Netball New Zealand

Netball is the most popular women's sport in New Zealand.

Board of Directors

The Board of Netball NZ is responsible for managing the affairs of the Association which include determining major strategic directions, goals and policies. The Board of Netball NZ is as follows:

John Bongard

NNZ Board Chair, ONZM – Appointed NNZ Board Member

John Bongard joined the NNZ Board in 2009 and brings more than 30 years’ experience in high to executive level positions within the Fisher & Paykel Group, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer before retiring in 2009. He was involved with Netball for more than 13 years through the Fisher & Paykel sponsorship before joining the Board.

John was awarded an ONZM for services to business in the New Year’s Honours List 2010. He is currently on the Board of Meridian Energy, Tourism Holdings Limited, Narta Australia Pty Limited, HJ Asmuss & Co Limited, Tourism Holdings Limited, Chairman of The Rising Foundation and Chairman of South Auckland Partners – BNZ. John is also a Trustee of the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust Board.

Beverley Douglas

NNZ President

Bev has been involved in Netball since she was a young child, first as a player then coach and later evolving into one of Netball’s top administrator’s for many decades.

She coached and presided over the Papatoetoe Rangers Netball Club for many years at a grassroots level before moving to the Auckland Netball Centre where she took on a multitude of roles including chairperson of Auckland Waitakere Region.

Bev is well known in Netball circles, managing the NZU21 and Young Internationals teams, the highlight winning the World Youth Cup in Fiji in 1992.

Shane Harmon

Appointed NNZ Board Member

Shane Harmon joined the NNZ Board in 2016 at the conclusion of his tenure on the TTNL Board. He brings more than 13 years senior management and team leadership experience in sports and major events including; Rugby World Cup 2011, Australian Rugby Union, Rugby World Cup 2003 and the Sydney Swans.

Shane is currently the CEO of Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and is respected by #sportsbiz professionals around the world for his expertise in building sports brands and fan connections, as well as implementing commercial and grassroots programmes.

Debbie Hodges

Elected NNZ Board Member

Debbie’s involvement in Netball spans more than 30 years, where she has served as everything from president, chairperson, secretary and treasurer to player, coach, manager and selector at Club, Centre and regional level - even a stint managing the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel team in 2008.

Debbie was integral to managing the transition from Netball Southland to Netball South, and in 2012, she won the New World National Netball Volunteer Award for Administrator of the Year and received a Services to Sport recognition at the ILT Southland Sports Awards.

From a business perspective, Debbie has been employed by E Hayes and Sons in Invercargill since 1983, progressing through the ranks to Administration and Operations Manager. She has also been a director of Hammer Hardware since 2010.

Shirley Hooper

Elected NNZ Board Member

Shirley Hooper is the Owner and Director of her own business Mission Marketing, developing marketing strategies and implementing marketing campaigns for a number of different companies.

Elected to the NNZ Board in 2009, Shirley is currently a Director of Synchronised Swimming NZ Inc and was the chairperson of the Trans-Tasman Netball Limited Board.

Before starting her own company, Shirley held senior marketing roles at then, major Netball sponsor Bendon and broadcaster TVNZ, continuing her Netball involvement at a different level as she helped build the sport's profile in the early days of commercialism. Shirley has also been a Director and Chair of both the Auckland Diamonds and the Mystics Franchises.

Jill Hatchwell

Appointed NNZ Board Member

Jill is a financial management consultant and aspiring professional director with extensive commercial and governance experience.

She is currently a director and Chair of the Audit Committees of Aorere Resources Ltd and Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (both NZX-listed) and is also a director and member of the Audit Committee of ServiceIQ, the ITO (industry training organisation) for the service sector.

Jill has a passion for Netball with an involvement spanning many years encompassing playing, umpiring, coaching and administration as well as serving as a Director for the Capital Shakers franchise 2001 to 2003.

Lesley Murdoch

Elected NNZ Board Member

Lesley Murdoch was elected to the NNZ Board in 2013. She is a talented broadcaster and former dual international representing New Zealand both in cricket and hockey. She has been a team official for National teams and has coached at all levels of her chosen sports and been a National Selector.

Lesley has also held governance roles in regional and national sporting bodies and has been instrumental in growing the profile of Netball and many other sports via the great job she does with The Radio Network and SKY Sport. Her involvement in the media spans three decades both as a journalist and as a presenter and commentator.

Allison Ferguson

Appointed NNZ Board Member

Allison joined the NNZ Board in 2014 and is an experienced lawyer who comes to the role with broad commercial skills and a passion for Netball.

She chaired the Auckland Netball Board from 2001-2009, was a previous director of Queen City Netball Ltd for four yearsand was in the project team for the development of the NZ franchises for the ANZ Championship.Allison was also a team member for the set-up of Greater Auckland Netball Ltd (Northern Mystics Netball franchise) 2007-2008.

Allison has been involved in a number of sports law matters and her legal experience includes acting for and advising clients in respect of a wide range of issues and disputes, including: contract, negligence, media law/defamation, insurance, intellectual property, construction, shareholder disputes, sports, Fair Trading Act and Commerce Act issues, public law and regulatory matters.