About Us


 Kirsten Patterson



Kirsten is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She was previously the New Zealand Country Head for Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and held senior roles at the NZ Rugby Union for nine years.

Kirsten is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor and has specialised in employment law. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors, the NZ Law Society, and a Chartered Fellow of the Human Resource Institute of NZ. Kirsten is active in the local community; her current roles include Chair of the Wellington Women's Homeless Trust and a Trustee of The New Zealand Rugby Foundation. She was on the board of Fraser Park Sportsville Inc (stepped down from the Board on appointment to the CFT), and was a long-time volunteer for Plunket and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

David Butler



David is a partner at Gillespie Young Watson, specialising in commercial property.

David is a trustee of the Trentham Community Trust and the Pike River Memorial Scholarship Trust. He is President of the Wellington Racing Club, Board Member of RACE Inc., and a past President of the Rotary Club of Hutt Valley. David is also honorary solicitor to a number of sporting organisations.

Max Flowers



Max has owned and managed his own business for over 45 years, mainly in the logistics industry, under the banners of ASC Flowers, Anderson & Flowers Group and AF Logistics.

Max was the Chairman of the Taita Rugby Club at the time of the merger with the Naenae Rugby Club, now known as Avalon Rugby Club.

He was also Chairman of the Merger Committee between the Boulcott and Hutt Golf Clubs - now known as the Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club, and he is currently a Board Member of the Club.

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.

Margaret Cousins



Margaret has been a resident of the city and of Normandale for over 40 years, including serving for most of that time on the Normandale Residents Association.

She is in her 11th term on the Hutt City Council, has served a term (1986-89) on the Wellington Regional Council, and was in the New Zealand delegation to the UNESCAP Summit of Women Mayors and Councillors in 2001.

As well as being a Certified Independent Resource Management Commissioner, Cr Cousins tutors in New Zealand Politics and Government in the Foundation Studies Programme at Victoria University.

Peter Healy


Peter has worked in international trade, local economic development in New Zealand and the Pacific, and prior to that worked as an inner city development planner and project manager for the Wellington City Council.

He was New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and Consul General in Vietnam. He has also worked extensively in China and SE Asia.