Brigit Hearn - CEO
Brigit has over 25 years management experience in retail, sales, business development and sports management through a variety of senior roles with Harness Racing New Zealand, the New Zealand Racing Board and the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.
These roles have seen her responsible for human resource management, business planning/strategy, marketing and promotional campaigns, managing and coaching sales teams.
In addition to her employment positions, she has had a number of governance roles as one of five Trustees for the Minister for Racing's "Racing Safety Development Fund" (administered by the Department of Internal Affairs), a crown funded $1 million p.a. fund that supports racing club projects that improve infrastructure and safety at racecourses. And is also a former Director of New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Equine Industry Training Organisation.
Brigit has a lifelong passion and interest in all sport, having represented New Zealand at cricket both outdoor and indoor formats of the game, and played under-age netball for Canterbury. Currently playing inter-club squash and trying not to get beaten by her daughter on the tennis court!
She is incredibly passionate about seeing netball continue to go from strength to strength and working with stakeholders to build on the three 'pillars' of the Netball Mainland zone; community, emerging talent and high performance, while ensuring financial sustainability.
Marianne Delaney-Hoshek – Silvermoon Tactix Head Coach
Marianne returns to the Mainland after a stint coaching with the Central Pulse. Marianne has recently been named part of the Netball New Zealand High Performance Coaching programme.
Delaney-Hoshek has accrued an impressive coaching CV over the past decade;
Leanne Harris – Office / Silvermoon Tactix Team Manager
Mainland born and bred, Leanne moved back to Christchurch after 15 years in Wellington to take over the role of Tactix Team Manager.
As a netball player, Leanne represented Canterbury and Wellington and after retiring from playing, has been involved in managing club and representative teams in Wellington.
As Team manager Leanne is responsible for all off court team management, including team travel and logistics, player schedules and management of team promotional activities.
NetballSmart Development Officer – Hannah Coutts
Hannah joins the Mainland Netball team after several years of living and travelling throughout the U.K and Europe. Originally from Alexandra in Central Otago, Hannah attended the University of Otago obtaining a Bachelor of Physical Education with a double major in Exercise Prescription and Sport and Leisure Studies, followed by a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology.
Prior to heading overseas, Hannah worked as a Netball Development Officer in the South Zone where her passion for injury prevention and performance enhancement really developed. Hannah’s role as NetballSmart Development Officer is to increase education and awareness of NetballSmart programmes; increase engagement and implementation of the NetballSmart Dynamic Warm-Up and develop physically capable competent movers which will ultimately lead to a decrease in injuries!
Jen Hooper - Performance Manager
Jen has moved into the Performance Managers Role at the start of 2016.
She has been in Netball for well over 30 years from a player through to a coach and umpire and has coached at Premier Club Level/ u19 centre level/Lois Muir regional team/Lion Foundation National Level and U17 Centre Level.
Previous roles in Netball include:
CoachForce Role Netball New Zealand 2013-2014
Netball Mainland Coach Development Manager 2014-2016
Geni Tuilagi - Community Netball Manager
Geni initially came to Netball Mainland as Coach Lead/Development Manager, after 14 years with the Department of Corrections as a Practice Leader responsible for building capability the capability of staff by providing training, development and support for staff to become professional practitioners.
In 2018, Geni was promoted to the position of Community Netball Manager and is the main contact for all community netball within the Zone. Her role is to provide direction and leadership for community netball; including players, coaches, officials and administrator development, and to work in partnership with NNZ and Netball Centres to strengthen capability and the delivery of netball in the Mainland Zone.
Immersed in netball from a very early age Geni has played, mentored coaches and coached netball for many years, and is currently coaching a premier team in Christchurch.
Tamika Green – Junior Development Officer
Tamika moved over from the West Coast to join the Netball Mainland team as a Junior Development Officer. Tamika graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Sport & Recreation Management in 2014 and worked in Westport for Sport Tasman as a Community Sport Advisor.
Tamika has played and coached netball for many years and is excited to be working within a sport she loves. Tamika is the main contact for the Mother Earth futureFERNS programme and works with stakeholders to build and maintain the junior/youth game within the Mainland Zone. She also has responsibility to provide support to our Technical, Umpire and Youth Advisory Groups.
Sally Marr - Events and Business Relationships Manager
Sally was educated in Canterbury at Ellesmere College before heading down to Dunedin, where she completed a Bachelor of Physical Education with a double major in Exercise Prescription and Sport & Leisure Studies at the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago in 2009. And in 2010 she completed a Commerce Degree, majoring in Management.
Towards the end of her studies in 2010, she was successful in attaining a position at Sport Southland as an Events Advisor which she held for four years. Over the past 22 months Sally has been the Major Events Co-ordinator at Venture Southland, and more recently moved back home to Canterbury after some time travelling overseas.
During her time at both Sport Southland and Venture Southland, she was the Event Director for numerous events varying in size from several hundred participants to over 11,000 participants and which ranged in duration from one day events up to six days. Managing all aspects of an event; budget, sponsorship, marketing, website and social media, staff and volunteer recruitment/management, Health & Safety and logistics.
Sally’s interests outside of work are in netball, running, mountain biking, competing in multi-sport and iron-man events, having been a top swimmer and professional surf life saver.
Commercial Manager – Emma Hodgkin
Emma is a part-time independent contractor, engaged as our Commercial Manager, to source and retain revenue for Netball Mainland and the Tactix franchise.
She is a self-employed consultant specialising in; strategic planning, relationship and project management.
Previously employed in a number of roles working in central government (Ministry of Health), District Health Boards and local government. And roles with Sport Southland, Sport and Rec NZ and Venture Southland.
Emma went to school in Christchurch at Burnside High, before heading off to Lincoln University, qualifying with a Bachelor of Recreation Management and later post graduate Diplomas in Public Health & Management from Massey & Victoria Universities. She also played Netball to senior level and has a passion for all sport.
Deb Johnson - Coach Lead/Development Officer
Deb joined the Netball Mainland team in 2018. She emigrated England 26 years ago and has been living in Irwell since then. Her career till now has been as a medical G.P and working on the family beef and crop farm.
Her involvement in netball spans back 45 years as a player then later as a coach and umpire. Over the last 19 years she has coached future ferns to senior premier level and Centre representative teams. Since 2007 her focus has been in coach development at the Selwyn Netball Centre coordinating the programme and delivering the NNZ workshops. She continues to play, coach and umpire.
Her role is to lead and support the Coach Developers across the Zone and work with the Centres to provide quality opportunities for club and school coaches to further develop their coaching skills.