Board of Directors
Brendon GIBSON - Chair
Brendon is a Partner at Calibre Partners, which is a leading restructuring, turnaround and business advisory specialist. With over 30 years in the business Brendon is known for his ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders and businesses across all industries, he brings a fresh perspective, thinking beyond the numbers and keeps people at the core to help them navigate the best way forward. Brendon is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart College. He holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness, Post-Graduate Diploma in Commerce, Diploma in Corporate Management, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountant Australia New Zealand and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Brendon is an avid sports fan and grew up playing sport, in particular cricket. His love for cricket has been passed on to his three sons and you will often find Brendon watching on the sideline. Brendon is passionate about bringing his unique skillset to help Auckland Cricket grow and thrive. He is an appointed Director in November 2019 and Chair in November 2021.
Sacha COWLRICK - Deputy Chair
Sacha played for the association in the 1990s to the early 2000’s from age group representative sides through to the HEARTS. Her club cricket as a junior was played for Akarana, moving to University and later Grafton in her senior playing years. Her cricket involvement is now starting again as a passionate sideline parent.
Sacha currently works for Suncorp NZ Limited as the Executive Manager Consumer, managing the portfolio delivering home, contents and motor insurance for Vero insurance customers. Over the past 20 years Sacha has held a variety of roles in the insurance and financial services sector, bringing financial and governance expertise to the Board. Sacha hold a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Commerce from Auckland University. She was elected to the Board in 2020.
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). A director of the Eden Park Trust Board and Chairman of the Victoria Park Sports and Cultural Trust. He holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in Political Studies from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.
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. He strongly believes that club cricket is the backbone of the sport. Elected to the ACA Board in 2014, Nicholas was elected Chair in 2019 and held the position until November 2021.
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.
Marijana 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.
Of Ngati Awa and Ngati Pikiao descent, Craig played representative age group cricket for Auckland and New Zealand, debuting for the Aces in 1998. He retired from first-class cricket in 2003, having spent two seasons playing for Otago. He is currently Dealer Principal at Winger Maserati, having worked in the motor industry for 20 years, starting with Mercedes Benz, and managing successful brands such as Porsche, BMW and Ferrari.
He is passionate about cricket at all levels, becoming a Premier umpire and is involved in junior cricket with his son. Craig is looking forward to being involved in an exciting growth period for the sport in the greater Auckland area and working with all stakeholders.
KELLY BAXTER RAE
Kelly has spent the past three years working with the Parnell Cricket Board and has also been a trustee with the Spark Foundation since 2018, the charitable organisation for Spark New Zealand.
She also plays an integral role within Spark’s Legal Team supporting key initiatives, including major commercial and M&A transactions, engagement with Spark’s main regulators, risk management, litigation, marketing and consumer matters and the launch of Spark’s Spark Sport online streaming business.
Notably, Kelly has been central to delivering partnerships with major sporting bodies, including World Rugby for Rugby World Cup 2019, Formula 1, English Premier League and 6-year transformational partnership with New Zealand Cricket.
Kelly is passionate about sport in the community, particularly cricket, having developed a strong affinity for the game over the past decade through her husband. Significantly, Kelly brings a non-player perspective, representing Auckland Cricket’s wider membership of friends, family, supporters and volunteers who are all critical to the success of the game.
Bevan is a partner at Chapman Tripp, one of New Zealand’s leading commercial law firms.
Bevan leads the firm’s consulting advisory service and its national tax practice working with large national and international clients. Bevan joined Chapman Tripp from ASB, where he led the group tax function.
A keen club cricketer before family life took over, more recently a broken body put pay to a brief return to president’s grade cricket. Bevan has been a board member of East Coast Bays Cricket for three and a half years and is also a board member of Windsor Park Community and Multisport Hub Incorporated, which owns and manages ECB’s home ground.
Bevan has coached junior cricket for around eight years, most recently an incredibly rewarding first season coaching his daughter’s team.
Bevan is a member of the Institute of Directors, chair of the Oceania Football Confederation Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the board of trustees of Harbour Sport. Bevan was previously a trustee of the New Zealand Professional Women’s Golfers Trust (a charity established to assist up and coming golfers).