President – Chris Fougere
Chris is current Surfing New Zealand Chairman. Chris is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, based in public practice at Auckland City Hospital with a private practice at Domain Orthopaedic Surgeons, Auckland. He has an interest in outreach surgery having worked in Post- Earthquake Haiti, Post- Tsunami Samoa and many other third world locations. He is an Alumni member of the AO Foundation for fracture surgery.
Vice President – Matthew Sale
Matt Sale is a senior executive with a passion for discovering and realizing the potential in people and organizations. Currently leading the transformation of New Zealand’s oldest and largest professional trustee firm, Public Trust, from 2004 – 2013 he held a wide variety of senior leadership roles in National Australia Bank, across New Zealand, Europe, and Australia, covering strategy, sales, distribution, customer experience, marketing, projects, product and pricing.
North Island Representative – Andrew Vette (Co-opted by Board)
South Island Representative – Russell Ritchie
Russell has over 25 years of sports administration predominantly as a volunteer. He has managed regional and national teams since 1989. He has administered regional and national surfing events both as a contest director and head judge.
Russell has driven his local boardrider club to become one of the most successful clubs in the country.
Russell has been a self-employed plumber 30 years being involved in all aspects of the construction industry, including the onsite/offsite coordination and management of jobs (housing & light commercial). Since 2011, he has been running a construction company involved in the large-scale repairs of earthquake-damaged houses in Christchurch.
Board Member – Alexis Poulter
Alexis has her Masters in Law and currently works in Auckland for the family business where she is over imports, exports, logistics, distribution & international operations/sales. Alexis holds 10 national surfing titles and has represented New Zealand at the ISA Worlds for 7 years, twice in the SUP and 5 times at Junior level, of 3 of those years she was captain. Alexis attended the Raglan Surfing Academy and is currently the treasurer of the Waihi Beach Boardriders.
Co-opted Board Member – Trevor McKewen
Co-opted Board Member – Mark Pevats