Meet the SNZ Team

 
 
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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.


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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.

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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.

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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...
 

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Stanley Doney

Northern Regional Softball Officer
Email: Stanley
Phone: (022) 044 5987 

Hi All. Moved back home after 18 years in Europe and North America from 2000-2018.
Grew up in Australia with kiwi parents and played most of my softball in Sydney and New South Wales.

Played with Paremoremo Softball Club in the 1990’s when we moved back to New Zealand.
Spent most of my playing and coaching years in Denmark, Great Britain and The Netherlands.
Currently coaching the NZU23 and White Sox teams.


 
SOFTBALL NEW ZEALAND BOARD MEMBERS

Nicky-Sherriff-303-81 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.
 

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Steve Leppien - Board Member

My first involvement with softball came in the Waikato when my three children started playing at Intermediate age. A passion for softball led to coaching school, age group representative and senior men teams, in conjunction with two years as the Chair of Waikato Softball Association. With recent roles including Maintenance Manager at Huntly Power Station, Asset Strategy and Regulatory Compliance, I look forward to drawing on my experience to support our wonderful game.

  Duncan Enoka - Board Member


 

Sharon Kawe-250 Sharon Kawe - Deputy Chair
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.
 

hoani-lambert-768-244 Hoani Lambert - Board Member

Hoani is a former diplomat and public servant, and is currently a Deputy Chief Executive at Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children. Hoani started his involvement with softball at a young age, and obtained his national badges for scoring and umpiring whilst still in his teens. He was appointed as statistician for the Junior Black Sox (World Champs in Auckland 1993) and the White Sox (World Champs in Newfoundland 1994, Olympic Qualifier in Auckland 1996). He was also on the organising committee - in charge of Marketing - for the 2004 Men’s World Series in Christchurch.

Hoani holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australia New Zealand School of Government and has served on a number of boards, most recently as Chairman of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. He is of Ngati Kahungunu descent.

 

Rebecca Annan-868 Rebecca Annan - Board Member

Rebecca (Becs) a Commercial Manager with over 20 years experience in the hospitality, sport and tourism industries.  Her career has taken her to Australia and the United Kingdom, where currently she holds the New Partnerships Manager role for Netball New Zealand & the General Manager for BYATA (Tourism Association).

Her softball career has also taken her to many countries representing Great Britain in the European Champs from 2008 - 2012. Here in NZ, she’s played, coached and managed in the Central Otago, Wellington and Auckland leagues, including representative level.  Where in 2019 she was named Team Manager for Major Sox Women’s Team competing at the Canada Cup. 
 
 
chris-square (002)-308 Chris Patterson - Board Member

Chris is an Auckland based barrister. His first connection with softball was as a player at high school during the mid-1980s.  He plays club softball (Metro) and has a son who also plays (Ramblers).  In addition to being a SNZ board member, he is also deputy chair of Basketball NZ and a FIBA legal commissioner.  Chris has studied sports law at the University of Melbourne’s Law School (ranked in the top ten internationally).  He regularly appears as counsel before the Sports Tribunal as well as assisting athletes and sporting organisations with the resolution of disputes.