Fran McEwen

Young People Strategy Lead, Sport New Zealand

Fran McEwen is proudly born, bred and living in Upper Hutt, Wellington. Leaving school with few qualifications Fran worked as a Children’s and Youth Specialist in Libraries and Community Centres in Wellington, Adelaide and the UK. Returning to NZ in 2011 she began working in community development and held the youth and disability portfolios for Upper Hutt City Council (UHCC).

Her career pivoted towards sport and recreation when she was promoted to manage the UHCC sport and recreation department, before moving to Wellington City Council (2014) where she was the Health and Wellbeing Partnership Leader in Parks, Sport and Recreation.

It was here that she completed her BA in sociology with a research paper titled ‘I’m not that sporty: teenage girls lived experience of physical activity and sport” and then went on to found The Shift Foundation, a charitable trust focused on improving the wellbeing of young women aged 12-20 using physical activity, leadership and empowerment.

On the back of this work, Fran was selected as one of 16 female leaders to attend the 2016 U.S Department of State and ESPN Global Sports Mentoring Programme where she spent two months in the States. Fran joined the Sport NZ team in February 2018 and is the Young People Strategy Lead.