Eastern Sport Board Members

Wayne Turner

Board Chairman

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 has a wealth of sports administration -
• Elected as the first Chairman of the New Brighton Rugby Football Club 2003 - 2018.
• Manager of the New Brighton Rugby Football Club Premier side 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

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.

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.

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.

Geraint (Geg) Howells

Board Member

Geraint Howells has a degree and post graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture and a background in multi disciplinary design. With over 30 years experience in Landscape Architecture & Planning, Design Consultancy, Interior Design and Architecture; Geg has project managed the Canopy, Softball Diamond and Guardian of Rawhiti's Natural Playground and Butterfly park development.

Rob Smith

Board Member

A communications professional for more than 25 years, Rob has provided communication consultancy in the Christchurch market since 1995, serving a range of corporate, commercial and government clients, developing a proven track record, and delivering award-winning results.

Rob has been involved with another sports hub and Canterbury Korfball setup in Christchurch.

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