Meet the SNZ Team


Tony Giles

Chief Executive Officer

Tony Giles joined Softball New Zealand in November 2013. Prior to joining the softball family Tony was General Manager for Pub Charity, one of New Zealand’s largest charitable trusts.

Tony had a strong sporting profile in his youth competing nationally in swimming and surf lifesaving before embarking on a rugby career that included 10 years in Europe.
Tony completed his tertiary education at Wellingtons Victoria University.


Chris Gates

Administration Manager
Email: Chris
Phone: (04) 5600 391

Proudly North Harbour born and bred my sporting passions have brought me to the capital. I have been employed in financial management roles for over 20 years with the last 13 years in the sporting industry (with rugby and then Softball NZ since 2004) and previously in the shipping industry. I absolutely love the game of softball having played since I was a child and have also recently been involved in junior coaching. It is a privilege to work for Softball NZ and be able to combine my sporting passion with my business profession, hopefully to the benefit of all the wonderful people involved in our game.


Glen Roff

Softball Manager
Email: Glen
Phone: (04) 5600 389

Playing T-ball for Panthers (Invercargill) as a 4 year old was where it all started for me. Since then Softball has played a significant part of my life.

Highlights of my playing career vary from two time National Club Champion with Christchurch United Devils, gold medal at the Under 19 World Series in 1989 to playing for the Black Sox in 1991. After I retired from playing and still passionate about the game I ventured into the world of coaching. Seven seasons in Europe has played a considerable part in my coach development. Off seasons in Denmark (1), Italy (2) and the Netherlands (4) has been life changing and allowed me to see Softball in a different light gaining invaluable experience along the way. Highlights of my coaching career include coaching the Danish Men's team at the 2000 World Series, Great Britain at the 2004 World Series and winning the Italian Cup with Forli in 2006.

I've been employed with Softball NZ since 2003 working in Invercargill, Christchurch and Wellington as a Regional Coaching Coordinator before  accepting a role as SNZ Business Development Manager. My current role under the recent restructure is Softball Manager entails game development and the coaching program.


Eugene Gilbert

Events & National Teams Manager 
Email: Eugene
Phone: (04) 56000 392 (021) 537 079

Hello all, I have been associated with softball for many years, playing, coaching, umpiring, and lately in the administrative side of the game. I absolutely love the game along with the many other tireless volunteers who make the game of softball function in New Zealand.

I have worked in retail for a number of years, been a Business Analyst and Project Manager for the University of Waikato, and have extensive experience in the area of Market Research. Previously I have been on the Waikato Softball Association Board for a number of years primarily responsible for the senior competition, senior umpiring, and website content management.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work for the game I love, and I am responsible at SNZ for organising and running the National Tournaments, and looking after the logistical side of all the National teams. All I can say is I'm here to serve...



Nicky Sherriff Nicky Sherriff - President

I currently work at Sport Wellington, managing the development of a regional sport and active recreation strategy, after working for 19 years at Sport NZ in a variety of roles. I was previously a secondary school teacher and have worked in sport administration overseas. Having had a bit of a break from softball after serving on Softball New Zealand’s Board for 12 years I am excited to be back and looking forward to once again being fully involved in the game.

Lynda O'Cain-620 Lynda O'Cain - Chair
Remuneration Committee

I have been involved with the game of softball since I was 10 years old and have been fortunate to play the game and coach at all levels both at home and overseas. 

I have also had other roles within NZ sport which has enabled me to expand my knowledge and experience particularly in the areas of high performance and sport administration at both government and regional levels.
Currently I am employed in Human Resources at the national office for the Southern Cross Hospital network. I enjoy Softball's wonderful community and the great people I have met over the years and welcome the opportunity to continue to contribute to our fantastic sport.

Steve Leppien - Board Member

  Duncan Enoka - Board Member


Sharon Kawe-250 Sharon Kawe - Board Member 
Audit & Risk Committee

Sharon is a Chartered Accountant and Director of her own practice; SJK Accountants Limited. She has extensive accounting experience with small to medium sized businesses, property accounting, family trusts and Not for Profits. Her association with North Harbour Softball began when her children started playing in 1996. She has held various roles at Club and Regional level. A Board member of NHSA from 2007 to 2013 and Chair from 2008 to 2012, Sharon was heavily involved in the delivery of the 2013 World Fastpitch Championships.

Rhys Casley-417 Rhys Casley- Board Member
Honours Committee

Nardus 2-836 Nardus Oelofse - Board Member 
Remuneration Committee

  Chris Patterson - Board Member