Our Board

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Ian Cull – 2002

Ian has been in New Plymouth some 44 years and considers himself to be a local at last! Ian is a Lawyer by profession and previously a Senior Partner and now a Consultant Lawyer with Billing. Ian has interests in Community Affairs as well as having played golf for some 50 years representing Taranaki for 10 of them. Ian has retained an interest in all sports so a series of terms on the Board of Sport Taranaki is a fulfilment of that interest and his way of putting something back into the sporting community in Taranaki. Ian's personal vision for Sport Taranaki is for the community to be fully aware of the role Sport Taranaki plays in the province and to increase this profile where possible.


Billy Tipene – 2002

Billy was born in Patea and has been a Trustee of Sport Taranaki since 2002. Previous positions held include; Councillor for South Taranaki District Council, Board Member of Venture Taranaki Trust and a Director of Te Runanga O Ngati Ruanui Trust.  These positions have allowed him the opportunity to provide strong governance and strategic direction towards the future growth of the organisation and well-being of the Taranaki Community.

Billy is a very sports orientated person with strong competitive and fair play principals, he has in former days, dedicated his talents and skills to various sporting codes as a representative and Instructor for Judo, Coach for Indoor Basketball, Netball, Rugby and Surfing.  He has a fair understanding of challenges and opportunities facing the Taranaki sporting community.


Jenny Gellen – 2009

Currently Principal of Devon Intermediate School, Jenny is also Chairperson of Sport Taranaki and a member of the Kiwisport Board in Taranaki. Jenny has been actively involved in netball and badminton for many years as well as many other sports and is an advocate for all youth to be involved in sports. Married to Tony, Jenny has two sons who are also involved in sport and she now spends more time watching and supporting rather than playing. Being part of the Sport Taranaki Board allows Jenny to be part of the strategic direction of Sport in Taranaki with the aim being to have more people participating in active recreation thereby improving the health of Taranaki residents.


David Ogier – 2009

A retired Chartered Accountant, David's personal interests include gentle activities such as walking and cycling (slowly), reading, music and travel. David moved to New Plymouth from Wellington in 1970 and after several years in the accounts department of a major New Plymouth company, David undertook seven years auditing work with the Audit Office in Taranaki. After this he was involved entirely with local government - ten years with the then Taranaki Harbours Board and nineteen with the New Plymouth District Council. David's personal vision for Sport Taranaki is for it to be a leader in the promotion of physical activities which help to create a healthy community in Taranaki.


Andrew Baylis – 2012

Andrew joined the Board as a RSO representative in 2012.  He is a born and bred local (Okaiawa, Hawera) and has worked in the Dairy Industry for 37 years, firstly as a Laboratory Technician and for the last 20 years as a Senior IT Business Analyst.  Andrew has been involved in sport his whole life, having played most sports on offer through the school years and beyond, mainly tennis and rugby but also badminton, softball, hockey, indoor cricket and snooker.  Currently Board Chairman of Taranaki Tennis Association and was involved with hosting three Davis Cup ties in Taranaki.  Andrew is a former Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year – Administrator/Volunteer and has been actively involved with coaching including the NZ Ballkid teams for Davis Cup and NZ Lawn Tennis Championships.  He also operates a thoroughbred breeding and racing operation for the past 33 years.  Being a part of the Sport Taranaki Board allows an opportunity to work for the betterment of all sporting codes and to further promote the awareness of the role of Sport Taranaki and the benefits to the province of the programs that Sport Taranaki operates.


Alice Tocher – 2012

Alice Tocher joined the Board in 2012 as a RSO representative.  Alice is originally from the Wairarapa and has been actively involved in sport her whole life.  Alice is a lawyer and partner at  Govett Quilliam.  Alice’s main sporting interests are hockey, running, golf and rugby.  She has represented Wairarapa and Wellington and more recently Taranaki in hockey.  Alice also represented New Zealand playing for the New Zealand Universities women’s hockey team at the University Games held in Toowoomba, Australia in 2004.  As a RSO representative, Alice endeavours to enhance the communication between Sports Taranaki and RSOs to further develop their working relationships.

