General Information

Board Profiles

Auckland Cricket Association

Rex Smith - Chairman

Rex Smith has made a substantial contribution to Auckland Cricket both as a player and an administrator. Rex played 17 years of first grade cricket, and has held various administration positions within the Cornwall Club including Club Chairman from 1991 to 1998, and first grade selector/coach from 1989.

Rex was a member of the Auckland Cricket Association first class team selection panel from 1991 to 1998 and Convenor of the Auckland Cricket Association Coaching Review Panel in 1997.

Rex Smith has more than 40 years experience in property negotiation specialising in the central and local government sectors. He currently operates his own property consultancy business, Elite Property Services Ltd, and has been a Board member since 1999, serving as Chairman from 2001 to 2005, and 2007 to date.

Nick Albrecht

Nicholas heads the government relations for Vector Limited (top 10 NZX). He oversees the company's engagement with Ministers, MPs, government departments and local government (Auckland Council).  He has a well-established network in Parliament and in the Auckland Council.

Nicholas has a Master of Arts (Hons) in Political Studies from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2007.

Nicholas is a life member and has been Chairman and Club Captain of the Grafton United Cricket Club.  He played junior cricket for Northland and the City Cricket Club in Whangarei.  Nicholas is also a Trustee of the Victoria Park Sports and Cultural Trust. He strongly believes that club cricket is the backbone of the sport. Nicholas was elected to the ACA Board in 2014.

Sir John Graham - CBE

John Graham has a broad background in the fields of sport, business and administration. He has the unique experience of involvement with New Zealand's elite teams in both rugby and cricket, being an All Black from 1958-64 including captain in 1964 and serving as manager of the New Zealand Cricket Black Caps from 1997-99.  He has had 35 years experience as a school teacher and was headmaster at Auckland Grammar School from 1973-1993. From 1986-2000 he was director of the Owens group, serving as Chairman for 5 years.

John was a member of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation from 1980-85, a founding director of the Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education and was co founder and is currently chairman of the Academic Colleges Group. He was a member of the New Zealand Education Forum from 1991-95 and a director of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce from 1995-98.
He was member of the Council of the University of Auckland from 1994 - 2005 and Chancellor of the University from 2000 - 2004.

Currently John is a Trustee of the Sir Woolf Fisher Trust, Chairman of the New Zealand Education Scholarship trust, the University bookshop, Chairman of Parenting with Confidence, and a Director of Renaissance. John was also Chairman of the Ministerial Task Force on Sport, Fitness and Recreation.

He has been heavily involved in sports administration. He was assistant coach of the Auckland Rugby team from 1974-76 and again from 1992-94 and served as the Auckland Rugby Union President from 1996-98. He has served as a governor of the New Zealand Sports Foundation and as a member of the NZRFU Boundaries Commission. He was Chairman of the NZRFU Board Selection Committee in 1996 and a member of the All Black Coach and Manager Selection Committees in 1999, 2000 and 2004.

He was Vice President of the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2003/2004 and is currently President of the New Zealand Rugby Union. He was knighted for his services to education and sport in 2011. He has been a member of the Auckland Cricket Board since 2000.

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly will need no introduction to many Auckland Cricket people having played for the Association from 1981 to 1991, and gaining national representative honours at NZ Secondary Schools, Brabin (U21) and Rothmans (U23) levels. He played for the North Shore Cricket Club from 1976 until 1994 and was subsequently involved in coaching junior cricket at Parnell Cricket Club from 1994 to 2005.

Paul is in the banking business and has held significant positions with ASB Bank, National Bank and ANZ Bank since 1986. He is presently works with ASB Bank in a Key Account (Private Banking) Management position.

Paul brings to the Board of Auckland Cricket considerable financial and management expertise and experience as well as the experience of playing cricket at first class level. He has a passion for sport generally and cricket in particular. He has been a member of the Board since 2007.

Malikah Mitha

Malikah is the CFO of Open Country Dairy Ltd which is New Zealand's second-largest dairy processor behind Fonterra Cooperative Group with turnover in excess of $688 million. She has been with the company for almost nine years and brings significant local and international business experience. She also has strong leadership skills which have been honed through project management and execution of business strategy.

Malikah has been heavily involved with club cricket through Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club where she has represented the club on the Board of Directors since July 2014 until September 2016.

Malikah along with her financial and governance backgrounds brings to the board experience in fundraising for various charities with a special interest in the Starship Foundation.

Murphy Su'a 

Murphy Su'a played for the Association from 1990 to 1996 and represented New Zealand in that period, including being a member of the 1992 World Cup squad. He played his senior club cricket for Eden Roskill after playing in many junior age group sides in the Northern Districts area and is the current Samoan national cricket team coach.

Murphy is currently the COO of the Pacific Business Trust and has worked in several positions with Vodafone including a role as Business Campaign Manager. He is studying to complete an MBA having already completed a NZIM Diploma in Management.

Murphy brings his experience as an international and first class cricketer to the Board as well as his marketing experience with a high profile company.

Marijana Brajkovich

Marijana has been an active member of Parnell Cricket Club as a Grade Coordinator, Board member and recently retiring as Chair of the Parnell Cricket Board.  Her passion is in the area of Junior Cricket with an in depth understanding of what is required to ensure young players stay in the game.

She was instrumental in the development and completion of the Terry Jarvis Centre for Parnell Cricket.

Has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University and had a successful career in sales and marketing with Regent International Hotels.  Currently working with the family business Kumeu River Wines.