Board of Directors

The Baseball New Zealand Board consists of nine (9) members, four (4) of whom are deemed independent members and who are appointed by the Board.

The Directors have a vast array of experience and expertise, ranging from business, marketing, and human resource management, through to participation in Baseball and softball as players, coaches and officials at the highest levels and at the grassroots.

Andrew Bailey - Chairman

Andrew has been involved with baseball in New Zealand for the past 7 years, having held governance and management roles with Bayside Westhaven Baseball Club (President) and within Auckland Baseball.  Growing up in Ohio, Andrew played baseball in his youth and has been a lifelong fan of the sport.  Andrew is an experienced commercial executive and director bringing governance, operating and financial management and business acumen to the board.

“On the field, my involvement in club baseball has been as coach, umpire, scorer, grounds maintenance, etc.  It has been a real enjoyment to part of baseball in New Zealand and meeting so many people with a passion for the game”​​​​​​​

Board Portfolios: Finance & Investment, Infrastructure, Umpire & Scorer Development.

Dr Rachel Batty - Director

Rachel is a senior lecturer in Sport Development, within the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition at Massey University. She has maintained an active interest in the sport industry whilst forging her academic career, working with and for a variety of public, private and non-profit sport organisations in an advisory, operational and governance capacity. Specific areas of focus have included marketing and comms, project management, sponsorship, stakeholder coordination, policy preparation and strategic planning and implementation.

Rachel admits to getting hooked on baseball after her brother took her to her first game in 1998, at the San Francisco Giants former home ground, Candlestick Park. "My role as Baseball New Zealand director provides an exciting opportunity to blend my genuine interest in baseball with focused elements of my profession. I feel privileged to be able to assist in growing and developing baseball in New Zealand.”

Board Portfolios: Governance, Branding, Partnerships, Events, HR and Compliance.

Vaughan Wyber - Director​​​​​​​

Vaughan has been extensively involved with baseball in NZ for the past ten years, having held positions of Howick Pakuranga Club President, Auckland Baseball President, and Vice President of Baseball New Zealand, before spending some time in Australia.Vaughan also has coaching experience, having been involved in local club teams, as well as a number of overseas tours for Little League, U13 Autumn Classic in NZ and Australia, and the NZ ‘AA’ Olympic qualifying tournament in Sydney.​​​​​​​

Board Portfolios: Finance & Investment, International Organisations, Infrastructure, Compliance, HR.

Scott Drinkwater - Director​​

Scott Drinkwater describes himself as being "consumed" by the game of Baseball almost his whole life, beginning as an under-10 player with Bayside Westhaven in 2001, this start has journeyed through to his wide involvement with the sport today. Scott's passion for Baseball is directed towards its growth and development in New Zealand, with a desire to see more Kiwi families enjoying the game and fulfilling all the opportunities the sport has to offer its players, coaches, umpires, volunteers and fans.

Outside of Baseball, Scott is a marketing manager at ASB, and heads up the marketing & contact strategy for the bank's remediation projects. Prior to working at ASB, Scott studied and played Baseball at Avila University in Kansas City, and after his playing career finished, worked for the Kansas City Royals in Ballpark Operations while completing his M.B.A.​​​​​​​

Board Portfolios: Participation, Player & Coach Development, Events.

Courtney Brooke - Director

Courtney’s professional background is as a lawyer, with particular experience in financial markets litigation.  She notes that she is committed to good governance and compliance and hope to bring a skillset and perspective which compliments those of her fellow directors.

"I have been a regular presence on the side of the diamond since introduced to the game in New Zealand in 2010, I even took on a scoring role while based in the United Kingdom in 2012-2016.  I love the sport and am really excited to help grow the game in New Zealand."

Portfolios: Governance, Umpire & Scorer Development, Compliance, HR