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Board of Director’s – Nomination Profiles

Sally Leftley

Sally is an Employment Law Advocate and HR and H&S Consultant. She runs her own company in Whangarei, SL Advisory Limited, working with many local and national clients.

Originally from England, she emigrated with the family to Whangarei, just over 16 years ago…and loves it here! Sally is a very passionate fan of the game and was the Mens’ first XI Manager (“Team Mum”) for four years.

Sally has served as a Board Member for 4 years and enjoys bringing her business specialism and a fan’s perspective to the Association.


Vaughan Syers

Born and raised in Whangarei, Vaughan left to study law at the University of Waikato before returning to Northland to work where he rapidly demonstrated his legal acumen and capacity for hard work, becoming a partner at local law firm Thomson Wilson in 2003. 

Vaughan specializes in business law, property law and trust law.  He acts for many of Northland’s leading business owners across a broad range of industries, including building and construction, utilities and networks, farming and forestry, and aged care.  Vaughan also advises individuals in relation to their personal affairs and does work for several public sector organisations. 

Vaughan has board and governance experience having been the member of several local boards and continues to hold a number of trusteeships and directorships.

Having played club cricket at high school and after University, Vaughan is happy that his two sons share his love for the game.  Vaughan started coaching and managing his children’s junior cricket teams about eight years ago and is planning – body willing – to make his return to club cricket this season playing alongside his eldest son.   

As the current President of Northland’s Cobham Cricket Club, Vaughan is passionate about growing the game in Northland and providing opportunities for all players, administrators and coaches. 


Emma Johns

Emma has been involved in NCA since 2011 when she worked for the organisation as Administration Manager. Since then she have been on the finance committee and has served just over a year on the NCA Board. Emma has a strong finance background with just under 30 years experience in Banking and Investments and currently own the NZHL Franchise on Central Ave.  Her two sons play junior cricket, she is the Junior coordinator and is on the committee at Maungakaramea Cricket Club.

Emma hopes to be able to continue to contribute to the organisation from both a finance and junior cricket perspective.


Mr Derek Slatter

Derek has a background in the commercial area at management and governance levels.  Born and raised in Kaikohe, with a few years travelling and working in other parts, but back in Tai Tokerau since 1995.  Especially interested in ensuring that all kids get a fair crack in environments that are positive and help develop good people.  Has been coaching Junior cricket for a few years, and is interested in the game moving with the times, to ensure it remains attractive to all, with a belief that if we look after the base of the game, then great players will emerge, but more importantly, the game and it’s stakeholders will thrive.  An NCA Board member since 2018, Chair of the Junior Cricket Board and on a number of other Charity, School and business boards.


Stephanie Gordon

Stephanie was co-opted onto the Northland Cricket Board in November of last year and then onto the Junior Cricket Board earlier this year. She is enjoying the opportunity to contribute to cricket in Northland at all levels of the game.

Both her sons have played cricket for the last 10 years and Stephanie and her husband Carl have been involved as manager, coach and supporters during that time. Northland Cricket has been a significant part of their family for many years and she would like to continue to give her time, energy and enthusiasm back to cricket in Northland.  Stephanie is hugely encouraged by the increase in numbers in the game and would like to keep supporting that growth in the area and further afield.


Dean Robinson

Dean considers it a privilege and a highlight to serve on the Northland Cricket Association Board for the past 2 years.  While his cricketing abilities are limited its is the Spirit and Values of cricket that are a  significant influence on his family and friendships.  He is focused on  growing a sport that is  fun for boys and girls and help to create a positive experience for them, while balancing tradition.   He values the development of our young people, fairness, and growing our ‘grassroots’ clubs and schools who are at the centre of our communities.  

He has a background in the public sector in leading transformational change, building teams, evidence based decision making, problem solving and risk management with a district and national hat on.   He has led or served on a number of public sector boards and committees that work to improve the health and well being of Northland.  Cricket is a game for everyone and the future for Northland is exciting.  


Brent Martin

Brent Martin is a local chartered accountant and cricket fan. He has been involved with Northland Cricket in various roles as manager of the men’s first XI, Pavilion sponsor, accounting advisor to NCA as well as associated cricket trusts and organisations, chair of the NCA finance committee and as a board member. Self described as an average but dedicated clubie and school cricketer, his sons now play the game.

Brent is also the chairman of the Whangarei youth space trust, secretary of the north power trust and is on the committee of the Cobham club. Brent was elected chairman of the board by the board following Paul Tomich’s decision to step down during his term as chair.

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