Welcome Ivan Harre, ABSL Transitional General Manager

Kia ora tatou,

I am delighted to welcome and introduce to the basketball community Ivan Harre, in his role as Transitional General Manager of ABSL.

As the title indicates, Ivan’s appointment is not a permanent one, but is a special short term appointment that will provide vital leadership and support as we transition through the significant changes announced last week to implement ABSL’s exciting new governance model and community basketball structure.

Ivan comes highly recommended and brings a hugely impressive pedigree to the role, having completed previous assignments for Netball New Zealand, Tennis New Zealand, Hockey New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby League, Golf New Zealand and Aktive. I am in no doubt that Ivan is the right person to lead us through this exciting time of change.

In accepting the role, Ivan is equally sure that the changed structure is the right move for the sport and our stakeholders.

"ABSL may have defined a model for community sport that could well solve the challenge that many sports face - to get the mix between maintaining strong community connections to drive local participation, being responsive to the changing needs of participants, while being supported by an efficient and effective structure to deliver key day to day activities, and provide strategic oversight."

With his appointment, Ivan will assume all the functions of General Manager and I will resume my governance responsibilities as ABSL Chair.

Please join me in welcoming Ivan to our basketball community.

Nga mihi nui,

Simon Whyte

ABSL Chair

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