SZRL Board

John Brimble- Chairman

John is the Chief Executive of the regional sports trust Sport Otago and has been in the role for over two years. Prior to this he worked in the private sector for one of New Zealand's largest Independent Practioner's Associations as Business Manager where he provided services to 17 primary health organisations (PHO).  He also spent an extensive period of time in local Government where as General Manager Operations and Services he had a wide portfolio and further developed his expertise in project management, major infrastructural upgrades and developments.  John is married to Kate and they have three adult sons. 

John has a huge passion for sport and sports administration.  He has competed at a national level in athletics and at provincial level for rugby.  He played Rugby League for Auckland University and has been associated with Otago University Rugby League with his eldest son having played for Otago.  John is currently on the Board of the New Zealand Masters Games Dunedin for a second term having been a Director for nine years previously.  He is also a member of the New Zealand Universities and Tertiary Rugby League Council and has been involved in a number of SPARC working parties.

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Sabrina Kunz

Sabrina has a passionate curiosity and a commitment to serving the community. She has experience in business development, data commercialisation, stakeholder management, law and is an expert in corporate governance. Her experience spans the real estate, justice, housing, and State sectors.

Since moving to Christchurch in early 2016 Sabrina has sought out opportunities to support the community and is working to leave a positive legacy for the regeneration of Christchurch as the Manager, Customer Resolution at the EQC. Sabrina has served on a number of boards and is currently a Director with Canterbury Rugby League and Red Bus Ltd. Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of International Business, Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute Australia and an MBA from Royal Roads University. She is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Sabrina is a Canadian with an Australian accent who moved to New Zealand for love. Having grown up a Queenslander and spent much time on the side-line she is excited to be involved in growing ‘The World’s Greatest Game’ in the place she now calls home.

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Cheryl Officer

Invercargill-based solicitor Cheryl Officer is new to the Southern Zone Board this year. She is Southland born and bred and has been actively involved at the grass roots level of the game in Southland for a number of years. She is a past Chairperson of Southland District Rugby League and in 2014 was awarded the sought after Administrator of the Year title at the prestigious ILT Southland Sports Awards.

She has a wide experience in sports administration and is eager to be involved with the Southern Zone at the next level of governance. Cheryl is relishing the opportunity to be able to use her administration skills and legal knowledge to make a positive contribution towards the growth and promotion of rugby league in the South Island.

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Darren Rewi

A self-employed Health and Safety consultant who was previously employed in aviation  and who in 2016 after 22 years with Air New Zealand in Queenstown and Wellington left to pursue his passion back in the South Island working in Health and Safety. He has a broad range of governance experience including Leadership roles and currently is on the executive of his Runaka at Oraka Aparima in Riverton. On the board of Arts Murihiku, the Otago Lakes Strengthening Families Strategy Group and Police Maori Advisory Group.

Born and bred in Invercargill he played a couple of seasons of Rugby League in his youth. Whilst working in the capital he was on the board of Wellington Rugby League for 5 years 3 of which were as Chair and recently he sat in as interim GM whilst the zone went through the GM recruitment process

Darren spent five years on the board of Sport Wellington, was the Chair of Wellington Rugby League and the Chair of the Air New Zealand Airports Ground handling Health and Safety Committee.

Other than his 6 years in Wellington he has been based in Queenstown for nearly 30 years. Married to Debbie they have 6 children. Previously involved in many community groups including Football Scouts Waka Ama and the Volunteer Fire Brigade to name a few.

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Jason Tibble

Jason is the Regional Commissioner for the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), the lead agency for the social sector.  As the senior official for the MSD in the lower South Island, Jason is responsible for building and strengthening a broad and diverse set of relationships at a regional level in order to understand key economic and social factors which impact on the region and employment outcomes specifically.

Jason leads a team of over 200 people from Timaru to Invercargill, and has previously held senior leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand ranging from Chief Operating Officer, National Sales Director, National Account Team Manager and Regional Sales Manager – all within the commercial sector.
 
Jason grew up in Dunedin and graduated from Otago University with a BCom specialising in Management.  A true Southerner at heart, he is passionate about giving back to the local community and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children.  Jason believes Rugby League provides an authentic and meaningful pathway to bring people together, and is humbled to be part of the Southern Zone Rugby League family.
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