Advisory Board

The challenges in securing and delivering Major Events are increasingly demanding, exacting and competitive with international rights owners requiring:
–  Significant host nation investment and commitment;
– High quality delivery standards;
– Ever evolving commercial and operational assurances.

To meet these demands, a high-calibre Advisory Board provides advice to NZ Trail Runs Ltd, the owner of the Tarawera Ultramarathon. In establishing the operating model for delivery of Tarawera Ultramarathon, ensuring the most appropriate governance framework is the most important organisational factor in increasing the likelihood of the following:
– Successfully delivering the Event (i.e. financially and operationally);
– Taking full advantage of the opportunities and benefits;
– Managing associated risks.

Advisory Board Members

Updated 26 November 2014

Chair – Mark Copeland.
Mark Copeland is a recognised senior New Zealand commercial lawyer. He is the founder and Director of full-service commercial law firm MJC Legal Limited. Prior to establishing his own Firm in December 2009, Mark was a Partner in boutique, NZ Law Awards- winning corporate and commercial law firms in Auckland and Rotorua. He has acted for a wide range of clients, from private individuals to government entities and major international corporations, advising on all aspects of commercial, property and sports laws. Mark is the current Chairman and President of Paralympics New Zealand, a Trustee of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ, a Board Member of Sport Bay of Plenty, a founding member and past President of the Technology Law Society of NZ and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors Outside of the law Mark is passionate about a wide range of sports, including disability sport, tramping, orienteering, athletics, triathlon and adventure racing. He is one of New Zealand’s leading sports governance lawyers. In addition to his Chairmanship of Paralympics NZ he is Honorary Solicitor for the Parafed BOP and an active member of the Australia New Zealand Sports Law Association. He has performed numerous administration roles for New Zealand sporting bodies over many years, coached several individual and team athletes to high levels of regional and national-level performance and has organised many sports events, including at New Zealand championships level. Special sports law interests include the application and effect of Anti-Doping laws in Paralympic sport.

Darren McGarvie
Darren’s business, McGarvie Business Coaching, is focused on companies and business owners which need clarity of direction, vision and a template for business success. Services include business owner coaching, strategic planning, leadership development, and governance. Darren’s business acumen has been recognised with the 2013 Aspiring Director of the Year – Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch and 2012 Emerging Business Leader of the Year – Rotorua Business Excellence Awards. Darren’s corporate career culminated with four years as Bank of New Zealand Managing Partner for the Central Plateau region. As Bank of New Zealand Acting Head of Maori Business, Darren was responsible for the development of the national Maori business strategy, the establishment of the BNZ Maori business unit, and the appointment of the inaugural Head of Maori Business. With an established track record in governance Darren is a passionate advocate for developing mentors, advisory boards and independent directors. As founder and inaugural chair of Rotorua X Charitable Trust, Darren has also chaired and been a member of numerous advisory boards and formal directorships including Puma Darts Group, Bay Venues Limited, and Te Pae Tawhiti.

John Dawson – National Events Advisor for Sport New Zealand.
John is one of New Zealand’s most experienced event practitioners and has been involved in many of New Zealand’s largest and most successful events. Over the past 35 years John has been involved in producing or working on over 1,000 events including Rugby World Cup 2011, international film premieres (incl. Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit), major music concerts, cultural festivals, parades, fireworks shows, Oscar celebrations, World Golden Oldies Rugby, Football World Cup Qualifiers, Rugby Sevens, Royal Visits, commissioning of Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, international tours by sports teams, film festivals, motorcycle street racing, sports tournaments, National Basketball League Finals. John is currently National Events Advisor for Sport New Zealand. Some of his roles prior to that included running his own event production company and being responsible for sports presentation at the Rugby World Cup. John created Wellington City’s first major event strategy and led the development of the City Events Team. During his time with the City Events Team, John was responsible for Wellington’s success in securing many world class events including leading negotiations to secure the transition of The World Of Wearable Arts to the city. Linkages: Linkages are to the NZ Major Events community, NZAEP, national sporting bodies and event organising companies.

Oscar Nathan – General Manager, Destination Rotorua Marketing.
Oscar brings strategic thinking, governance and knowledge of the New Zealand (and in particular, Rotorua) tourism and hospitality sector. Oscar has held a number of executive positions across New Zealand’s tourism and hospitality sector. These include; Sales & Marketing manager (Te Puia | NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute), Chief Executive (Tamaki Tours | Heritage Experiences Group), Acting Chief Executive (Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand).