By Harsha Amarasinghe
Former Trinitian Ajit Balasingham has been elected as a member of the New Zealand Rugby Board having served as the chairman of Northland Rugby.
Balasingham although not a renowned rugby figure while at his time Trinity, has gone to become a successful business advisor and had lent a helping hand to the development of Trinity rugby when he organized a tour game for the Trinity first XV team which had toured New Zealand along with Nigel Krone in 2006.
He is a business advisor with more than 20 years of proven commercial success, since leading a management buy-out of transport and contracting company United Carriers. A Northland Rugby Union Board member since 2008, he has helped the Provincial Union turn its finances around and was Chair from 2014 to 2020.
He has also been an observer on the Board of the Blues Super Rugby club and served as an interim CEO. Ajit is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with industry accounting experience stretching back more than 30 years. A member of the Institute of Directors he is currently on the Boards of property and quarrying business United Infrastructure Ltd and the Alzheimer’s Society of Northland.