New Zealand Headquarters

  • Peter McDermott

    Founder and Managing Director

    Founder of Golden Oldies Cricket, first held in Auckland in 1984, Peter founded VSL in 2000. His successful career in sporting management and administration includes several years as Chairman of New Zealand Cricket, Co-Chair of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Chairman of Life Saving Bay of Plenty, as well as being a member of various regional sporting trusts and a member of the Eden Park Board of Control; New Zealand’s largest sports stadium.

    Peter provides a strong international network of contacts, leadership and quality assurance across all events managed by VSL.

    ph: +64 9 486 1644
    m: +64 21 936 907
    peter@govsl.com

  • Christine Augusto

    Director of Events

    Prior to joining VSL Christine had 13 years at Air New Zealand. 10 Years as a team leader in the wholesale sales office and three years as the Event Manager for Golden Oldies Hockey and Netball Festivals.

    Christine is still an active hockey player and multi-sport competitor completing her first full Ironman event in 2014. In 2012 she trekked to the Mount Everest Base Camp – she was too lazy to go all the way to the top!

    Christine can regularly be seen cycling, swimming or running around various parts of New Zealand.

    ph: +64 9 486 1644
    m: +64 21 936 960
    christine@govsl.com

  • DIANNE MCDERMOTT

    Founder and Office Manager

    Dianne has over 20 years’ experience in sports administration and management, including several years with New Zealand Cricket Inc., and eight years with HR Consultancy Sheffield Associates.

    Dianne’s role at VSL has included leading Softball Carnivals, providing support to both Vintage Cricket and Rugby Carnivals, and organising and running inbound sporting tours on behalf of VSL clients. Dianne is also responsible for the provision of all office management services for the VSL team.

    ph: +64 9 486 1644
    m: +64 21 936961
    dianne@govsl.com

  • Roger Carroll

    Communications

    A (long time) sports enthusiast and manager, Roger’s experience prior to joining VSL includes representing New Zealand in yachting, managing a professional basketball team, running professional tennis tournaments and operating a graphic art and design business.

    Roger heads the communications for VSL whilst also leading VSL Golf events, including the five successful World Schools Golf Challenges.

    Roger also provides support for Vintage Cricket Carnivals, and is a tour leader for both golf and cricket tours.

    ph: + 64 9 486 1644
    m: +64 27 4902 139
    roger@govsl.com

  • Ellie Bigsby

    Marketing Co-Ordinator

    Ellie is the resident Brit of the office who joined the VSL team after completing her conjoint degree in Sports Management and Marketing. Ellie is very well traveled and although she has been living in New Zealand for the past ten years, she has also lived in England and France.

    Prior to joining the VSL team, Ellie interned at Triathlon New Zealand, Harbour Sport and the New Zealand Breakers. Ellie provides support to our Events and Marketing team and on the weekends can be found on the Football (Soccer) field, showing her support.

    ph: +64 9 486 1644
    ellie@govsl.com

  • Mike Godinet

    Golden Oldies 2018 Christchurch Celebration Manager

    Mike has decades of experience in participation and headline event management.

    Mike has joined the VSL team to head up the Golden Oldies 2018 Christchurch Celebration, which will bring in over 10,000 international visitors to Christchurch for the month of April in 2018.

    ph: +64 27 532 4724
    mike@govsl.com

  • Laurie Bunting

    Financial Manager

    Laurie has held Senior Executive roles in a variety of industries across many disciplines including Finance, Sales and Marketing, Information Technology and most recently Human Resources.

    After several years in the travel industry he joined New Zealand’s leading Executive Leasing business, before setting up, with four colleagues, an Executive Recruiting and Senior Search company.

    Apart from his financial background Laurie has been involved in organisational redevelopment, career advice, recruitment, business planning and business governance and has worked with what used to be the Hillary Commission, now Sport New Zealand, as a management consultant.

    In earlier times he had a go at many team sports, was an occasionally competent cricketer but in more recent days has settled into golf, where his abilities are in inverse proportion to his enthusiasm. Laurie has also been involved in administering various sports in a voluntary capacity, including cricket and golf.

    Reporting to the Managing Director Peter McDermott his role in VSL will include responsibility for all financial matters with input into HR and Organisational and Operational strategies, as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors. He is also Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee for the Christchurch Golden Oldies event.

    Ph: +64 9 486 1644
    laurie@govsl.com

  • Rafael Augusto

    I.T Administrator

    Rafael has a background of Acting and I.T. With completing his diploma in 2014 in on-screen acting and working for more than 2 years as a Junior I.T consultant, he has the enthusiasm and skills to get work done.

    Stepping off the squash courts and onto many airplanes Rafael has also been traveling around the world looking for adventure and seeing family.

    When he isn’t on the TV screen he is here in VSL; building our websites, crafting our newsletters and spreading the word on social media as well as computer maintenance around the office for other staff members.

    Ph:+ 64 9 486 1644
    rafael@govsl.com

  • Michael Kerrisk

    Event Manager - Rugby

    Mike brings considerable experience in Sports & Events Management to the team here at VSL.

    With over 20 years in the industry and  a competitive athlete background in Rugby, Rugby Sevens playing at club-premier and representative-provincial levels respectively, Moto-Cross and Tennis – Mike is a ‘self-confessed all-sports tragic’ who can be found spectating at any given sport when he is not working or participating at it.

    He now enjoys what he describes as the more ‘sedate and therapeutic hobbies’ of Surfing; Motorcycling and getting to the Gym when he can.

    Mike comes to VSL from working as a General Manager for Tauranga Hockey Association.

    Prior to this Mike spent 7 seasons as the Rugby Operations Manager for Tasman Rugby Union where he was heavily involved in Match/Event Management at the 2011 Rugby World Cup; ITM Cup (Mitre 10) and Super Rugby.

    New Zealand Rugby have also contracted Mike to work on various Women’s Sevens projects and Tournaments.

    Mike is our Event Manager for Rugby and Schools Rugby and looks forward to working with the Rugby Communities on delivering some wonderful Rugby experiences.

UK Office

  • PAUL GUEST

    Head of UK and Europe

    After four years in the New Zealand Headquarters our genial Welshman, Paul Guest, returned to the UK to give us on the spot representation for all Golden Oldies, Vintage and School events.

    Based in London, Paul launched VSL UK with the hugely successful 2016 Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival in Cardiff. Paul is continuing to develop the VSL brands throughout Europe as well as introducing some new events to the UK.

    When not working, you’ll probably find Paul either up a mountain, on his bike (finding mountains) or in the sea (recovering from mountains).

    ph: +44 7498 312 621
    paul@govsl.com