STEPHEN STAFFORD-BUSH, JP FCA - CHAIRMAN
Stephen helps bring strong governance and financial expertise to Midlands Hockey from a number of past governance roles in Not for Profit organisations. Whilst not from a hockey background himself, he has by necessity, developed a strong love for the game through supporting his daughter, a representative hockey player. He is also involved in a number of other governance roles in a variety of other industries.
Stephen is a Member of the Institute of Directors in Waikato and a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is a partner in the Pukekohe Chartered Accountancy firm, McConnell Stafford-Bush and Assocs.
After a successful playing career representing Waikato, Otago, Canterbury and New Zealand, Jon enjoyed further success coaching at all levels from age group through to the National Hockey League.
He was instrumental in promoting and implementing the initial amalgamation of the Waikato and Counties Hockey Associations to compete in the then premier division of the National Tournament and then the subsequent formation of what has become Midlands Hockey. Jon holds a number of directorships and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. He is a life member of Hockey NZ, a past board member of Hockey NZ and was the founding chair of the Hockey Foundation.
Jon was awarded the Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to hockey in the 2013 New Year's Honours list.
Jon lives in Hamilton and is a shareholder and senior advisor with Craigs Investment Partners.
Richard is a current hockey player and managed the U18 Midlands Boys’ team in 2013 to national success. He joined the Midlands board in 2016.
Richard is a Member of the Institute of Directors in Waikato and a Registered Property Valuer. He is currently a Property Manager with Fonterra looking after their offshore portfolios.