Andrew Hopping: Chairperson
Andrew has been involved with TEC since its inception and previously 18 years with Old Boys Collegians Cricket Club, both as a premier cricketer, committee member and President.
He was heavily involved in the merging of Old Collegians and High School Old Boys Cricket Clubs, turning it into one of the top cricket clubs in New Zealand.
In partnership with Simon Carter, Andrew spearheaded the transition of OBC’s exit from Hagley Park to allow for the world class Hagley Cricket Oval to be established.
His passion for sport and recreation is unquestioned and this remains, along with his understanding of the future sporting and recreation landscape in New Zealand, the driving force behind his involvement.
Sam Davis: Independent Board Member
With a background in Engineering and Resource Management, Sam is a Director and owner of Christchurch’s largest professional project management consultancy. With over 18 years in project management, Sam has lead a number of significant development projects in the Canterbury region, including master planning, feasibility, design and construction. Sam specialises in setting up projects to succeed, establishing management and governance structures, and has a broad understanding of what it takes to deliver capital works projects.
He has been a member of the Old Boys Collegians Cricket Club since 1997, and was part of the committee formed to merge Old Boys and Old Colls in 2004. A former senior player, Sam now plays the odd match for the Willows Cricket Club where he is a committee member, and is a member of Clearwater Golf Club.
Ainsley McLeod: Independent Board Member
Ainsley is the most recent appointment to The Elmwood Club board. Ainsley is a planning consultant with over 20 years' experience. Her breadth of experience is vast, having been involved in an extensive range of national, regional and district level policy development projects, statutory approvals, consultation programmes and project leadership.
Ainsley lives locally and is a keen sportsperson who has played and been involved in sports administration and governance in a range of sports over a number years, including voluntary assistance to the Elmwood Club. Her children attend local schools and are members of several local sporting organisations and, as such, Ainsley appreciates the great value derived from strong community-based sports organisations and facilities.
Ian Rule: Elected Board Member
Ian joined the board of The Elmwood Club in 2018 after having served 2 years as President of the Elmwood Park Bowling Club. During his time as president of the bowling club Ian helped facilitate the merger of the Elmwood and St Albans Merivale clubs into the Elmwood Park club. The combined club has very strong financial and playing base which should ensure a very bright future.
Ian has played bowls for 25 years, having represented Canterbury at various levels. Prior to playing bowls he played cricket at East Shirley at both premier and lower grade level and served on the executive for a number of years.
In business Ian has been a real estate agent in Christchurch for 35 years now working from home on his own account. He served on the board of Real Estate Network (publishers of The Realtor) for 25 years retiring last year as Vice Chairman.
Ian has a passion to help bring to fruition, the vision of the late Neil Gow to establish a sporting and community hub at Elmwood Park, especially an indoor bowling facility which has been sorely lacking in Christchurch for many years.
Michael Stewart: Independent Board Member
Mike joined the Board in 2016 and has been a member of the Elmwood Park Bowling Club since 2006.
Mike is both a Scottish and New Zealand Chartered Accountant and is a partner with one of the world’s leading professional services firm, Grant Thornton, which provides assurance, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, public interest entities and public sector entities.
In his role as an audit partner, Mike has a significant interest and recognised expertise in working with not for profit, charitable and community-based organisations.
Jason Middlemiss: Elected Board Member
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Jason is a Chartered Accountant (CA) with 10 years experience in a mix of Public Practice and Commercial Accounting roles and currently works in a corporate accounting role with a Nationwide IT professional services firm. Jason started playing at High School Old Boys before the merger with Old Collegians in 2003/04 and was a playing member up until recently. He took on the treasurers role while completing his degree and has been involved with the governance of the club since then.
Mike Whitty: Independent Board Member
Mike has a background in finance and accountancy, with his current role in supply chain focused on procurement, project management, supplier relationships and staff development.
Involved with The Elmwood Club for a number of years as part of the HSOB football club and having two boys who have played cricket for OBC. I see The Elmwood Club as a key supporter of the local community and sporting clubs, that brings value through association and support.