WE CARE, ADVOCATE FOR AND CHAMPION THE SAFETY OF ALL PLAYERS IN THE GAME WE LOVE
OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
The NZ Rugby Foundation is fortunate to be guided by a diverse group of outstanding individuals who have all excelled in their chosen paths. They represent a vastly experienced balance of rugby, governance, business, empathy, accounting and legal expertise contributing to the organisation both in terms of ethic and longevity.
PATRON: Sir Graham Henry- KNZM
"Graham’s reputation and standing in the community will be of great benefit to our ongoing work and goals of supporting our rugby players who have been seriously injured."
PATRON: Richie McCaw - ONZ
"This role provides a great opportunity for me to support rugby and the wider community, which has supported me and my rugby career over the years."
PRESIDENT: Andy Dalton
Andy was one of the most successful All Blacks captains in history, victorious in 15 of his 17 tests as captain. Not long after his retirement from rugby he became a corporate manager and was President of the New Zealand Rugby Union.
CHAIR: Andrew Golightly
A former Norhthland Rugby Chair, NZR board member and career lawyer, Andrew was elected to the position of Chair vacated by Gerard van Tilborg in March 2023
TREASURER: Mark Peters
Mark was Chairman of the Marlborough Rugby Union for 6 years, a Director of the NZ Rugby Union for 8 years and is currently a director of the Highlanders Rugby Franchise.
Simon is now the Managing Director of the Tremain Real Estate Group, a giant in the Hawkes Bay and still maintains strong rugby ties through personal, family and business relationships.
Graeme Mourie - MBE
Out of the 61 games Gos played for the All Blacks, he was the captain 57 times. A fast and intelligent flank' he is synonymous with many moments in New Zeland's rugby history.
Andrew is the National Programme Manager for the NZ Spinal Trust and manages the Trust’s Peer Support and Vocational Rehabilitation programmes. Formerly he has been the CEO and Chair of the NZ Spinal Trust as well as having over 30 years experience in IT.
After completing her MBA in 2019 Melodie is currently the Head of Sports and Events for Television New Zealand. A former World Cup winning Black Fern of proud Ngai Tahu descent, Mel’s involvement in rugby continues at all levels through boards at Rugby World Cup limited to her local club.
'Crazy' had a distinguished career as Hooker for Otago from 1986 - 1996 (161 Games) including being involved in the famous 1994 victory over the touring Springboks.
Rowena Davenport - NZR Rep.
Rowena joined the NZR Board in April 2022. Prior to that she was Chair of the Otago Rugby Football Union in 2019, following six years serving as a director on the ORFU Board.
Dr John Mayhew - ONZM
Dr. John Mayhew adds serious medical clout to the mix. Boasting a long association with NZRU as team doctor for the All Blacks and medical director for the NZRU with 10 years on the IRB advisory board.
Stephen was a New Zealand Rugby Board Director (2016 – 2019) and a former Manawatu Rugby Union Chairmen (201 – 2016) and Hurricanes Director (2011 -2102) and is professor of Animal Science at Massey University
A former world cup winning black fern Hannah has been with the NZ Rugby Foundation since 2021.
Heidi is a chartered accountant and was previously Finance Manager at NZ Rugby and subsequently Chief Financial Officer at Eden Park. She is currently on the Board of Sport Hawke’s Bay.