Northern Rovers Football club was formed in November 2020 through the merger of Forrest Hill Milford AFC and Glenfield Rovers AFC.  The merger was, in part, due to the rising cost of sports participation, by merging the clubs we would be able to share resources thus becoming more efficient and able to offer better value to members




An Interim Board was established at the formation of Northern Rovers FC for the first two years of operation.  The Interim Board consists of up to 10 Members: four (4) nominations each from Forrest Hill Milford AFC and Glenfield Rovers AFC plus two (2) co-opted Members.  The Board is supported by a Board Secretary: Hayley Dorward.


The current Interim Board Membership is:





The Board has established three sub-committees to help support the NRFC Team in the delivery of our programmes and engagement with our members:


Community Football Committee – Lead by Chloe Knott & Nigel Taylor


To provide advice and guidance to the delivery of the NZ Football Community Pathways for players & coaches: First Kicks, Fun Football, as well as Junior, Youth & Senior Community Teams and programmes.


Pathway Football Committee – Lead by Cole Hinton


To provide advice and guidance to the delivery of the NZ Football Development Pathways for players & coaches: Skill Centre, Talent Development Programme, NRFL Youth Teams as well as Senior Premier & National League Teams


Commercial Committee – Led by Adrian Pickstock & Nigel Taylor


To develop and implement commercial opportunities and activations, including sponsorship, signage and venue hire.




Adrian Pickstock – Deputy Chair


Adrian was the Chair of Forrest Hill Milford United prior to the merger with Glenfield Rovers. He and Cole Hinton (former Chair of Glenfield) worked together with their respective boards to get the merger across the line.  Prior to his role as Chair, he served on the FHM board for just short of 3 years.  He is currently a Deputy Chair of NRFC and leads the Commercial Portfolio.


His son, Declan, played for FHM since his early junior years and currently plays for our U17 NRFL team and the NRFC U23s.  Adrian has managed teams at the club for many years and is the manager of this years’ NRFL U17 team.


Outside of football, Adrian is an international certified Scaling Up business coach, business strategist and board member. He brings many years of executive level business experience and leadership skills to the board.


For his sins, he is an avid Liverpool FC fan!


Chloe Knott


Chloe joined Forrest Hill Milford in 2013 and has played there continuously even returning to play during breaks from her University Studies in the USA.


On returning to NZ Chloe became more interested and involved in the development of young players encouraged by her sister’s experience of joining the Club.  She started coaching the girls U14s players and is becoming more involved with the programme.  Chloe has represented the Northern Lights in the National Women’s League and is Captain of the NRFC Women’s Premier Team and leads the Community Football portfolio.


Cole Hinton – Deputy Chair


Cole first came to McFetridge Park as a new-born baby, supporting his parents who both played for Glenfield Rovers. His mother socially, his father since he was a boy, playing through the grades to 1st team, then coaching the Premiers for 18 years to multiple Premier League titles. John Hinton was also a Board Member and Life Member of Glenfield Rovers.  Cole started playing midgets at 5 and played through the grades until U19s, then socially at Summer Sevens. 


Cole has been a Board Member off and on for the past decade, taking over as Chairman of Glenfield Rovers at the beginning of 2020. Cole worked closely and led the amalgamation working group, which delivered the Northern Rovers Football Club and successfully helped merge the clubs. Cole works in sports broadcasting, as a leader for Sky, has studied to achieve an MBA and is a member of the Institute of Directors.


Greg Hanton


Greg has been involved with Forrest Hill Milford since 2011, and over the years has supported two football-playing daughters.  He has been heavily involved in female football including roles as team manager, convener, and board member, across all the grades from first kicks onwards. His youngest daughter currently plays for the Northern Rovers U13 team.

Greg was very encouraging of the amalgamation of Glenfield Rovers and Forrest Hill and is passionate about providing kids with a safe and supportive football environment where enjoyment is the key focus.

Greg is a chartered engineer and accountant (UK qualified), and alongside his wife has co-founded a handful of accounting firms in the UK, and an accounting software start-up Simplifi.



Jay Bracken


Jay has been a member at Glenfield Rovers for over 10 years and has been involved as a Board member, Coach, First kicks coordinator/coach, senior liaison, Bar man and first team player.


Jay was a keen advocate of the formation of Northern Rovers, wanting to see the club continue to grow and develop.  He is passionate about developing a professional, state of the art football facility that meets the needs of all members and the wider community.


