Our People


Dunedin Netball Board


Kirstin Scully - Chair

Kirstin has had a long interest in Netball, starting out as a 7 year old. She has been involved in many facets of the game, as a player representing Otago, Southland and Otago Country at NPC level and Southland Country as an age group player.

She has been involved with the Physed club since returning to Dunedin 15 years ago, as a Premier player, a coach and has been President since the club became an incorporated society approximately 10 years ago.

Kirstin has also been involved with schools, coaching at St Bernadettes and St Hilda's Collegiate and has also coached Dunedin Netball representative teams for the last 4 years.

She is a qualified (although non practising at present) physiotherapist and was the physiotherapist to the Otago NPC netball team in 2009. Kirstin also brings sound business knowledge to the Board as an active owner in hospitality businesses, The Speight's Ale House: Dunedin, The Speight's Ale House: Timaru, Salt and Brew. Kirstin has been on the board of Dunedin Netball since 2012.


Colleen Lyons

Colleen is a Life Member of Otago Netball/Dunedin Netball Centre and has been involved in the game for over four decades at a local level as a player, umpire and administrator. She is often seen out not only around the courts on Saturday's, but still umpiring!

Colleen has a strong background and involvement in Secondary School education where she worked very closely with young people involved in sport.


Clare Malthus

Clare joined the Dunedin Netball Board in February 2012. 

Her involvement is through team management, having been involved with successful Otago and Dunedin National Provincial teams 2009 - 2014, the Columba Senior A netball team & NZ Secondary Schools 2011-12, and as the Southern Steel squad manager for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons

Clare follows a range of sports, and is also a life member of a Dunedin rugby club. 

Outside of netball she is employed on contract as a legal practice instructor with the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, training and mentoring law graduates who seek admission to the NZ Bar.   


Dean Horo

Dean Horo joined the Dunedin Netball board in February 2013. He is presently an Investment Property Buyers Agent but was previously employed as the Regional Relationship/Facility Manger for High Performance Sport NZ based in Dunedin.

Dean relocated to Dunedin from Auckland in 2004 to take up a role with Rowing NZ and has worked and volunteered in regional and high performance sport  in varying roles since 1998.

His passion and interest is in the implementation of effective athlete and coach development and high performance programmes.

While bred in Invercargill he is a passionate Otago supporter and looks forward to contributing to the growth of netball in Dunedin.


Michelle Thorn

Michelle was appointed to the board in 2015 and has a passion for netball. Having coached and managed school teams she enjoys being on the side line watching one of her three children play.

Michelle is a chartered accountant and regional partner for Rightway Ltd, an accounting and advisory firm.


Nicole McLaren

Nicole joined the Board in 2019. She has been involved in many aspects of DNC since 2009 having moved to Dunedin for study. Initially with Uni Albion Netball Club as a player, coach and committee member. Currently her involvement is with the Green Island Netball Club as a player and committee member. She facilitated the running of the NZ Master Games Netball while studying at the OISA, she has been a DNC rep coach for Yr 7 and U15 age groups. She has assisted at holiday programmes and with Kavanagh College in the development of their teams.

Nicole has a Diploma in Sport Management and Coaching, a Bachelor in Sport and Events Management and currently works for Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association and has done for the last 8 years.


Andrew Petrie

Andrew joined the Board in 2020. Born and raised in Dunedin he has always been passionate about sport.

Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge with him as he has been employed in management roles in various sports over the past 13 years, including basketball, cricket, netball and a regional sports trust. He was previously the Centre Manager of Netball Wellington between 2009 and 2012, then moved south to take on the Capability and Community Sport Manager roles at Sport Southland.

He is currently employed by Otago Cricket as Capability Manager and has been in this role the past two years.


Dunedin Netball Staff

Lee-Anne Anderson - General Manager

Bridget Thayer - Competitions Coordinator

Maigan Fright - Junior Development Lead (part time)

Meara Acheson-Kappely​​​​​​​ - Creative Lead (part time)