Trustees and Officers
The Trustees of the Auckland Cricket Development Foundation are:
Bill Francis ONZM
Rex Smith MNZM
Bill Francis – Bill is currently the chair of the ACDF.
Currently a Director of Radio New Zealand, Bill has had a lengthy career in broadcasting including Chief Executive of the Radio Broadcasters Association for five years, and General Manager of Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport for 17 years.
Bill is the author of 12 books, including six on cricket. He served on the Board of Auckland Cricket for four years and a further four years as a Director of New Zealand Cricket.
He was awarded the ONZM for services to Broadcasting and Cricket in 2016.
Rex Smith has made a substantial contribution to Auckland Cricket both as a player and an administrator. Rex played 17 years of first grade cricket, and has held various administration positions within the Cornwall Club including Club Chairman from 1991 to 1998, and first grade selector/coach from 1989.
Rex was a member of the Auckland Cricket Association first class team selection panel from 1991 to 1998 and Convenor of the Auckland Cricket Association Coaching Review Panel in 1997.
Rex Smith has more than 40 years experience in property negotiation specialising in the central and local government sectors. He currently operates his own property consultancy business, Elite Property Services Ltd, and was a Board member of Auckland Cricket from 1999 to 2020, serving as Chair from 2001 to 2005, and 2007 to 2019.
Marijana has been an active member of Parnell Cricket Club as a Grade Coordinator, Board member and recently retiring as Chair of the Parnell Cricket Board. Her passion is in the area of Junior Cricket with an in depth understanding of what is required to ensure young players stay in the game.
Marijana was instrumental in the development and completion of the Terry Jarvis Centre for Parnell Cricket. Has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University and had a successful career in sales and marketing with Regent International Hotels. Currently working with the family business Kumeu River Wines.
Of Ngati Awa and Ngati Pikiao descent, Craig played representative age group cricket for Auckland and New Zealand, debuting for the Aces in 1998. He retired from first-class cricket in 2003, having spent two seasons playing for Otago. He is currently Dealer Principal at Winger Maserati, having worked in the motor industry for 20 years, starting with Mercedes Benz, and managing successful brands such as Porsche, BMW and Ferrari.
He is passionate about cricket at all levels, becoming a Premier umpire and is involved in junior cricket with his son. Craig is looking forward to being involved in an exciting growth period for the sport in the greater Auckland area and working with all stakeholders.