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NCA Board Profiles

Nettles Lamont: (Chairperson) BCM, MInstD

Innovator / Entrepreneur

Nettles has built several businesses from start- up that have become integral in their respective sectors. Conquest Training has evolved over several years to become a conduit between private companies and the Government’s workplace literacy and numeracy initiative. Conquest is now a multi- disciplinary company involved in all professional upskilling throughout New Zealand.

Nettles advises senior management around process, procedures and performance. She has a special interest in strategy, brand development and governance.
Nettles is an involved Director of Conquest Training, L and M Chambers, Blunt, Quality NZ, New Zealand International Economic Advisory Service, JFC Limited, Hortus Group, and Arinui Group- leading change where necessary to ensure the entities operate at the cutting edge in their respective sectors. In addition, Nettles also holds governance positions on several charitable Boards within the Canterbury region.

 Tony Pratt:

Tony is another board member with a long list of cricketing credentials. A Central Districts under 18, under 20, and Emerging Representative, Tony was a senior Nelson and Buller Rep for many seasons.
Involved in cricket as a player and administrator for 35 years, Tony has been a member of the Nelson Cricket Board since 2012.

Tony is the Area Business Manager for Westpac for the Tasman/West Coast region, which takes up a major portion of his time in the community. Any spare moments he gets he spends with his wife Bex and their two young children, Summa and Jack. 

Jemma McCowan:

Jemma joined the Nelson Cricket Board in 2017 with a strong mix of commercial and cricket credentials. Her cricket experience is centred around Auckland women’s cricket, having captained the Grafton United Premier Club 1st XI Women’s team and represented Auckland in age-group cricket. She also played a part in the administration of the game, acting as Grafton United Club secretary for a number of years.

After 15 years in international business development in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Jemma relocated to Nelson to join local business New Zealand King Salmon in 2012 as General Manager Marketing. She has since launched the leading Ōra King brand in New Zealand and abroad, and in driving the company’s premium branded strategy, contributed to the company’s successful listing on the NZX in 2016. Jemma also runs the community sponsorships and events program for NZ King Salmon across the Top of the South, and enjoys soaking up the food scene wherever she is. Travel, cricket spectating and keeping up with family across New Zealand keeps her busy in her spare time.

John Smith

As an opening batsman John had a long playing career with Stoke-Nayland, Nelson and Central Districts which began with the South Island primary tournament in Rangiora in 1973. He was the first player to play 100 games for Nelson and is still Nelson’s highest run-scorer. He played in 4 separate Hawke Cup winning eras captaining the team when they won the Hawke Cup from Northland in 1992. He also played for Central Districts at all levels from under 19 including 8 seasons of first class cricket for the Stags.

John was a member of the Central Districts Board from 2000 to 2003.

Professionally John is a Chartered Accountant and has had over 30 years in senior finance roles with a number of large Nelson businesses. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Wakatu Incorporation.

Bruce Fraser LLB (Hons)

Bruce joined the Board at the 2019 AGM.

Bruce is a lawyer who has practised for 40 years, including extensive time in New Zealand’s major cities.

Bruce has a love of sport in general and he has extensive involvement on sporting and not for profit boards. He served on the board of the National Heart Foundation of NZ for 12 years, including 6 as chair. He was also chair of the Tasman Regional Sports Event Trust, which brought the South Island Masters games to the Nelson -Tasman region. He was on the board of the Trust responsible for facilitating the establishment of the Saxton Velodrome and has served on a number of other boards.


Office Bearers

Patron:  Kevin Leonard

President: Jeff Rackley

Honorary Solicitor: Jock Sutherland

Auditor: Simon Dansen


Honorary Vice Presidents





C. Ingham

L. Smith

G. Davidson

V. Mardon


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