Chris Hooper has been appointed the first chief executive of
the new Netball Central Zone.
Hooper brings 15 years of experience as a chief executive,
having run large national youth development non-profit
organisations in New Zealand and the UK. He was boss of the
scout movement in New Zealand for the past five years and
also worked with the Special Olympics in the UK.
Netball Central Zone is part of Netball New Zealand's move
from a 12-region model to five major zones. In the Central
Zone, 22 netball centres will be merged into 17.
The newly-formed Netball Central Zone board sees the
dissolution of the Central Pulse board and the Eastern,
Western and Wellington boards, with the new board retaining
Ian Collier as chairman and board members Kerry Prendergast,
Sue Gordon (Central Pulse), Sue Gould (Western) and Lee-Ann
Taylor (Eastern). Other members include Shaun Clarke, Carol
Sander (Wellington) and Chris McGeown.
"The new board guarantees continuity, as we aim to provide a
seamless transition from the current structure to the new
zone," Collier said.
Hooper will start in early December.