Auckland Cricket Association
Rex Smith - Chairman
Rex Smith has made a substantial contribution to Auckland Cricket both as a player and an administrator. Rex played 17 years of first grade cricket, and has held various administration positions within the Cornwall Club including Club Chairman from 1991 to 1998, and first grade selector/coach from 1989.
Rex was a member of the Auckland Cricket Association first class team selection panel from 1991 to 1998 and Convenor of the Auckland Cricket Association Coaching Review Panel in 1997.
Rex Smith has more than 40 years experience in property negotiation specialising in the central and local government sectors. He currently operates his own property consultancy business, Elite Property Services Ltd, and has been a Board member since 1999, serving as Chairman from 2001 to 2005, and 2007 to date.
Over a period of 25 years, Rob has earned a reputation as a 'veteran marketer' in New Zealand. In the mid-80s Rob co-founded Pearson Davis which went on to become New Zealand's largest independent advertising agency. In the 90's, he co-founded CRM company Marketing Technologies, Telemarketing company The Phone, and Masthead advertising company Channel I ('Food In a Minute'). These days he is immersed in a new specialist digital marketing agency, Admission, with offices in Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney.
With 30 years of marketing and advertising experience under his belt including the marketing of cricket, netball and snowsports, as well as 15 years assisting Auckland Cricket, Rob brings a wealth of experience to the Board. Rob has been a multiple Marketing Awards and RSVP Awards winner across a broad range of industry categories. He is also a well-regarded speaker and guest lecturer at marketing events and university courses. Rob is a Director of a number of commercial enterprises, as well as a Trustee of a number of charitable trusts.
Rob's cricket playing days are limited to school. But he is an avid follower and attender of the game, as he is of many other sports.
Sir John Graham - CBE
John Graham has a broad background in the fields of sport, business and administration. He has the unique experience of involvement with New Zealand's elite teams in both rugby and cricket, being an All Black from 1958-64 including captain in 1964 and serving as manager of the New Zealand Cricket Black Caps from 1997-99. He has had 35 years experience as a school teacher and was headmaster at Auckland Grammar School from 1973-1993. From 1986-2000 he was director of the Owens group, serving as Chairman for 5 years.
John was a member of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation from 1980-85, a founding director of the Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education and was co founder and is currently chairman of the Academic Colleges Group. He was a member of the New Zealand Education Forum from 1991-95 and a director of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce from 1995-98.
He was member of the Council of the University of Auckland from 1994 - 2005 and Chancellor of the University from 2000 - 2004.
Currently John is a Trustee of the Sir Woolf Fisher Trust, Chairman of the New Zealand Education Scholarship trust, the University bookshop, Chairman of Parenting with Confidence, and a Director of Renaissance. John was also Chairman of the Ministerial Task Force on Sport, Fitness and Recreation.
He has been heavily involved in sports administration. He was assistant coach of the Auckland Rugby team from 1974-76 and again from 1992-94 and served as the Auckland Rugby Union President from 1996-98. He has served as a governor of the New Zealand Sports Foundation and as a member of the NZRFU Boundaries Commission. He was Chairman of the NZRFU Board Selection Committee in 1996 and a member of the All Black Coach and Manager Selection Committees in 1999, 2000 and 2004.
He was Vice President of the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2003/2004 and is currently President of the New Zealand Rugby Union. He was knighted for his services to education and sport in 2011. He has been a member of the Auckland Cricket Board since 2000.
Paul Kelly will need no introduction to many Auckland Cricket people having played for the Association from 1981 to 1991, and gaining national representative honours at NZ Secondary Schools, Brabin (U21) and Rothmans (U23) levels. He played for the North Shore Cricket Club from 1976 until 1994 and was subsequently involved in coaching junior cricket at Parnell Cricket Club from 1994 to 2005.
Paul is in the banking business and has held significant positions with ASB Bank, National Bank and ANZ Bank since 1986. He is presently works with ASB Bank in a Key Account (Private Banking) Management position.
Paul brings to the Board of Auckland Cricket considerable financial and management expertise and experience as well as the experience of playing cricket at first class level. He has a passion for sport generally and cricket in particular.
Paul has in excess of 30 years business experience. As the founder and having since sold the Australasian, EDL Group of companies, Paul has for the last 6 years focused his energies predominantly as a company director/investor and consultant.
He chairs a number of private company boards and has investments in companies ranging from, manufacturing, distribution, and commercial property. His consultancy area of specialty, are business analysis, business strategy and appropriate business modeling.
Paul is also a trustee on a number of Trusts and is currently the chairman of The Auckland Cricket Development Trust and an honorary vice president of the ACA. A former chairman of The Eden Roskill Cricket Club he also served on The ACA Board from 1996 to 2000, the last year as deputy chairman.
Paul brings his experience to the board as a proven business professional, past player and cricket administrator. Whilst enjoying all sports, he has a passion for the game of cricket and strongly believes cricket will only grow and thrive providing we continue to promote and develop the grass roots of the game.
Alex is a Director of O’Dowd Executive Recruitment specialising in senior executive appointments across multiple sectors and disciplines. He is a former first class cricketer representing both Auckland and Northern Districts and played the majority of his club cricket for Takapuna Cricket Club.
Alex brings with him several years of coaching experience here and in the Netherlands and in administration within grass roots cricket from junior district representative, secondary school and club premier level.
Alex along with his sporting background brings to the board experience running a successful recruitment business and commercial and staff management experience across the media, marketing and recruitment industries in Europe and New Zealand.
Murphy Su'a played for the Association from 1990 to 1996 and represented New Zealand in that period, including being a member of the 1992 World Cup squad. He played his senior club cricket for Eden Roskill after playing in many junior age group sides in the Northern Districts area and is the current Samoan national cricket team coach.
Murphy has worked in several positions with Vodafone since 2001 and is presently their Business Campaign Manager. He is studying to complete a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing) having already completed a NZIM Diploma in Management.
Murphy brings his experience as an international and first class cricketer to the Board as well as his marketing experience with a high profile company.
Mark Cameron (Auckland Cricket CEO)
Mark has over 15 years experience as a Chief Executive or General Manager in the Sports Management Field.
Following an initial career as a management accountant with Unilever NZ, Mark has served as General Manager of NZ Basketball and held a Board position with Basketball New Zealand. In more recent times Mark has owned and operated an indoor sports facilities company (Planet Sports) which promoted and managed indoor sports leagues through its three sites in Auckland.
Since October 2007 Mark had been CEO of the Northern Mystics Netball franchise which successfully managed the Auckland entry in the ANZ Netball Championship.
Mark joined Auckland Cricket as CEO in November 2011 and offers an excellent blend of commercial skills and management experience that will further assist the growth of Auckland Cricket.