Board

Baseball New Zealand Board

The Baseball New Zealand Board shall consist of nine (9) members, four (4) of whom are deemed independent members and who are appointed by the Board.

The Directors have a vast array of experience and expertise, ranging from business, marketing, and human resource management, through to participation in Baseball and softball as players, coaches and officials at the highest levels and at the grassroots.

 

Chairman - Appointed

Chip Dawson

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Chip Dawson is an American and a permanent resident of New Zealand who brings a wealth of talent and skills to the board. He played, coached, and managed numerous sporting teams in the US and NZ.

He has been the past Chairman of the NZ Software Association, Co-Chairman of ICTNZ, Director of IP Markets, Director of AintoG, Director of ProVision Security, Convenor of Judges Hi Tech Awards, Judge for the Indian Business Awards, and ATEED Business Awards for many years.

Chip worked as a Senior Executive and a part of the management team for Apple Computer Corporation (US), Board member of Accelerating Auckland, Telecom NZ, Hitachi Data Systems, Clear Communications and Digital Equipment Corporation.

For past 12 years, Chip has been a CEO of global organisations and has invested in technology companies. He has been a Chair Donor for the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.  Chip has two sons in Auckland and California.

   

 

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Director - Appointed

John Fellet

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Director - Appointed

Noel Davies

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Noel Davies is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years experience with trading companies, property, software and governance. Experienced Chairman, Director and award category winner of the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” with strong focus on business development and growth.

21 years’ service in the NZ Royal Navy starting as a very junior sailor and finishing as a Lieutenant Commander.

Noel is also involved in Auckland Medical Research Foundation, Hockey, and St Michael’s.

Family man, enjoys travelling, red wine and has been involved in all facets of baseball for about 15 years.

 

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Director - Appointed

Marshall Couper

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Marshall is a social entrepreneur with a passion for innovative technologies that change the way we work and play. A graduate of economics and finance from the University of Auckland 20 years ago, Marshall started his career as a diplomat before getting into private banking and venture capital in London.

Marshall is currently an investment manager at Callaghan Innovation and also consults on innovation, strategy, mobility and market growth across multiple sectors with a focus on early stage businesses and not-for-profit organisations.  Marshall is a self-confessed sports addict who grew up playing baseball at the American School of The Hague.

 

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Director - Elected

Cary Gleeson

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Cary runs his own building business in the Auckland region and has done for over 25 years. Cary’s son Connor recently played for the New Zealand team at the recent Oceania 18U tournament at McLeod Park in Te Atatu South and without Cary’s assistance in resolving a number of issues at the park, the tournament may not have proceeded.

Cary has a strong background in advising National Sporting Organisations having three years as President of the New Zealand Offshore Power Boat Association, with a further two years as a Board Member.

Cary has also been involved on a long term basis with the Bayside-Westhaven Baseball club.

 

   

Director - Elected

Peter Elliott

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Peter Elliott is a well known New Zealand actor, presenter and documentary maker that has a performance career spanning thirty years. He has starred in over 30 television shows and films, he also writes, presents and sometimes produces TV documentaries.

Well known to Auckland theatre audiences, he has appeared in numerous stage productions throughout the country and overseas. He is the public face of New Zealand Civil Defence advertising and hosts a fishing competition show on Sky Sport 1. He is currently shooting a TV series focusing on great architecture.

He is a father of 3 children; Grace 20, Lucy 18 and Joss 11 and has been married to Susan for 22 years. Joss plays with Central City starting with the under 11’s. Peter has been involved with the Central City Baseball Club for two years, most recently sitting as Vice President.

He is also a Board Member for the Trust Board for Mix it - a non profit Refugee Youth programme utilizing arts skills to assist and promote ability, language and integration into NZ society.

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Director - Elected

Aaron Campbell

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Aaron was part of the NZ Diamondblacks roster that played at the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifying tournament in Taiwan. A long time baseball player, including a four year spell playing college ball in the US and coach in the Auckland region, Aaron has also led a number of New Zealand age grade teams as coach, while playing a major hand in the development of the sport in the region and also at the Howick-Pakuranga club, a club where he played from childhood right through to senior level.

Aaron is currently working as a Business Development Manager with e-commerce company E-Star.

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Director - Elected

Grant McCabe

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Grant is currently the Fund Raising and Events Manager for the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and is the lead organiser of the country’s annual Halberg Awards each February, celebrating New Zealand’s sporting success for the previous year.

Grant has been instrumental in growing the income in fund raising efforts for the Halberg foundation by approximately 90% whilst also raising the profit of the Halberg Awards by 100% over the past 4 years.

Grant has also renegotiated numerous large commercial partnerships, both existing and new with some of New Zealand’s biggest companies for the foundation.

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Director - Elected

Vaughan Wyber

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Vaughan has been extensively involved with baseball in NZ for the past ten years, having held positions of Howick Pakuranga Club President, Auckland Baseball President, and Vice President of Baseball New Zealand, before spending the last 3 or so years in Australia.

Vaughan also has coaching experience, having been involved in local club teams, as well as a number of overseas tours for Little League, U13 Autumn Classic in NZ and Australia, and the NZ ‘AA’ Olympic qualifying tournament in Sydney.

 

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