The NZIODA Committee is made up of 7 members who are elected, re-elected each year by members at the AGM.
If you are interested in being part of the Committee please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Our current Committee Members are:
John Bullot – President & Officials Pathway
John oversees the Officials Pathway and is also the NZIODA President. He is an International Judge and since 2008 has been NZIODA’s lead judge at all its Ranking Regattas. John has been a sailor since his teenage days starting in the P Class and moving early into keel boats. He has been a judge at many World Championships, including two Optimist World Championships and has been Chairman of the jury at five World Championships.
Steve Potbury – Treasurer
Steve is the Treasurer and a keen Opti parent and has been a member of Napier Sailing Club for five seasons. Steve would love to sail more but devotes the majority of his time to organising and driving support boats. He is enthusiastic about the great things that sailing Optimists does for children and their families.
Andrew Brown – Secretary
Andrew is the Secretary, has two children and is an Opti parent – one just beginning and another coming to the end of their Opti career. Andrew has been involved in the NZ Opti class for 20 years, as a coach, then in the industry and lately as a parent. This is his second time on NZIODA and passionate about the development of the class and supporting the regions.
Andy Stone – Asset Management
Andy oversees the Asset Management requirements of NZIODA and is from Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland. Andy has two children, Oli and Zoe, who are currently sailing optimists. He is an enthusiastic sailor himself, starting out in Optimist and transitioning to Starlings before moving onto cherubs, skiffs, 470 and multihulls. Andy is keen to promote the interests of the Optimist Sailors at all levels.
Glenn Armstrong – Coaches Pathway
Glenn oversees the Coaches Pathway and is from Worser Bay Boating Club in Wellington. Glenn has been an Opti sailing parent for the last seven years with Luke, his oldest, and now Chloe. Glenn was the Race Coordinator for the 2015 and 2020 Opti Nationals at Worser Bay. He is a keen and committed 12ft skiff sailor
Noeline Soper – Sailor Pathway
Noeline oversees Sailor Pathway and has been an Opti parent for the last ten years, and has a long relationship with the Charteris Bay Yacht Club. Noeline and her family recently moved to Murrays Bay. She is passionate about children participating in sport and is keen to work with parents to ensure everyone involved has a great experience.
Mel Ewart – General Committee & Green Fleet
Mel oversees the General Committee/Green Fleet and is from Queen Charlotte Yacht Club in Picton. Her family is relatively new to sailing but she is the proud mother of a Green Fleet Opti sailor and a development Starling sailor. Mel is keen to improve information and opportunities for sailors and families starting out in the Optimist fleet.