Gordon Brown - Chairman
Gordon has always been involved in sport as a competitor or an administrator and feels that Taranaki has a unique sporting, leisure and recreational spirit that needs protecting and enhancing. He brings a wealth of experience in governance and have always given his time freely to the community; as a past president of Pukekura Jaycee, New Plymouth Rotary and chair of Taranaki Safer Families Trust (formerly the Rape Crisis Centre); Chairman Taranaki Water Polo Board and in his three terms as a New Plymouth District Councillor. Gordon is also a trustee of Taranaki Sports News, which is designed to give exposure to those achievers in our sporting community.
Grant Coward - Deputy Chairman
Grant joined the Sport Taranaki Board because he has a dedicated passion for all sports and would like to be able to influence the growth of sports and activities in Taranaki.He brings with him a wealth of governance and sporting experience, having played, officiated, coached and administrated in several sporting codes including Basketball, Golf, Surfing, Cycling, Rugby League, Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Table Tennis, Snooker, Netball, Football, Tennis and Running.
Kris truly believes in the value of the work that Sport Taranaki does within our community and has a strong association with sport throughout our region. Kris is a previous employee of Sport Taranaki and during this time was involved in the development of the Health and Safety system. He is a qualified Health and Safety practitioner and after moving on from Sport Taranaki has held Health and Safety roles within the New Plymouth District Council in the governance space helping them transition to the new Health and Safety at Work Act. He is currently employed in a Logistics capacity at Methanex New Zealand.
Jono is the Stratford District Council representative on the Sport Taranaki Board. He proudly represents the Stratford District to ensure there is a level ‘playing field’ for everyone within the Taranaki area. Jono is a School Community Officer and teaches in Central and South Taranaki schools. He is a strong advocate for everyone within the community to be active in sport in some way and is himself actively involved in a plethora of sports in the Stratford area.
Phillippa wants to make a difference in young people lives and see that being of the Board is a way of doing it. She is a Chartered Accountant ( Fellow) and has a Master of Public Policy. Phillippa brings many years of experience in finance, audit, risk and strategic planning.
Robert's principle place of residence is Patea. He has lived in South Taranaki all his life and owns a business in Patea which deal with a wide cross section of the community. Robert is also a member of the South Taranaki Coastguard and Chairman of the Te Mahana Trust - a Patea rest home.
Jane, with her ready smile, brings a cheerful energy to the board. She has a life long connection to sport, not only through her own netball career but also through her four energetic children who participate in a variety of sports. She promotes hauora as a philosophy and understands the direct connection between sports and active recreation to hauora. Jane has a strong presence within our netball community through coaching and mentoring. Jane is very active in our wider community with a strong background in operational management and finance.
Rochelle is passionate about the role of sport and exercise in the development of young people and building healthy communities. Sport Taranaki’s vision of an active, healthy Taranaki aligns with Rochelle’s focus on overall well-being, including mental health, nutrition, exercise, and being connected into the community.Rochelle has played netball, hockey, and tennis at a representative level and has competed in athletics, cross country, and various other sports. She is a keen runner and loves spending time outdoors in beautiful Taranaki, going to the beach, and doing watersports. She brings to the Board her experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer and knowledge of governance. Read more
With many years’ experience across multiple sporting codes, Susan brings enthusiasm and passion to her support of a community rich in sport. Born and raised in Taranaki, Susan has had wide involvement in both mainstream and evolving sports. As a player and coach (including a decade of coaching Inline Hockey), and through her governance roles, she strongly believes in the positive effects of sport, and sees physical activity as key to wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle. Susan is a Chartered Accountant working primarily with charities and not-for-profit organisations. She is currently a board member of Swimming Taranaki and a NZSCTA Premium Coach, assisting with her local swimming club. She enjoys skiing, mountain biking, the gym, and watching her sons compete in grassroots sport.