Sir Bob Charles - ONZ, KNZM, CBE
Born in Carterton in 1936, Sir Bob is New Zealand's greatest golfer. Sir Bob discovered a love for golf at an early age and began work as a bank-teller.

He went on to win the New Zealand Open as an amateur in 1954 and enjoyed an extensive amateur career before turning professional in 1960. Sir Bob became the first left-handed golfer to win on the PGA TOUR at the Houston Classic three years later. In that same year, he finished tied with American Phil Rodgers at The Open at Royal Lytham and went on to win the 36-hole play-off by eight shots with a memorable display of putting.

In 1969, Sir Bob won the World Match Play Championship and, as well as achieving numerous victories around the world, he amassed a string of top five finishes in Major Championships, including finishing tied second in The Open in 1968 and second the following year.

He then embarked on a successful senior career, winning the Senior Open on two occasions, at Turnberry in 1989 and at Royal Lytham, 30 years on from his victory there in The Open. Sir Bob announced his retirement from competitive golf after the Senior Open in 2010 at the age of 74.

Sir Bob received a CBE for services to golf in 1992, a Knighthood in 1999 and was appointed to The Order of New Zealand for services to his home country in 2011.


Murray Ward,

Murray is a businessman living with his family on the North Shore, Auckland. With a background developing and managing companies in the IT sector here and internationally, Murray now spends his time as a professional company director serving a number of NZ's leading organisations in a diverse range of industry sectors. A keen sportsman and playing off a single figure handicap at Omaha Beach Golf Club and the North Shore Golf Club, Murray is passionate about the game both at a local and governance level and has been the past President of Omaha Beach Golf Club. Murray was Board member of New Zealand Golf from 2010 to 2018 and served as Chair from 2015 to 2018 before assuming the Presidents role in 2019. Murray also serves as the Chair of DotGolf.


Michael Smith,
 Chairman, Elected Director

Michael is a Tauranga based lawyer with an extensive corporate and commercial legal background. He is an experienced company director having served on public company boards in New Zealand and Australia and is currently a director of Port of Tauranga Limited and Chairman of Quayside Holdings Limited. He is Chairman of  Quay Street Assett Management Limited, Craigs Investment Partners Superannuation Management limited and is a Director of Craigs Custodial Services and  First Mortgage Trust. He also sits on the NZ Community Trust Regional Advisory Committee for the Bay of Plenty. Michael became hooked on golf after caddying for Ryder Cup player Peter Oosterhuis at the tender age of 12 and has since had an extensive participation in the sport as a player at senior inter‐club level and as an administrator. 

Mike Howard,
Elected Director

Mike was elected to the Board of NZ Golf as of January 2014. He is domiciled on Auckland’s North Shore living with his wife of 40 years+. Mike’s has a long and successful background in the communications and marketing industry specialising in media/sponsorship and customer relationship management. He has held senior management positions in advertising agencies and media operators. In recent years he has been self-employed as a business development consultant. While he has always had a strong participation in a variety of sports it is his passion for golf that has taken precedence in recent years. In 2013 he became an appointed member of the Golf Northland Board having spent 2 years as a co-opted member. Champion of open communication and stakeholder engagement.

Maryanne Marlow,
Elected Director 

Maryanne is a medical practitioner with a wide experience in both hospital and community-based health care. For the past 15 years she has become involved in property development and concurrently has been involved with a major wholesale and retail apparel business. A life-long golfer Maryanne has played golf at provincial level. She has served on the Board and as Captain of the Christchurch Golf Club. For the last 5 years she has been on the Board of Canterbury Golf Incorporated. During that time she has been the convenor of selectors for Canterbury Women’s teams and is involved in the Finance Subcommittee. Maryanne has successfully chaired the Canterbury Golf Development Trust to establish a substantial fund to be spent on supporting golf in Canterbury. Maryanne has a complete understanding of what it takes to govern, promote and deliver the game of golf to all aspects of the community.


