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Board Profiles

Marlborough Netball Centre Board has moved to a governance structure in  2012, with up to three (3) elected and four (4) appointed members.  These are your representatives, and are there to serve our netball community.  If you have any governance concerns please approach them or write to the chairperson. Our Annual General Meeting is held in March.

Our Board Members are:-

Beth Tester

Beth Tester – Chair

Beth has over 30years management experience in health through a variety of senior roles within the Health sector both locally and nationally.

These roles have seen her responsible for human resource management, strategic/business planning, change management, programme/project management, financial management and organisational development.

In addition to her employment positions, Beth has had a number of Governance roles and is currently also a trustee for the Marlborough Migrant Centre.

Beth has a real interest in netball having played both outdoor and indoor formats of the game. She is passionate about seeing netball continue to go from strength to strength, whilst ensuring financial sustainability.


Anna Straker  – Deputy Chair – Appointed  (2016)

Anna is a firm believer in being involved, and stepped onto the Board in 2016.

Anna has a strong background in governance. Currently she is President of Harlequins COG Netball Club, and was Chair of the Marlborough Kindergarten Association for some years prior to stepping onto the Witherlea School Board. This background has given Anna a clear appreciation for the clear lines of delineation required between management and governance to ensure an organisation runs well.

 Anna played Premier level netball for both Harlequins and Tokomaru clubs pre children, and currently plays in the social grade for Harlequins COG.

Anna’s professional background is in Resource Management. She has worked for iwi, government organisations, as well as private consultancies. Her interests include most things active, usually centring around her and husband Matt’s young family of three active kids – none of whom play netball (yet…!).


Sonia Maxwell – Elected

Having grown up in the Awatere, she left the area at age 17 and came back when she was 32.  Sonia played most of her senior netball in Melbourne, before returning home. Her first coach in Marlborough, spent a lot of time getting her out of her bad one handed throwing habit!   She played for about 10 years here in Blenheim, until her daughters caught the netball bug, both of them representing Marlborough in age group netball. Over the past 20 years, Sonia have been involved in netball clubs, on committees and as a coach.  She was elected to the board at the last AGM, and she really enjoys her role, as Board member and Competition committee delegate.  It is exciting to see so much passion and commitment, both within the board and the wider netball community, as we all strive to make Marlborough the best netball centre in New Zealand – one season at a time.


Alana Cairns – Elected

Alana grew up next to the netball courts with her mum actively involve with umpiring and coaching.  As she grew older she took up umpiring herself but soon realised she enjoyed the coaching side a bit more.  Alana has been a Rep coach since early 2000’s and had much success with her teams.  She enjoys working with the intermediate age and see them become great netballers as they grow older.  She was also the premier coach for the Tokomaru club the last 2 years.  Alana has been a board member since 2013 with broken service, and also on the REP sub committee.  Alana’s passion for our game shows, she has a vast netball knowledge and we thank her for her service for netball in our centre.


Melanie Shore – Elected (at AGM 2017)






Graeme Rodger – Seconded till AGM 2018




If you would like to become a Board member and there are vacancies – Use this link for  Board Application Form



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