Meet the Sport Waitākere Board of Trustees.
Jarrod Walton (Chair)
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.
Katie Bruffy (Deputy Chair)
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 lecturing Sports Management at Unitec and is currently the Head of Community Studies at Unitec. Katie is a former elite athlete in the sport of synchronised/artistic swimming and has previously served as a trustee on the New Zealand National Squash Centre and Synchronised Swimming New Zealand. She proudly lives in West Auckland with her young family and is passionate about improving access to physical activity and wellbeing in the West.
Steph is a marketing and projects specialist of Ngāti Ranginui descent. Born and raised in west Auckland, Steph went to Rutherford College followed by Auckland University of Technology where she graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies. Steph has worked in a number of different sectors during her career including health, fitness and stadium management, all of which have fuelled her passion for holistic wellbeing and active lifestyles. Currently, Steph holds a position as Senior Marketing Manager for a New Zealand property developer.
Kia ora, my whānau has been proud to call West Auckland home since 2008, and I consider it a real privilege to live in such a diverse and vibrant community. While I’m not blind to the challenges that our people face, I believe that West Auckland has a unique identity and huge potential, and I’m grateful and excited to be able to give back and contribute through Sport Waitākere. I have a background in business development, I’m a current board member of Rānui Action Project, and my mahi is based in the Henderson Labour electorate office where I have been working for our local Member of Parliament as a Community Engagement and Communications Advisor.
‘’When the best leaders work is done, the people will say: we did it ourselves’’ – Lao Tzu.
Ivan was raised in Fiji and came to live in Auckland in the mid-1970s. His experiences in the Pacific community at that time, have shaped his work as a Sports and Media Consultant, currently leading the Pacific Sporting Partnership Programme at Netball New Zealand. Ivan has deep family roots in West Auckland, having raised three boys in the west. He is passionate about the benefits sport can bring to the health and wellbeing of our people and communities, and finding ways to equip our sport and recreation systems to achieve this.
Tēnā koutou. Ko Tauranga tōku hau kainga, ko Ngāti Ranginui tōku iwi, Ko Ngai Te Ahi tōku hapū, Ko Michael Holmes ahau.
While not born in West Auckland, Michael was certainly raised here, having moved to Whenuapai in 1976. Michael went to Waitākere College, and the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor of Commerce. Michael played club rugby at Waitematā, and Club Cricket at Waitematā and Suburbs New Lynn. Since finishing University Michael has worked largely in consumer goods, developing his business management skills with a number of large multi-national companies, and a few smaller SMEs. Still living in West Auckland, he now raises two daughters with his wife Hinekura, and is excited by the opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to him.
Nicola is a born and bred Aucklander, passionate about health and wellbeing. She is currently a senior finance executive at Auckland Council and was previously the principal advisor on strategic financial matters to the Mayor of Auckland and an Assurance Director at PwC. Nicola is a Chartered Accountant and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Post-graduate Diploma in Commerce (Economics). She frequently enjoys Auckland’s cycle-ways and hiking trails and is on the side-lines at her daughter’s Saturday netball games.
Nick is a thought-provoking marketing and partnerships expert born and raised in Taranaki. Nick moved to Auckland in 2013 and established his own business, Side by Side in 2016 as an agency that assists sports, charities, and brands to develop win/win/win partnerships. Working across a wide range of sectors Nick is passionate about what sports provide and is fuelled by assisting organisations in driving for commercial outcomes that result in mutually beneficial alignments.