Board Members

Sport Canterbury Trustees are appointed by the wider Board on the recommendation of the Appointments Committee for a term of three years. Trustees shall retire at the end of their term; they may be reappointed upon recommendation of the Appointments Committee for up to two further terms. A minimum of five and maximum 10 Trustees shall hold office at any one time.

Gerry Dwyer - Chair

Gerry is a partner in Christchurch law firm Clark Boyce. He is Chairman of Rowing New Zealand and a Life Member of both the Canterbury Rowing Association and the Avon Rowing Club. He is a member of the Marian College Foundation, Christchurch Metropolitan Trotting Club, Marist Albion Rugby Club and is Chairman of the Canterbury Sports Foundation.

Nigel Davenport

Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, holding corporate leadership roles across the South Canterbury region. He is presently Chief Executive of Aoraki Development - a CCO charged with facilitating "Pure" Economic Development in the region. He also serves as Independent Chairman of Scarlett Hydraulics Ltd (one of NZ's leading hydraulics companies), Independent Advisory Board Chairman of 100% Pure New Zealand Honey (NZ's largest privately owned exporter of Manuka Honey) and is the Mayoral Trustee (past Chairman) of the Aoraki Foundation. Nigel remains actively involved in  football, running and mountain-biking. He describes the basis of his motivation, considering the depth of his local governance responsibilities, as “giving back to the community that has given me so much.”

Andrea Forrest - Mayoral Representative of Grey & Westland Council

Andrea comes from a background in taxation, management and tourism, with more recent interests in the voluntary sector of mediation, restorative justice and sports administration. Her experience includes serving as a trustee for both Big Brother Big Sister Grey District Trust and Westurf Recreation Trust, and programme advisor for Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Andrea has represented her province and New Zealand Masters in hockey. Her physical activity interests include hockey, cycling and yoga.

Selwyn Maister QSM

With strong national sporting connections and significant governance insight, Selwyn's sports management career follows 30 years in tertiary education, where he began as a scientist before moving into administration. The former SC Chief Executive is currently the Chair of the Board of Paralympics New Zealand, is Chair of Canterbury Artificial Surfaces Trust, Trustee of Dr Tom Anderson Trust and President of Olympians Club of NZ. Selwyn played hockey for Canterbury and NZ over 15 years, including three Olympic Games. He coached at club and provincial level for many years, coaching the NZ Women's Hockey Team in Sydney and serving as a director of Hockey NZ. At present, Selwyn consults in sport management and maintains his community sporting interests as a children's hockey coach. He cycles, walks and enjoys gardening and yoga for personal fitness.

Alan Merry

Alan brings a strong strategic, engineering and business management background to the Sport Canterbury Board. He has been involved with the New Zealand Fire and Rescue Service since 2002, most recently as manager of Strategic Redevelopment for Christchurch. He serves on the Innovation and Business Improvement Steering Group, and is overseeing the city’s post-earthquake rebuild of the Justice Precinct. Alan’s passion for sport is evident in his personal history of white water kayaking on the international level.

Jeff Morrison - Mayoral Representative of Timaru, Waimate and Mackenzie Councils

Jeff comes from a business and retail background. Involved for many years in playing hockey, skiing and sailing, Jeff has represented New Zealand at yachting, competing in seven Flying Fifteen World Championships. Currently Jeff finds that coaching and administration are playing an important part in his life.

Prue Taylor

Prue Taylor has been involved with secondary school sport for the best part of 30 years, coaching, managing and observing secondary school students in action in a variety of sports throughout New Zealand. As Deputy Principal of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School (1989-98) and Principal of Christchurch Girls High School (1999-2013), she developed a particular appreciation for the positive impact of sport and physical activity on the lives of young women. An active sportsperson herself, Prue brings significant local and national governance experience to the Sport Canterbury Board as was both Committee Member of the Canterbury Secondary School Sports Committee from 2003 to 2013.

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