With his business partner Tommy Webb, he is involved in leading the development plans for the facilities at both Becroft and McFetridge Parks as well as being a Club Sponsor through B&W Property Services.


John Limna – Chair


John joined the Board in March 2021 as Independent Chair to help the Club through the merger process and establish its strategic direction.  A professional sports administrator John has over 35 years’ experience of leading sporting organisations in the UK, Singapore & New Zealand.  


John has been involved in several major games’ campaigns including the 1996 & 2000 Olympic Games, the 2000 Paralympic Games, the 2009 South East Asian Games and was the Venue Medical Manager for Aquatics at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  He was CEO of Northern Football Federation from 2014 to early 2021 and has extensive experience of community sport, athlete identification and development programmes as well as sport science and support services.  


Lisa Read


Lisa has been involved with Glenfield Rovers in a range of roles for 40years+, including as a supporter, player (women’s reserves, prems, social, summer 7s football), cleaner, club captain, and manager of both the women’s premier & men’s first teams. 

The loss of football through COVID has reignited Lisa’s passion for football, and motivated her to join the board at Northern Rovers. She is keen to see the new club grow and develop a culture that makes our members & staff want to be part of the Northern ‘Rovers family’ and stay at the club for many years to come.
In her professional life, Lisa has capability in data & analytics, project management, and business analysis, as well as technology solution design & delivery.  In her current role, Lisa supports and enables the delivery of a significant capital programme, and provides the business with information and analytics they need to make informed decisions.  Lisa has a strong desire to bring a diverse perspective to the Northern Rovers board through her varied experiences in the football community, and to use her professional skills to strengthen insightful decision making.


Mike Pirovich


Mike first joined GRAFC as a youth player in 1972 and played all his senior football at GRAFC. Youth, reserves, 1st team, over 30’s and over 35’s accumulating 50 years at the club as a player and last 3 years just as a Board Member. Initially mainly involved as a player.  Initially invited to join the GRAFC Board in 2005, was GRAFC treasurer for three years and a regular Board Member since as well as a year on the Board of the Football Federation. Mike’s background is as an accountant, a business owner and a Rovers man, not necessarily in that order. He has over 10 years of sports club management experience, mainly as a Board Member, but he also managed a squash club for two years.


Sport has been Mike’s passion in life, sport combined with friendship and camaraderie. He continues to be involved because he wants others to share the positive experiences, he enjoyed playing the game and being part of a club. 


Mike strongly supported the merger of GRAFC and FHM, supporting his belief and commitment to the community and its people. I also believe we should enjoy what we do, including having fun. And that we should aim to be the best we can be. Long live the Mighty Rovers.  


Nigel Taylor


First joined FHM as a junior player in 1988 for 6 years.  Currently has 3 boys, Ethan 7, Eli 12 and Isaiah 14 currently playing for a combined 20 years at the Club.  Nigel has been involved within the club as a player, manager, coach, referee, volunteer and of course a parent.  He has a passion to ensure all kids have a platform to express themselves, a pitch ready to be played on every weekend and an opportunity to learn and grow.


Nigel has a background in commercial strategy, customer service and business management.  He’s experienced in setting strategies, communicating and executing as part of a team, with the ability to form strong meaningful relationships and build engagement.  He was motivated to join the Board to ensure we create a culture and direction that is inclusive to every member and any potential members


Thomas Webb


Tommy has been at Glenfield Rovers since 2015 where he captained the first team. He served on the Glenfield Board and was part of the decision to merge with Forrest Hill in 2020. He has not been an active member of the club in 2021 however has remained on the Board.


Tommy has worked in the facilities management and operations for some of New Zealand’s largest companies such as ANZ, BNZ and Z Energy. He is currently the National Facilities Manager at Restaurant Brands. He’s experienced in CAPEX planning, asset management, budgeting, process improvement, & contract management are aimed at helping the club be more financially sustainable.


Furthermore, he owns and operates a property maintenance company with fellow Board Member Jay Bracken. The company currently sponsors and subsidizes the club which is aimed at helping the club reach its financial and operational goals. The company also employs multiple people associated or members of the club.


Tommy is a Rover through and through and wants to see the club be the best in Auckland for community and competitive football.




President – Mike Pirovich


Secretary – Karyn Parle


Treasurer – Greg Hanton




You can download a copy of the Northern Rovers FC Rules HERE




Annual Report FY2020 – CLICK HERE




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