Sir John Wells
Sir John’s immense passion for sport has translated to a variety of directorships. In 1999, he chaired the National Coordinating Committee responsible for the delivery of New Zealand high performance sport across the globe, which resulted in the establishment of the New Zealand Academy of Sport. Sir John was appointed Founding Chairman of The Crown Entity SPARC in 2001, a position he held until June 2009. In 2009, he was awarded a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit, and subsequently granted a Knighthood for services to business and sport. Sir John was a member of the original Rugby World Cup 2011 Bid Committee, the Rugby World Cup 2011 Establishment Board, and a Director of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Board. He was Chairman of the 2012 ITU Triathlon World Champs and the Local Organising Committee for the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover. At the Halberg Awards in 2013, Sir John was presented with the Sport New Zealand Leadership Award.
Diana was formerly a Chief Financial Officer for more than ten years, both in the commercial sector and in the sporting environment, including two America’s Cup campaigns based in both the UK and Spain. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2008, she was appointed Chief Financial Officer of growing iwi business Ngati Whatua o Orakei in Auckland. Diana has developed a portfolio of directorships in the finance and investment sectors, including Aotearoa Credit Union, Unitec Finance and Accounting Advisory Board, and is also a member of the Institute of Directors and NZICA. Most recently in 2015, Diana was elected as a member of the Board of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
Kevin has had an extensive career in the public sector. He has married this with sporting experience, as a participant and administrator. Kevin’s knowledge of masters sport is particularly valuable to the Board – he was a member of the Bid Advisory Group for World Masters Games 2017, and was previously a director of the New Zealand Masters Games. Kevin has represented New Zealand in badminton for many years, including taking to the court at the last five World Masters Games. Still fiercely competitive and skilled, he won gold at the most recent games in Torino.
Martin played 25 tests and 93 one internationals for the New Zealand cricket team from 1980 to 1990. Almost a decade later, he was appointed Chief Executive of New Zealand Cricket. Regarded as one of the most astute sports managers in the country, Martin switched codes in 2007 to accept the role as Chief Executive of Rugby New Zealand 2011, the organisation responsible for delivering Rugby World Cup 2011. This event captured the imagination of New Zealanders and was hailed internationally as an overwhelming success. In 2012, Martin was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He was most recently Chief Executive of Duco Events from September 2014 - December 2016.
Dianne has held a number of senior leadership positions with organisations such as House of Travel, Visique Optometrists and Office Products Depot. Dianne has developed a varied portfolio of directorships which includes the board of West Auckland Trust Services, and Kitchen Studio. Previous directorships include the Breast Cancer Research Trust and Auckland Property Investors Association. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors. As Chair of Netball Northern Zone, Dianne also brings to the board significant experience in sports administration.
Graham has had a successful sporting career as a New Zealand hockey representative, Chair of Hockey New Zealand, Assistant Coach of the New Zealand Men’s team for three years during the 1990s and has been honoured as a Life Member of Hockey New Zealand. He combines his successful sporting career with an extensive background in finance at senior management and governance level and is currently a Trustee on the Board of Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation.