Chief Executive Officer – Sport New Zealand
Sport and active recreation has always been a passion for me.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a sporty (hockey mad!), active family with parents who were constantly encouraging me and my siblings to “get outside and play”. They always encouraged us to “try our best” and “give everything a go” as well as contribute and “give back”. This foundation has shaped me into who I am today.
Fast forward a few decades and I am now an avid bike rider (off and on road) having completed the Round Lake Taupo event four times and recently the Old Ghost Road mountain bike trail with my son and a group of good mates. My wife and I are committed to walking all the “Great NZ Walks”, with just two to go. I have played hockey to international level, having been fortunate enough to represent NZ 150 times and compete in two Olympic Games (LA and Barcelona). I have coached hockey at all levels from my sons’ school teams through to international, and continue to volunteer as a coach for my old hockey club, Hutt United. I have also been a selector for the Men’s Blacksticks for the past eight years.
I was appointed Chief Executive of Sport NZ in 2008. During my time at Sport NZ we have led a significant step change in community sport thinking and implementation, as well as overseeing New Zealand’s most successful Olympic Games period (Beijing, London and Rio).
I am an Honorary Adviser to the Asia NZ Foundation and have served on the Boards of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the New Zealand Sports Foundation and SPARC. I was member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission for ten years (1992 – 2000) and was Chair for eight of those years. In 2000 I helped establish the Olympic Club of NZ of which I was President for twelve years. I also attended the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as Head of Athlete Services within the New Zealand Games management team.