Jess Reid
, Elected Director

Jess is a motivated, dynamic and driven female AAA Golf Professional with a passion for inspiring and growing the youth and female areas of the game of golf. Jess has broad experience in high performance golf, not only in coaching, but also her own playing career, amateur and professional. 

Jess is currently employed as a Professional Coach and the Retail/Golf Operations Manager at the Russley Golf Club in Christchurch.


Matt Kenny, 
Elected Director  

Matt is a Chartered Accountant with financial and senior level leadership experience across the health, government, wholesale supply and manufacturing sectors. He is currently the CFO of Callaghan Innovation based in Wellington and prior to that has held a number of CFO roles. He began his career at global accounting firm Deloitte, where for 13 years he provided accounting and business advisory services to a diverse range of clients.

Matt is passionate about the game and plays off a single figure handicap at Manor Park Golf club.

Meghan Blair,
Appointed Director 

Meghan is an experienced marketing leader in a range of sectors, including major global corporates and sporting organisations. Her brand marketing background is specialised in building commercial sponsorships and integrated marketing communications campaigns.

Meghan is currently the Head of Consumer Engagement at Goodman Fielder with previously held positions at Air New Zealand and Fonterra since she has been living in New Zealand. Meghan is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

She has a real passion for golf having played competitively most of her life. Beginning golf at an early age, she secured a spot on her high school team which went on to win a State Championship. She also earned a NCAA Division 1 University golf scholarship to play at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Meghan still plays golf regularly as a member at Remuera Golf Club.

Meghan holds a Master's of Science in Sports Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.


Norm Thompson - ONZM, CFInstD, Appointed Director

Norm has a distinguished career in New Zealand aviation and tourism, most notably with Air New Zealand where he rose through the ranks and held the role of Deputy CEO prior to his retirement in 2013.

He is now an independent director having served or serving on a number of boards.

In 2017, Norm completed his terms as a Director of Tourism New Zealand and Deputy Chair of Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED). This year he completed his term as a Director of Dot Kiwi Ltd.

Former Chairmanships include the Tourism Industry Association , Air New Zealand Environment Trust and Altitude Engineering.

He is currently the Chair of the Young Enterprise Trust, Deputy Chair of Governments Tourism Infrastructure Panel, a Director of Preno Ltd, a Director of Queenstown Airport Corporation where he chairs the Safety and Operational Risk Committee, and is Chair of Destination Auckland committee, a sub- committee of ATEED. He is also a member of the New Zealand Golf Open organising committee.

When he finished playing rugby he turned to golf. Today he is a member of Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club, Omaha Golf Club and a member at Millbrook Resort in Queenstown. Clearly an avid golfer who wants to see the game grow, with an emphasis on greater participation of younger players and our various clubs becoming stronger financially.


Hana-Rae Seifert,
Appointed Director

Hana-Rae is a commercial solicitor at Simpson Grierson specialising in the areas of Sports, Sales and Marketing and Intellectual Property. Hana-Rae completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) majoring in Sport and Leisure at Waikato University while a member of the New Zealand Golf high performance squad representing New Zealand internationally.

Bringing her love of golf and professional expertise together, Hana-Rae worked for the International Management Group (IMG) in London working on tournaments such as The Open, The Masters and the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions in China.

Ewan Westergaard, Aspiring Director
Ewan is an Investment Adviser with Craigs Investment Partners based out of Palmerston North with over a decade of experience managing client investment portfolios.

As someone passionate about the game of Golf and as a business professional, it is with great enthusiasm Ewan sits alongside the Board in the Aspiring Directorship role.

Ewan completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and has represented the Manawatu/Wanganui district at Junior and Senior level Golf for the better part of 20 years. Alongside the playing of golf, Ewan enjoys being a part of the local governance structure at the Manawatu Golf Club in varying capacities over the past 10 years. Most recently has been the incorporation of the New Zealand Super 6’s into the New Zealand Golf calendar.

Golf to Ewan is not just a sport, it is a way of life and it is premised on a values-based system that is unrivaled in sport.

