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Our Structure

Our Structure

The Senior Leadership team
Raelene Castle

Acting Chief Executive

Raelene is the Acting Chief Executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand and the Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand.

She joined Sport New Zealand after seven years working in Australia as Chief Executive of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and then Chief Executive of Rugby Australia. She was previously Chief Executive of Netball New Zealand from 2007 to 2013.

Before beginning her career in sports administration, Raelene built a successful career in communications, sales and marketing. This included general management and other senior roles at Telecom New Zealand (now Spark), Bank of New Zealand and Fuji Xerox.

Raelene has held several governance roles in sport, previously serving as a board director of the ANZ Championship Netball, International Federations of Netball Associations, SANZAAR Rugby and the World Rugby Council.

She also has a rich sporting background as a former representative-level netball, tennis and lawn bowls player.

Raelene was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015 for services to Business and Sport.

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Steve Tew

Chief Operating Officer

Steve is an internationally renowned sports administrator. Having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer for New Zealand Rugby from 2008 to 2019 and the Crusaders from 1996 to 2001, Steve remains active in sporting matters having assisted Sport New Zealand to review the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on professional sport and National Sporting Organisations. He is also an Advisor to World Rugby and USA Rugby as well as holding several Board Directorships.

Eddie Kohlhase, MNZM

General Manager Performance Partnerships

Eddie Kohlhase leads HPSNZ’s Performance Partnerships team, which works in partnership with National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to provide performance and strategic investment, high performance coaching support, campaign planning and administers the Prime Minister’s Scholarship programme for athletes, coaches and support staff.

Eddie is a World Hall of Fame Softball player whose career with the Black Sox spanned 30 years, making history as the first New Zealander to win world championships as a player and a coach. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to softball.

Since joining HPSNZ, Eddie has worked as a Coaching Consultant, High Performance Consultant and Performance Team Leader. Prior to joining HPSNZ Eddie has a highly successful career with New Zealand Customs and was a graduate of the University of Auckland Hillary Leadership Programme.

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Prof (Adj). Dr. Stafford Murray PhD, MSc, BA (hons), PG Cert

Acting General Manager Performance Support

 Stafford has been Acting General Manager of Performance Support at HPSNZ since October 2020. Prior to that he led the Innovation and Research Team. Stafford is also an Adjunct Professor in Sports Technology and Analysis at AUT.

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2017 he was the Head of Performance Analysis, Biomechanics and Skill Acquisition at the English Institute of Sport from 2002. As a practitioner, Stafford delivered Performance Analysis services to numerous High Performance sports over a 20-year period (Including South African Cricket, Welsh Rugby and Football, England Squash, McLaren F1 racing and numerous Olympic and Paralympic Sports) at some 23 World Championships, 5 Commonwealth Games and 4 Olympic Games.

Stafford is published extensively in the generic area of Coaching Science, Skill Acquisition, Sports Technology and Analysis of Performance (40+ peer reviewed papers, 21 book chapters, 2 books and multiple sports science / coaching magazine features), mainly in the areas of analytical/predictive profiling/modelling in hp sport, feedback/feedforward science, skill acquisition methodologies, the application technology in sport and the search for individual differences amongst elite sporting performers.

He also holds postgraduate qualifications in sports science, coaching science, performance analysis, predictive modelling and situational awareness.

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Andrew Matheson

Acting General Manager – Strategy Implementation  

Andrew Matheson has nearly 20 years of high performance sport leadership experience. His roles have included High Performance Manager at Rowing New Zealand, High Performance Director at Rowing Australia / Australian Institute of Sport, CEO of Cycling New Zealand, and previously General Manager – Performance and Strategic Investment at HPSNZ.

Recently Andrew has supported HPSNZ by leading the detailed development of our Investment Framework, which sits within the 2024 Strategy and takes effect from January 2022.

Andrew is tasked with overseeing and monitoring the implementation of the 2024 HPSNZ Strategy and its system shifts, ensuring the progression towards the outcomes identified in the 2032 High Performance System Strategy. This includes leading the development and implementation of a project management system that delivers an integrated approach to the implementation of the 2024 Strategy.

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Rachel Williams

Acting General Manager – Business Operations

Rachel joined HPSNZ in 2011 and has been leading the financial planning and analysis team.  She has a deep understanding of the high performance sport system and is well respected within HPSNZ and across the high performance sport sector’s financial network.

She has extensive experience in finance, administration and business analysis in the public and private sector, both in New Zealand and internationally.

Prior to joining HPSNZ she held senior roles in Canada with APPS Cargo Terminals, Nestle Canada Inc, McDonald’s Restaurants of Western Canada; in England with Moog Controls Ltd and in New Zealand with Mainland Products Ltd.

Rachel has a successful record of leading teams, working in complex environments and adding value through her financial and business acumen.

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Neena Ullal

General Counsel

Neena Ullal is the General Counsel for High Performance Sport New Zealand and is also leading the implementation of the Wellbeing and Engagement system shift in HPSNZ’s 2024 Strategy.

