Eastern Community Board Members


Wayne Turner

Board Chairperson

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 - 

  • Former Chair of the New Brighton Rugby Football Club 2003 - 2018, currently Board Trustee elected 2023.
  • 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

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 Christchurch 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 Eastern Canopy, Softball Diamond and Guardians of Rawhiti Natural Playground and Butterfly park development.


Rob Smith

Board Member

A communications professional for more than 30 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.


Poto Williams

Board Member

Poto Williams has a background working on family and sexual violence issues. She has worked for the Ministry of Education, BirthRight, Healthcare NZ and disability agencies. She has served as a member of the Community Child Protection Review Panel, was involved in the Waitakere Community Law Service and Community Waitakere, and was part of the Living Wage Campaign and the LIFEWISE Big Sleepout.

She moved from Auckland to Christchurch's suburb of New Brighton in January 2013 to take up a position as regional manager of the St John of God Hauora Trust but resigned from that role to run for Parliament later that year.

New Zealand Labour Party politician and a member of Parliament. She was elected in a 2013 by-election and served as Minister of Conservation and Minister for Disability Issues in the Sixth Labour Government. Poto stood down at the 2023 election.


Alexandra Davids

Board Member

Alexandra works at Aviva and has several board positions on the boards of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, Keep Christchurch Beautiful, Whitau School, Woolston Development Project and now Eastern Community Sport and Recreation Inc. Alexandra brings her governance, local government and community work experience to our board table. 


Bebe Frayle

Board Member

Bebe is an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the IT, education and public policy industries. She currently works at Pegasus Health as Manager in their Project Management office. Bebe is chair of Dallington Residents Assn and PEEP Trust and was Chair of the Waitai Coastal Community Board 2019-2022. She has an interest in what's happening in her area and has played ice hockey, rollerderby and loves her gym work outs and dance classes.


Jane Sullivan

Board Member

Jane is a Business Analyst and Project Manager with over 15 years experience delivering projects across Asia Pacific. She has an extensive IT background and will bring a positive and supportive attitude to the Board. Jane has been the Treasurer for New Brighton Netball and still is involved in the club and running our Summer netball league at the Eastern Canopy.


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