Paul Heath (Chair)
Paul Heath has had a lifelong passion for cricket. Although, by his own admission, his playing skills were limited, he became involved in cricket administration at a young age. Between the ages of 22 and 24 he was club captain and chairman of the Howick-Pakuranga Cricket Club in Auckland during a time when the club engaged its first overseas professional player, Clive Radley. After moving to Hamilton in 1981, Paul continued to play for both Old Boys’ and Te Rapa but due to work commitments was unable to continue his interest in administration. Having completed a career including partnership in the Hamilton firm of solicitors Stace Hammond Grace & Partners, practising as a QC in Hamilton and 16 years as a High Court Judge, Paul has returned to the private sector. He has quickly renewed his interest in cricket administration and is looking forward to working with the board to promote the interests of all involved in cricket in the Northern Districts region.
Michelle moved to Waikato from Christchurch in May 2013 and is currently the General Manager Regional Leadership at Sport Waikato. Prior to joining Sport Waikato Michelle was a self-employed strategy and business performance consultant whose career had seen her deliver strategic projects in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors across a variety of industries in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States and European markets. Michelle has international sporting experience having represented the New Zealand Women’s Hockey team at the Sydney Olympic Games and the Manchester and Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Michelle was the independent chair of Badminton New Zealand for four years and a board member of the Oceania Badminton Confederation. She has also served on the boards Midlands Hockey and the Rototuna Indoor Recreation Centre Trust. Michelle is a Chartered Member with the Institute of Directors, and is a committee member for the Waikato Branch.
Kylie is the General Manager of Enterprise Great Lake Taupo and the owner of PR Plus, a Taupo based public relations and communications agency that she founded in 2013. A member of the NZ Institute of Directors, she has held a number of governance positions in a variety of sectors and is currently a Director of Bay Venues Ltd (Tauranga) and Chair of the One Taupo Trust. Kylie now works primarily in the economic development sector, having previously worked in both the public and private sector in management, marketing and communications roles, as well as an event manager for a diverse mix of large scale events. An avid cricket fan, Kylie lives in Taupo with her husband and children.
During a successful commercial and Executive Management career, Richard has lead a variety of major infrastructure projects in the UK and New Zealand. Currently Chief Operations Officer at Hamilton’s Ultrafast Fibre, Richard is 7-years into the initiative which delivers ultra-fast fibre broadband access to most of our central North Island communities. One of the key passions he finds in his COO role is his company’s links to the community where he gets to invest his professional and personal leadership to achieve significant social, economic and inclusion outcomes; something he is now looking forward to augmenting through regional cricket, given the privilege of this governance role at Northern Districts.
Renika (Waikato-Maniapoto) is a Director of Waikato-based law firm, McCaw Lewis, where she leads the firm’s Workplace Law Team and co-leads the Māori Legal work for the firm. She assists a number of clients with implementing pragmatic and meaningful employment solutions. Originally from Taranaki, Renika is a keen cricket fan, currently living in Hamilton with her husband and son. She is currently a Board member on Hamilton’s Flow Foundation and has previously sat on the Executive for Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society of New Zealand), which she remains actively involved with.
In May 2017, Richard returned home to the Waikato as the joint owner, and Dealer Principal of Power Farming Morrinsville Limited. Prior to this, Richard accumulated 17 years’ of corporate and executive experience within banking and investment management across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Richard finished his finance career with ANZ in Melbourne where he led ANZ’s Private Banking business for Victoria and Tasmania. Richard is Morrinsville born & bred, played his club cricket in Hamilton and he represented Northern Districts at age group level. He is an avid cricketing fan mainly following his three young sons.
A self declared cricket tragic, with a lifetime love of the sport, formed as a player in age group and club teams and now as a junior coach and boundary rope fan. Brent is a Chartered Accountant and enjoys balancing a community heart and a commercial mind. He has held a range of senior financial management roles, most recently in executive roles in the health and not-for-profit sectors, with prior experience in logistics, insurance, hospitality and education. Brent lives in Hamilton with his wife and two young children.