Meet the SNZ Team

 
 
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Tony Giles

Chief Executive Officer

Tony joined Softball NZ in 2013 from his leadership role in the Class 4 sector where he was GM of Pub Charity Limited, one of New Zealand’s largest charitable trusts.
Appointed to the WBSC Tournament and Competition Commissions, Tony is Vice President of the WBSC Oceania Softball Division Board.

An Alumni of Victoria University, and a background in semi-professional sport, Tony has a broad knowledge of the impact sport and recreation can have within the community and is driven to provide his commercial expertise and connections to benefit our game.


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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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Ray Noble

Regional Development Manager 
Email: Ray
Phone: (027) 278 4795

I was born in Taranaki but have lived in Gisborne for the last 21 years.  I whakapapa to Ngaruahine iwi in Taranaki and Te Aupouri in Northland.

I have played and coached softball at club and representative level in Taranaki, Hutt Valley and Tairawhiti.  I am a teacher by trade but have primarily worked in the Sport sector for two different Regional Sports Trusts in charge of Maori participation, Coach education and Code capability.
What excites me about my role with Softball NZ is working with high depravation communities to build a sustainable infrastructure that will support more opportunities, improved health and quality experiences for the community, especially young people.


SOFTBALL NEW ZEALAND BOARD MEMBERS

Nicky Nicky Sherriff - President

I currently work at Nuku Ora, 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.

Hoani Hoani Lambert - Chair
People & Culture Committee - ex-Officio
Audit & Risk Committee - ex-Officio
Strategy & Performance Committee - ex-Officio


Hoani is a former diplomat and career public servant, and is currently Deputy Chief Executive at Department of Internal Affairs. Prior to this he was a Deputy Chief Executive at Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children.

Hoani joined the board in 2019 and previously served as a board member from 1999-2001.

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 - Deputy Chair
Strategy & Performance Committee - Chair
Audit & Risk Committee - Member

Rebecca (Becs) a Commercial Manager with over 20 years experience in the hospitality, sport and tourism industries. Her softball and working career has taken her to many different countries, travelling throughout Australasia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the America's, where currently she holds the New Partnerships Manager role for Netball New Zealand.

joined the board in 2019 and is an active member of the Auckland Softball Community. Her involvement with softball started at a young age in Central Otago and has played in the Wellington and Auckland leagues here in New Zealand at a representative level, and offshore in the European Cup representing Great Britain. Early 2019 she was also named Team Manager for Major Sox Women’s Team competing at the Canada Cup.

Becs holds a degree in Hospitality Management and serves on a number of different boards within the Sports and Tourism sector. Most recently holding the General Manager position for BYATA (Tourism Association) and sitting on the IWG Leadership Working Group for Integrity.

Duncan Enoka-166 Duncan Enoka - Board Member

Duncan has been involved in Softball for 25 years as a coach. He has coached softball from T Ball through to International level. He has been heavily involved with the Auckland United Softball Club. Duncan has also been involved in playing and coaching Rugby at a representative level.
 
Duncan is currently semi-retired and working with his wife in her business in the Book Industry. He has a background as a Land Surveyor and in recent times, working in the I.T. industry mainly in managerial positions.
 
Duncan is looking forward to his new role as a Board member and will continue to contribute to the sport he has a passion for.
 

Steve Fast-589 Steven Fast - Board Member
Audit & Risk Committee - Chair

Steve has over 25 years years of corporate finance and governance experience in the private sector and has been involved in a wide range of risk and compliance issues in New Zealand, Europe and the US.

Steve is a former partner at Deloitte in a career of 15 years, Steve held positions including Director for Corporate Finance in Central Europe and Managing Partner for French speaking West Africa.

Steve is a Chartered Accountant Australia New Zealand and holds a French CPA, U.K. MBA and law degree from the University of Paris. Currently, Steve is CFO at krunch.co and member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Megan Harlick-880 Megan Harlick - Board Member
Audit & Risk Committee - Member
Strategy & Performance Committee - Member

I have been involved with the game of softball since I was 10 years old and have been fortunate to play the game to a representative level. While I haven’t picked up a glove in a number of years, I continue to remain active, and these days enjoy hitting the roads or local Canterbury trails for a run.

Currently I am employed as a Lecturer in the Bachelor of Applied Science at Ara Institute of Canterbury and specialise in the areas of sport, exercise and health psychology as well as sport management. I have also had other roles within NZ sport at both a high performance sport and community level, which has enabled me to expand my knowledge and experience and networks within the industry.

I have governance experience in both the sport and education sectors, currently sitting as chair on a School Board of Trustees.

I am looking forward to my new role as a Board member and am pleased to be able to reconnect with the wonderful people that make this game as special as it is.

Lynda Lynda O'Cain - Board Member
People & Culture Committee - Chair

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 as a People & Culture Consultant at Auckland Uniservices. 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.

Vaughan Vaughan Dennison - Board Member
People & Culture Committee - Member
Strategy & Performance Committee - Member

Softball’s played a big part in my life, a passion developed to compete and coach, while the intergenerational environment meant my whole family’s been involved in some way.

I was honoured to lead the successful 2020 WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Palmerston North. This was a celebration of a collaborative effort and fulfilled our vision to deliver a world-class event and leave a lasting legacy for Manawatu Softball.

Serving as a Palmerston North City Councillor for 20 years and elected MidCentral DHB member frame my wider governance experience. Past operational management roles span business and community settings. Currently, with my wife, we provide live-in transitional housing support whilst developing homes for first home-buyers.

Softball NZ has a proud heritage due to the collective investment many have made. I’m excited to help lead the vision to a strong future.