Mike Alexander
Roger Brennand
Sue Bunt, M.N.Z.M.
Betty Cameron
Flora Catto
Sir Bob Charles, ONZ, KNZM, CBE
Robin Dailey
Trevor Malloch, Q.S.M
Alex Mercer
Frank Nobilo, C.N.Z.M
Joan Pukey
Peg Sargent
Goldie Wardell
Neil Woodbury 
Philip Hassall 
Dean Murphy, Chief Executive
Dean hails from the Manawatu and has been working with New Zealand Golf since 2007. Initially spending two years in the role of Commercial Manager, Dean was appointed as Chief Executive in 2010 after serving as Acting CEO for a year prior to appointment. 

Prior to joining New Zealand Golf, Dean was employed in Sales and Marketing for Lion Nathan as a graduate and spent 10 years in London working in the tourism industry before returning to New Zealand to take up employment with New Zealand Golf. Dean is a passionate golfer and is most proud of achieving a hole in one on the Par 4 sixth hole at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. In 2018, Dean was awarded the C.K. Doig Leadership Award at the Sport and Recreation Sector Awards.

Why Dean LOVE's Golf: There are so many things to love. Right now I love knowing that one day my two young girls and I will be able to play together - my ambition is for them to beat me.

Dean's Favourite Golf Course: Too many to mention: Tara Iti in New Zealand, Royal Melbourne in Australia,
Merion Golf Club in the USA and Turnberry in the UK.

Contact Dean:  

Dave Mangan, General Manager - Championships and Golf Operations 

Dave hails from Wanganui and has been a member of New Zealand Golf since its inception having previously worked for the Men’s Association. For the last five years he has lead the New Zealand Golf tournament team racing over the country living out of a suitcase, directing around 20 national tournaments a year. In February 2012 he ticked one of his bucket list items in attending the Masters and has been fortunate enough to referee at ten Major Championships. 

Why Dave LOVE's Golf: 
I can play the game with my Mum, and she can beat me!
Dave's Favourite Golf Course: The Hills.

Contact Dave: 

Jan Rowsell, Commercial and Marketing Manager  

Jan started at New Zealand Golf after returning from playing hockey in Holland.
With a degree in Sport Business Management and postgrad in Marketing, Jan had worked in a variety of sport organisations including Harbour Sport, Hockey New Zealand, Surf Life Saving NZ, the Azion Workplace Challenge and Sports Distributors.  After retiring from the Black Sticks in early 2012 Jan has been working on trying to transform the hockey swing into a golf swing.

Why Jan LOVE's Golf: 
I LOVE golf for the challenge, both skill and mental, being able to have a great laugh with friends, I can keep learning and playing for the rest of my life, and for the feeling you get when you hit that good shot.
Jan's Favourite Golf Course: The Hills

Contact Jan: 

Gregg Thorpe, High Performance Manager
Gregg first joined the New Zealand Golf team as the Manager of Coach Development and Junior Golf in 2007. Gregg has been a full member of the Professional Golfers Association of New Zealand since completing his traineeship in 1999. Gregg has spent his time since, expanding his industry experience and expertise including five years working in the UK, US and then Australia. Gregg returned home in 2007 with the desire to further his career within New Zealand.  

Why Gregg LOVE's Golf:
Because it’s such an intricate puzzle. There are so many elements to it; so many ways to solve the puzzle.

Gregg's Favourite Golf Course: 
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, just a great links course. It’s also where I grew my love for playing but also coaching the game. And this course is a great ‘puzzle’; it changes every time you play it!
Contact Gregg: 
David Lyon, Chief Financial Officer

David is from Auckland but briefly escaped the hustle and bustle of the big smoke to become a scarfie and study a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours at the University of Otago. David is a Chartered Accountant with 10 years’ experience, having started his career as an Audit graduate with Deloitte. He has previously worked for BNZ and DB Breweries before joining New Zealand Golf in April 2018.

