Our Officers & Board

Our Patron & Officers

Andy Leslie ONZM


Andy has had involvement in the Halberg Trust (now a Life Trustee) and is the current President of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation, of which he was an original First Fifteen Member. A former All Black Captain (1974-1976), Andy has the rare distinction of captaining the All Blacks in every test in which he played. He made his Wellington Rugby debut in 1967 and played 147 games for the Wellington Lions, captaining them to a win in the Ranfurly Shield in 1974. A Life Member and former President of the Wellington Rugby Football Union, Andy is also a former President and Life Member of the Centurions Rugby Football Club, and former President of the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Andy has been involved with rugby coaching and in administration from Club to National level, also writing a report for Irish rugby on the state of it's game and it's way forward in the professional era. He has had a passion about the participation of people in sport and recreation, to these ends has been involved with the Hutt City Council in bringing Clubs together to share facilities (buildings, human resource and costs). Andy believes that the Association can contribute "big time" to the survival of Clubs and the participation of all, of all ages, in activities that they choose to be involved with in their communities.


Marian George QSM


With a strong background in sport at all levels, Marian is a Life Member of Netball New Zealand and a former member of Netball New Zealand’s National Executive. A former New Zealand Netball Coach, winning both international and national titles, Marian was also a Netball New Zealand Selector for four years, as well as serving the sport as a Netball New Zealand A Grade Umpire. She is still actively coaching Netball today. For her services to Netball and the community, Marian was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 1991.

Marian was the Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the North Harbour Regional Sports Trust for 12 years. She has undertaken advisory roles to Sport & Health at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and to the New Zealand Qualification Authority. She has also been an active representative of regional sports bodies to Local Government and is a past member of the Board of Tennis New Zealand.


John Morrison MNZM


John was presented with a Queen's Honour, being appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013, for services to cricket and the community. He is a long standing Trustee of the New Zealand Cricket Foundation, a national organisation that distributes funds to assist junior and grass-roots cricket throughout New Zealand. John was a Wellington City Councillor for 15 years, holding the very significant portfolios of Sport and Events. In that time, he led the charge for artificial sports fields throughout Wellington and for the building of Community Sports Indoor Stadium at Kilbirnie.

He is a Life Member of Cricket Wellington and of the Onslow Cricket Club. John was a New Zealand international cricketer from 1973 through to 1982, the highlight of his career being a Test century against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In his career, he played 17 Test Matches and 18 One Day Internationals, making his test debut during the 1973-74 season. John has hosted and commentated sport nationally, on both radio and television, over many years.


Our Board

Gordon Noble-Campbell JP


Gordon has extensive commercial, governance and leadership experience in the financial and sporting sectors, including Chief Executive and Directorship roles. Currently Head of Wealth Management Operations at Forsyth Barr Limited, he is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

A retired Premier Rugby Referee, he is a former President of the Wellington Rugby Referees Association Inc., a former Independent Director of Hurricanes Limited (the Super Rugby franchise) and he is a current member of the Centurions Rugby Football Club. Gordon is the current Chairman of the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Inc., retired Chairman and Trustee of the Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) Foundation and current Chairman and Trustee of the Ogonowska Education Charitable Trust.


Dr Farib Sos MNZM JP

Deputy Chairman

Dr. Sos has substantial educational and business experience in both the private and public sectors, ranging from energy and resources to health and the environment. He has served as a member of several government and non-government committees and other groups with an interest in South-East Asia.

He currently holds a number of roles in the community including immediate past Chair of Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), Trustee and Director of the Asia Pacific Research Institute of New Zealand, Council Member of the ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council, Executive Chair of Asia Forum Wellington, New Zealand Honorary Adviser to The Asia New Zealand Foundation, former member of the Victoria University of Wellington Council and Executive Member of the New Zealand-Indonesian Council.


Tony Meachen

Tony is currently the General Manager of Sport for New Zealand's 49 Catholic Colleges and 186 Catholic Primary Schools. He worked as a Professional Tennis Coach for 21 years, attaining the New Zealand Professional Tennis Coaches Qualification in 1977 and the USA Professional Tennis Coaches Qualification in 1979 at the Van der Meer Tennis University in South Carolina.

Tony is a Life Member of the Marist St. Pat's Rugby Football Club and was CEO of the New Zealand Marist Rugby Federation for 22 years, providing support to Marist Clubs in New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and South America. Tony coached the Wellington Sevens team for 11 years, winning Wellington’s first National Sevens Title in 2002. He was a Selector for Sir Gordon Tietjens for 6 years and was then Technical Advisor/Manager of the Samoa Sevens team on the World Sevens Series in 2002 and 2003. From 2000 to 2011 Tony was the Sponsorship and Suppliership Manager for the IRB International Sevens Tournament at Westpac Stadium. in Wellington. Tony has completed a Post Graduate Diploma at Massey University of Sports Management and Coaching and an International Rugby Board Level 4 Coaching Qualification.


Lisa Jones

Lisa is Cricket Wellington’s General Manager. Formerly CEO of Wellington Hockey, Lisa spent seven years at Capital Football as Operations Manager. During this time, she worked across New Zealand Football’s men's, women's and futsal advisory groups, as well as the New Zealand Football National League Review Group.

She has worked with councils and funders to upgrade facilities across greater Wellington, chaired the Affordable Sports for Greater Wellington campaign, and delivered the FIH Pro League featuring the Black Sticks women. Lisa is a former recipient of the Trish McKelvey leadership award at the Wellington Sport Awards.


