Your Board

CNSW Board of Directors

Kate McLoughlin - Chair

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I was persuaded to join, and was keen to ensure Clubs outside Sydney and the interests of Golf Croquet were well represented. I know organisations can only thrive if the members step up and contribute.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I am looking forward to this year: I have taken on the role of Chair, with a Board of seven enthusiastic members. I plan to focus on building membership, rolling out the Hubs project, and continuing to work with Cooks River Croquet Club. Competitions, coaching, and the growth of junior croquet are all passions I look forward to furthering.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
I would like to see membership growth, the development of centres of excellence, the growth of competitive excellence, and regular communication with our members engaged in the sport. We have many skilled members, and look forward to more people engaging with The Board to improve our capacity to deliver on some exciting goals.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
My local club is Canberra. Itís a friendly and competitive club, with members improving their skill across the disciplines of Association Croquet, Golf Croquet and Gateball.. We have a full membership and are looking to start new clubs in Canberra. We strive to be the best Club in NSW with great coaching, adherence to the rules, and lots of opportunities to play, and compete.

Rik Mills - Deputy Chair

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
I was persuaded to join the board in late 2020 and am keen to ensure that the interest of regional Clubs is represented. I also believe that an organisationís strength and growth is reliant on the participation and support of its members at all levels of the sport.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
My position on the board is an ordinary member. I am the nominated contact person for the AC Selection Committee and AC Refereeing, this is to ensure there is a defined communication pathway to the Board.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
That croquet continues to grow as a community and competitive sport in NSW. That more members become involved in the administration of the sport at all levels from Club to State to support the growth of the Sport. The introduction of regional hubs as an ACA/C NSW initiative will be an opportunity to support local clubs in improving the skills of players and promote interest in all levels of competition.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
My local club is Orange City. Itís a friendly club, with members improving their skill across the disciplines of Association Croquet and Golf Croquet. We have a growing membership and run regular learn to play sessions throughout the year. The Club is involved in friendly competition with other Clubs in the region.

David Scott - Secretary

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
A desire to contribute to our wonderful sport, provide another NSW regional perspective, a passion to see croquet enjoyed by more people and more public money spent on upgrading/expanding existing facilities and creating new ones.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
My portfolio is Secretary and my key focus is to be well organised so communications are clear and timely and administration/record keeping is effective.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
Croquet is a sport anyone can play, whether it be for social and/or competitive motivations so my vision is to see more people join and enjoy the sport with clear pathways to excellence for those who desire to reach the apex. Iím impressed by the innovation and success of many CNSW clubs and encouraged by the vast talent evident from many CNSW members. I hope we can garner that innovation and talent to expand croquet in NSW.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
My club, Ballina Cherry Street Croquet, formed in 2010 so is a youngster in the sport. We have 70 odd members with an average age of 79. We share two lawns with another Croquet club, each playing 3 days per week. In fine weather we often see 70 Ė 90 player sessions per week covering 3 codes - AC, GC & RC. Our golf sessions often accommodate 12 people on each lawn at the same time, smiles on every face. Seeing others enjoy themselves is what brings a smile to my dial.

Steve Miles - Treasurer

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
With four directors retiring from Croquet NSW in 2019 there seemed to be a need for new resources. Croquet NSW board members have worked hard and successfully to advance the sport of Croquet but I saw some things that could be improved. Rather than just complain, I decided to do something about it. Since I joined it has been great to see the Board grow to full strength.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
I am the Treasurer and my main focus will be streamlining financial processes so resources can concentrate on what matters.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
My vision doesnít count as we are only here to service the needs of clubs and their members. We have a Strategic Plan which outlines how we do that but members still need to let us know what they need and provide continual feedback.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
I have just stepped down as President of Cammeray Croquet club after serving the maximum three year term. The strength of Cammeray is that everybody pitches in to do what is needed. Things just get done with a minimum of fuss. I am also a member of Mosman, Chatswood and Cooks River. I like to have variety in my games!

