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Chris Davies - President and Independent Board Member

General Manager: Remuera Golf Club
Phone: (09) 524 4288

In 2002 I graduated with a BA Hons Leisure Management Degree and took my first managers post as a Golf Manager with a Local Authority in North Wales in 2004. Since that time I have continued to work in Golf Club Management.

 Five years later, I progressed onto a private members Club in North Norfolk, as Secretary for Sheringham Golf Club and three years later became General Manager of Ferndown Golf Club, Dorset on the South Coast of England. I remained here until emigrating with my family to New Zealand in 2007.

During my time in the UK I was an active member of the GCMA (Golf Club Managers Association UK) and was regularly involved in regional meetings both in Norfolk and Wessex regions, while also attending National Events.

In 2008 I was appointed General Manager of Remuera Golf Club, Auckland and still remain in this post today.

I was voted onto the GMA Executive in 2011 and was tasked with reviewing the Education Portfolio. I believe we are making some excellent progress in this area. I am looking to continue making a positive contribution to the Association and the Golf Industry and care passionately about golf and its future.

I have young family, one son aged 9 and one daughter aged 3 and spent most of my time with them and my wife outside of golf club management. I have been a single figure golfer most of my life and enjoy most sports. But most importantly I keenly support Liverpool and follow Wales in rugby with a passion.

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Michelle Towersey - Board Member - Waikato Bay of Plenty Branch Representative

Manager: Tauranga Golf Club
Phone: (07)
578 8465

Manager: Tauranga Golf Club

I have been Club Manager at the Tauranga Golf Club since 2011. Stepping into this role as a serving Board member when both the Club Manager and Secretary resigned at the same time. My original intentions were to scope the role for the Board but 5 years on, I have developed a real passion for the role that a Club Manager plays and the daily challenges that we all face.  I am also a big advocate for raising the professionalism and status of Club Managers and see that the BMI course is a very positive step.

 My Background is Finance, having owned a successful Mortgage Brokering Franchise for 17 years with my husband. I have also worked in Senior Management roles within Telecom, Housing Corporation& Eriksson Communications. Public Relations & Marketing was my specialty and this has certainly equipped me for the diverse nature of the Club Managers role.

 I am looking forward to becoming involved with the GMANZ and feel that it is vital that Club Managers are supported and respected for the key role they play within the wider Golf community.


Andrew Bell - Board Member - South Island Branch representative

General Manager: Clearwater Resort
Phone: (09) 524 4288

Golf has been part of my competitive, corporate and recreational life for as long as I can remember.
From playing at Christchurch's Ascot Par 3 and Rawhiti public courses as a kid to caddying at Shirley (to earn the right to play after the men), before membership at clubs around the world I was always a big user of golf a sport that brings people together in the simplest sense. The handicap system is an amazing leveler where ever your travel and who ever we play with.

 My experience from 20+ years in investment banking showed me how golf is a deal maker, a level playing field: the best outcome you can buy is a round of beers and the worst is a round a of gins (oh, the shame).In my club management role, I face the same challenges as a 5-star hotel manager - there are returning guests (members) and one time marketing opportunities (visitors). How will they rate us. Will they renew their memberships or recommend us to their friends. Every day brings fresh individual challenges and rewards for our entire team - everyone is front of house.

The biggest challenge is to maintain the relevance of the CLUB (group of people) and the respect of the COURSE (the place we play) at a fair price for the TARGET MARKET.

THE GMANZ gives us all the chance to learn how to face these challenges by sharing our knowledge and experience. I am fully supportive of all of the GMANZ education and technology initiatives.


 Michelle Campbell - Board Member - Independent representative

General Manager: Hastings Golf Club
Phone: (06) 879 7206



 Michelle entered the golf club industry in 2004 at Hastings Golf Club after a number of years working in a cubicle in the accounting world.

She began her role as Administration Manager, has developed over the years and in 2017 was recognised with the General Manager title.

The education pathway offered by GMANZ in association with the CMAA has been an amazing experience. Michelle has been enrolled in the programme since its introduction to New Zealand and has successfully completed BMI Club Management, BMI Leadership Principles and BMI General Manager/COO.  From this programme she has been privileged to attend CMAA world conferences; San Diego (2016) and Orlando (2017).  The international community of club management is extensive and these trips have proved valuable in establishing international connections.  Often club challenges are the same throughout the world!

Michelle was elected to the national board of GMANZ in October 2017 and is looking forward to being involved and working with the team to continue the great work that has been done in previous years.  The Club Manager role is one that sometimes feels like it is done in isolation at club level, but the association provides a valuable database of other managers often going through the same issues and can be a good sounding board.

Michelle is married and has one daughter, Charlotte (5), who is a delight and challenges her Mum daily!  Family life takes up most of her time outside of club life and she also enjoys boxing.

Travis Gawler - Board Member - Northern Branch representative

General Manager: Akarana Golf Club
Phone: (09)6210024  

Travis began his role as General Manager at Akarana Golf Club, 
Mt Roskill, Auckland, in May 2010, after six years in a similar role at 
Shandon Golf Club, Lower Hutt. 
His previous experience was based around hospitality management.
In 2016 he took up the role of President of the Golf Managers
Association (GMANZ) Auckland region, moving on in 2017 to
join the national executive of GMANZ. He has completed BMI I, 
BMI II and BMI III as part of the CMAA 'Certified Club Manager' 
qualification (Club Managers of America Association). In April 2017 
Travis was elected on to the national Board of Golf Managers 
Association of New Zealand.
Currently playing off a sometimes spectacular 18 handicap, he has
run one marathon and nine half marathons, but these days he 
relaxes on his mountain or road bike when time allows.
His wife
Ling Ling is teaching him the fundamentals of Chinese language - 

Travis has three sons, and two grandchildren.

Ross Bond - Board Member - Central Branch representative

General Manager: Shandon Golf Club
Phone: (04) 93 9605

Involved in the Golf Industry for over 7 years as a GM, initially at Karori GC, the last 6 at Shandon GC. The Central Region representative on the GMANZ Board for 4 years. A social golfer, golf is played when possible and if it fits into the calendar of having two teenage children who are involved in numerous sports both socially and at a representative level. An extensive background in sports administration including lengthy spells with Cricket Wellington and SPARC led me to the golf industry and its ever evolving challenges. Heading into my 17th year of rugby coaching at club and provincial level while continuing to be involved as a rugby commentator and journalist with Radio Sport.

Des Topp 

Executive Officer Golf Managers Association of New Zealand

Phone: (021)392007

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