Educated at South Brighton Primary School & Linwood High School
Work History – 49 years in the Fire & Accident Insurance Industry with the General Accident Fire & Life Ass. Corp & NZI Insurance.
Transferred by the above employer many times residing in Christchurch, Timaru, Blenhiem, Auckland, Hastings, Wellington and returning to Christchurch in 1987.
Brian retired in 2013.
Brian started playing bowls in Timaru 1964 & played at club in the above cities. Highlight being in 1989, winning the Bowls New Zealand Fours Title in Auckland with Warner Barber, Dave Trainor & Pat Doig (Previous Board Member).
Appointed to the Board of Bowls Canterbury in 2011 then appointed Chairman of the Board in 2015.
Born – 1947
Business – Co-Owner & Director, of an Agency, Importing and Distribution company from 1974 – 2012. My early working life spent with Smiths City Market, initially in the office and later in the Building Supplies & Plumbing Division, managing that area for the last three of those years, before starting out in my own business.
Sport – Played Rugby, Rugby League, Badminton, Table Tennis, Small bore Rifle Shooting, Indoor Bowls and Softball at various stages, taking up Lawn Bowls in 1988 at the Shirley Club.
Administration – In my 23 years at Shirley, prior to the Earthquake damage which closed it, I was on the Executive for 20 years and served two years as President. Joining Bowls Papanui in 2012,I have been on the Executive for those 5 years. Serving 3 years as President. Involved in forming the Governance Group in 2013 and Chairing the Group for the last 2 years. Part of the working group in the major redevelopment of the facilities and the ongoing process of creating a sports hub based around Lawn Bowls, Rugby, Netball and Hockey to make full use of our facilities and ensure our ongoing viability. I manage the Functions and Facilities team of the Club. I was invited on to the Bowls Canterbury Board a little over a year ago and am looking forward to being involved, as the new team build on the fine recovery work done by Adrian Robins in stabilising the financial position of our Centre.
Bill has had a long involvement with bowls in various positions and roles.
Commenced bowls career at the Wanganui Services Club in 1978
Joined Burnside Bowling Club in 1991 – Held positions of Delegate, Secretary and President
2006 & 2007 – Volunteer for World Champion of Champion Singles and Asia Pacific Championships.
2008 – Assistant to General Manager for World Championships
May 2009 to October 2010 – Competition Manager at Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India responsible for all aspects of setting up facilities, staffing (including 178 volunteers) and competition for Test Event in February 2010 and Games Lawn Bowls event in October 2010
Event Manager for –
2013 World Bowls Champion of Champions Singles
2014 World Bowls Champion of Champions Singles
2015 Trans Tasman
2016 Trans Tasman
2016 Eight Nations Tournament
2016 World Bowls Championships
Bill has over 40years progressive experience in the ownership of a Christchurch engineering and general business, the management skills obtained also brings to the board his expertise in business and finance.
Bill as also gained approximately 17 years experience tutoring at Christchurch Polytechnic in Automotive engineering he is currently retired.
In addition Sport has played a significant part of Bill’s life with rugby, golf and now lawn bowls, gaining exposure with a wide ranging experience in playing, participating at all levels and administration . His membership included committee work and he also held the treasurers and finance positions at a golf club.
Bill has been a lawn bowls club president for 3 years, vice chairman and funding manager for over 10years. Then faced with the loss of the club in 2011, Bill was then part of the team to establish the two greens and the club house after the earthquake, with a loss of possible membership the greens and clubhouse were made fully operational by 2013. In 2011 Bill was then part of a team to diversify the club into the local community and to carry out
work ing with the Burwood Pegusus Board and the C.C.C. from 2011 to 2016. The bowling club dream is that all the buildings and land is to be used and expanded for a community hub for all sports, Bill worked at this from 2011 to 2016. Implementing the idea and being successful in raising over a million dollars for the club, Bill has now vacated club committee work and funding positions to enjoy retirement.
Bill joined the Bowls Canterbury Board in 2013 and now holds the position of the Vice Chairman, Bill demonstrates a sincere interest in working as a member of the Board to achieve results to better the sport in Christchurch and New Zealand.
Na Katae: Regional Contracts Manager with Ministry of Social Development since 1998. Previously represented Canterbury
and Southern Zone Maori in Rugby Union up to Senior Level and has served on Executive for local rugby and bowls clubs.
Year 8 bowler who has played in a number of fixtures for the Canterbury Bowls Development Team and who is also the current South Island Delegate for the Aotearoa Bowls Board.
I have successfully led, managed and consulted to some of New Zealand’s leading customer-focused service-based companies, government departments and agencies. I have also worked in a diverse set of markets including New Zealand, USA, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia, providing me with a rich variety of experiences and multi-cultural interactions. Strategy development, customer-experience and overall business evaluation and design, and operations management are areas of extended capability.