The Club
Committee & Board Members

Akarana Board 2020

JUSTINE O'CONNELL - BOARD CHAIR

A member of Akarana since 2014, Justine served as Weekend Women's Vice Captain before being elected to the board in 2018.

She is originally from mid-Canterbury, and has played a wide variety of sports including representative hockey.

Justine has a law degree from University of Canterbury, and is a director of a small business consultancy - Teesdale Associates Ltd.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS - PRESIDENT

Anthony joined Akarana in 1993. During this time he has been a Committee member, pennant player and Intermediate Club Champion.

Commitment to the needs of the club is shown by Anthony's availability to assist with all aspects of Club activity and development. Most people at the Club know Anthony as Tony, he plays on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

He is looking forward to serving Akarana Club and its members.

PETER COLLINS - BOARD MEMBER

Peter joined Akarana in 1988 and spent 10 years on the Committee1991-2001 , Vice-Captain 2002-2004, Club Captain 2005-2006 and Inaugural Board Member 2005-2006.

Peter is an avid golfer as well as an experienced golf administrator having spent 13 plus years at various club - Golf Manager/ Director at Akarana, The Grange, South Head and Muriwai Golf Club.

His previous work experience include Sales and Sales Management positions in the Textile, Plastics and Signwriting fields.

PAUL GRACE - BOARD DIRECTOR

Paul joined Akarana in 1995, shortly before his wife Wendy also joined. He previously held the position of Vice Captain for two years, and was first elected to the board in 2013, then re elected in 2015 and again in 2017. He is chairman of the Course Committee, which has been a busy role as the club drives major improvements to the drainage, bunkers, and trees.

In business for thirty years owning and operating a Building and Civil Construction company, he formed (and now manages) his own Commercial Real Estate Company.

Paul is a regular on Saturdays, leading a fine body of men affectionately known as 'the Marist Boys'.

MICHAEL GRAVES - BOARD DIRECTOR

After growing up in Wellington and completing business and language degrees, Michael started his working career with Ernst and Young as a management consultant.

Finding his interest in software development, he spent 6 years working in the UK before returning to NZ with his wife and first of two children.

A young growing family and a new business limited his time to play golf but the Mt Albert Resident finally committed to a full membership in Akarana in 2017 and the welcoming members at Akarana have ensured he now plays regularly and loses more than his fair share of any haggle.

A proud member of Akarana, Michael realised he wanted to contribute more to the club after seeing the commitment from other members in a recent working bee so happily joined the board when invited to fill a temporary position.

STEVE WEBBY - BOARD DIRECTOR

Steve has been a member at Akarana since 2000 and was first elected as Club Captain in 2010 serving for two years and returning to that role for 2018. He has now relinquished his Captain duties this year and been elected as a Board Director.

Steve spent seven years at St Peter's College before going on to study accountancy in which he completed half the papers towards the ACA before moving to Papua New Guinea for 5 years to take up a contract with the local domestic airline.

Steve returned from PNG to work as an accountant in the road transport industry for five years before buying a small car valet operation in 1999.

Steve hovers around a 9 - 10 (another Tui's advert there) handicap and claims his only achievement at Akarana was winning the Summer Cup with Arthur Brown years ago. But that is not actually true as Steve has won the coveted Intermediate division club championship so despite recent form has some golfing pedigree. An old hand at organising national and international golf trips Steve's understanding of golf administration is a key strength he offers to the role.

 

Captains Committee 2020

PETER COLLINS - CLUB CAPTAIN

Peter joined Akarana in 1988 and spent 10 years on the Committee1991-2001 , Vice-Captain 2002-2004, Club Captain 2005-2006 and Inaugural Board Member 2005-2006.

Peter is an avid golfer as well as an experienced golf administrator having spent 13 plus years at various club - Golf Manager/ Director at Akarana, The Grange, South Head and Muriwai Golf Club.

His previous work experience include Sales and Sales Management positions in the Textile, Plastics and Signwriting fields.

GRANT MCNAUGHTON - VICE CAPTAIN

Grant joined Akarana in 1963 as a junior and caddie for four years, and then came back in 1982.

Living in Mt Roskill for about 50 years, Grant has been involved in the family business - McNaughton Windows and Doors.

BARBARA JEPSON - WOMENS CLUB CAPTAIN

Barbara was elected to the position of Vice Captain Weekday Women in 2013, and then as Women's Club Captain in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In 2017, Barbara was elected as Pennant Convenor, within the Auckland Women's Management Commitee, at Auckland Golf Inc.