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New directors bring unique insights to the NZ Rugby Foundation Board.

Tuesday 31 July 2018

New directors bring unique insights to the NZ Rugby Foundation Board.

The New Zealand Rugby Foundation’s role is to provide life-long support to seriously injured players. It has recently appointed two new directors that will contribute unique insights and connections into the community it serves.

Tanya Black has broad media experience and sits on various boards and advisory groups. In 2007 Tanya joined production company Attitude Pictures as a researcher and reporter on the Attitude documentary series. Ten years on, she is General Manager of Partnerships for the company, forging alliances with a broad range of stakeholder groups.

Andrew Hall is a senior business analyst and technical team lead for the Canterbury District Health Board. He has varied board and advisory experience in the health sector including his current role as chairman of the New Zealand Spinal Trust. As a Christchurch resident, he will also be able to support our injured players based in the South.

Besides their business expertise both Tanya and Andrew bring unique perspectives of life with a disability. Tanya lost the use of her legs after a fall at home in 2006. Andrew a tetraplegic, sustained a serious injury to his spinal cord in 1983 after diving into shallow waters.

“As a Foundation we recognise the need to have board members with varied networks and skill sets as well as strong rugby links” said Foundation Chair, Gerard van Tilborg. “Diversity is vital, and we now have a good balance. The addition of Directors with good governance experience who continue to live a full life with a disability will bring an insight to the board that will assist us greatly”
“As we look to our future direction and operations it is important to bring new people on board who share the vision and enhance the drive of the current board. Both Tanya and Andrew have those attributes.”

Of her appointment, Black said “I’m honoured to be offered this opportunity. I am already familiar with the Foundation’s work as a number of my colleagues and friends were injured playing rugby.”

Hall said, “It’s a great honour to be asked to join the NZ Rugby Foundation because I’ve seen over many years what outstanding work they do and I’m looking forward to doing my bit to help the Foundation to continue to deliver it’s important work