Motorsport park boss moves to Police

Motorsport park boss moves to Police

Heather Verry

Heather Verry

Manfeild Park CEO Heather Verry has resigned with effect from November 28 to become the chief executive of the New Zealand Police Association.

In the past five years Verry has steered the Feilding operation through a period of significant growth, sometimes under trying circumstances, says Manfeild Park trust board chairman Ben Vanderkolk.

“We can credit her with a substantial turn around in the integrity, presentation, reputation and standing of the park at all levels,” says Vanderkolk.

“She has immersed herself in the objective of making Manfeild Park the best enterprise and events centre in New Zealand.

Verry came to Manfeild Park in April, 2009, having been acting chief executive for Victim Support, taking that organisation from a deficit to a strong financial position.

She arrived with a background in event management – including involvement with Wellington’s final touring car street race, the FINA Diving World Cup and NZ Golf Open – and in competition sport, events, marketing and public relations.

Vanderkolk says her track record in securing significant sponsorship, along with an extensive central and local government experience, had been of great benefit.

Verry had held together a capable management team and exhibited significant ability managing multiple events, sponsorship and grant proposals, occasionally having to overcome significant challenges.

She says she took considerable pride in having helped build on Manfeild’s reputation as a premier event and function centre.

“Manfeild is proven as a leading financial generator in the region and our events pump significant spending directly into the regional economy,” she says.

“I can depart having taken immense pride in knowing that our venue now features in so many New Zealand and international success stories, particularly in motorsport and equestrian competition insofar as sporting activity goes.”

The New Zealand Grand Prix and the Bates National Dressage Championships, having been secured for long-term tenure, were among many standout occasions among the 370 events now held annually.

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