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

(09) 414 5530

General Manager – Chris Casey

gm@tennisnorthern.co.nz    Ext: 703

Finance Manager – Helen Dixey

info@tennisnorthern.co.nz    Ext: 700

Interclub & Competitions – Sarah Smith

admin@tennisnorthern.co.nz    Ext: 701

Tennis Manager – Nick Jacques

nick@tennisnorthern.co.nz    Ext: 702

Board Members & Structure

Tennis Northern Board Members

Robyn Kiddle – Board Chair
Tom Jackson – Board Deputy Chair
Chris Paltridge
Christo Peters
Glenn Cox
Jacqueline Ironside
Jonathan Clark-Howard

Robyn Kiddle – Board Chair

Robyn Kiddle is the Chief Executive at Child Cancer Foundation. She has been in that role for three years and prior to this was Chief Executive at Tennis Auckland. During her time at Tennis Auckland the region saw the international tournaments grow in both profitability and stature. She also worked with Tennis Northern region to bring about a more city-wide approach to junior development and the growth of programmes such as Hot Shots, was involved in the ongoing project relating to tennis facilities in the region and the club revitalisation project, jointly funded by Tennis Northern and Tennis Auckland aimed to getting greater numbers of people playing tennis and unlocking the potential of clubs.

Robyn comes from a commercial background having had a long and varied career with the Westfield Group both here and in Australia. This background has provided her with a wide knowledge of business principles and processes that Robyn has used in her transition to not-for-profit roles.

In her spare time Robyn enjoys capturing the world with photos and documenting her travels through the lens. While Robyn does play tennis it is only at a social level but she is an avid match spectator and follows New Zealand’s success on the international stage. Her real passion for the game is to get more people involved and to ensure the ongoing presence and sustainability of the sport for generations to come..

Tom Jackson – Board Deputy Chair

Tom brings to the Tennis Northern Region (TNR) Board many years of experience in the areas of community involvement, governance and business. He is no longer in paid employment, he doesn’t like the word ‘retirement’, so he in the fortunate position of being able to commit the time that organisations he works with require (and deserve). In his paid working career he was the Managing Director of Guardian Assurance.

Tom has been on community, schools and sports committees or boards for the last 55 years. He has been the treasurer, secretary, president or committee member of many organisations. Recently Tom spent 6 years as a director on the Rugby League Northland board. He has been on the Audit and Risk committee for TNR for the last 13 years and on the Interclub committee for 17 years over two periods. Tom is currently Chairman of the Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk committee and a parent trustee on the Northcote Primary school board.

Over the years Tom has volunteered a great deal of time to organisations. Sports and schools are an integral part of any community and he is excited by the opportunity to continue his community involvement as a member of the TNR board. Tom’s experience enables him to contribute to TNR and the sport of tennis. He works with his fellow board members to make a positive contribution to the future development of TNR and to enhance TNR’s relationships with members of the community.

Tom has belonged to Becroft Park Tennis Club since 1980 and continues to be an active interclub participant.

Chris Paltridge

Chris is a medical doctor with a significant history of leadership and management skills. Recently changing careers to become a real estate agent, Chris has a really varied work history. He has worked as a Royal Australian Flying Doctor, was a Captain and doctor in the NZ army and has been a Director of various medical businesses.

Chris is an avid tennis player, regularly participating in cardio tennis at the Albany Tennis Park, and is a member of Greenhithe Tennis Club.

Christo Peters

Christo was elected to the Board of Tennis Northern in September 2016. He has been involved with Tennis Northern (formerly Tennis North Harbour) as a delegate for more than 20 years and has sat on a number of committees including the Affiliation Working Group, Interclub and Management Committees.

He is employed as Director of Sport at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School where he runs a team of around 70 paid and voluntary staff responsible for the provision of nearly 30 different sports. As part of his job he has been involved in the management of a number of different sports at regional level including tennis, basketball, touch, volleyball and lawn bowls. Christo is a passionate advocate for involvement in sport and has an extensive network of contacts across a number of regional and national sporting organisations.

A life member and current President of Birkenhead Tennis Club, Christo has also represented Northcote and Lynfield Tennis Clubs in interclub in recent years. He has held a range of positions at level club from sponsorship officer and coach to managing Chelsea Cup Teams and is currently overseeing the upgrading of club facilities. Christo has an extensive knowledge in the challenges faced in running clubs as well as a detailed knowledge of best practice across a number of sporting organisations.

Glenn Cox

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.

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.

Jonathan Clark-Howard

Jonathan was appointed to the Board of Tennis Northern in September 2016. He works in the field Information Technology and Management Consultancy, providing management and information consultancy services to a number of New Zealand’s largest organisations.

Areas of interest are digital strategy and operations, digital transformation, business process improvement, IT enterprise, solution architecture and IT Governance.