Lesley Murdoch ONZM MBE - President
Appointed NZC President in 2022
Lesley Murdoch is a former New Zealand double-international, having represented her country in cricket and hockey. She played six Tests and 25 ODIs for the New Zealand women’s cricket team (captaining them in both disciplines), as well as being a member of the New Zealand hockey team that finished sixth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Off the field, Lesley’s contribution to cricket has been significant. A member of the Hood Committee that modernised the old New Zealand Cricket Council in 1995, she was an NZC Board member from 1996-98, a New Zealand women’s team selector and, in 2019, was made a Life Member of NZC.
Over the past three decades, Lesley has been a prominent sports broadcaster and commentator, both on radio and on television – where she earned a reputation as one of SKY sports most respected match commentators. In 2016, she became the first women to receive the New Zealand Sports Journalism Association’s Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport. In 1987, Lesley received an MBE for services to cricket and hockey, and in 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport. She is a past president and now board member of the Christchurch Metro Cricket Association, a Netball New Zealand board member, and a trustee of the NZ Community Trust. Lesley is wife to Tim and mother to Katherine, Alexandra, and Josh.
Martin Snedden CNZM
Appointed to NZC Board in 2013
Appointed Chairman in 2020
A former 1980s BLACKCAP, Martin Snedden brings a wealth of ‘business of sport’ experience to the table. Martin, at various stages, has been Chief Executive of NZC, Rugby New Zealand 2011 (which delivered RWC 2011), Tourism Industry Association NZ, and Duco Events, and leader of NZC’s One Cricket project.
He is currently a director on the boards of the ICC, the Cricketers’ Hardship Trust, and Women in Sport Aotearoa, as well as chair of Auckland’s Heart of the City business association board and of Auckland’s Destination AKL 2025 industry leaders’ group. He has previously been a director of World Masters Games 2017, and a partner of an Auckland-based law firm.
Appointed to the NZC Board in 2022
Sarah brings a real passion, interest and experience across the sporting and recreation sector. Currently, Sarah works with businesses and organisations both within and outside of the sport sector helping build and improve their organisational capability. She is a Fellow with the NZ Business Excellence Foundation and an Accredited Recreation Professional (ARPro).
Within the Sport & Recreation sector, Sarah was the key consultant working with Sport NZ to develop the Organisational Development Tool (ODT) and train the nationwide pool of facilitators. She supported the early development of Sport NZ's Club WOF and developed the Māori Capability Tool for ARPASS. She was Project Manager for the Auckland Sport and Recreation Strategy. Through her consulting work at Strategic Reality, she has delivered a range of strategic reviews, including NZC’s Women and Cricket, NZ Racing Board's Women in Racing and SNZ/HPSNZ Athlete Voice Review.
Sarah captained the NZ U23 Women’s cricket team as well as coaching the Auckland Hearts First-Class cricket team. She was a member of both the Junior Board and Women’s Board of NZ Cricket. She was on the Recreation Aotearoa Board for six years, with two as Chair. In a previous life, she worked in sport development at Harbour Sport and as Business Manager at UniSports Centre for Sport Performance.
Bill Birnie CNZM
Appointed to NZC Board in 2021
Bill received a CNZM for services to Governance, the Arts and Sport, and holds a Bachelor of Laws. Bill has a strong investment banking and investment background. He is responsible for managing Sir Owen Glenn’s philanthropic activities in New Zealand and is a member of Sir Owen’s Global Investment Committee. He has held several Government board appointments including Sport NZ, High Performance Sport NZ, Hillary Commission, NZ Racing Board, NZ Film Commission and the NZ Screen Council. He is currently a Director of TAB NZ and a Trustee of the NZ Parliamentary Education Trust. Following his tenure on the Equestrian Federation Board, Bill was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by Equestrian Sport NZ. Bill is Chairman of the KidsCan Charitable Trust and a Founding Trustee of the Wellington Stadium Trust.
Appointed to NZC Board in 2020
Anna Campbell has a PhD in plant biotechnology and has worked for a number of years in plant and animal genetic improvement roles. She joined AbacusBio in 2007, a private company, bridging science and business and operating in 20 countries, where she has been the Managing Director since 2015. In 2017
Anna was elected as the first female Director of the Otago Cricket Association. She also holds governance roles on the boards of Otago Innovation (the University of Otago’s commercialisation arm), Genomics Aotearoa and Otago Boys’ High School.
Appointed to NZC Board in 2019
Kevin Malloy has extensive experience in the advertising and marketing industries, including a 29-year stint with the global media agency Starcom. His previous positions include the role of global client director on both Coca-Cola and P&G.
Kevin is now based in Auckland and is a board member of TVNZ and Kiwbank. He is also involved on the boards of the charity organisations the Dingle Foundation and Halberg Foundation and has an ongoing consultancy role with Tourism NZ as its global digital specialist and advisor.
Appointed to NZC Board in 2017
Diana was Chief Financial Officer for more than ten years, both in the commercial sector and in the sporting environment, including two America’s Cup sailing campaigns based in the UK and Spain.
She is a Director of NZX50 company Napier Port Holdings as well as Ngati Porou Holdings, the wealth creation arm of Ngati Porou. In 2015 she was elected to the board of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Diana’s iwi affiliation is Ngati Porou.
Appointed to NZC Board in 2020
Rebecca Rolls has represented New Zealand in two different codes, first making her mark in football before going on to enjoy an international cricket career as a wicket-keeper. She then returned to her football career and was part of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic campaigns. Professionally Rebecca has had a long career holding senior leadership roles within the public sector.
In 2019, Rebecca became an observer on the New Zealand Cricket Board. Prior to this she was an establishment member of the Government Women’s Network (GWN), a member of the NZ Cricket Players Association board and is a recent graduate of the NZ Olympic Committee Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA.) She has also held the role of New Zealand Cricket Code of Conduct Commissioner since 2017. Rebecca is of Māori descent and affiliates with the Ngati Porou iwi.
Appointed to NZC Board in 2021
Roger Twose played over 100 games for the BLACKCAPS and represented Central Districts, Northern Districts and Wellington along with several District Associations, giving him first-hand experience of the wider cricket community in NZ. Regarded as a key influencer within his era, he was a pivotal member of the team that won the Champions Trophy in 2000 and was ranked 2nd in the world for ODI batsmen that same year.
After retiring from cricket, Roger joined the National Bank, working his way up to senior management level, before joining Willis Bond & Company Limited, serving on its senior management team and then as a director, primarily responsible for several large-scale development projects including their Wynyard Quarter project in Auckland with an end-value in excess of $500 million.
Roger is a past-chair of the NZCPA and has served on NZC’s High Performance Advisory Group for the last 10 months. He is an investment committee member for two Willis Bond Capital Partners’ private equity funds totalling $232 million and is a current board member of NZ’s pre-eminent swimming club, North Shore Swimming.