After spending many years specialising in entertainment and media law, working first for the distribution and networks business of Sony Pictures Entertainment in London and Miami, and then as the newsroom lawyer for TVNZ, she made the switch to sports and HPSNZ in 2019.

As HPSNZ’s General Counsel, Neena advises on a wide range of matters across the organisation including contractual arrangements, risk and compliance, and integrity issues.  And in her role leading the Wellbeing and Engagement system shift, she is focused on how HPSNZ can help to promote and support enriching performance environments across the high performance sport system.

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Simon Roche

Strategic Communications Manager

Simon brings more than 20 years’ experience in communications and public relations to HPSNZ.

He has successfully held critical roles in two of the country’s biggest ever sporting events, as Communications Manager for World Masters Games 2017 and Auckland Communications Manager for Rugby World Cup 2011. Simon has also provided strategic communications support for America’s Cup 2003 and 2021, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, FIFA under-20 World Cup 2015, NRL Auckland Nines and the ITM 500 (V8 Supercars).

He is a highly effective communications practitioner with a record of achieving positive outcomes for complex public and private sector organisations with multiple stakeholders.

Simon is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Journalism from Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT).

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are led by Chair, Bill Moran and includes representatives from across the sporting and commercial sector.

Bill Moran (Chair)

Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016.

His most recent role as Chief Operating Officer saw him overseeing work on New Zealand’s economic strategy and ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation.

He previously led and managed work for the Treasury in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and state sector management. Prior to this he spent eight years as principal economic advisor to two Ministers of Finance and a Deputy Minister of Finance. A strong advocate for ensuring that the Treasury’s work is informed by external views and involving New Zealanders in the policy process, in 2013 Bill led a wide-ranging public engagement programme to test the assumptions and analysis for the Treasury’s long-term fiscal statement.

Bill holds a master’s degree in political science from Victoria University of Wellington. He spent eight years on the board of New Zealand Football and was chair of the organising committee for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup. He also has ties with the creative sector as founder and initial chair of the Play It Strange Trust.

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Hilary Poole

Hilary is passionate about play, active recreation and sport, and the well-being of young New Zealanders.  She has 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership and governance roles within sport and the commercial and not for profit sectors.

Hilary is focussed on her governance roles in organisations that help make a positive contribution to the well-being of young New Zealanders. This includes her roles as a Director on the Board of Sport New Zealand, Deputy Chair of High Performance Sport New Zealand, and trustee of Play it Strange.

Previous appointments include CEO of Hockey New Zealand, CEO of Netball New Zealand, independent director of Prolife Foods, chair of Just Life Group, chair of Martin Jenkins, chair of Diocesan School for Girls, and chair of First Foundation.

Hilary is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Marketing) and Bachelor of Physical Education from Otago University.

She enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, playing tennis, hiking, and skiing, and following her favourite sport’s teams.

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Alison Shanks

Alison was appointed to the HPSNZ Board in July 2015 and brings a wealth of experience from an athletes perspective across various sporting codes.


A World Champion Track Cyclist in the Individual Pursuit in 2009 and 2012, she competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics finishing 4th and 5th respectively. In her first Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, 2006, Alison placed 4th before returning four years later in 2010, Delhi, to deliver New Zealand’s first Gold medal of the Games. After nine years of competing at the top level Alison retired at the beginning of 2014.

Born and bred in Dunedin, Alison is now based in Cambridge, Waikato, with her husband Craig and young son Lucas.

Alison has a background in marketing having completed a double degree at Otago University, Bcom Hons in Marketing, BSc in Human Nutrition. During this time Alison played for the Otago Rebels netball franchise and was capped as a New Zealand U21 player. Alison also played basketball for Otago and has been a carded athlete as part of the original Academy of Sport system since 2001.

Alison now undertakes marketing contract work under her AS Performance Projects brand and continues her work as an NZOC Ambassador delivering inspiration to school children throughout New Zealand. Alison is a member of the NZOC Athletes Commission and was elected to the Cycling New Zealand board in 2014.

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Raelene Castle

Raelene is the Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand. She joined the organisation in December 2020 after seven years working in Australia as Chief Executive of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and then Chief Executive of Rugby Australia. She was previously Chief Executive of Netball New Zealand from 2007 to 2013.

Before beginning her career in sports administration, Raelene built a successful corporate career in communications, sales and marketing. This included general management and other senior roles at Telecom New Zealand (now Spark), Bank of New Zealand and Fuji Xerox.

Raelene has held several governance roles in sport, previously serving as a board director of the ANZ Championship Netball, International Federations of Netball Associations, SANZAAR Rugby and the World Rugby Council.

She also has a rich sporting background as a former representative-level netball, tennis and lawn bowls player.

Raelene was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015 for services to Business and Sport.

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Ian Hunt

Ian is a litigation partner with Young Hunter Lawyers in Christchurch, and has extensive involvement in sport, legal issues affecting sport, ethical issues in sport and the governance and management of sporting organisations.

