Find out more about the team behind UnitedFuture.

These are the people dedicated to advancing the party’s principles and working with the government of the day to implement our policies. If you’d like to help please get in touch.

DAMIAN LIGHT
Party Leader, President and acting-Secretary
Born and bred in Auckland, Damian lives in Botany with his partner.

He is a strong believer in the liberal values at the core of UnitedFuture that encourages diversity and tolerance at all levels of our community. He has a passion for social justice and has spoken on these issues on behalf of the party at a number of forums. He also sees the stewardship of our natural environment as a key issue, with a desire to leave it in a better state for future generations.

Damian has stood as a candidate for UnitedFuture on four occasions, most recently in 2017 in Botany. He was elected to the board in 2011 and currently serves as Party President and Secretary (pending appointment of a new person to this role).

Damian has worked in process improvement for over a decade, working to identify how to make people’s jobs easier while increasing customer satisfaction.

 


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JUDY TURNER
Deputy leader and former UnitedFuture MP
Judy had 6 years in Parliament with United-Future, and was the Deputy Leader for 4 of those years. She has been a Board member since becoming Deputy Leader.

Currently, Judy is in her second term as Deputy Mayor of Whakatane District and is also in her first term as an elected member of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Judy is married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. She is 59 years old and lives in Ohope.


 

Ben Rickard

BEN RICKARD
Board Member
Ben is a passionate believer in the principles that underpin UnitedFuture. He was first introduced to those principles whilst at university in Wellington, when the party’s leader, Peter Dunne, spoke to his politics class. Upon graduation, with a double degree, majoring in marketing, management and politics, Ben volunteered in the United Party leader’s office and worked on the 1999 election campaign.

After a decade working in the UK in the consumer goods industry (and voting LibDem), Ben returned to New Zealand in 2011, rejoining the party in 2013. In 2014 he stood as the UnitedFuture candidate for Bay of Plenty and was also ranked 5th on the party list.

Ben currently works for his family’s specialist insurance business, with a role centred around marketing and business development. Ben is active in his local community, running a website and blog that promotes his home town, Tauranga, as a destination for technology companies, as well as helping organise events such as Startup Weekend.

He is currently leading the project to revitalise UnitedFuture’s fortunes. This work has already led to a substantial improvement in the party’s understanding of its strengths, challenges and opportunities, with clear goals and a roadmap to achieve them, and this work is ongoing. Ben is 38 years old and lives with his wife and two young children on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Tauranga.

 


Ron Garrod
RON GARROD
Party Treasurer
Ron has been the party’s Regional Co-ordinator Manawatu, incorporating Rangitikei, Palmerston North and Wairarapa, for the 2005 General Election Campaign. He was also Campaign Chairman for Mr Graeme Reeves at the same election.

Ron is a current UnitedFuture board member and has acted as party treasurer since 2009, also occupying the role of secretary from 2010 until 2015.

Ron runs his own consultancy business as a financial adviser and is a member of the Professional Advisers Association.


PAUL THOMPSON
Board Member and Auckland Regional Group Chairperson

Paul lives in Auckland with his wife and daughter where he works in quality assurance. He has previous experience as an active member of the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom.

As chairperson of the Auckland Regional Group, Paul has organised the local team including the local election campaign in 2016.


JAMES MAXWELL
Board Member and Youth Wing Leader

James Maxwell in 2014 was at 19 the youngest candidate to ever stand in an election.

From Tauranga, James has experienced the wreak of the Rena, 2005 flooding, and was a cadet with the Order of St. John. James is also a former award winning chamber and symphonic musician, and has competed regionally, nationally and represented New Zealand internationally.

With qualifications in Business, Management and Maori, James has the perfect skillset to grow United Future’s potential, and reach out more voters; especially in a time that calls for more communication, more growth and more security for our people.

Age shouldn’t define you. Your outlook for the betterment of your society should. Experience comes not only from age, but in learning from the mistakes of those who are already aged.

 


JOHN FOSTER
Board Member

Educated at Canterbury University John have had an adventurous career as mostly a field exploration geologist, but also of earthquake geoengineering analysis, hydro project and mine feasibility planning, a environmental analyst and for 2 years, a financial analyst working for a stockbroker and a bank. John has worked across all of New Zealand, Australia, SW Pacific Islands, PNG and for a short time, Indonesia.

During 1999-2002 John was a regional councillor serving on the West Coast Regional Council and in 2016 stood for election to Environment Canterbury with a plan of action to solve the fresh water management problems of Canterbury..


SIMON GLUCK
Board Member

Simon Gluck was born in the UK and lived in New Zealand for the last 16 years. Simon have been involved in local and national politics for the last 25 years both in the UK and New Zealand working and representing center liberal democratic parties. For 8 years Simon was a local councillor on Manchester City Council and opposition housing spokesperson.

He has a history of running and winning local and national campaigns and have been an electorate agent in the UK. In New Zealand Simon has been helping UnitedFuture in Wellington where he is married with six children.