Your Board

CNSW Board of Directors

Kate Elliott - Chair

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I have been a midwife and nurse for many years and for some time also a member of the board which regulates NSW Nurses and Midwives practice.
The past five years I have been a member of an ethics committee. I thought my commitment to ethical, open and accountable processes would be usefuland I was keen to give back to the NSW community in general.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
The focus for me as the chair is to be open, accountable, and act as a team member. I want to ensure we are working for the benefit of member clubs.
To me it doesnít matter what type of croquet one plays so my focus is about consulting and taking CNSW into the future. We have a new strategic plan to guide our vision and our financial security is a priority to support and offer development where we can.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
My vision is on growth in croquet participants, and a growth in revenue which can be shared with the associated clubs.
I envisage an increase in support to city and regional clubs, including support by way of resources for clubs to obtain grants and not have to reinvent the wheel each time.
The community can share resources and network outside their immediate area. What Clubs can also do to help is being constructive in comments and criticisms. I want to lead a healthy social and competitive culture at CNSW where everyone is respectful and resilient.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
I am a foundation member at Cook River Croquet Club, which is relatively new. I am learning both AC and GC and hope this can continue.
The lawns are ridiculously fast and we have a great membership of both learners and experienced players who mentor and encourage us.
Happily for me there is also a focus on players playing more than one version of croquet.

Rosemary Landrebe - Secretary

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
The opportunity to lend support to Clubs all over NSW, helping clubs to achieve their croquet aims and particularly enjoyment, friendship and fulfilment.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I am the Secretary, my focus is listen to clubs and to actively facilitate transparency and ease of processes and communication for all. Iím really looking forward to helping the Board have time to address the issues clubs find most important and to undertake the tasks that ensure CNSW is in a strong governance and financial position into the future.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
Its more about what Clubs need and want and how we can help. It goes without saying that the Board needs to have the trust and support of Clubs, and the Board will be aiming to work toward earning that trust. Iím hoping we can be proactive when it comes to clubs sourcing funding and grants, helping with coaching programs for all abilities across all codes of mallet sports, as well as helping clubs grow their membership and promote good governance and enjoyment.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
I am a founding member of Cooks River CC and I have been a member of Cammeray CC for about 10 years. Both clubs have a very laid back member enjoyment focus. If you want to be competitive thatís ok, or you prefer to be a social player thatís ok too. Having said that both clubs know how to throw a really good social! They are both really happy places to be a member.

Steve Miles - Treasurer

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
With four directors retiring from the Croquet NSW there seemed to be a need for new resources. Croquet NSW board members have worked hard and successfully to advance the sport of Croquet but I saw some things that could be improved. Rather than just complain, I decided to do something about it.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I am the Treasurer and my main focus will be streamlining financial processes so resources can concentrate on what matters.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
My vision doesnít count as we are only here to service the needs of clubs and their members. We have a Strategic Plan which outlines how we do that but members still need to let us know what they need and provide continual feedback.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
I am President of Cammeray Croquet club but also a member of Chatswood and Cooks River. Cammeray players all play AC and a few play GC. The strength of Cammeray is that everybody pitches in to do what is needed. Things just get done with a minimum of fuss.

Simon Cook

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
Thatís easy - my love of croquet.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
My duties are general at this stage. This will change as the new board develops and we get our head around all the different tasks ahead of us.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
Croquet is a wonderful game for all ages, and I would love to see croquet participation grow across NSW. I am keen to ensure that members are involved and consulted along the way, making this a true member driven organisation.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
Croquet is a game of fun and skill that almost all people can play, and in Coutts Crossing (near Grafton) it works as a binding force within our community. Of course, our Club is not alone in this, as I have noted with pleasure as I travel playing in tournaments and friendship days.
Our Club has over 60 members and continues to grow. I am especially keen to see more young people playing Croquet, and we actively invite school and community groups to come and try the game. To date the response has been excellent and these casual open days are great fun for all who participate.
So, what do I like best about my Club? The fun, the friendships and the ongoing challenge of working together to improve our playing skills as a team and as individuals.

Richard Hughes

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I joined the Board in August 2018 as one of the three nominees for the 3 vacant positions. I thought I could make a contribution and that it was important for the board to have members from the country.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I am Deputy Chair. This means I step into the breach if the Chair isnít available. I am interested in assisting new clubs, particularly in the country, to get established.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
Having a healthy, vibrant and inclusive sporting community. Seeing the range of nominees for the Golden Mallet award in 2019 showed how many committed and involved members there are in clubs throughout NSW.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
Ballina plays Association, Golf and Ricochet. Members range from competitive to social players. Many members have formed enduring friendships with each other through their involvement in croquet. Ballina is an important sporting and social club for members and the community.

Carol Hayes

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I began playing croquet when I retired in 2002. Shortly after starting I entered a tournament at Maitland and brought home a big trophy and some cash! So of course I was hooked and since then have been quite successful playing at interclub and State level.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
As a first time Director I expect it will be a sharp learning curve but I actually want to learn more about how CNSW operates in relationship to its connection with clubs and their members and hopefully make an effective contribution its policy and procedure.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
As my background is in vocational education and management I am particularly interested in the development of players especially in the areas of handicapping and player progression through the sport.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
I am currently a member of Wollongong Croquet Club which is situated between the mountains and the sea and surrounded by parkland and sporting fields..... a really idyllic place to play croquet where visitors are always welcome.