Gordon Brown - 2014

Gordon was appointed as a trustee by the New Plymouth District Council in 2013. He has a lifetime of involvement in sport, as a competitor, coach and journalist. Gordon was prominent in Surf Lifesaving, Water Polo and Swimming in Dunedin and Palmerston North. He coached the Otago Junior, Manawatu and NPBHS water polo teams, and during the 1990s was a Sports Journalist for the Taranaki Daily News.   In recent years he has been a judge of the Taranaki Maori Sports Awards and is a member of the organising committee.  Gordon passionately believes that sport is the best way for young people to learn about the values that are important for them to succeed in life. 


Paul Phillips - 2014

Paul Phillips is as local as you can get, being born & raised in New Plymouth.  He has worked in his 72 year old family business, W.R Phillips Ltd for 35 years, with his current role as Dealer Principal.  Paul is married to Julia with three kids, one of which is working as the fourth generation in the family business.  As an upstanding member of the community Paul was asked to be a Justice of the Peace of which he has been for over 10 years.  Paul has a huge passion for all sports but has a particular focus on cricket, having a niece who was the Captain for the White Ferns, and son currently playing at premier level in Taranaki.   He hopes he can bring to Sport Taranaki some sound business knowledge.


Bonita Bigham - 2014

Bonita was appointed to represent the South Taranaki District Council on the Sport Taranaki board in 2013. She is a third-term district councillor with a strong governance background in a variety of organisations and is also a Resource Management Act commissioner. Although now just an avid sports follower, Bonita once played age-group netball for Taranaki, competitive volleyball in a women’s lower North Island league and social basketball and touch in her earlier days. Bonita is proud of the fact that in her house, the Sky Sport channels are primarily for her viewing pleasure. She has lived most of her life in South Taranaki and can whakapapa to Ngaruahine and Te Atiawa iwi. She has her own communications consultancy, has a professional background in journalism as a reporter and editor and is also a working artist completing her Masters in Fine Arts through Massey University. She believes in the values and life skills that sport teaches young people and supports Sport Taranaki removing as many barriers to participation as possible.


Steve Ralph - 2015

Steve moved to Taranaki from the UK in the late 90’s to teach at Opunake High School and has made a career in the Education, PE and Outdoor domain. In the UK Steve played age group provincial rugby and football and was part of a British Colleges winning team whilst at University. After arriving in Taranaki he played rugby in the front row for the Coastal Club for a number of years before a serious neck injury forced him to retire.  In more recent times outdoor education and adventuring has taken up more of Steve’s time whether it is through caving, rafting or other outdoor activities. Steve has a number of professional qualifications in sports, coaching, adventure activities and specifically in health and safety. He continues to be involved with sport whether it be through coaching rugby, hockey with his wife and daughters or through masters’ football and squash. Steve is passionate about the role that sport and the outdoors has played in his life and is committed to facilitating similar opportunities for others. He joined the Sport Taranaki Board to pay it forward and to add value in his areas of expertise.


Jono Erwood - 2017

Jono is a new addition to the Sport Taranaki team as a representative from the Stratford District Council where he is a Councillor.  He is married to Julie and has two teenage sons.  Jono has been involved in a plethora of sporting codes in the Stratford area as a player, a coach, and an administrator.  He has mainly participated in rugby, golf and squash.  He is currently in his 27th year with the New Zealand Police, having been recruited from the bottom of the South Island.  He initially served in Stratford, then the Chatham Islands, then Mökau, and is now back in Stratford.   He does cheer for the Southern Steel netball team and the Otago Highlanders rugby team.  He brings a different outlook to Sport Taranaki and wants to fully support youth sport in the district, with an emphasis on including Central Taranaki.