CNZ Board

In October 2020, the Croquet New Zealand Council unanimously voted to adopt the new constitution.  This changed the previous Executive Committee to a Board and provides provisions for independent Board members to be appointed.

The Board is made up of 7 positions.  4 are elected from the membership at the AGM and 3 are independently appointed by the Appointments Panel.

The current Board is:

Tony O’Donnell (Chair)

Elected Member
Elected – AGM 2019
Club: United Croquet Club
Association: Canterbury
Tony worked as a Chemical Engineer where he developed expansion projects, firstly at a pulp mill and then NZ Steel before he moved into management.

During the early stages of the Electricity sector reorganisation, Tony completed a Business Studies degree and became Divisional Manager of Retail. Tony progressed to an Executive at United Electricity where he was responsible for the gross margin, dealings with major suppliers and was Chairman of the Risk Management Committee. During this tenure, Tony was also an influential member of the MARIA Committee which developed the rules for trading electricity.

Following his retirement, some twenty years ago, Tony took up croquet. First with golf croquet and then learning association croquet.
Tony has held many roles during his croquet career including terms as the President and Treasurer for his club, United Croquet Club. Treasurer for the Canterbury Croquet Association, tournament manager at local, regional and national tournaments and is also an examining referee for golf croquet.

Tony was elected Chair of the Croquet New Zealand Board in November 2021.
Grant Poulton
Elected Member
Elected – AGM 2019
Club: Masterton Croquet Club
Association: Wairarapa
Coming soon.
Dallas Cooke
Elected Member
Elected – AGM 2019
Club: Croquet Mt Maunganui
Association: Bay of Plenty
Coming soon.
Dennis Bulloch

Elected Member
Elected – AGM 2020
Club: Rose Gardens Croquet Club
Association: Manawatu-Wanganui
Dennis has been a stalwart of Croquet New Zealand, and was elected at the 2020 AGM to serve on the initial Croquet New Zealand Board. Previously, Dennis has served on the Croquet New Zealand Executive for 13 years from 1980 to 1993. During this time he held positions of National Coach, Publicity Officer and Vice-President.

Dennis was introduced to croquet in Dunedin in 1969 and has coached association croquet and golf croquet worldwide. He has won numerous tournaments including the New Zealand Open, New Zealand Open Doubles, GC National Doubles, Swiss Open, a bronze medalist at the 2001 Association Croquet World Championships, a silver medalist at the 2004 Golf Croquet World Championships and has had the honour of playing in the Presidents Cup in England, twice.

Professionally, Dennis had a teaching career that spanned 20 years before embarking on his entrepreneurial adventures. These adventures included owning a superette, dairies, a restaurant, cafes, antique shops and finally a coffee cart before retiring.

Outside of croquet, Dennis plays badminton and gateball and enjoys travelling to Europe for competitions and coaching. He also has interests including table tennis, soccer and legitimate theatre where he has acted and directed plays and musicals for many years.
Rachel Batty

Appointed Member
Appointed: May 2021
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management within the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition at Massey University (Auckland). She holds a Bachelors degree in Sport and Recreation (Community Sport), Master’s in Urban Recreation, and PhD in Sport Stakeholder Management.

Rachel teaches a range of sport management courses, including sport marketing, sport business (including strategy and governance), sport development, and sport facility management. She has maintained an active interest in the sport industry whilst forging an academic career. Over the past 20 years, Rachel has worked with and for a variety of public, private and non-profit sport organisations in an advisory, operational and governance capacity.

One of her personal goals is to utilise her sport-based knowledge and experience to help some of New Zealand’s smaller National Sports Organisations boost awareness of and participation in their sports, while also enhancing their professional governance approaches.

Rachel brings with her additional perspectives, knowledge and experience in policy development, strategic planning, sport marketing and promotion, and sport stakeholder management to complement the existing Croquet New Zealand Board.
Judith Hanratty CVO OBE

Appointed Member
Appointed: May 2021
Member of the Croquet Association
Judith’s early career was in law. She has been called to the Bar in England (Inner Temple); in the State of Victoria, in Australia; and in New Zealand where she was educated and spent the first twenty years of her career.
She holds an LLB; LLM (Hons) and Hon LLD from Victoria University of Wellington, where she was a member of the Council and Non-Executive Treasurer for ten years until she relocated to the UK in 1986. In NZ she was also a member of the inaugural Board of Telecom NZ. She has lived in Heretaunga, near Wellington since her return to New Zealand in January 2020.

Over a period of some 30 years, she was a member of the boards of companies listed on the London and New York Stock Exchanges in the energy and insurance sectors and of UK statutory bodies including the Council of Lloyd’s of London (where she was Chairman of the Market Supervision Committee), the Gas and Electricity Markets’ Authority, the Competition Commission, and the Takeover Panel.

She has represented NZ at golf and was a member of the Board of England Golf for five years following the merger of the men’s and women’s governing bodies. She is a member of the Croquet Association in the UK.

In 2002 she was awarded the OBE for services to the oil and gas industry in the UK; and in 2007 she was appointed by HM The Queen to be a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.
Michael Lulich

Seconded Member
Seconded: May 2021
Club: Petone-Central Croquet Club
Association: Wellington
Michael Lulich was seconded to the Croquet New Zealand Board in 2021. He is an active croquet player, committee member and patron of the Petone-Central Croquet Club. Currently he works for the New Zealand Defence Force.

Michael’s governance experience includes City Councillor of Lower Hutt; Deputy Chair of the Petone Community Board; Eastbourne Community Board Member; Wellington Regional Historic Places Trust Member and Moera Community House Committee Member.

Through his various governance experience, Michael has gained valuable knowledge and experience about boards and committees; the recreation and sport sector; media and public relations; planning and finance.

Michael has completed a BA in Public Administration and Political Science (Victoria University), Diploma in Information System and Technology (Open Polytechnic) and a Certificate with Merit in Freelance Journalism (NZ Institute of Business Studies).