The Eden Park Trust (the Trust) is a Charitable Trust, established under the Eden Park Trust Act 1955, as amended by the Eden Park Trust Act 2009 (the Act), and registered under the Charities Act 2005.
The Trust's activities are governed by the terms of a Trust Deed, which forms part of the Act. Amongst the terms of the Trust Deed are the Objects of the Trust, which state (in part):
“4.1 The Objects for which the Trust is continued are:
(a) To promote, operate and develop Eden Park as a high quality multi-purpose stadium for the use and benefit of rugby and cricket (including under the organisations of ARU and ACA respectively pursuant to their rights under this deed) as well as other sporting codes and other recreational, musical, and cultural events for the benefit of the public of the Region; and
(b) To administer Eden Park and the Trust Assets on a prudent commercial basis so that Eden Park is a successful financially autonomous community asset.
4.2 In promoting, operating and developing Eden Park, the Trustees in fulfilling the Trustees’ duties as prescribed by this deed will have due regard to the needs of, and contributions made by, and historical interests of, ARU and ACA, and the contributions of the Crown, and shall make relevant determinations as regards use and access to Eden Park in implementing the Objects based on these and all other relevant circumstances which the Trustees shall in their discretion deem appropriate.”
Redevelopment of Eden Park for Rugby World Cup 2011
In 2007 a Heads of Agreement between the Trust Board and the Crown was signed for the redevelopment of Eden Park Stadium. A separate body, the Redevelopment Board, was established to oversee the funding and management of the redevelopment of Eden Park for RWC 2011. Upon the completion of the redevelopment the activities the Redevelopment Board were wound up and the Board was disestablished.
Eden Park Trust Member Biographies
Doug McKay - ONZM
Doug McKay is Chairman of The Eden Park Trust. He brings considerable commercial experience to the board with previous roles as either CEO or Managing Director at Procter and Gamble, Lion Nathan, Carter Holt Harvey, Goodman Fielder, Sealord and was the inaugural CEO of Auckland Council. He is now a full time professional director on the boards of Bank of New Zealand (Chairman), National Australia Bank, IAG Insurance, Genesis Energy and Ryman Healthcare. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Ken Baguley is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 40 years’ experience in Chartered Accountancy, specialising in IT services. Ken was elected a Life Member of the Auckland Rugby Union in December 2014 and was Chairman of Auckland Rugby from 2001 to 2010. He was an Auckland City Councillor and Chairman of Transport Committee from 2007 to 2010 and was a Board Member on the Orakei Local Board of the Auckland Council from 2010 to 2016. He is also a Life Trustee of The Halberg Trust and is a Trustee of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Ken holds RMA Making Good Decisions certification, valid until June 2019.
Michelle Boag has 30 years’ experience in government, consultancy and corporate public relations and is currently a principal of Boag Allan SvG, a Strategic Communications Consultancy. She has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector, including as a current Trustee of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and as a former President of Variety Club New Zealand. She has previously served on the boards of the Auckland Cricket Association, Manu Samoa Rugby Limited, the Mt Smart Advisory Board, Television New Zealand and the Auckland Surf Lifesaving Association.
Nicky has had a blue chip career path with companies such as Lion Nathan, Fletcher Building and Carter Holt Harvey where she has delivered best-practice strategy, sales, marketing and commercial outcomes. This is complimented by a range of entrepreneurial business experiences including the start-up of the Hell Pizza franchising business. She is currently a Director and shareholder of her own businesses, including Evolution of Surfaces Ltd. which has the DuPont™ agency for Corian® in New Zealand.
Nicky’s skills and experience in not-for-profit and commercial governance also include current and past Director roles at the Auckland Rugby Union, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, the Auckland Rugby Referees Association, Hell Pizza and LifeLine New Zealand. In 2013 Nicky was the inaugural recipient of the Auckland Institute of Directors Emerging Director award.”
Alan has 25 years of experience as a CEO and Marketing Director of global organisations within the telecommunications and FMCG industries. His roles have been based in Amsterdam, Singapore and London with the Heineken organisation and in New Zealand as CEO for Spark (formally Telecom) Retail. He is currently the Founder/Managing Director at Quantiful, an Independent Director for Australasia’s largest strategy, design and interactive company Designworks, on the Advisory Board of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and the Auckland based investor group, Ice Angels. He also dedicates time to working on the Boards of successful early stage companies such as Stqry and is Chairman of Parrot Analytics.
From an initial accounting background, Paul has more than 40 years’ business experience. He was the founder of the EDL Group of companies in 1975 and after selling the businesses in 2001 diversified his investments. Paul has a wealth of commercial experience as a company director, investor and business consultant. He previously served on the board of the Auckland Cricket Association, 1996 – 2000 and in 2008 was co-opted back to the board, serving as Deputy Chairman and a member of the finance committee until standing down from the ACA board in 2014.
Morris Pita has worked in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom in a range of commercial, strategic and project management roles for Mighty River Power, BG Group and Ernst & Young. Morris has an MBA from the University of Oxford, in addition to a Master of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland. He operates a boutique consultancy business, Shea Pita & Associates, advising organisations working in Maori economic development, particularly in the energy sector. He is a member of the Waitemata District Health Board and former member of the Auckland District Health Board.
Vicki Salmon is an experienced CEO and Director of private and public sector entities with extensive business experience in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Vicki is a self-employed business consultant and a Director of Coopers Creek Vineyard. From a background in Chartered Accountancy, Vicki’s past experience includes roles as CEO and Director of Group Rentals and publicly listed Restaurant Brands and as a Director of Auckland District Health Board. Vicki also brings extensive event business experience to the Park, as a former CEO of the Ellerslie Flower Show and involvement with the Netball World Championships.
Rex Smith - MNZM
Rex Smith has more than 40 years’ experience in property negotiation specialising in the central and local government sectors. He currently operates his own property consultancy business. Rex holds a post graduate degree in Political Studies from the University of Auckland. A former member of the Eden Park Board of Control, he is the current Chairman of the Auckland Cricket Association.
Eden Park Management Team
Guy Ngata (Chief Executive Officer)
Blair Christiansen (Turf Manager)
Brett Winstanley (Chief Financial Officer)
Steve Donaghy (General Manager Infrastructure & Operations)
Nick Sautner (General Manager Commercial)
Announcement (December 2015)
Chairman of the Eden Park Trust Board, Mr Doug McKay, has announced the appointment of the Park’s new CEO, Mr Guy Ngata.
Mr Ngata joins Eden Park from the 21,000 capacity Allphones Arena in Sydney, where he has been General Manager for the last three years.
Mr Ngata is an Aucklander who is taking up the Eden Park CEO role after five years overseas, which included finalising the construction completion then the operational execution of the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. This project involved a partnership arrangement with stadium operator AEG, the National Basketball Association of the United States and Chinese partner Oriental Pearl Group. During World Expo 2010 this venue operated for 184 consecutive days servicing 1.3 million patrons to ticketed events and 6.7 million retail customers.
Prior to his overseas experience in the stadium business, Mr Ngata was CEO of Vector Arena in Auckland, with previous roles at Trusts Stadium in West Auckland and Manager of Coaching at Auckland Rugby for five years.
“We are fortunate to have someone with the mix of stadium and sporting experience that Mr Ngata has accumulated during the past fifteen years,” said Mr McKay.
“His international experience, combined with his existing networks in New Zealand, make him a highly desirable appointment and we look forward to welcoming him on 1 January during a very busy summer of sporting events for Eden Park,” Mr McKay said.