Eight recommended directors will be voted on by delegates representing all Major Associations and District Associations at a Special General Meeting in Auckland on 19 September.

New board of New Zealand Cricket to be elected next week

New Zealand Cricket will have a new board of directors next week.

Eight recommended directors will be voted on by delegates representing all Major Associations and District Associations at a Special General Meeting in Auckland on 19 September. Each recommended director must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast to be elected.

Next week’s vote is the result of a new constitution unanimously approved by the associations in July.

The eight recommended directors (brief biographies attached) are:

  • Geoff Allott    
  • Greg Barclay
  • Neil Craig     
  • Liz Dawson    
  • Sir Richard Hadlee
  • Stuart Heal    
  • Don Mackinnon    
  • Martin Snedden   

The eight were selected by an Appointments Panel headed by NZC President Stephen Boock, and comprising three Major Association chairs – Lachlan Muldowney (Northern Districts), Rex Smith (Auckland) and Murray Hughes (Otago), as well as Sport New Zealand nominee Sir John Wells.

Boock says there was strong interest in the positions due to the process being opened up to anyone who was interested. He was very pleased with the large group of people who wanted to contribute positively to NZC by putting their names forward.

“It was a difficult job selecting the eight candidates from a range of quality nominees. I am confident that through this thorough process we have found a group of people with the combined skillsets to drive cricket forward in this country.”

The guidelines used by the Appointments Panel were based on a skills and competencies framework approved by the associations earlier this year.

The Special General Meeting starts at 11am on Thursday 19 September at the Cornwall Cricket Club in Auckland.


Geoff Allott  

A former New Zealand player, Allott is the Chief Executive of Quality New Zealand Ltd and the former General Manager Cricket for New Zealand Cricket.  He has a background in finance and banking, and has also served on the board of Canterbury Cricket.

Greg Barclay 

A current NZC Director, Barclay is a former partner with Claymore Partners and an experienced commercial lawyer and company director.  Prior to joining the NZC Board, he was the Chair of Northern Districts.

Neil Craig     

An experienced business leader and company director, Craig is the founder and Chair of investment firm Craigs Investment Partners.  Craig is currently the Chair of Comvita Ltd and a Trustee of the Bay Oval Trust.  In addition, he has previously been a director of Mighty River Power and the New Zealand Stock Exchange (amongst others).

Liz Dawson    

Dawson is a prominent company director with a background in marketing and communications.  She currently sits on the boards of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, the New Zealand Racing Board, the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and the Hurricanes rugby franchise.

Sir Richard Hadlee     

One of New Zealand’s best known and most successful international cricketers, Sir Richard has significant experience in charity governance and cricket administration, including player selection and work on behalf of the International Cricket Council.

Stuart Heal    

A current NZC Director and a former Chair of Otago Cricket, Heal is the former Chief Executive of CRT Otago, a role he held for nearly 20 years.  He currently holds a number of other governance roles including being the Chair of Pioneer Generation, Southern PHO, the University Bookshop and the Southern Rural Fire Association.

Don Mackinnon    
A current NZC Director, Mackinnon chaired the drafting committee for the new constitution.  An experienced sports governor, Mackinnon is also a Director of Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand.  In addition, he is a former Chair of Netball New Zealand and Director of Auckland Cricket.  Mr Mackinnon is a prominent employment solicitor, and a partner of the firm Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon.

Martin Snedden  

A former New Zealand player, Snedden brings a wealth of sporting administration expertise.  He was the CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011 which delivered Rugby World Cup 2011.  A qualified lawyer, Snedden is currently CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand, and a former CEO and Director of New Zealand Cricket.

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