Board Profiles

General Information

Auckland Cricket Association

Nick Albrecht - Chair

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. Nicholas was elected to the ACA board in 2014 and became Chairman in 2019.

Brett Hollister

Brett has spent more than 30 years working in various commercial and leadership roles within the sports industry in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. A former World Champion and Olympic medal winner with a successful coaching record and passion for sport.

He is currently Managing Director of Athlete Nation a business that provides physical development and wellness solutions into schools and the corporate sector.

Brett only took up cricket in his early 30's and has played socially in the Presidents grade in recent seasons for North Shore Cricket Club, and Waitakere Cricket Club. He is strongly motivated by the positive influence team sport plays in developing and shaping character in young people, and building communities. He is an appointed Director and joined the Board in November 2019.

Campbell Newman

Campbell has been an active member of the North Shore Cricket Club since joining as a junior in 1971. He played senior cricket for 16 years and was an early order batsman who describes himself as a ‘flat track bully’.

Unfortunately he never played on any flat tracks but his August/September net form often cemented his place in the Premier side for longer than he deserved. Most recently he has been a board member and chair of North Shore with a passion for innovation and change.

Campbell owns and runs a software company specialising in asset management for local and central government in NZ and Australia. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University. He was elected to the Board in 2017.

Chris Glackin

Chris has been heavily involved in the Takapuna Cricket Club for his entire life. He played junior and senior cricket for the club and played in England for three years as a semi-professional at Pershore and Hampstead Cricket Clubs between 1997 and 2000. Chris was Chairman of the Takapuna Cricket Club for 8 years between 2008 – 2016 and was recently made a Life Member. He currently coaches junior and representative cricket at the club. He was elected to the Board in 2018.

Chris is a Senior Partner in Private Bank with the BNZ and is a qualified Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and an NZX Diploma. He is responsible for running a team of Private Bankers across the Northern Region delivering investment services to high net worth individuals. Further to this, Chris sits on the Leadership team within Private Bank and is a member of the BNZ Investment Review Committee. Chris has been in various roles across the financial services industry for the last 20 years and brings to the Board financial and management expertise.

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.

Paula Gruber

Paula played for the association for over 20 years and 139 games, finishing with 146 wickets at an average of 21.73. She was proud to be made an Honorary Cricket Member of the association in 2017.

Having played junior cricket for Counties and Papatoetoe, most senior club cricket was played for GUCC which she is also a Vice President.  Following retirement, she spent 3 years on the GUCC board with a focus on female participation.

She is currently a Licence Customs Broker and current Operations Manager at Stellar International, a New Zealand owned Freight Forwarder. She has a Diploma in Business from AUT and Graduate certificate in Supply Chain from MIT. She was elected to the board in 2019.

Rex Smith

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.