Malcolm Allan – Chairman
Malcolm is a highly motivated, energetic, passionate and well-rounded Leader with specialised Sales & Marketing skills.
He has an absolute passion for success and development through best practice and constant improvement.
A proven achiever with a great sense of humour and loads of enthusiasm, he is excited to be working on a board level where it is all about sport and giving back to the community – something he is passionate about!
He is currently the Country Manager at UMS (NZ) Limited (Urban Maintenance Systems). Previous recent roles included General Manager Sales and Marketing at OCS (Global Facilities Management Company and NZ’s largest and number 1 cleaning company) his major challenge being to develop and execute a customer-led strategy to grow the business of an exceptional operationally led organisation which has the opportunity to improve its customer focus, Head of Business Development at Turners & Growers where he developed entirely new revenue streams and initiatives, and Contract Sales Director for The Shopping Channel, initiating systems, processes, offerings or tools from a blank canvas.
Bridget Leonard – Deputy Chairman
Bridget is passionate about the multiple benefits sport and physical activity brings to our community across all ages and all levels of participation.
She initially qualified and worked as a physiotherapist before completing a BSc and PhD in physiology. Bridget has undertaken research into the causes and prevention of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. More recently her physiology has been applied to the science of sports anti-doping.
Bridget enjoys being active in the outdoors – by foot, bike or kayak. She has previously represented NZ in Rhythmic Gymnastics but now aspires simply to be able to still touch her toes.
Paul Seo – Board Member
Paul graduated with MSc at the University of Waikato and is passionate about health in the community.
He worked for Armstrong and Spring Hall after which he started his own business in Trust accounting software for law firms in 1988.
In 2016 he joined Usana Health Science as an independent associate. Usana is an MLM business promoting nutritional supplements (which are produced in an FDA registered facility with personal guarantee for potency) and macro nutrition (weight loss products which are certified by Glycemic Index Foundation as Low GI)
He has taken a junior rugby team to Rarotonga and been involved with coaching, managing and fund raising for Northcote Rugby for about 14 years and College Rugby for the last 3 years.
James Kemp – Board Member
James Kemp is currently the Commercial Manager of Auckland Cricket and comes from a strong financial background, particularly in sports administration and he was previously CFO at NZ Rugby League. He has a Commerce degree from the University of Auckland and a Sports and Recreation degree from AUT University, and has spent 5 years in the UK working in contract finance.
On the field, James has played at a social level in football for Glenfield Rovers and cricket for North Shore, and also participates in various adventure races and running events.
Outside of his passion for sport, James travels extensively and enjoys getting off the beaten track through hiking and camping.
Patrick Gale – Board Member
Currently the Principal at Kaipara College since January 2016. Associate Headmaster at Rosmini College for 13 years prior to that has proved his role as an educational leader specialising in curriculum design, delivery and review.
He has a Master’s Degree, Educational Leadership and Administration from AUT
Patrick has played Masters Hockey for North Harbour and coached a range of teams.
Leah Lazarus – Board Member
Hutia te rito o te harakeke. Kei hea te komako, e ko. He aha te mea nui o te ao? Maaku e kii atu. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Born and raised on the North Shore, Leah is privileged to be giving back to the region while working at board level of an organisation who hold the same values as her.
Both in and out of work, Leah is passionate about developing people. She has a background in Customer Service and Account Management which morphed over 10 years ago into generalist Human Resources. She is currently employed in the HR team at NZ Sugar Company. As a former NZ badged netball umpire, she is a NZ Panel umpire coach/assessor based at Netball North Harbour, and, a member of the Zone Umpire Development Group and an Umpire Coach Developer with Netball Northern. Of Ngati Paoa, Ngapuhi and Ngati Kuri descent, Leah is proud of her Maori heritage. She has been involved for 20+ years with Aotearoa Maori Netball Oranga Healthy Lifestyles as an Umpire, at a regional level and as part of the National Executive Committee where netball is used as a vehicle to promote healthy families for Maori whanau.
Bevan Miles – Board Member
Bevan is a long-time North Shore resident (for all bar 1 of his 40-odd years) and passionate about both the region and sport. With his playing days largely behind him, Bevan has enjoyed contributing to a number of sporting organisations through volunteer and governance roles and is looking forward to continuing that contribution on the Harbour Sport Board.
For his day job, Bevan is a lawyer and a partner at Chapman Tripp, where he leads the national tax and risk advisory service lines. When he has some spare time, Bevan plays the odd round of golf, likes to travel (when that was still a thing) and loves spending time with his wife and two kids.
Maria Sopoaga – Board Member
Maria is a young and enthusiastic addition to the board, passionate about young people and the Pacific community in North Harbour. A proud Samoan woman, she currently works as a solicitor in Auckland Council’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. Maria also serves as the Deputy Convener of the Auckland Young Lawyers Committee and earlier this year was inducted into the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Leadership Network.
Maria has a love of community & sport, having represented both Australia at the underage level in netball, and captaining the New Zealand 23/U Indoor Netball team at the World Indoor Netball Championships in 2018. She hopes to use her love of sport & physical activity as well as her passion for minority communities to champion better wellbeing outcomes for all.
Ana Aitcheson – Board Member
Ana is passionate about creating change in her community both at a local and national level.
Ana has qualifications in Social work and professional supervision, she has worked in the NGO sector for 14 years from front line social worker to now in senior management and advisory roles.
Ana is currently the Manager of Social Services at The Fono – the country’s largest Pacific NGO where she leads close to 50 social workers in roles varying from family violence and Whanau Ora to mental health.
Ana has a keen interest in supporting communities to reach their full potential, she is really excited about being part of the Harbour Sport Board to contribute at a strategic level.
While Ana is passionate about her work she loves to laugh and cook!