Board Profiles

Members of the Football South Board

Matthew Holdridge (Chairman)

Matthew Holdridge is employed as the Commercial Manager for Allied Press Limited. He is married to Sharon and has three children – Bradley, Libby & Phoebe
Matthew is associated with the Grants Braes AFC and his favourite football team is Liverpool FC.

Matthew has been a Board member since 2009 and is currently the Chairman.

As Chairman and a Board member Matthew has the goal of ensuring that junior football within the clubs, provinces and at federation level provides quality of young players that are able to play and compete at local, regional, national and international levels. “Why am I on the board? To achieve the above goal”.

Dougal McGowan (Deputy Chairman)

Deputy Rector of Otago Boys High School, married to Sonya with two children. Dougal has a close association with the Roslyn-Wakari club, and his favourite football team is Manchester United.

A member of the Football South Board since 2007, serving as Deputy Chairman  2009-2010, and took on the role of Chairman in 2010 until stepping down in June 2013. A member of the Executive of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Football Association since 2001 and also in that time on the Executive of the Otago Secondary School Sports Council. Dougal is currently a member of New Zealand Football Board.

As Chairman Dougal wants to make the game of football a better experience for all through good governance, leadership and management. “I want to do my bit to make Football South and its associated functions work for the community we serve.”

David Thomson

David Thomson is Director of Planning and Funding at the University of Otago. His partner is Margaret, and they have a son Alex who is a keen footballer in his late teens.

David was previously associated with the Maori Hill JFC (including along period as Club President), and received Football South’s Administrator of the Year award in 2015 in recognition of his services to club football.

He has coached club teams to title success in junior football and coached and school teams to titles in both football and futsal.

David gains particular satisfaction from supporting keen young footballers to develop their sporting potential and a love of the game, and to develop more broadly through participation in team sport. Along with Arsenal, his favourite team is “any team I am involved in coaching or managing.”

David joined the Football South Board in 2011. It is his first appointment on a sporting board, but he also holds governance roles for a number of school, charitable and community groups. He also has considerable experience in strategy development and strategy execution for both large and small organisations.

David’s goal is to support the development of an ambitious, forward-thinking, responsive and customer-focused football administration for the lower South Island. He is on the Board “to serve the community in a way that is relevant to my own and my family’s sporting interests.”

Jarod Chisholm

Jarod Chisholm is a Tax Principal at Crowe Horwath in Dunedin. Jarod is married to Andrea and has two children Xavier and Gabrielle.

Jarod joined the board in 2012 and is focused on the development of the game, increasing the player numbers and providing pathways for younger players to develop and complete at all levels of the game.

Jarod currently plays futsal socially, has played first division football for Roslyn Wakari and also coaches junior football. Jarod supports Manchester United and Barcelona.

Tania Cassidy

Tania is a senior lecturer in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science in the area of Pedagogy with specific interest in sports coaching and coach development. She is the first author of a co-authored text entitled Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Sports Practice, a text that has sold over 10 000 copies and has subsequently been translated into Korean, Norwegian and Welsh. Tania has designed and run, amongst other things, coach development workshops for Sport New Zealand and the Otago Rugby Football Union and she has co-developed a generic junior sport academy at Taieri College, which she currently assists in the running of every Wednesday before school.

Neil Mackenzie

Neil has had forty years in the NZ Secondary School system as a teacher of predominately Physical Education to Students aged 10 to 17 Years. He is currently Assistant Sport Coordinator at Kaikorai College.

He has spent approximately ten years as a professional and Semi Professional Football Coach between 1980 – 1994 in NZ and the United Kingdom. Plus 40 plus years football coaching spanning Youth International, National League, Regional League, Coach Education and Club Administration.

He also holds a Masters Degree in Sport Coaching and Sport Administration, a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Level 3 coaching qualifications from Oceania Football and NZ Football and a Level 2 Coaching Qualification from the NZ Coaches Association.

David Smilie

David is a partner in the Commercial team at Gallaway Cook Allan, Lawyers and joined the Football South board as a co-opted member in 2014. He looks forward to making a contribution to the governance and development of football in the Southern region.

David is Treasurer of Mornington Football Club and plays for the Mornington Misfits in 4th division, and he originally played junior football for Caversham. He has three children who have previously played junior football for Mornington and last year he coached the 4 and 5 year-old “skills” team.

Matt Ballard

Matt Ballard is presently General Manager Capability & Risk with Delta and is a qualified Company Director and experienced trustee.  He was appointed to the Football South Board in June 2015 with aims to support the development and direction of the game in the South.

Matt’s two daughters play for Maori Hill JFC and Arsenal is a team he supports amongst a wide range of other sporting followings.