Sheldrake takes post in Sport New Zealand

Brent Sheldrake, who leaves Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti to join Sport NZ, pictured at the annual sport awards in 2015.

SPORT Gisborne-Tairawhiti expects to have a new chief executive in place next week, as it makes changes to take the organisation forward with its former top man taking up a national role.

The organisation’s former chief executive, Brent Sheldrake, this week began a new role as one of four regional directors for Sport New Zealand. But after seven years with the regional sports organisation, he will still be based in Gisborne.

“I have had some great times as the chief executive of Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti and can confidently say there have generally been more highs than lows and know such results are only possible via a platform of partnership.

“For Gisborne-based people I will still be based in Gisborne and look forward to continuing a strong working relationship with Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti and I am excited about supporting the organisation on its continued upward journey.”

Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti chairwoman Prue Younger thanked him for his efforts.

“From the board’s perspective, Brent has left the organisation in really good stead, and for that we are exceptionally grateful,” she said.

Ms Younger said it was a bonus for the region that Mr Sheldrake was remaining in a Gisborne-based position.

“For us that’s really positive because we were lucky to have him for the length of time we did. The fact that he is aligned with Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti but at a national level role is pretty cool.”

A replacement was expected to be made next Friday.

“We are just going through the recruitment process for a new CEO at the moment.

“We also have a new general manager, so there’s a bit of a change at the top of the management structure."

The new CEO will take a sound foundation that Brent set up, and continue to build on it.

“It’s a very exciting phase for anyone coming in. We have an extremely passionate and committed team of people, and obviously with sport becoming more aligned with not only activity outcomes but social and health outcomes, we’re in a complex business now.”

SPORT Gisborne-Tairawhiti expects to have a new chief executive in place next week, as it makes changes to take the organisation forward with its former top man taking up a national role.

The organisation’s former chief executive, Brent Sheldrake, this week began a new role as one of four regional directors for Sport New Zealand. But after seven years with the regional sports organisation, he will still be based in Gisborne.

“I have had some great times as the chief executive of Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti and can confidently say there have generally been more highs than lows and know such results are only possible via a platform of partnership.

“For Gisborne-based people I will still be based in Gisborne and look forward to continuing a strong working relationship with Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti and I am excited about supporting the organisation on its continued upward journey.”

Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti chairwoman Prue Younger thanked him for his efforts.

“From the board’s perspective, Brent has left the organisation in really good stead, and for that we are exceptionally grateful,” she said.

Ms Younger said it was a bonus for the region that Mr Sheldrake was remaining in a Gisborne-based position.

“For us that’s really positive because we were lucky to have him for the length of time we did. The fact that he is aligned with Sport Gisborne-Tairawhiti but at a national level role is pretty cool.”

A replacement was expected to be made next Friday.

“We are just going through the recruitment process for a new CEO at the moment.

“We also have a new general manager, so there’s a bit of a change at the top of the management structure."

The new CEO will take a sound foundation that Brent set up, and continue to build on it.

“It’s a very exciting phase for anyone coming in. We have an extremely passionate and committed team of people, and obviously with sport becoming more aligned with not only activity outcomes but social and health outcomes, we’re in a complex business now.”

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