Board of Trustees

Our Board

Chair

Jarrod Walton

A tax specialist with experience as a tax manager at KPMG Auckland, Jarrod joined Chapmans Chartered Accountants in 2008 and is now a partner at the firm.  He was admitted to the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2004 and has since become passionate about helping local business in West Auckland succeed.  Jarrod is a family man with young children meaning he is constantly honing his skills as a boxing referee and rugby coach. He loves rugby, league, cricket, paddle boarding and surfing.

 

Deputy Chair
Mike Hirst

Mike comes to the Sport Waitakere board with 25 years’ experience within the financial services industry in New Zealand. He brings with him a unique blend of general commercial experience, sound financial acumen coupled with big sky opportunistic type thinking. Mike has sat on 4 different school boards for a cumulative 20+ years and is a member of the West Auckland Business Club committee. He recently completed his first ironman and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the community and share his passion for making things happen.

 

Reuben Woods

Reuben is an experienced corporate lawyer, having worked for a large Australasian law firm in Auckland for many years and for a large American law firm in London for four years. He specialises in corporate and insolvency work and is a member of the Institute of Directors, New Zealand Venture Capital Association and INSOL New Zealand. Reuben was born and raised in Massey, playing his rugby for Massey High School, Waitemata Rugby Club and Massey Rugby Club, and having represented Auckland at age group level. He is also a keen touch rugby player, golfer, fisherman and diver, although his biggest sporting passion (other than rugby) is surfing, having surfed the West Coast for the past 22 years. Age and old rugby injuries have forced him away from rugby into soccer which he currently plays (very badly) for the Western Wombats in Point Chevalier. 

 

Jane Finlayson

Jane works for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited (ATEED) in the role of Manager Business and Enterprise.Jane has a background in business with 25 years’ experience working for, advising and contracting to multinational corporates and SME’s in sales, marketing and management. Jane is owner/director of Backbone Marketing which is managed by her husband. She has been involved in a number of sports in administrative and coaching roles with her 3 children including basketball, netball, and surf lifesaving. Jane has wide sporting interests including participation (pre parenthood!) in representative level hockey, equestrian, badminton, tennis, volleyball, and basketball.

 

Kristy Hill

Kristy is of Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi and Te Arawa decent and is an Independent Contractor specialising in Iwi engagement and policy.  She was born and bred in Avondale and comes with a legal and policy background.  She is passionate about the value that sports plays in growing confident individuals, whānau and communities having played, coached and managed multiple sports at local, tribal, regional, national and international levels.  Most notably Kristy represented NZ in football for the Football Ferns and is a World Cup and double Olympic athlete.  Having retired from playing , she is committed to applying her skills,  experience and passion to enable sports to be accessible and inclusive and to provide a pathway for Māori athletes to continue into high performance sport.

 

Megan Tunks

Megan is currently a trustee of Variety the children’s charity and has a strong affinity to the West Auckland community. She is attracted to the board by the opportunity to future develop He Oranga Poutama, Healthy Families and Maori Sports Leadership. Megan has a Masters of Philosophy in Maori Health Education and has held a number of different roles in the health sector and is currently the Senior Advisor for Maori with the Health Promotion Agency (HPA). Megan has a keen interest in Waka Ama, travel and spending time with her whanau.

 

Katie Bruffy

Katie is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and completed her studies at Ohio State University. She has a Masters of Arts in Sports Management and a Doctorate in Philosophy majoring in Sports Management. Katie moved from the US in 2010 to take up a lecturing Sports Management at Unitec and has recently moved into a new role as the Head of Practice Pathways in the Community Development team at Unitec. Katie is a former elite athlete in the sport of synchronised swimming and has previously served as a trustee on the New Zealand National Squash Centre.

 

Winston Timaloa

Winston has a business and legal background. He has worked in New Zealand and Samoa in a range of strategic project management and legal roles, in organisations such as Health Funding Authority, Treasury Department (Samoa), and Clendon Feeney Barristers and Solicitors

He holds a conjoint degree in commerce and law from the University of Auckland in addition to a Post graduate diploma in commerce- economics. In 2003, Winston set up a management consulting company, JETT Consulting where he advises organisations working in Pacific economic, social and community development. Winston has a passion for healthy lifestyles with a strong belief in aspiring towards obtaining for the long term healthy lifestyles as part of the five area, faith, food, friends, focus and fitness.