STEPHEN STAFFORD-BUSH, JP FCA - CHAIRMAN
Stephen helps bring strong governance and financial expertise to Midlands Hockey from a number of past governance roles in Not for Profit organisations. Whilst not from a hockey background himself, he has by necessity, developed a strong love for the game through supporting his daughter, a representative hockey player. He is also involved in a number of other governance roles in a variety of other industries.
Stephen is a Member of the Institute of Directors in Waikato and a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is a partner in the Pukekohe Chartered Accountancy firm, McConnell Stafford-Bush and Associates.
After a successful playing career representing Waikato, Otago, Canterbury and New Zealand, Jon enjoyed further success coaching at all levels from age group through to the National Hockey League.
He was instrumental in promoting and implementing the initial amalgamation of the Waikato and Counties Hockey Associations to compete in the then premier division of the National Tournament and then the subsequent formation of what has become Midlands Hockey. Jon holds a number of directorships and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. He is a life member of Hockey NZ, a past board member of Hockey NZ and was the founding chair of the Hockey Foundation.
Jon was awarded the Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to hockey in the 2013 New Year's Honours list.
Jon lives in Hamilton and is a shareholder and senior advisor with Craigs Investment Partners.
Jeff has recently retired after a 49 year career in education. During that time he was a teacher, University lecturer and principal.
Jeff played cricket for Northern Districts, was Chairman of the Board, is a Life member and is currently President.
He was a Director of the Grassroots Trust for 9 years and stood down recently. Jeff played hockey for Waikato in the 1960s and 1970s and is a member of the Riverside Golf club.
Dean joined the Midlands Hockey Board of Directors in 2018, bringing perspectives both as an active player and a technology entrepreneur. He has represented Counties, Waikato, Midlands, and New Zealand as a hockey goalkeeper, and is passionate about high performance sport, and its role in our communities and lives. Dean is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and lives in Hamilton.
Kirsten Petrie joined the Midlands Hockey Board of Directors in 2019, bringing perspectives both as a coach and leader in education. As a much younger person she represented Canterbury in age-group teams, and has consistently coached hockey for primary and secondary school aged-children, premier women, Waikato, Midlands, and NZ President teams. She is the acting Dean of Te Huataki Waiora School of Sport, Health and Human Performance at the University of Waikato. The focus of her work is on health and physical education in schools, with her research focusing more specifically on primary schools, professional learning, curriculum development, and policies implications. Her commitment to ensuring all young people have equitable and positive experiences in whatever movement experience they chose to engage in, and have opportunities to develop knowledge and skills to enhance their own and others hauora and practices, continue to frame her involvement as a member of the hockey community, the university, and schools.