Why David LOVE's Golf: It’s a game that can be played and enjoyed by everyone from all walks of life no matter what your golfing ability is. You can’t beat a nice day out on the course, sharing good times and banter with your mates.
David’s Favourite Golf Course: Muriwai

Contact David:


Phil Aickin, Handicapping and Golf Services Manager

Phil has been involved with golf as an elite amateur playing for NZ from 1979-1990, including three Eisenhower Trophy events. You wouldn’t know now but there was a time when Phil won many titles both here in NZ and in Australia. Phil had the good fortune to play in an era with Nobilo, Turner, Campbell, Tataurangi and others and also spent over two years on a golf scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. In 1993 Phil and his wife moved to Wellington and his administration career started. Running tournaments, working with our Clubs, greens staff, players and volunteers is an area Phil relishes and enjoys. And now Phil is more of a recreational golfer I understand the importance of handicapping and rules providing us all with the most equitable competition possible.

Why Phil LOVE's Golf: My father introduced me to the greatest game in the world when I was just a kid and we spent many hours playing, watching and sharing our passion, each striving for improvement and understanding that this was an ongoing challenge for life.
Phil's Favourite Golf Course: I have so many but it is certainly hard to beat Paraparaumu which can play so differently day to day and test every part of your game. But I must also mention Tara Iti as a world class design, great playability and an unforgettable experience both on and off the golf course.

Contact Phil: 

Liz McKinnon, 
High Performance Coordinator

With a BSc (major in Sport and Exercise Science), Liz worked for the Scottish Institute of Sport based in Inverness, Scotland for 2 years in Sport Science and Programme Coordination. From 2005 till 2009 Liz played full time on the Ladies European Tour, then with expecting her first child, retired from tour golf and came back to NZ to settle down with her new family. With her commitments as a working mother of 2 busy children and charity work as a trustee on the NZPWG (who run the annual Anita Boon Pro-Am) Liz’s focus with golf (excluding work time) is loving the new challenge of speed golf.

Why Liz LOVE's Golf:
 I LOVE golf because it always challenges me to be the best person that I can be.
Liz's Favourite Golf Course: Any golf course, as getting out to play these days is a treat.

Contact Liz: 

Matt Quinn, Sponsorship and Marketing Activation Specialist

Matt is one of the newest members to the New Zealand Golf team after joining us late in 2018. He has taken up the role of Sponsorship and Marketing Activation Specialist and has been involved in sport for a large amount of his career.

After growing up in ‘Gizzy’ and travelling the world, he has now settled back in Auckland to start a new chapter of his life here at New Zealand Golf with his young family. His most recent job was at the International Tennis Federation where he was working with a very large digital audience as the brand manager in the UK.

Before then he was the Partnerships Manager at Netball New Zealand which created a superb looking CV and showed his love for the sporting industry.

Why Matt LOVE’s Golf: I love it because of how challenging it can be, but you can see and feel improvement. I hadn’t played much before working here and it’s fair to say I now have ‘the bug’.

Favourite course: The Remuera driving range is the course I spend most of my time at the moment! Maybe soon I will be able play with the big boys and find a favourite course...

Contact Matt: 
Karen Collins, Golf Operations Officer

Karen is New Zealand Golf's longest serving member of staff and is based in Wellington. She joined W
omen's Golf New Zealand in 2003 and moved to New Zealand Golf when the men's and women's organisations merged. Having been a women’s club captain, secretary and District Association secretary, Karen has a great breadth of golf knowledge, particularly relating to women’s golf.

Why Karen LOVE's Golf: I LOVE golf because I can play on my own or competitively with others at any level of ability, enjoy the walk and it is always a challenge.

Karen's Favourite Golf Course: Wairakei International and Miramar

Contact Karen:  / 04 3806139

Rob Fergusson, National Club Support Manager

Rob lives by the motto ‘Life needs more Golf’ and is passionate about supporting people, teams and organisations to be the best they can be. Rob is all about creating value and brings to NZ Golf a holistic wealth of experience in customer journeys, customer experience, strategic agility, business planning, proposals, product management, operations, service delivery, technology, project management, commercial outcomes and finance.

