Our Vision: To be recognised as New Zealand’s national stadium, providing world-class live events.

OUR MISSION: To promote, operate and develop Eden Park as the benchmark multi-purpose stadium for rugby and cricket, as well as other sporting codes, recreational, musical, and cultural events for the benefit of the Auckland region, broader community and global broadcast audiences.

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 May 2007 an Agreement Relating to the Redevelopment of Eden Park between the Trust Board, the Eden Park Board of Control 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 Redevelopment Board was disestablished. The Eden Park Board of Control ceased to exist upon the introduction of the Eden Park Trust Act 2009, due to the change in governance to the re-constituted Trust Board established under the amendments in the Act.

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 and Genesis Energy. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.



Nicholas Albrecht

Nicholas heads the government relations for Vector Limited (top 10 NZX). He oversees the company’s engagement with Ministers, MPs, government departments and local government (Auckland Council). Nicholas is Chairman of the Auckland Cricket Association and Chairman of the Victoria Park Sports and Cultural Trust. He holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in Political Studies from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.


Renata Blair

Renata is a businessman and member of the Institute of Directors with extensive event management experience through his company Strategic Pathways Ltd. He was involved in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the America’s Cup, Auckland Lantern Festival and The Ultimate Waterman. Renata is of Ngāti Whātua and Tainui descent and is an elected member of the Ngāti Whātua Orākei Trust and the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB).


Nicky Duggan

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.”


Greg Edmonds

Greg Edmonds is the Country Manager for TBS Group, an integrated Asset Management and Engineering company providing industrial and commercial asset management services across New Zealand. He has previously held the positions of Chief Infrastructure Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Auckland Transport and has extensive experience in large scale infrastructure and service delivery.

Greg has an MBA from the University of Auckland and has studied with the Darden Business School (University of Virginia) and the Said Business School (Oxford University). He is an independent Director of the Auckland Rugby Union.


Alan Gourdie

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.


Paul Lucas

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.


Vicki Salmon

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.


Victoria Toon

Victoria is a chartered accountant and restructuring specialist. She is the owner and director of Auckland insolvency firm Corporate Restructuring Ltd. Victoria has held various roles within the Auckland Branch of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and is currently the chair of the Auckland Public Practice Special Interest Group. Victoria has been a member of the Eden Park Residents Association for 11 years and is the first neighbour to be appointed to the Board.

Eden Park Management Team

Nick Sautner (Chief Executive Officer)
Brett Winstanley (Chief Financial Officer)
Megan King (Contracts & Infrastructure Manager)
Blair Christiansen (Turf Manager)
Ben Svensen (Commercial Manager)
Kate Simkiss (Corporate Legal Manager)