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YNZ Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for the governance of Yachting New Zealand, including development of policy and strategy. 

The Board is guided by Yachting New Zealand’s Constitution which can be viewed on the YNZ 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 that 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. The Board works in partnership with Yachting New Zealand’s Chief Executive.

 

 

Greg Knowles

Professionally, Greg has spent the past 22 years at KPMG where he leads their New Zealand Deal Advisory, Tax Practice.  On the governance side, he is on the Board of KPMG New Zealand and is currently Chair of Yachting New Zealand.

Greg is also a member of the Board Appointments Panel and an Olympic Selector for Snow Sports New Zealand. 

On the sailing side, with Murray Jones, Greg finished 5th in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and 4th in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, in the Flying Dutchman class. They also placed second in the 1988 and 1992 Flying Dutchman World Championships. 

Personally, Greg and his wife Alison have three teenage/adult sons with a range of interests (none of them involving Yachting!).

John Cobb

 

A 20 year career in Investment Banking and Wealth Management combined with his sailing experience brings both a commercial and practical contribution to the Yachting NZ Board. John has a particular interest in youth and elite sailing.

John Cobb started sailing at Wakatere Boating Club on Auckland’s North Shore as a youngster, sailing Sabots and Starlings. Since then he has gone on to racing a wide range of Keelboats both locally and overseas. Lately he has been very involved with Murrays Bay Sailing Club, including being a member of the General Committee and is the Class Rep for several classes

Sarah Meikle

Sarah Meikle, from Wellington, is a highly accomplished marketing and brand management professional who has led the Positively Wellington Tourism marketing team as General Manager, Marketing since 2007, and recently stepped into the role of Chief Executive of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust and Festival Director of Visa Wellington On a Plate.

With the New Zealand Tourism Board prior to that, Sarah was London Based Marketing Manager for UK/Europe/Gulf Countries and has broad international professional experience having worked in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, India, Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East.

Among her professional achievements Sarah was UK Project Manager for the ‘100% Pure New Zealand Garden’ at the Chelsea Flower Show 2006, the ‘New Zealand in Valencia’ activity for the America’s Cup 2007; and the ‘100% Pure New Zealand Rugby Ball’ under the Eiffel Tower in Paris for Rugby World Cup 2007.

From a family of yachting enthusiasts, Sarah enjoys recreational sailing. See Sarah’s LinkedIn profile for more.

Stephen Reindler 

Appointed to the Yachting New Zealand Board of Directors in 2014 Stephen Reindler brings a wealth of governance experience to his directorship role.

For eight years Stephen has acted as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Consultant to a broad range of private and public businesses. Current directorships include Meridian Energy, Naylor Love Enterprises, Resolve Group and Broome International Airport Group, and he is an advisor to Transfield Services; while Stevenson Group, Port of Napier and Waste Resources are among Stephen’s former directorship roles.

Prior to 2008 Stephen spent more than ten years as GM Engineering at Auckland International Airport Ltd, with a 22 year career with NZ Steel and BHP Steel Ltd before that.

Stephen lives in St Heliers Auckland. In earlier years he raced a 470 at Weymouth and Tamaki Clubs, and is now enjoying sea kayaks and the family power boat.  

Angus Haslett

Angus has a strong commercial background in the primary industry and is currently the Managing Director for CRV Oceania. However he grew up never far from the sea and lakes in New Zealand where water sports were a part of life.

His knowledge of sailing comes mainly through his two children, who went through the grass roots of learning to sail in optimists. As past President of the New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association Angus has been deeply involved with the management of the optimist class at club and national levels where building on creating sailors to develop a passion and respect for the sport was a major focus.

Angus is committed to seeing the strategic growth and development of junior sailors and coaches, so skills learnt are leveraged to deliver progression through the yachting classes. He understands the need for good leadership and governance to be applied well, where planning, transparency and open, strong communication are just some of the skills needed to deliver meaningful and valuable opportunities for our sailors to achieve at any level, be it a recreational/love for sailing level through to Olympic and international success in order for New Zealand to maintain and build its iconic global position in the world of sailing.

Jenny de Lisle

Jenny is a chartered accountant and since 1991 has been a Principal in an accountancy practice specialising in small businesses. The practice has a diverse range of interesting clients and for the past eleven years Jenny has been the Executive Secretary of the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers’ Association.

Sailing is in Jenny’s blood as both her father and grandfather were active Wellington yachtsmen.  Since the age of 5, summers have been spent cruising the magnificent Marlborough Sounds in the family launch. Married to a yachtie, Jenny has been heavily involved with both their children’s sailing which has meant a great deal of travelling around the country visiting many of the yacht clubs around New Zealand.

An active member of the Worser Bay Boating Club Jenny currently sails a sunburst, but has previously sailed starlings, 420s and has even competed in the 40th R Class Leander Trophy.

Currently Jenny is assisting the Wellington Youth Sailing Trust with their financial accounting requirements and is instrumental in obtaining funding for the replacement of the E6 fleet. Jenny has also managed the finances for a number of major regattas, including the P Class Nationals and Optimist Nationals.

In the late 1980’s Jenny was one of the founders of “Women on Water” (WOW) an organisation set up to encourage women to try sailing. A programme based on ‘Have a Go’ days and weekends to learn how to sail in a fun environment. This programme lead to a mid-week ladies keel boat series at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Jenny was also a member of the first women’s team from RPNYC to compete in the National Keelboat Championships. She is also an avid follower of all sports, with particular interest in netball and skiing.

Viki Moore

Based in Canterbury, Viki was appointed to the Yachting New Zealand Board of Directors in April 2017. She has a background in sales and marketing in the travel industry, and more recently has spent the last six years working in politics. 

Viki has worked for the Canterbury Yachting Association for many years assisting with marketing and coordination of their annual combined club programme handbook. In 2014, she was elected President of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury - the cruising division of Naval Point Club, where she was instrumental in growing the membership by over 400%. Their regular events include monthly guest speakers, safety sessions, and general boating skills.

In 2015 Viki founded the Women Who Sail New Zealand Facebook group as a way for both local and international women to network with one another in a supportive environment. In 2016, she received a Yachting New Zealand Service Award for services to yachting in Canterbury. 

Viki started sailing Optimists when she was 10 years old at Charteris Bay Yacht Club and has been a keen sailor ever since. These days, Viki owns a Young 88 which she enjoys racing and cruising around Banks Peninsula and up to the Marlborough Sounds. Her son Seth has recently started sailing Optimists as well. She enjoys writing her sailing blog and has had articles published in Boating New Zealand and Cruising Helmsman Magazines. She is currently studying for the Ocean Yachtmaster exam and has plans to circumnavigate. 

See Viki’s LinkedIn profile for more.

Murray Brown

Murray has spent over 30 years in the finance sector, initially in share broking, but more recently in funds management.  He spent over 20 years as a share broking analyst before becoming a portfolio manager at a major New Zealand funds management company specialising in Kiwisaver.

Murray started sailing at the age of 10 in a ‘P class’ at Paremata, Wellington and competitively sailed various types of centreboard yachts with the highlight of winning the Starling national championships.  He sailed with his daughter in a Sunburst also at Paremata and (following in his father’s footsteps) was the Paremata Boating Club’s treasurer for a number of years.  He has also raced in keel boats but more recently cruises in a range of chartered yachts.

Murray is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors.  He brings a finance, governance and ‘grass-roots’ sailing background to his role as a board member of Yachting New Zealand.