Ian has acted for individual athletes, clubs and NSOs in a wide variety of sports, in proceedings before the High Court, Sports Tribunal of New Zealand, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and numerous domestic Tribunals in relation to doping, selection, governance and conduct related matters.
Ian was the President of ANZSLA, the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association, between 2007 and 2012.  He was an elected Director of Swimming New Zealand between October 2012 and September 2014, and a member of the inaugural FINA Ethics Panel between 2013 and 2017.
Ian is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and is a member of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal.  He is also a lawyer member of the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.
Ian joined the Board of High Performance Sport New Zealand in July 2015.

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Kylie Clegg

Kylie is currently deputy chair of the Waitemata District Health Board, a director of Auckland Transport and Hockey New Zealand and chair of the Hockey Foundation.

She has a corporate legal background, having specialised in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance advice across a range of industries for private and publicly listed companies, as well as government organisations.

Her previous governance experience has been as the chair of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, trustee and board member of the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation.

As a former Black Stick for nine years, including captaining the Black Sticks Women to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, sport is a integral part of Kylie’s life. Today it is spent as a supporter on the sidelines of the many sports her children play at grass roots level.

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Dr. Chelsea Grootveld

Ngai Tai, Ngāti Porou, Whānau-a-Apanui, Whakatōhea, Te Arawa.

Chelsea has an extensive background in education research, policy and evaluation. She completed her doctoral studies in 2013, gaining a PhD in Education, at Victoria University of Wellington and started her own indigenous research and evaluation company.

Chelsea joined the HPSNZ Board in 2019.  She is a member of the Institute of Directors and Governance New Zealand, Director on CORE Education Limited, Trustee on JR McKenzie Trust, former Chair of Hato Pāora College Board of Trustees and former Future Director on the Sport New Zealand Board. Chelsea was a Women in Governance award winner in 2019.

She is proud mum to Kahuroa and Mihi-Terina, wife to Timoti, and passionate triathlete, trail runner, netball player and coach.

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Hetty Van Hale

Hetty joined the HPSNZ Board in July 2020.

She is also deputy chair of Central Lakes Trust, chair of Badminton New Zealand, deputy chair of Winter Games New Zealand, a trustee of Sky City Queenstown Community Trust, and deputy chair of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust. She has been a past board member of Snow Sports NZ, Wanaka Wastebusters, Mt Aspiring College Foundation, Lake Wanaka Tourism, Project Crimson, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ.

Hetty is currently Communications Manager at Infinity Investment Group and also runs her own marketing and strategic planning consultancy ‘Marketor’. She has extensive experience in corporate communications and marketing and previous roles included Information Manager at Brierley Investments, Communications Manager for Carter Holt Harvey, and Marketing Manager-Treble Cone for Tourism Holdings Ltd.

Hetty has a BA in Linguistics from Victoria University, a post-graduate Diploma of Information Science from Riverina Institute, Australia, and a Certificate in Company Direction from the NZ Institute of Directors.

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Rowan Simpson

Rowan Simpson joined the HPSNZ board in July 2020. He is also a board member at Sport New Zealand and Winter Games New Zealand.

Rowan is a founder of and investor in multiple successful high-growth New Zealand technology businesses. He was part of the founding team at Trade Me and led the software development team as the business grew to become an iconic Kiwi brand. He was a pre-IPO investor in Xero, and part of the executive team.

He continues to work closely as both an investor in and advisor to a new wave of early-stage ventures, including Vend, Timely and others.

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Annette Purvis

Annette Purvis joined the HPSNZ Board as the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) nominee in August 2020.

Annette is a current member of the NZOC Board of Directors and a member of World Athletics Development Commission and World Athletics Gender Leadership Taskforce. She was a member of the Athletics New Zealand Board for 14 years, 11 of those as Chair. She has led several high performance development and revitalisation strategies. Annette has previously held governance roles the IPC World Athletic Championships and the IAAF Women’s Committee. She was also General Manager for IAG, leading their residential earthquake customer settlements programme for Canterbury and Kaikoura.

As someone who was inspired to take up athletics after watching the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, Annette is passionate about contributing towards HPSNZ’s goal of inspiring the nation and its communities

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Martin Toomey

Marty has been involved in high performance sport since completing a Masters degree in Physical Education at Otago University in 1989. After establishing and running the University of Otago Human Performance Centre (1989-1996) Marty became the All Black and Team New Zealand Fitness Trainer (1996-2000). He then joined the NZ Sports Foundation (2000-2002) and SPARC (2002-2006) as a Performance Consultant before assuming the role of General Manager High Performance (2006-2011). Marty was Acting CEO of HPSNZ when it was first established in 2011 before becoming CEO of Snow Sports NZ (2012-2018) and then Winter Games NZ (2018-present).

In addition to being a husband and dad to three young men and enjoying outdoor activities in beautiful Wanaka, Marty is the Chef de Mission of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Team, Chair of the NZ Ski Areas Association, Deputy Chair of the Mount Aspiring College Board of Trustees and a Trustee of the Skeggs Foundation.

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