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Richard Hadlee joins NZC board as director

The new board includes three former internationals, as well as directors with business acumen and sporting governance experience

Richard Hadlee joins NZC board as director - Cricket News
Sir Richard Hadlee speaks during a press conference.

New Zealand Cricket has a new-look board of directors which will lead the sport in the countdown to hosting ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

The new board includes three former internationals, plenty of new blood as well as directors with business acumen and sporting governance experience. There’s also a bit of cricketing royalty in the mix with legendary fast bowler Sir Richard Hadlee following in his father’s footsteps.

Existing board member and chair of the audit and financial risk committee Stuart Heal will act as interim chair until a permanent chair is elected at the first board meeting on 23 October.

The eight directors were today voted in by delegates representing all Major Associations and District Associations at a Special General Meeting in Auckland. The vote was the result of a new constitution unanimously approved by the associations in July.

The eight appointed directors (brief biographies are listed below) are:

·         Geoff Allott           

·         Greg Barclay

·         Neil Craig

·         Liz Dawson          

·         Sir Richard Hadlee

·         Stuart Heal           

·         Don Mackinnon   

·         Martin Snedden     

The eight were recommended 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.


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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