Stu Thompson ICONZ Director

Stu has been our ICONZ Director since he and others established the ICONZ initiative in 2003. He was involved in working in a wide variety of children's initiatives prior to joining us. He is most at home outdoors, camping and being with his family which include his wife Karen and their five children and three son and daughters in law. Stu's other interests include kayak fishing and tramping.

With over 30 years experience working with children and young people, Stu says that working with primary school aged children still gives him the most joy. However, mentoring young leaders is an increasingly important part of the job because Young Adult leaders must be empowered to lead into the 21st century. After a fact finding trip visiting our affiliates in the UK and Scandinavia in 2013, Stu was inspired by the large number of young people in important leadership positions and consequently conceived the vision for the Young Guns Leadership Programme which aims to equip and empower young leaders for the Kingdom of God, including Boys' Brigade and ICONZ, into the future.

Stu has a Diploma of Children's Ministries from Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, is a trade qualified carpenter, has worked in sales and marketing, sports coaching and children's entertainment. Since coming to us so he has worked on developing the full ICONZ programme from our Anchor programmes through to ICONZ Edge (in schools), Adventure , Xtreme and Delta programmes for all school aged boys, recruiting and training leaders within churches from Waikato to Wellington. Since 2010 he has been working closely with two churches in Tauranga to develop the ICONZ Edge school based programme at Welcome Bay School.

Contact Stu via email at skyte@bb.org.nz or call him on 027 655 7113