Canterbury chief hopes for change at NZC

GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 05:00 09/04/2013
Lee Germon
HOPEFULl: Lee Germon wants the board of New Zealand Cricket to comprise people with various skills, not solely cricket-related.

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Canterbury Cricket chief Lee Germon believes New Zealand Cricket's proposed constitutional changes will address the major issue of a lack of institutional knowledge on the board.

Germon said his body had voiced concerns there were not enough people with cricket-specific skills on the eight-person NZC board.

Of late there was no-one with any past first-class playing experience after former Black Cap Robbie Hart stood down last year.

Germon is confident this issue will be addressed by the proposed new constitution which was made public yesterday and will be considered by major and district associations before they provide feedback by May 15.

Previously, board members were appointed by two members of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, one NZC board member and one from the major associations.

Under the new constitution the appointments panel will comprise five people, a convener (nominated by NZC), three major association chairmen rotated each year from the six majors and one person from Sport New Zealand.

All board directors are to be elected, with no appointed members, and anyone can be nominated. The candidates will be assessed by the appointments panel with the best short-listed for interview.

Each candidate recommended for election must receive more than 50 per cent of votes at the annual meeting. Provision will be made for payment to NZC directors if recommended by the appointments panel and it is approved by the annual meeting.

Drafting committee chairman Don Mackinnon said the main reason for adopting the new model was to ensure NZC had the best people in key roles. Germon said board members would ideally comprise people with various skills not only in cricket but a mix including legal, marketing and financial aspects. Germon had attended a meeting last month with all major association chairmen and chief executives where their views were canvassed.

"The MAs had a number of good ideas on improvement that could be made to the board election process and we've incorporated those into the new constitution," Mackinnon said.

Germon said he and provincial chairman Cran Bull had an initial discussion with the ginger group of former New Zealand captains and players headed by John Parker agitating for governance changes.

He had not had any contact since.

He said he didn't think the proposed changes would probably go far enough to appease Parker's group, which wants all positions filled by people primarily with cricket expertise.

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Meanwhile, former Canterbury all-rounder Mark Priest, who was named in a Sunday newspaper report as being part of Parker's posse, had no association at all with it and was concerned about his name being linked with it, Germon said.

A special meeting of NZC to approve the new constitution is scheduled for July.

The draft constitution was prepared by NZC's legal advisers with input from the drafting committee comprising Mackinnon (NZC director and former Auckland board member), Greg Barclay (NZC director and former Northern Districts chair), Cran Bull (Canterbury chair), Blair Robinson (Central Districts chair), Andrew McRae (South Canterbury chair), Jock Sutherland (ex-Nelson chair and former NZC board member) and Craig Presland (NZC chief operating officer).

- The Press

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