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Our Team

Nick Sautner | Chief Executive

Nick has been involved in the sports, entertainment and venue management sectors for more than 17 years and the Chief Executive of Eden Park Trust since 1 November 2017.

Nick played 260 VFL matches and won 5 premierships with Sandringham and 2 VAFA premierships with Wesley Collegians.

Brett Winstanley | Chief Financial Officer

Brett joined the Eden Park Trust in 2009.

Kate Simkiss | Corporate Legal Manger

Kate has over ten years’ experience in the events and venue management business, mostly in the UK, where she worked for the English Football Association, based at Wembley Stadium.  She spent some time at Eden Park in a temporary role following her return to New Zealand in 2014, and rejoined the Trust as Corporate Legal Manager in 2018.

Blair Christiansen | Turf Manager

Blair has been at Eden Park for the past 14 years, Turf Manager for the past seven years and Assistant Turf Manager for seven years prior. His entire 25-plus-year working career has been in sports turf management.

Blair is actively involved in the NZSTITO (New Zealand Sports Turf Industry Training Organisation) as a sounding board in how training can be made more relevant to today’s working environment.

Ben Svensen | Commercial Manager

Ben may look 45 but he’s only 32. He started off as the corporate sales manager in 2015 before leading the commercial team from 2017.

Paul Ross | Manager – Facilities

Paul has a background in facilities management, particularly over the past 13 years with Air NZ. Paul is the primary point of contact for all Facilities matters after starting with the Park in August 2020.

Keith Parker | Operations Manager

Keith joined the team to deliver the refurbished Eden Park to host the RWC. Keith sits on several national boards and bodies and is involved in national industry standards management groups. He has assisted in opening other venues around the country and his knowledge is sought after throughout the industry.

He loves being able to support others with scholarships and opportunities to learn about our industry by spending time here at the Park around large events.

 

Chynna Laughton | Events Manager

Chynna first joined Eden Park as the marketing intern in 2013 before moving into a part-time marketing assistant role after graduating from AUT University in November 2013. In October 2014 she joined the Operations Team as the Events Manager.

Chynna was the successful recipient of the 2016 EVANZ Rising Star Award as well as the 2019 EVANZ Operations Manager of the Year.

Lian Tetley | Membership Manager

Lian lives and breaths Eden Park after working here for 32 years.

Lian can help you with all your membership needs.

Taman Flowers | Ticketing Specialist

Taman joined the Eden Park Trust in July 2016 from Ticketmaster and has been Lian’s right-hand man ever since.

Taman loves cricket, playing guitar and correcting grammar.

 

Kristie Homersham | EA to the CEO

Sophia has been a part of the Eden Park reception team on Tuesdays since November 2018. With a disturbing lack of knowledge of rugby and cricket, Sophia’s sporting interests consist of mostly horse racing. This lead to a devastating accident in late 2016 that left Sophia as a tetraplegic at the age of 19. Outside of Eden Park, Sophia works to increase the representation of young people living with disabilities, and is a university student.

Greta Lawson | Communications Manager

After a diverse career in broadcast journalism, event management and marketing, Greta joined the Eden Park team in 2018. She works closely with a range of departments to ensure stories from within the Park, and the local community, are shared.

Her favourite spot within the stadium is the Sky Sport Rooftop Tour and the breathtaking views it offers of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Erin Hayes | Digital Markering Coordinator

Erin originates from Wellington but has converted to the Blues and Aces since starting at the Park in 2016. She covers our social media and digital assets as well as taking care of all your Staydium Glamping needs.

Erin also doubles as our in-house model along with her fake fiance Steven.

Steven Spencer-Mann | Commercial Executive

Steven started off as a suite runner for Eden Park Catering in 2010 when he was 15. After studying Sport and Recreation at AUT he joined the Eden Park Trust as an intern before landing himself a full-time role in 2017.

Steven also doubles as our in-house model along with his fake fiance Erin.

Graham Walton | Historian

Graham has been coming to Eden Park since 1938!

Full of knowledge and the history of the stadium, he’s a favourite amongst our tour guides.

Adam Hansen | Assistant Turf Manager

Adam started at Eden Park in 2009 as the grounds officer which helps Auckland Cricket with the improvement of all cricket surfaces in Auckland. He became Assistant Turf Manger in 2013.

He came to us from the Basin Reserve in Wellington after two seasons as the assistant turf manager there.

Aaron O'Connell | Grounds Officer

Aaron joined Eden Park in 2014 as a Turf Assistant and in 2016 was offered the role as Eden Park Turf Farm Manager.

