Netball South could be in a position to announce their inaugural chief executive as early as next week.
Applications for the top job closed on Sunday, with four candidates putting their names forward.
Netball South, which is a merger of Netball Southland and Netball Otago, were forced to re-advertise for the chief executive role after David Bannister was offered the top job, but turned it down, to move back to Australia to be closer to his family.
Bannister has been the joint chief executive of Netball Southland and Southern Steel since January this year.
Netball South chairman Paul Buckner was not in a position to comment about individual applications, but said all but one of the candidates were from the South Island.
Interviews for the CEO role will be held in Invercargill on Friday with the interview panel, comprising Buckner, Netball South board member Debbie Hodges, and Netball New Zealand representative Karen Brown.
Buckner, a Dunedin lawyer, was optimistic an announcement could be made as early as next week.
Netball New Zealand underwent a major governance change in early September when they replaced their 12-region structure with a five-zone model.
Each zone is aligned with a trans-Tasman netball league franchise and is responsible for developing netball from the grassroots through to the elite level within the region. The new chief executive will be based in Netball South's Invercargill headquarters, but will be expected to spend time in Otago and other parts of the southern zone.
Buckner said they were looking for someone who could maintain a positive working relationship with funders and sponsors, and also had proven financial and management skills.
"Principally, it's to ensure there's a good relationship with our netball community and ensuring the funders are looked after, and working with the regional managers, to ensure the grassroots netball is really working," Buckner said.
The new chief executive is expected to start in the position in late January or early February.
- The Southland Times