OTAGO businessman Stuart Heal has been appointed chairman of New Zealand Cricket at the new-look board’s first meeting in Auckland.
The former Otago Cricket chairman will introduce a new shared leadership approach after being unanimously voted in on Wednesday.
Heal, who has been a NZC board member since 2008, says he is looking forward to leading NZC into an exciting era in the countdown to hosting Cricket World Cup 2015.
“Hosting one of the world’s biggest sporting events is a huge opportunity for both NZC and the sport in this country,” he said.
“We need to ensure we do everything possible to reap the benefits of having the world’s best players on our shores.”
Heal says he’s keen to see a number of the duties of the chair shared around the new-look board, with former NZC chief executive Martin Snedden taking responsibility for attending International Cricket Council meetings.
A high performance advisory group has been established, and will be headed by Don Mackinnon and include former internationals Sir Richard Hadlee, Geoff Allott and Snedden.
The last year had been a time of significant change at NZC, Heal said.
Changes include moving the commercial arm of the business to Auckland, a new coach and captain for the Black Caps, a new constitution and a new-look board.
Former chairman Chris Moller, Therese Walsh, Bill Francis and Sir John Hansen stepped down earlier in the year.
The changes followed criticism of the handling of elements of the Black Caps captaincy fallout, when Brendon McCullum replaced Ross Taylor late last year.
There had also been criticism that the board lacked cricketing nous and experience.
“It’s now essential that we work together with chief executive David White and his management team to consolidate those changes,” Heal said.