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Our team

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

COO Andrew Clouston
(09) 361 4021
Accounting and HR manager Dianne Logan
(09) 361 4026
Communications manager Michael Brown
(09) 361 4025

Admin services coordinator & HP admin support

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 Danika Mowlem
(09) 361 4028
Coach development manager TBC (09) 361 4027
Safety and technical officer Angus Willison
CIORC administrator Kelly Mulcahy
NZCT regional support officer (Northern Region - North) Kim Admore
021 112 6737
NZCT regional support officer (Northern Region - South) Raynor Haagh
021 577 422
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
Youth coordinator Stuart Thomas
(09) 361 4022
Youth head coach Matt Thomas
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. 


Olympic committee

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

Race officials committee

  • John Parrish (chair)
  • Ian Clouston 
  • John Grace
  • Russell Green 
  • Ross May 
  • Jamie Sutherland
  • Ryan Parkin

Committee for sailors with a disability

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

Cruising, inshore and offshore racing committee

  • Simon Hull
  • Simon Manning
  • Mark Mulcare
  • David Roberts
  • Bob Still
  • Rob Shaw
  • Damon Jollife

Audit committee

  • Jenny de Lisle (chair)
  • Greg Knowles
  • Murray Brown
  • Bridget Winstone-Kight

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