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YNZ staff

Our team

See who works at Yachting New Zealand, as well as who is on the board and on each committee.


Management and administration

Position Name Contact Details
CEO  David Abercrombie
(09) 361 4024

National Sport Development Director Raynor Haagh
(09) 361 4021
Accounting and HR manager Dianne Logan
Finance Manager Vanessa Hall
(09) 361 4026
Communications manager Michael Brown
(09) 361 4025

Admin services coordinator & HP administrator

Beth Orton
(09) 361 4020
Membership and sponsor coordinator Monique de Sousa
(09) 280 3985

Participation and development

Position Name Email
Programmes and services coordinator Colin Rickett
(09) 361 4028

Education Programmes Lead Danika Mowlem
Coach development manager Peter Soosalu
(09) 361 4027

Safety and technical officer Angus Willison
CIOR administrator Alana Pooley
NZCT regional support officer (Northern Region - North) Hayden Whitburn
027 210 2383

NZCT regional support officer (Northern Region - South) Ian Darby
021 562 054
NZCT regional support officer (Central Region) Wayne Holdt
027 285 3796
NZCT regional support officer (Southern Region) Ian Gardiner
021 0293 9182

Olympic, high performance and talent development

Position Name Email
High performance director Ian Stewart
(09) 361 4800
Talent development manager Geoff Woolley
(09) 361 4029
High performance programme manager Peter Kadar
(09) 361 4023
Performance Technical Analyst (PTA) Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
(09) 361 1472

Youth coordinator Sam Mackay
(09) 361 4022
Youth head coach Matt Thomas
Women's sailing manager Rosie Chapman
Olympic coach Nathan Handley
Olympic coach Mark Howard


The board are responsible for the governance of Yachting New Zealand, including the development of policy and strategy. The board are guided by Yachting New Zealand’s constitution, which can be viewed on the Yachting New Zealand documents webpage. 

Objectives of the board: The board members are volunteer trustees representing the interests of Yachting New Zealand’s stakeholders and are entrusted to ensure Yachting New Zealand is soundly managed.

The role of the board is one of governance rather than management. Governance focuses on Yachting New Zealand’s wider issues of organisational purpose, including the setting and monitoring of strategic direction and the establishment and monitoring of board-level policies. You can find more information about the individual Board members here.

  • Ross Blackman (president/chair)
  • Arabella Brawn
  • Murray Brown
  • John Butcher
  • Jenny de Lisle
  • Sarah Meikle
  • Viki Moore
  • Bridget Winstone-Kight


Olympic committee

  • John Clinton (chair)
  • Grant Beck
  • Jan Dawson
  • Leslie Egnot
  • Andrew Knowles
  • Dave Mackay
  • Polly Powrie

Race officials committee

  • John Parrish (chair)
  • Ian Clouston 
  • Aaron Duncan
  • John Grace
  • Russell Green 
  • John Rountree
  • Jamie Sutherland

Committee for sailors with a disability

  • Dave Allerton (chair)
  • John Andrews
  • Tim Dempsey
  • Helena Horswell
  • Andrew May
  • Chris Sharp

Cruising, inshore and offshore racing committee

  • Logan Fraser
  • Anna Gibbs
  • Simon Hull
  • Simon Manning
  • Viki Moore
  • Mark Mulcare
  • David Roberts
  • Bob Still
  • Rob Shaw

Audit committee

  • Jenny de Lisle (chair)
  • Ross Blackman
  • Murray Brown
  • Bridget Winstone-Kight

Governance and Remuneration Committee

  • Sarah Meikle (chair)
  • Ross Blackman
  • Murray Brown

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