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Introduction to the Board

The nine member board combines strong recreation, sporting and governance expertise. Nominations for the board are recommended to the Minister for Sport and Recreation by a nominations committee. New appointments are for a term of three years.

The board members are:

John Wells Chairman John Wells (Auckland) has extensive governance experience. He was previously Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee reviewing the delivery of high performance sport on a New Zealand-wide basis. This resulted in the formation of the New Zealand Academy of Sport. He was Chairman of World Netball Championships '99 Limited and is Chairman and Founding Director of the merchant and investment bank, Bancorp. Currently he is a Director of Baycorp Advantage Limited and Vector, Marsh and Fisher Funds Management. He is a keen recreational cyclist and walker, and gets to the gym when possible.

David Collins David Collins (Wellington), a Queen's Counsel and Honorary Member of the Victoria University Law Faculty, was a member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Sport Fitness and Leisure. A member of the New Zealand Alpine Club, he is an active mountaineer and tramper and has undertaken several overseas climbing expeditions. A keen rugby follower, he was a player and coach for the Victoria University Rugby Football Club (1972-1977) was a member of the New Zealand Universities Rugby Football Council (1987-1996).

Graham Condon Graham Condon (Christchurch) has been an active athlete and administrator for paralympics for over 30 years. He is Executive Director for Parafed Canterbury and from 1991-1994 was National Sports Coordinator for Parafed New Zealand. He has competed in a total of seventeen international events including six Paralympics and three Commonwealth Games. A Christchurch City Councillor, he is Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee. He was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 1981 and a New Zealand Commemoration Medal for Sport in 1990.

Elizabeth Coutts Elizabeth Coutts (Auckland) is a professional director on several boards including Industrial Research Limited, Pharmaceutical Management Agency, Public Trust, Gracelinc Limited, and Shellmax Industries. She has previously been a Commissioner of both the Commerce Commission and Earthquake Commission. She was formerly Chief Executive of Carters (1995-1997) and Caxton Group (1991-1995). She is a keen tennis player.

Sarah SandleySarah Sandley (Auckland) is currently CEO and Publisher of NZ Magazines. She has a strong commercial background in the publishing sector as well as a long involvement in sports administration. In 1992 she was appointed Executive Director of Sport Waitakere, a position she held until 1995. She has also been as a board member of NZ Table Tennis. She represented England in table tennis at school-girl level, then in 1984 gained her first international caps at both U21 and senior level. In 1984 she captained the British Womens team to the World Student Games. She was ranked number one in New Zealand from 1987-1989, winning five national titles. To keep fit she runs regularly and enjoys the occasional game of tennis.

Christopher Doig Christopher Doig OBE (Christchurch) has extensive governance experience within the arts sector. He has been a board member of Opera NZ and is patron to Canterbury Opera Friends and Canterbury Symphony Orchestra Friends. He spent 13 years as a professional opera singer before becoming involved in the sport sector when he was appointed Chief Executive of New Zealand Cricket, a position he held for six years. Since then he has been involved in sports marketing and sponsorship and has recently found time to get back into concerts and opera.

Jane Huria Jane Huria (Christchurch) is Director of Huria Associates Limited, a Director of Transpower, Ngai Tahu Property Group, Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation, and Huria Suckling and Layton Ltd. She has worked extensively in New Zealand and abroad, advising on corporate governance. She was previously a corporate advisor at Westpac and DFC NZ Limited and is a member of the Christchurch Arts Festival. To keep fit she walks five days a week, is a tramper, periodically attends a yoga class, skis and occasionally rides a horse.

Dr Jenny Ross Dr Jenny Ross (Christchurch) has had extensive involvement and leadership experience in recreation, sport and physical activity. She was Programme Advisor for the Push Play with Active Christchurch 1999-2000, is a member of the Christchurch City Council's Recreation and Sport Strategy Steering Group and a Member of the Programme Committee for the 2001 New Zealand Recreation Association National Conference. Dr Ross has lectured and extensively published in the areas of exercise science and physical activity trends and is Director of the Human Sciences Division of Lincoln University. For her recreation she is a keen walker, runner and occasional kayaker.


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