Stephen Goodman joined Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) in September 2017 as CEO following 33 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Initially trained and employed as a specialist Logistics Officer, including undertaking advanced logistics management training with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, the early part of his career saw him serve in a range of logistics leadership roles around New Zealand and in Australia. The latter part of his career saw Stephen move into a broader and more senior range of leadership roles within operations, strategic planning, policy development, business transformation and the diplomatic representation areas. Stephen deployed twice on operations, firstly to East Timor (now Timor-Leste) in 2001, where he was part of an international team assisting the development of the new nation’s security structure in the lead up to independence, then to the Solomon Islands in 2004, where he was the Senior National Officer commanding the New Zealand Defence Force contingent to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). From 2008 until 2010, Stephen was the Defence Attaché within the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore. Stephen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2005 New Year Honours for his leadership role in operations.
Stephen has a Masters in Philosophy from Massey University and a Master of Arts from Deakin University (Australia), and is a Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia, where in 2013 he attended a 12-month executive strategic leadership course.