Rob understands through his experience the ‘club’ world and the servant leadership mindset of providing a great culture, services and sustainable future for its members and that the value of the club is in its members. Rob has experience in working on and with Boards and committees of clubs a local, regional or national and in working with local, metropolitan or regional councils and associated utilities in how it applies at a club level.

Rob is a self confessed golf nut, currently playing off low single figure handicap and loves nothing more than a trip away with his mates playing the great golf courses we have in New Zealand.

Why Rob LOVE's Golf: I love golf because it’s far more than a just a game. The mental, physical and emotional experiences golf provides does not distinguish golfers by age, gender, social or serious. Everyone has a golf story to tell and share and for that the enrichment to life golf brings is truly priceless.

Rob's Favourite Golf Course: Wairakei and Kauri Cliffs – outside that all courses I shoot low on are my favourite

Contact Rob:


Mark Webb, Regional Support Manager

A diverse range of employment has given Mark a wide base of experiences to draw upon, starting with an 11 year career in the NZ Police including Queen St Riots, Rainbow Warrior bombings and a Springbok Rugby tour. Then 12 years in Real Estate Sales, training and management and then ditching the Jacket and Tie and becoming involved in Sports Administration. 
Most recently including the Golf Development Manager role with Bay of Plenty Golf and prior to that eight years of experience in Cricket Development with one of the largest District Associations in New Zealand.
Mark enjoys managing and motivating individuals and groups to achieve successful outcomes and has a great track record of achieving results through others.

Why Mark LOVE's Golf:
 The pure enjoyment of the golf course environment and the ongoing search for consistent great shots.
Mark's Favourite Golf Course: Muriwai Golf Club (back in the 80’s) Now is always the next course I play.

Contact Mark: 

Dayne Bulloch, Regional Support Manager

After completing a Law Degree at the University of Waikato, Dayne joined the NZPGA and completed his apprenticeship working at Titirangi Golf club and then Gulf Harbour Country Club. After completing his apprenticeship, he was the first resident professional at Kauri Cliffs. After a year Dayne decided to move overseas. He was a General Manager and Director of Golf in resorts in Vietnam and Fiji. He was also a head pro in Austria, and an assistant and Head Pro in the United States. Dayne was also a Golf Professional on a Silversea cruise ship.

Why Dayne LOVE's Golf: Golf is a great way to see the world and meet some amazing people. I’ve been lucky to play some great courses, and some interesting ones as well, as well as making lifelong friendships that started on the course. Playing golf in Beirut, halfway up Mt Etna, and in Ushuaia leave lasting memories.
It is also a sport I can play with friends and family, who are at all different levels, and we all can have the same amount of enjoyment out of the day.

Dayne's Favourite Golf Course: Tough Question! The Old Course, for the history. RTJ for the design, and Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa for the realisation that we were playing on an active volcano.

Contact Dayne:

Richard Hudson, Regional Support Manager

A born and bred Cantabrian, Richard got involved in golf at a young age after being inspired by New Zealand’s win at the 1992 Eisenhower Trophy. After representing Canterbury in golf at various age group levels, Richard headed overseas to study and work for 12 years in Australia and Japan before settling back in his hometown, Christchurch, in 2010 and starting a family.

In his professional career, Richard has worked across various sectors with a focus on training & development, HR and management. Prior to joining NZ Golf, he worked for five years in management at the Russley Golf Club in Christchurch. During this time, he also undertook further studies through the Australian PGA International Golf Institute attaining a Diploma in Golf Management.

Why Richard LOVE's Golf: Growing up as a youngster in the game, golf taught me so many valuable lessons which have crossed over into other parts of my life. As our children grow up, I am enjoying the opportunity to spend quality time together at the golf club.

Richard's Favourite Golf Course:
Millbrook Resort

Contact Richard: 

Grace Rokela, 
Marketing and Design Executive 

Grace is the newest member to the New Zealand Golf team having started in May 2019. Although she was born in Auckland, she also holds an american passport with family ties to the United States. 

