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Invercargill business adviser and project manager Bevan Ellis is the new chairman of an expanded Sport Southland board.
Ellis, who has been a trustee of the regional sports trust since 2018, replaces Steven Kennedy, who died earlier this year.
A recent recruitment process has seen the addition of four new trustees to join Ellis and current Sport Southland board members Chris Peddie, Alex Crackett, Aaron McKenzie and Nigel Finnerty.
Newfield Park Primary School principal Sonya Carey and Southland District Council group manager, services and assets Matt Russell have been appointed for three years.
Kindergartens South general manager Nikki McRobie and Invercargill lawyer and general manager of MSK Ultrasound Southland, Katie McRae have been co-opted on to the board for the next two years.
Having greater representation from across the community would add depth to the decision-making process as Sport Southland develops strategies in response to a changing landscape, which would include a focus across the full spectrum from play and active recreation to traditional sport, Ellis said.