Tirath Singh Atwal

Tirath is the President of the New Zealand Kabaddi Federation Inc. As a member of this organisation, Tirath has demonstrated a deep passion for community sport and has worked tirelessly to promote and develop the sport of Kabaddi in New Zealand. His dedication to the sport and his commitment to promoting amateur sport in general prompted his interest in joining the Association’s Board.

In addition to his work for sport, Tirath is a successful business owner. He owns several grocery stores and has a portfolio of residential and commercial real estate investments. He also has a keen understanding of the regulatory environment that affects businesses in New Zealand. His knowledge and expertise in compliance and risk management will assist the Board as it navigates the legal and regulatory landscape affecting amateur sport organisations.


Wayne Guppy

Mayor of Upper Hutt City, Wayne is now in his eighth term as Mayor. Born and raised in Upper Hutt, Wayne gained a Diploma of Pharmacy at the Central Institute of Technology in Heretaunga. He spent from 1979 – 1981 in Nebraska, USA, working on his Doctor of Pharmacy degree, before returning to set up the first Clinical Pharmacy education programme in New Zealand. In 1991, with his wife Sue, Wayne opened a 7-day community pharmacy working in conjunction with the After Hours Medical Centre of which he was a Director. He has been a lecturer in pharmaceutics and pharmacology.

He has been Chair of the Wellington Mayoral Forum and is Patron of many groups and organisations within Upper Hutt.  He was Patron to Wing 253 at the Royal New Zealand Police College in 2008, which cemented his family’s place in New Zealand Police history as Wayne’s father Colin is well remembered as one of the first Police dog-handlers in this country. Wayne is a Past President of the Wellington Rugby Football Union, Upper Hutt Rugby Club, President of the Wellington Racing Club, and is former Deputy Chair of the Hutt Valley District Health Board. Wayne is also Chair of the Board of Medic Alert and member of Poppies Places Trust.


Adrian Tangaroa Wagner

Te Whānau A Apanui, Whanganui, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki Whānui Ki Te Upoko O Te Ika. Adrian is a Trustee for Te Maru o Ruahine Trust and Rūnanga delegate for Ngāti Upokoiri hapū†of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti. A Trustee for Te Kura O Ōtari, Adrian is also Chair of the Anihaka Terenui Matakuariki Lands Trust and he is a former Trustee for Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Apa.

Adrian has a diverse background in broadcasting and the arts and has worked at Te Reo Irirangi O Te Upoko O Te Ika (1161AM) since 2004 in various roles, currently as the Station Manager. He has also worked for Māori Television as a Reporter during that period. He has a degree in Māori studies from Victoria University and is currently completing a diploma in Journalism at Whitireia. Adrian has managed Te Upoko O Te Ika since 2015 and he is working on a project to create a regular amateur sports show.


Warren Inkster

Warren is a Senior Ministerial Writer with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment covering Ministerials and Official Information. His background covers experience in leading communications and public relations within Central Government, Parliament, the Speaker of the House, and Local Authorities. Warren was the former adviser and speech-writer for the Mayors of Wellington City and Hutt City, various Government agencies and public health organisations, including the Auckland District Health Board.

Warren has a strong community focus in the Rangiora community (north of Christchurch) where he lives. Warren is the Association's Canterbury regional representative.


Aleks Noble-Campbell

Aleks brings experience from both the financial and sporting sectors. He holds a conjoint Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Molecular Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance, Econometrics) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is currently an Investment Associate at Liverpool Partners Group (Sydney, Australia), previously holding roles at Waterman Capital and Macquarie Capital, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Formerly playing rugby across the U85 grade in Auckland, and premier grade in Wellington for Petone, he has also represented Wellington in rugby across age grades, winning a national title with the Wellington rugby U19 team. He has also assisted in the coaching of the Wellington rugby U16 development team to a Hurricanes region title.


Will Caccia-Birch

Will is the Chief Executive Officer at Barber Commercial Limited, responsible for programme and project management, strategy and team leadership. Before commencing his current role, Will was the Manager of Community Rugby at the Wellington Rugby Football Union Inc., a role he held for 15 years. A proud supporter of the Tawa Rugby Football Club, Will is a member of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation Inc. and the Centurions RFC. He is passionate about how sport and recreation can play a distinctive role in connecting communities.

An advocate for bringing sport into the lives of communities across the Wellington region, Will most recently in designing and implementing the Oval Hoops initiative in collaboration with Capital Basketball.


Jo Coughlan

Jo has over 20 years experience in senior public relations and communications roles. A former Press Secretary for the former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister the Rt Hon Don McKinnon, she has also held communications management and marketing roles for a number of major corporates - the New Zealand Tourism Board, The National Bank of New Zealand Limited and AMP.

In 2008, Jo launched Silvereye Communications and has subsequently worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients across diverse industries. Jo was a Wellington City Councillor, Chair of the Economic portfolio for six years, Chairperson of Wellington City Life Education Trust, a Board member of Positively Wellington Tourism and a national Board member of the Life Education Trust.


Dr Melody Johnston

Mel is currently a Senior Lecturer at AUT’s Sport Leadership and Management faculty in Auckland and  a co-Project Lead for the National Sport Club Survey.

The Programme Leader for the Certificate of Sport and Recreation and Secretary for the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) (for which she is also Secretary), Mel is a Board Member of the "World Association of Sport Management", representing Australasia.


The Officers and Board of the Association are elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The Association's Constitution requires the appointment of an Honorary Auditor and Solicitor.

The Honorary Auditor of the Association is:

  • Les Foy, Senior Partner, Audit & Assurance at Crowe.

The Honorary Solicitor of the Association is:

  • Benji Crossley, Solicitor, Sharpe Tudhope Lawyers.