Albany Tennis Park
321 Oteha Valley Road,
PO Box 300 141
Albany, Auckland 0752

(09) 414 5530

CEO – Chris Casey

ceo@tennisnorthern.co.nz    Ext: 7

Finance Manager – Helen Dixey

info@tennisnorthern.co.nz    Ext: 3

Interclub & Competitions – Sarah Smith

admin@tennisnorthern.co.nz    Ext: 4

 

Board Members & Structure

Tennis Northern Board Members

Tash Bartlett – Board Chair
Glenn Cox – Board Deputy Chair
Angelique Blom
Elliot Le Petit
Jacqueline Ironside
Rhett Purcell
Tina Barclay
Wendy McNeely

Tash Bartlett – Board Chair

Tash Bartlett comes from a banking and finance background having completed a BA/BCom at Auckland University. She has held senior roles at Carter Holt Harvey and within the banking industry, both in NZ and Australia. After having her children, she trained as a Personal Trainer and ran two businesses, personal training and a children’s fitness business. In more recent times she has held finance, strategy and events management roles. This varied background provides her with a wide knowledge of business principles, processes and experiences that will add value in her Board role.

Tash is currently President at Campbells Bay Tennis Club, and when she is not spending time with her family and friends, you can find her on the tennis court.

Glenn Cox – Board Deputy Chair

Glenn Cox is currently the Chief Executive of Badminton North Harbour. He has experience in racket sports and has played tennis at a number of Tennis Northern clubs including Becroft Park as a junior and Castor Bay, Mairangi Bay and Browns Bay as a senior player.

Glenn has previous governance experience as he has been on a number of Boards and committees of various sports organisations.

He also has a vast knowledge of how an RSO operates in our region and has a great passion for tennis and rackets sports in general.

Angelique Blom

Angelique is passionate about growing tennis, breaking down barriers to entry and developing the player experience for people at any stage of the game.

A late starter to tennis, Angelique has thrown herself into all aspects of the sport. For several years she has held the position of co-President, Secretary, and key fundraiser at the Beach Haven Tennis Club. She enjoys participation and development in this sport as a player, interclub team captain, and club leader and is also a qualified Court Supervisor and an ASB Classic volunteer.

After completing a BA at Auckland University, Angelique travelled from NZ and spent 25 years working for a UK based multinational. Gaining professional accountancy qualifications (CIMA), she undertook a broad range of Finance, Performance, Governance, Management, and leadership roles including 4 expat positions over 7 years in very culturally diverse global locations. Along with this strong corporate background, Angelique brings a positive, logical, problem-solving approach, has good process, systems, and communications skills, and relates well to people at all levels.

Elliot Le Petit

As the current Head Coach for Browns Bay Racquets Club and the director of Tennis Global, Elliot Le Petit will bring a coaching perspective to the Tennis Northern Board. Elliot completed a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Communications while attending the University of Charleston on a tennis scholarship in the United States. Elliot is passionate about growing the coaching environment and standard in NZ and he was the Tennis Northern Coach of the Year for 2022/23. He is actively involved in regular interclub, has experience managing coaches and players and is a voice in club decisions. This puts Elliot in a strong position to comment and offer insights into the governance around coaching and how to nurture and develop its success for both our performance players and community. If he isn’t on the court coaching or at a local tournament, you will find Elliot playing Chelsea cup for Browns Bay or kicking his feet up for the week.

Jacqueline Ironside

Jacqueline has a wealth of experience from which to draw, having held senior business advisory roles in accountancy firms such as KPMG, Ernst and Young, as well as accountancy roles within other industries. The experience of working with many people and industries over time, as well as the added insight of completing MBA studies, gives Jacqueline a huge amount of wisdom around what works and what doesn’t within business.

Jacqueline is a past President and long time member of the Whangaparaoa Tennis Club. Volunteering is also a big part of Jacqueline’s life. As well as the One Warkworth Business Association, she is on the board of Tennis Northern, Best Prevention Services Rodney and a founding Trustee of the Child Rescue Charitable Trust NZ.

Rhett Purcell

At 27, Rhett brings a recent player’s perspective to Board decision-making. As he transitions from years playing on the international professional tennis circuit to a business career in the primary industries and international logistics sector, Rhett is providing a fresh contribution at Board level.

Covid disruptions to world-wide competition, along with several serious injuries, forced a rethink of his playing future at international level, but he is now focusing on using his knowledge in the world of tennis and business.

A former Davis Cup player, his experience in the international high-performance environment equips him well to support clarity and transparency at the governance level of tennis, with a keen interest in junior tennis and pathways that encourage players to remain in the sport. His substantial tennis involvement at all levels, and his experience in managing relationships with coaches, competitors and sponsors puts him in a beneficial position to help enhance processes that lead to a successful future for the sport.

Rhett has a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Finance and his on-court activities these days extend to Chelsea Cup for Campbell’s Bay and light hits with friends.

Tina Barclay

Tina Barclay is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She has passionately worked for over 30 years in various voluntary and professional roles across different sectors. In her early career she worked for Auckland Council as a youth worker before moving on to tutor life skills and career guidance to school leavers.

Following this Tina embarked on a Bachelor of Laws Degree [LLB] from University of Auckland. She is an active member of the Maori Law Society. She has held varied executive and governance roles on different organisations and boards including school, local, regional and national levels. As part of her later career path, Tina has been involved in community and corporate focus projects. She has been an employer, business consultant and self-employed. She has completed a Master of Laws Degree [LLM] from University of Auckland which included learnings on iwi corporate governance and taxation, which she has used to assist with her elected role on the Ngapuhi Settlement Board “Tuhoronuku iwi mandated authority”. She is experienced in strategic planning, financial management and human resources.

Tina is of Ngapuhi and Tainui descent. Her hapu are Ngati Ueoneone, Ngati Tautahi and Ngati Wairere. She is actively involved in serving her Okorihi marae.

Tina was a member of the Belmont Park Tennis Club many years ago and still loves playing a game of tennis with her whanau.

Wendy McNeely

Wendy comes from a sporting background…. Just not tennis!

She has worked in the health sector for most of her working career and has just recently entered the sport sector. In the corporate world her strengths lie in finding solutions for challenges; these days those often faced by people wanting to get physically active. Her role as a Monitoring and Evaluations advisor enables her to see the big picture but also the details required to make a plan that will collect appropriate data along the way to ensure milestones are met to help achieve the strategy in place.

Wendy represented Great Britain as a sprint hurdler in a career that spanned 20 years and so has experience as a junior and senior competitor. With that comes a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the need for development pathways and the commitments required of both athletes and coaches. Wendy was one of the top female football referees in New Zealand and also sat on the NRF Referee Committee.

After retiring as an international competitor and migrating to New Zealand she experienced the importance and pleasure of social sport.