Rosemary Landrebe - Grants and Projects

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
The opportunity to lend support to Clubs all over NSW, helping clubs to achieve their croquet aims and particularly enjoyment, friendship and fulfilment.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
...my focus is listen to clubs and to actively facilitate transparency and ease of processes and communication for all. Iím really looking forward to helping the Board have time to address the issues clubs find most important and to undertake the tasks that ensure CNSW is in a strong governance and financial position into the future.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
Its more about what Clubs need and want and how we can help. It goes without saying that the Board needs to have the trust and support of Clubs, and the Board will be aiming to work toward earning that trust. Iím hoping we can be proactive when it comes to clubs sourcing funding and grants, helping with coaching programs for all abilities across all codes of mallet sports, as well as helping clubs grow their membership and promote good governance and enjoyment.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
I am a founding member of Cooks River CC and I have been a member of Cammeray CC for about 10 years. Both clubs have a very laid back member enjoyment focus. If you want to be competitive thatís ok, or you prefer to be a social player thatís ok too. Having said that both clubs know how to throw a really good social! They are both really happy places to be a member.

Liz Friend - Newsletter

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
After being asked if I would be interested in joining the Board, I was very pleased that my Club nominated me as I believed I would be able to bring my knowledge and experience to the Board. My work experience in various roles as well as my involvement in a service organisation have given me a sound understanding of effective marketing strategies and engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
My portfolio includes Membership and Selection (GC) and I will also prepare the monthly newsletter. I am also looking forward to being on various committees and working groups. To date, communication with members and clubs has been very effective and I plan to continue with this good work to promote and market croquet, not just to members, but to the wider community.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
Since I became involved with croquet five yearsí ago, I have observed how inclusive croquet is. It is certainly a sport that most people can enjoy, both socially and competitively, with the opportunity to play different codes in many locations. I see that the volunteer spirit in clubs is strong and this can be seen in club activities, including their commitment to Club, inter-club and CNSW tournaments, either by holding events or attending events. Croquet is a sport that is thriving and this can be attributed to the volunteers who willingly step up as well as the positive culture that has been nurtured over the years. I believe that CNSW, together with all stakeholders, will continue to see great outcomes from this support.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
Following retirement, I moved from Canberra five yearsí ago and started playing croquet. I am a very proud of my club, Nelson Bay, as there has been strong leadership over many years that has developed both the Club and its players. Coaching has been one of the priorities, at all levels, and the opportunity to compete has been encouraged without affecting the desire of those members who just wish to improve their game with no real plans to compete. It is a friendly club with many volunteers who enjoy giving their time to ensure that things run smoothly. I enjoy the social side as well as the competition, but the best part has been the opportunity to meet people and make friends when I moved to the area only knowing a few people.

Ray Chapman - Board Member

What brought you to being a member of the Board?
With three vacancies this year I thought I could make a difference if I got on the Board. I am a practical, positive, energetic, hardworking individual with a work background that allows me to be highly organised with an attitude of getting things done.

What is your Board portfolio and what is your key focus for this for the next 12 months?
My position on the Board is that of a general Board member. I am the nominated contact person for the Tournament Committee,Ricochet and Junior Croquet. This will ensure there is a communication link to the Board. My key focus will be assisting in any way possible to increase croquet participation throughout the State.

What is your vision for croquet in NSW and what do you think Clubs and individual members can do to support that?
My vision is to see Croquet youth participation numbers grow through the introduction of croquet as a sports option within schools and the establishment of junior croquet squads throughout the state for coaching, practice and competitions. Clubs will need to support this vision by approaching individual schools and hopefully setting up dates and times for schools to participate. Individual members will need to assist where possible in making this vision a success.

Tell us a bit about your local club and what you like best about it?
Ballina Cherry Street is the largest croquet club in the Northern Rivers Croquet Association with over 80 members who play all forms of croquet from club games to State events. What I love about our club is that, every new member is welcome like they were a member of the family. Our club is one of the social hubs in the area where members can come along have chat with friends, cup of tea, and play croquet.