The Eden Park Turf Farm is an off-site venue that grows turf for any replacement requirements at the stadium and turf for commercial use (on-sold to Sports turf contractors). The role sees his time split 50/50 between Eden Park and the Turf farm.

Sean Purdy | Turf Assistant

Sean joined the Eden Park team in 2018 after learning the ropes and gaining qualifications at Kauri Cliffs Golf Course.

Brennan Honour | Turf Assistant

This is Brennan’s first role in the turf industry after gaining his qualification at Otago Polytech.

Sue Bolam | Assistant Accountant

Sue has worked for the Park since February 2016 after moving down the hallway from Auckland Cricket where she worked for 10 years.

Sue looks after our finances and ensures everyone gets paid on time!

Vivienne Tevaga | Operations Event Coordinator

Vivienne Tevaga first joined Eden Park as the Operations Event intern in 2019. After graduating from AUT University in December 2019 she was offered the role as the Operations Event Coordinator. Vivienne supports and works alongside the Event Manager and Operations Manager in delivering high quality events.

Sophia Malthus | Receptionist

Sophia has been a part of the Eden Park reception team on Tuesdays since November 2018. With a disturbing lack of knowledge of rugby and cricket, Sophia’s sporting interests consist of mostly horse racing. This lead to a devastating accident in late 2016 that left Sophia as a tetraplegic at the age of 19. Outside of Eden Park, Sophia works to increase the representation of young people living with disabilities, and is a university student.

Karen Boyle | Receptionist

Karen is part of the busy meet and greet team that welcome guests into the South Stand Corporate reception.

Apart from meeting the many guests and visitors to the Park, the role provides support for  many areas of the Stadium especially prior to an international where it is very full on.

Karen originally joined the small management team at Eden Park in 1992 as Commercial Manager, a role which she had for 18 years. After leaving the Park in 2010 and pursuing roles mainly in the sporting sector, she returned to Eden Park in January 2019.

In this role you get to reconnect with a lot of the famous faces  and clients you meet in the past….they are now just a little bit older and no doubt a little bit wiser!

Victoria Fox | Receptionist

Victoria is also part of the  busy meet and greet team that welcome guests and tourists into the South Stand Corporate reception.

Victoria first joined the Eden Park Catering team “Panda Catering” in 1993 as EA to owner, Rae Ah Chee. People over a certain age will remember the famous Panda Catering Pork Belly, and whitebait fritters (a must for many of the sporting teams) and that was just our staff lunch!

Having worked for Panda for five years she then worked for a number of organisations in an EA capacity.

Victoria returned to the Park in March 2019. As a local resident, it was a perfect opportunity to join the team and be part of the further innovation of the stadium.

Paul Gregory | Special Projects Manager

Paul started at Eden Park in August 2020. He has worked for Westfield/Scentre Group for more than 20 years in the role of Special Projects Architect, undertaking capital works throughout their many centres.

Paul assists in all areas of our business, but particularly Facilities, to ensure all projects are properly scoped, budgeted and managed.

Michael "Jerry" O'Driscoll | Facilities Assistant

Paul started at Eden Park in August 2020 and is a qualified architect. He has worked for Westfield, directly and indirectly, for more than 20 years, managing Special Projects throughout their many properties.

Paul assists in all areas of our business, but particularly Facilities, to ensure all projects are properly scoped, budgeted and managed.

Michael Brown | Facilities Assistant

Michael was also the one who solved one of New Zealand’s oldest rugby mysteries by finding the Loving Cup in storage after it had been astray for 88 years!

Lyndsay Wyatt | Facilities Assistant

Paul started at Eden Park in August 2020 and is a qualified architect. He has worked for Westfield, directly and indirectly, for more than 20 years, managing Special Projects throughout their many properties.

Paul assists in all areas of our business, but particularly Facilities, to ensure all projects are properly scoped, budgeted and managed.

Warwick Lovell | Grants Officer

Paul started at Eden Park in August 2020 and is a qualified architect. He has worked for Westfield, directly and indirectly, for more than 20 years, managing Special Projects throughout their many properties.

Paul assists in all areas of our business, but particularly Facilities, to ensure all projects are properly scoped, budgeted and managed.

Darron Tuagalu | Head Asset Protection Officer

Apart from actually being able to work here in the first place, there have been two highlights in my time at Eden Park. The first was RWC2011 when it was so busy and quite awe-inspiring. The second was becoming team leader in 2013. It’s the most favourite job I’ve ever had, and the two best bosses I’ve had in my career. People have Eden Park on their bucket list. Visitors from overseas just want to walk around here. They love this place.

 

Angela Warbrick | Asset Protection Officer

Pita Timms | Asset Protection Officer

Branden Stirling | Asset Protection Officer