Eastern Sport Board Members

Peter Burley


Peter is an Associate of Global Leisure Group and runs his own company called Sport Guidance Limited. Peter’s specialties include sport club strategic and governance planning, sport partnership formation, health and safety plan development, risk assessment, community recreation research, recreation management, sport and recreation facility development and use, sport event concept planning.

Thea Mickell


Thea Mickell began a business some years ago specialising in Not for Profit management. Her business has a particular focus on securing funding and it was the desire to spread funding more even which lead her to start the business Thea Mickell Services Ltd. She now has many clients who rely on her business for funding continuity, financial systems and general administration whilst their volunteers can crack on with the task at hand.

Simon Hill

Board Member

Simon Hill is the general manager of community cricket at Canterbury Cricket, and has previously been a Community Recreation Advisor for the Chirlstchurch City Council, and was previously the programme manager for the Belfast Community Network. Simon has spent the last 12 years working in Sport, Recreation and Community development, from an Outdoor Instructor in Australia to working as a player coach for a rugby club in England. Recently he has completed his Honours in Sport and Recreation Management, with a focus on sports governance.

Alan Direen

Board Member

Alan works in strategic planning and project management for sports and venue developments. He has a background in education and has managed QEII Park. Played rugby for New Brighton back in the days of Saturday shopping.

Wayne Turner

Board Member

Wayne Turner is currently Club Manager of the Waimairi Beach Golf Club, a role which included oversight of all elements of the Club operations.
Wayne was previously General Manager of the Stirling Sports Group for 12 years growing the business from 28 franchised stores to in excess of 50 nationwide. He previously owned his own store in The Palms Shopping Centre for 10 years.
Wayne has a wealth of sports administration -
• Elected as the first Chairman of the New Brighton Rugby Football Club following a constitutional change, and held the position for 15 years through to 2018.
• Manager of the New Brighton Rugby Football Club Premier side which he has done for 20 years.
• 10 years on Canterbury Tennis Match committee
• 30 years on the Shirley Tennis Club Management Committee
• Junior Administrator at the Shirley Tennis Club since 1989.

Rob Smith

Board Member

Rob Smith is a Christchurch-based communications consultant, mainly working with organisations in the primary sector. Having been heavily involved in korfball since the sport first became formally established in New Zealand in the late 1990s. He was a board member of community sports club partnership Westminster Sports Inc for nine years, including chairing it from 2014-16. Through his children he has also taken an active part in swimming. Rob spent his formative years on the eastern side of Christchurch.

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