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 – 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.
Sonya Masters – Deputy Chair
This will be her 2nd year of a 3 year term. She have previously been on the board before the governance structure and had the privilege of being part of the zone working party to form Netball Mainland. Sonya’s Board portfolio is REPS, and she took it on herself to make sure to attended all the tournaments with the teams this year, as extra support to Coaching staff and players.
She is a proud mother of two, Jono 21yrs & Emma 20yrs. She is the Director of Fine Vines Ltd since 1998 with my husband Les, you could say that Viticulture is in their blood. Sonya is the President of the Pelorus Netball Club and currently still coaching within the club. She is very passionate about netball & it’s players. Some information you would not have known: her weaknesses are of course Chocolate & Coke BUT her motto is: “Live Life to the fullest”
Anna Straker – 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
Claire Martin – Elected (at AGM 2016)
Born in Blenheim and a regular face at Horton Park from 1985 to 2006, Claire has a passion for all aspects of netball. She has previously been on the SMOG committee, a senior coach and a player for their premier side, as well as representing Marlborough from primary through to U17 and Tasman U19. Claire picked up a whistle at 13 and umpired in the local competition and at school and regional representative tournaments; she is currently the umpire representative on the board and is working with the senior umpires to increase both numbers and quality.
On her return to Marlborough in 2014, Claire has joined both the SMOG and Marlborough Girls’ College committees and was elected onto the board at the 2016 AGM. It is an exciting time to be a part of the board as we begin the transition from Horton Park to Lansdowne Park and begin a new era in Marlborough Netball. This year she is co-coaching the MGC Year 9 Fairweathers team along side Michelle Stagg and enjoying playing a part in the development of our junior players.
If you would like to become a Board member and there are vacancies – Use this link for Board Application Form