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Cricket Wellington Board

Alasdair McBeth – President

Alasdair is a Senior Partner in the National Law Firm, DLA Phillips Fox.  Alasdair has been actively involved in Wellington Cricket for over 30 years.  He played cricket at all levels for Wellington Collegians and was on the Wellington Collegians Management Committee for many years. He was Chairman for five years and President from 2007 to 2009 He is a life member of the Club. Alasdair spent 5 years as a member of the Wellington College Cricket Club Committee. Alasdair has also been a member of Wellington Wanderers Cricket Club since 1984 and is currently President of the Wellington Wanderers.  Alasdair was on the Management Board of Wellington Cricket from 1993-1999 and for 3 years was Deputy Chairman.  He was one of Wellington Cricket’s representatives on the Hutt Valley and Wellington amalgamation working group.  He was one of the inaugural Board Members of Cricket Wellington and is a Vice President of Cricket Wellington.

Alasdair was elected President in 2013.

Sally Morrison – Chair

Sally is a senior manager in the public sector and has a background in project and relationship management, while also holding a Masters of Strategic Development. Sally played over 20 years of senior cricket, has been actively involved in the administration of the game as a long time coach, manager of the Wellington Blaze, and past Chairman of the Wellington Collegians Cricket Club. At the 2009 AGM Sally became the first elected female on the Cricket Wellington Board.  In 2016, Sally became the first female Chair of any domestic or national cricket Board in New Zealand. Sally was re-elected as Chair in 2017.

Sally was elected to the Board in 2009. 

Paul Chandler – Director

Paul Chandler comes to Cricket Wellington with an extensive background in the banking sector, having held several senior managerial positions with both National Bank and ANZ in the areas of audit, operations management and, more recently, relationship banking where he is currently a Director in the Financial Institutions business. Paul has also had a lengthy involvement with Upper Hutt United Cricket Club, and has been the Chairman for the past 4 years having held a number of committee roles over many years prior to holding that office. He was a senior player for many seasons with the club in his playing days as well as being involved with Junior Cricket UH as a coach and also Treasurer.

Paul was elected to the Board in 2012.

Chris Lendrum – Director

Chris has a legal background and has developed a successful career is sports administration at the highest level. In his role as Head of Professional Rugby at the New Zealand Rugby Union, Chris leads the relationship management of the five Super Rugby Clubs. His professional experience and expertise in the areas of High Performance and the Master Agreement renegotiations have proven to be hugely beneficial to Cricket Wellington.

A former Head Boy at Wellington College, Chris played cricket (including at junior representative level) through all school levels.

Chris was elected to the Board in 2016.

Elizabeth Scurr – Director

Elizabeth is a former first-class cricketer who represented both Wellington and Otago. Her passion for cricket sees her playing premier women’s cricket for Wellington Collegians, where she has also served on the Board.

In February 2017 Elizabeth joined the Cricket Wellington Board as an intern Director and was elected as a Director at the AGM in the same year. She is the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee.

Elizabeth has more than ten years public sector experience and holds a Masters of Professional Accounting.

Elizabeth was elected to the Board in 2017. 

Sally McKechnie – Director

Sally is a partner at Simpson Grierson, leading the Public Law and Government team in the firm’s Wellington office.  Prior to this role, she held a senior role with Crown Law, representing and advising government for a number of years. She is an expert in Employment and Health and Safety legislation and regularly advises Ministers and a number of high-profile stakeholders in these areas.

Sally was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and she brings legal, strategic and analytical skills to the Board table. Sally is a lifelong cricket fan and parent to three enthusiastic young cricketers.

Sally was elected to the Board in 2018. 

Gretchen Young – Director

Gretchen worked as a leader in Sport NZ for ten years and now has her own executive coaching and consulting business.  While at Sport NZ, she worked with national and regional sports organisations on strategic workforce planning, leadership development, governance, HR and culture. In her current business she focuses on leadership development and workforce planning, as well as executive and career transition coaching. She has a love of all sports and the opportunities they provide for developing character and life skills (at all ages) as well as family and community well-being.

Gretchen brings her broad sport and funding networks and significant understanding of the wider sport sector, as well as a keen interest in good governance and leadership practice.

Gretchen was elected to the Board in 2018. 

Prabha Ravi – Director

Prabha received a QSM in 2017 for her contribution to ethnic communities and she is an experienced Director with significant community links and an established reputation.  Prabha has a proven track record in strategy development and implementation, cross cultural promotions, sector and stakeholder engagement, thought leadership and business development. A passionate community leader, her father played State Cricket in India and she understands first hand what it is like to hail from a country where cricket is a ‘religion’.

Prabha was elected to the Board in 2018. 

Jeremy Dean  – Aspiring Director

Jeremy is a proud product of the Wellington cricket ecosystem, Jeremy is a past Wellington Firebird (2008/09), long-serving Eastern Suburbs senior club cricketer (2003-2018), and Secretary of Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club.

Jeremy spent seven years working in advertising, communications and design before setting up his leadership consulting company, riders&elephants, that exists to create successful, empathy-driven workplace and customer experiences.

He’s experienced the highs and lows of moving through junior, college and senior Wellington cricket onto professional cricket. Now his day job is to challenge the status quo and help leaders think differently about how they connect with their people and stakeholders. As an Aspiring Director, Jeremy will bring insight into life as a cricketer in Wellington. Plus provide broader skills that will ensure Cricket Wellington continue to create outstanding experiences for the people of Wellington.