Coming from a golfing background after earning a scholarship to The Savannah College of Art and Design, her experience in both golf and fashion is going to provide a unique angle to our marketing team. 

Grace not only has a passion for the game of golf, she also has a passion to change it and make it a game for everyone.

Why Grace LOVE's Golf: Because of the opportunity. It's not just a game, it teaches you life skills.
s Favourite Golf Course: Kauri Cliffs.

Contact Grace: 

Jason Gulasekharam, Media and Communications Manager

Jason started with New Zealand Golf in July 2019, and has had a love for the game since he started playing at age 11. He comes from a sporting family and has followed that trend himself playing golf to a high level.

A member at North Shore Golf Club, Jason started representing North Harbour at 15 years old. He became the number 1 and captain of the province from 2013-2016, and still represents North Harbour today. Other golfing achievements include 2014 BOP Open champion, represented New Zealand at the Australian Master of the Amateurs, made it as far as the 1/4 finals at the Australian Amateur, and is equal course record holder at Muriwai where he won 52 dozen Asahi for having the low round of the tournament at the Muriwai Open.
Whilst playing golf competitively, Jason also attended AUT to study a Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in Journalism. He graduated in 2015 and had a part-time role with Sportsinc as the Assistant Producer of Holden Golf World. He's also done some casual work for Radio Sport as a Sports Journalist. Most recently he worked as the Golf Director at Waitemata Golf Club.
Jason has an undeniable love for the game, and wants to communicate everything positive about the game in order to grow it in New Zealand.

Why Jason LOVE's Golf: It's a game that can be played both socially and competitively with anyone at any level. I love the challenge it presents to me personally, and has taught me a lot about myself as I find it reflects life like no other sport.
Jason's Favourite Golf Courses: Barnbougle (both courses), Royal Melbourne, The Australian, Paraparaumu Beach.

Contact Jason:

Becky Hobson, Executive Assistant

Becky immigrated to New Zealand from the UK in 2004; upon arriving in New Zealand, Becky took a break away from the office and completed her hairdressing and beauty therapy apprenticeship. In 2007, wanting to get back into an office environment, Becky put down her tools and started working as an Executive Assistant and also Sponsorship Co-ordinator, both of these diverse roles have led Becky to her current role at New Zealand Golf.

Why Becky LOVE's Golf:
 That feeling of everything coming together, hitting the ball and seeing it fly in the air is pretty awesome and makes me hungry for more.
Becky's Favourite Golf Course: Muriwai

Contact Becky: 

Thiem Nguyen,
Participation and Insights Manager

Born to Vietnamese parents in Wellington, Thiem grew up next to the 
Te Marua Golf Club in Upper Hutt. Thiem worked for Tennis Auckland as Performance Coach whilst completing his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland. He moved back to Wellington to work for Sport New Zealand’s Performance and Strategic Investment Team where he had the opportunity to complete a short secondment with NZ Golf and has since worked for Aktive - Auckland Sport & Recreation and most recently, Auckland Council working across sports facility planning and partnerships.

Why Thiem LOVE's Golf: I LOVE golf because I am still searching for consistency! It’s a great way to spend time with friends and can take you to many different cities if you want to travel.  
Thiem's Favourite Golf Course: Waitemata GC & Kauri Cliffs.

Emily Davidson, Regional Support Manager- Auckland, Harbour and Northland

Emily is originally from England and is now a proud New Zealand resident! Teaching swimming to adults and children sparked Emily's passion for sport and movement and has continued over the past ten years, Emily currently coaches the Auckland Special Olympics Swim team. Emily has continued her passion for the value of sport by spending the last 5 years working in New Zealand as a Community Sport Advisor for Sport Auckland, working with youth, coaching, community activation and community engagement.

Why Emily LOVE's Golf: I love golf because it’s a game for the whole family! The scenery is spectacular, and you get uninterrupted time walking and playing outdoors!
Emily’s Favourite Golf Course: Muriwai Golf Links

Contact Emily:

Camilla Grimbeek, Accounts Assistant

Contact Camilla: