Over the next few months we thought we’d get to know some of the people leading our Sports organisations here in Cantebury, starting with newly appointed Grant Robertson who’s in his first full-time CEO role at Touch Canterbury. But it’s fair to say he does have a fair amount of knowledge about the sport already.
You’re just new to your role at Touch Canterbury where were you before that?
I have been in the role since September 2018.Before that I was the Manager of UC Sport at University of Canterbury.
What’s your connection to Touch?
I have been involved in Touch for many years, as a Canterbury and NZ rep player, coach and also consultant to Touch NZ for strength and conditioning.
This is your 1st CEO role, how are you finding it, what has been your most fun, and what are some of your biggest challenges?
Yes, it’s my first role in this capacity. The best part is coming into an environment I have seen from a participant viewpoint and now gaining greater understanding of the business side. And the staff are great.
Being a not-for-profit the biggest challenges are always around the financials, and for an RSO (Regional Sports organisation) it’s about creating as many opportunities as possible to engage people within our sport, and matching that with the ability to resource it appropriately.
What’s the size of your organisation?
Currently I oversee 4 full time staff, but we are underpinned by a large number of volunteers that support our organisation.
Where and when does your season run?
The Touch season starts in October and runs through to March. We cover all of Canterbury and across to West coast now also.
What does your role entail?
The season got underway almost as I started, so I have spent a lot of my time out and about and learning from my staff who are the ones busy preparing and delivering our programmes. My focus from here will be to work with our board to establish a new strategic plan for Touch Canterbury, and ensure our processes and practices are all in order. In essence my role is sport administration, so management of financials, staff and events/programmes. Ensuring all operations are in line with strategic, annual and management plans.
Who is your hero?
Wow tough question actually – my sporting hero has always been Michael Jordan.
More so for the early adversity that he overcame and then the way he built himself to be a true professional on and off the court.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
Any instrumental Lol
If you could have dinner with 3 people who would they be and why?
Comedian, Billy Connolly, in case we need to lighten the mood
Legend, Michael Jordan, so I can meet my hero and learn from a smart athlete and businessman
Entrepreneur, Kerwin Rae, growing as one of Australia’s leading business strategists. This guy is epic.