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Council Election – 5 Candidates Apply for 2 Vacancies
By Catriona McBean - Tue 5 Mar 2019 1:20pm
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Five applications were received for the two vacancies on the Board.

Applicants are:

  • Martin Crosby (AOC)

  • Michael Croxford (Nelson)

  • Tom Davies (Waikato)

  • Marquita Gelderman (North West)

  • Pete Swanson (OBOP)


Martin Crosby

Skills and Experiences you will bring to the Board
In my professional career I work as an employee benefits consultant, helping companies establish performance & reward incentives and superannuation schemes for their employees.  Through my work experience I have a good grounding in:

  • Interpreting governing documents; e.g. deeds, rules, constitutions, etc.
  • Analysis of financial statements and tax implications
  • Understanding the importance of having clarity of roles between strategic decision making, implementation and governance
  • Communicating complex subjects in an accessible and easy to understand way
  • Maintaining good relationships

The skills and experience I bring to the Council are attention to detail, without losing sight of the principal objectives, together with a strong intuition for what is in the best interests of the sport.

Any other supporting information plus Orienteering club involvement
My specific interests for the future of orienteering are to grow the sport, and improve performance through making coaching more widely available (across all age groups), but deliver this in a sustainable way that prevents volunteer burnout.

I started orienteering 8 years ago, introduced to the sport by my children, and therefore have experience of both the senior and junior or school-grade competition structures.  As a late starter I’ve been attempting to catch up quickly, in one calendar year competing in over 100 events in an effort to fast-track my experience!

I am a member of the Auckland Orienteering Club and have been on the Committee for the last five years.  For the last three of those years I served as President, during a period where the Club (in collaboration with CMOC & NWOC) contributed to the successful delivery of the Oceania & World Masters Games, hosted the 2018 National Champs, and at the same time experienced sustained membership growth.

Michael Croxford

Skills and Experiences you will bring to the Board
Professionally, I have worked as a Planner specializing in Resource Management for over 10 years amongst other vocations.  I have been a member of the Nelson Orienteering Club for 10 years having served a term as President and also worked on delivering a successful National Orienteering Champs in 2016.

Any other supporting information plus Orienteering club involvement
I have been orienteering for over 30 years having started with PAPO in 1988 as a junior.  Over, the last 10 years I have been based in Nelson where I was a committee member for 7 years including being President for 3 years.  I have been involved in the organisation of events from Summer Series right up to Nationals.  I am an A grade Controller and a professional mapper.  I have a strong passion for the sport and its development.

Tom Davies

Skills and Experiences you will bring to the Board
Current ONZ Council member; since mid 2014.  Specialist skill: financial.
Broad governance skills from current positions:

  • Member of IOD: Company Director’s Course 2004, continuing professional development up to date.
  • Te Awamutu (TA) Community Public Relations Organisation, includes TA i-SITE: chair
  • Fungal Network of NZ: NI Foray facilitator and reviewer.
  • Associated charitable trust – trustee and manager.
  • Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society: volunteer and treasurer.
  • Kiwifruit partnership: executive partner

Previous: Marketing 30 years, 3 companies: including country manager, sales team manager, sales rep.

Any other supporting information plus Orienteering club involvement
39 years orienteering: South Auckland (now CMOC). Red Kiwis. Central OC (now AOC): including various club committee positions, including treasurer, president, reviewer.  Hamilton O Club (now OWaikato) including reviewer and Central NI rep on ONZ.

Marquita Gelderman

Skills and Experiences you will bring to the Board
I have been a passionate orienteer since 1983. I have been heavily involved in all aspects of the sport over the last 35 years and have a deep understanding of what makes the sport work well.

I have represented NZ at elite level in both foot and MTB orienteering and as such, I have a good understanding of the challenges our elite athletes face.  I am a long-term committee member of NWOC which gives me a good insight into the challenges faced by clubs and the nature of support required from ONZ. I have been involved in controlling and setting many events over the years ranging from simple club events to world ranking international ones, including multiple NZ Champs, WMOC2000 and Oceania 2017.

I have seen many aspects of the sport change over the years but the volunteer effort to run events remains the backbone of orienteering and I would like to ensure that ONZ provides the right environment and support to ensure it continues to thrive.

My day job as a Veterinarian requires me to problem-solve in a logical and thorough manner and I believe these skills will serve me well on the ONZ Council.

Any other supporting information plus Orienteering club involvement

  • NZ representative at elite level in foot-orienteering 1991-1997 and in MTBO 2002-2012
  • ONZ A-level controller
  • IOF Event adviser
  • Current committee member NWOC
  • Former member of the NZOF Selection panel
  • Former ONZ technical committee member

Pete Swanson

Skills and Experiences you will bring to the Board

  • Former President Auckland Orienteering, 2007-09
  • Former committee member Auckland Orienteering
  • Former Vice President Orienteering NZ, 2011-14
  • Convenor NZ MTBO selection panel – current
  • Convenor NZ MTBO committee – current
  • OBOP committee member – current
  • ONZ President award recipient, 2017
  • Organiser/planner/controller experience – significant numbers of foot and MTB orienteering events since 2003, including NZ foot O champs, NZ MTBO champs, Auckland regional champs, Central Districts regional champs

Major orienteering projects – led rebrand of ONZ in 2013, led ONZ strategic planning process 2013.

Executive level roles held with Tegel Foods, Griffins (under Pacific Equity Partners), NZ Post, Blind Foundation Management consultant for 13 years delivering change management, organisational development, and HR initiatives for global and local organisations in UK/Europe, Japan/Asia, Australia/NZ.

Core skills

  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Engagement and stakeholder management
  • People leadership and team development
  • Strategic Human Resource and organisational development expertise
  • Whole system organisational change
  • Human centred design and innovation

Education and Training

  • Diploma in Business Studies 2006
  • Masters in Technological Futures 2018

Trained in; strategy development and business planning, culture development, personality profiling and assessment, organisational change and design, human centred design and innovation methods, agile

Any other supporting information plus Orienteering club involvement
I have been orienteering since 2002, and a keen competitor at age grade level since this time with national titles in Foot and MTB orienteering in NZ and Australia, and national and world titles in Rogaining.

As a competitor I have had first hand experience of what is important at a grass roots level for people participating in the sport and what makes for a great experience – both for novice/newcomers, as well as experienced orienteers.

As an organiser and club committee member I have developed a deep appreciation of what drives the sport – the club network that puts on hundreds of (mostly) quality events every year across the country, and underpinned by the discretionary effort of hundreds of volunteers. My involvement in national committees and roles has given me an appreciation of the strategic issues and challenges facing the sport, and the interplay between national and club structures.

I am very clear that the sport is primarily run on goodwill; the discretionary effort of a skilled and experienced community of volunteers who drive outcomes at multi-levels.

This experience and awareness of the fundamentals that drive the sport influence my perspectives on how I see the role of ONZ. My interest in being part of the Council is underpinned by these perspectives and a desire to make a positive contribution to the sport.


Clubs will vote on their 2 preferred candidates during March and early April.  The successful candidates will be announced either at or before the AGM.

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