New members appointed to Sport NZ Board of Directors


Five new members were appointed to the Board of Directors of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (Sport NZ), Duane Kale, Karen Vercoe, Rakesh Naidoo, Robyn Cockburn and Suri Bartlett were each appointed for a three-year term.

An agency statement said “their diverse backgrounds and experience should bring new ideas and perspectives to the Sport NZ board,” adding that “Chairman Bill Moran and members Raewyn Lovett and Dr Farah Palmer were reappointed, each for three more terms “. term of one year.

“Lovett has been appointed Vice President and Beatrice Faumuina remains on the Board of Directors.”

The statement also acknowledged and thanked outgoing members Jason Shoebridge, Kylie Clegg, Hilary Poole and Rowan Simpson, all of whom have made significant contributions, commitment and passion during their tenure on the Sport NZ Board of Directors.

The biographies of the new Board members are as follows:

Duane Kale ONZM is a Paralympian with significant experience in governance and commercial finance. Kale was an elected member of Paralympics New Zealand for 11 years and was appointed by the International Olympic Committee to the 2024 Paralympic and Olympic Games Evaluation Commission. Kale is currently Senior Manager at ANZ Banking Group.

As a # 96 Paralympian, Kale won six medals and broke four swimming world records at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. He then served as a team manager at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and team chef de mission. New Zealand Paralympic at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2013, Kale was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Paralympic Committee and in 2017 became Vice-President.

Karen Vercoe MNZM has held various leadership positions in business and governance. She is currently the CEO of Te Arawa Lakes Trust and President of Te PÅmautanga o Te Arawa and sits on the Iwi Chairs Forum MÄ ?? ori Sport and Iwi Leadership Groups. Vercoe is a nationally recognized Iwi leader and former international rugby and touching athlete.

She was a member of the MÄori Board of Directors of the Sports Industry Training Organization and the OSCAR Foundation. She was also the author of Sport NZ’s MÄori Participation in Sport Review in 2017.

Rakesh Naidoo has worked in partnership with various communities for over 25 years. Currently, Naidoo is a member of the New Zealand Football Executive Committee, the National Director of New Zealand Police with the rank of Superintendent and a member of the National Standards Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. Naidoo brings an understanding of the needs of diverse ethnic communities and the experience to meet their expectations and has also worked at the Human Rights Commission as a Senior Race Relations Advisor.

Robyn Cockburn has over 30 years of experience as a research consultant, strategist, facilitator and educator. She is the director of Lumin, a consulting firm working with sports, arts and recreation organizations. Cockburn is co-host of the New Zealand Olympic Women’s Sport Leadership Academy for retired women Olympians and a professor of museum and heritage studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She has significant governance experience and is currently President of the Shift Foundation.

Cockburn is also a Certified Recreation Professional and a member of the New Zealand Recreation Association (Recreation Aotearoa) and Physical Education New Zealand.

Suri Bartlett is a director and consultant with over 35 years of experience. Bartlett is currently co-founder and managing director of Tenzing Limited, is a member of the board of directors of Save the Children NZ and serves on numerous public sector governance boards overseeing program implementation. His consulting experience spans New Zealand, UK and Europe, specializing in technology-driven organizational transformations and governance support. Bartlett was a partner at KPMG and served on the board of directors of Netball New Zealand for nine years, chairing the audit and risk committee.

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