Long serving NZCPA Chairman Ross Verry advised the Board, at last week’s Board meeting, of his decision to stand down from his role as Chairman.
Ross has been Chairman of the NZCPA for 10 years and during that time has made an enormous contribution to the organisation. Through his time as Chair, Ross has overseen the completion of three Strategic Planning processes, the introduction of women players as members of the NZCPA, the establishment of the Cricketers’ Trust (supporting past players who have fallen on hard times), the establishment of the Cricketers’ Retirement Fund, five collective agreement negotiations across the men’s and women’s games, an expanded Personal Development Programme, and the NZCPA governance review in 2018 which led to a new nomination and appointments process, amongst many other initiatives.
Heath Mills NZCPA Chief Executive said, “I personally can’t thank Ross enough for his support, guidance and counsel which has enabled our organisation to achieve far more than it otherwise would’ve over many years, and also to manage what at times have been challenging issues. It’s hard to think of a past player who has made a bigger contribution to the NZCPA and, through his efforts, vastly improved the environment for our current playing members.”
Daniel Vettori NZCPA Director and past Blackcaps captain said, “On behalf of all the members, I would like to thank Ross for all of his efforts as Chairman. Ross has worked tirelessly for all of us and has steered the NZCPA into being one of the most respected Player Associations in the world. His sage and considered advice has benefitted everyone on the Board”.
Ross Verry said, “It has been a real privilege serving as Chair of NZCPA and working alongside a great management team and set of directors. To improve the environment for professional cricketers has been very rewarding and I’m particularly proud of our past player initiatives and effectively creating a "club" that looks after players for life from the time they sign their first contract. And of course, the recent women's Master Agreement has been a real highlight and a fitting note to step down as Chair on”.
Ross will be continuing in his role as a Director until November 2020 and the NZCPA will be organising a suitable event for him in the new year to thank him for his significant contribution.
At the same Board meeting last week, the Board, by unanimous vote, has elected Scott Weenink to take over as the new Chair of the NZCPA.
Scott has served on the NZCPA Board for two years and is a former Wellington and Oxford University first class player. He completed an LLB/BA at Victoria and as a recipient of the Majors Stanley Scholarship completed a Masters in Law at Oxford. He was previously General Counsel at Auckland International Airport and has recently been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer of Modica Group.
Scott Weenink said “I'm pleased to step into the role of Chair of the NZCPA to try and continue the work of Ross Verry and to support Heath Mills and the rest of the NZCPA staff as they move into a significant new phase in the life-cycle of the organisation with, amongst other things, the addition of domestic women players as members of the NZCPA."