About Us



 John Strahl pic


John has many years experience as a Director and Trustee of many companies and organisations.  Several have been in the local government area, with the most recent being Chair of Wellington Water Ltd.

John was formerly a partner at DLA Piper and a specialist commercial property lawyer.

He is the Chair of the Hutt Art Society Advisory Board.


CFT Jessica Andrew



Jessica is Senior Legal Counsel at the NZ Transport Agency specialising in property, resource management and construction project law.

Her previous roles included a six year period at Crown Law in the Natural Resources/Public Law team, and working in the private sector - primarily as a civil litigator - also gaining experience in Treaty law.

She graduated with an LLB Hons, First Class from Victoria University in 2007, grew up in Lower Hutt, and is an old girl of Hutt Valley High School.

She lives with her partner Jason and two young sons in Petone, and is a member of the Petone Kindergarten Committee.

Jessica is a prolific user of Hutt Valley community facilities, and as a member of the Trust, she’s looking forward to helping plan and develop long lasting, versatile, and accessible community facilities that can be enjoyed by all.

 CFT Matt Claridge



Matt is experienced in community and membership organisation leadership, recently through his time as Chief Executive of Water Safety New Zealand. He is currently consulting in social marketing and behaviour change areas, and in the sport and recreation space.

He is a member of the Petone Football Club executive committee.

CFT Phil Gibbons



Phil Gibbons has had a lengthy career in the New Zealand Defence Force before taking up his role as the CEO of Sport Wellington. In the latter part of his military career Phil was promoted to the rank of Brigadier and assumed the appointment as Deputy Chief of Army.

Phil’s military service has included two operational postings as the NZ Commander in Bosnia in 1995 and as the Chief of Operations for the United Nations in East Timor in 2000.

He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Massey) and another in International Relations (Canberra). In 2009 Phil became a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and he was awarded a Queen’s Birthday Honour to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999.

Away from work Phil has always had a lifelong passion for sport, recreation and family. In more recent years he has successfully completed a number of cycling events and has been an independent director on Manawatu Rugby and Bike New Zealand.

 Naomi Shaw photo


Naomi was born and raised in the Hutt Valley, attending Pomare School, Taita Intermediate and Taita College. She has two adult children and four mokopuna and lives in Stokes Valley with her partner Matt.

She taught at Naenae College for 18 years before taking up a softball development role at Softball NZ.

Naomi attained success in softball at the highest level as a New Zealand player, captain and coach and was recently honoured to receive an NZ Order of Merit MNZM in 2019 for distinguished service to her sport. She is also the recipient of a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award and a Hutt City Council Civic Honour.  She is a Hutt Valley and Wellington Sport Legend and in the NZ Sport Hall of Fame 1999, Softball NZ Hall of Fame 2001 and the International Softball Hall of Fame 2010.

Naomi has a strong community spirit through her connections in sport and enjoys being involved with the multitude of activities her grandchildren are involved in. When time allows, she likes to get away in her motorhome and park somewhere where the fishing and diving is good.