessing unit standards. She is actively working in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor and is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising at the gym, volunteering in the community and cooking.  


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Emma Ramsay Brown - Learning Support Advisor


I have spent the last 16 years in Dunedin, running an Outdoor Education and Eco tourism company with my husband. Our company has trained many of our staff through Skills Active (myself included) so I jumped at the opportunity to come on board as a Skills Active team member to help other companies take advantage of the great training opportunities Skills Active can offer them.


Although my job has meant I spent a lot of time outdoors with clients my husband, daughter and I still spend as much of our free time camping, rafting, and hanging out in the outdoors as possible. But I have to admit that sometimes sitting by a lake reading all day works for me too.


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