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Our Structure

Our Structure

The High Performance Sport NZ Board and Management team deliver the HP Strategy through the four organisational pillars of Performance and Strategic Investment; Athlete Performance Support; Capacity and Expertise; and Business Operations.
The Senior Leadership team

The Senior Leadership team is headed up by Chief Executive Michael Scott and includes a representative from Athlete Performance Support, Capacity and Expertise, Performance and Strategic Investment and Business Operations.

Michael Scott

Chief Executive

Michael joined High Performance Sport New Zealand as Chief Executive in January 2018. With over 20 years’ experience in high performance at both a system and sport level

Michael was most recently Chief Executive of Rowing Australia having previously held a number of leadership roles internationally and across the system including Performance Director at Swimming Australia, National Performance Director at British Swimming as well as Chief Executive of the 2007 World Swimming Championships Corporation.

At a system leadership level, Michael was the sixth Director of the Australian Institute of Sport having previously been appointed the inaugural Director of the New South Wales Institute of Sport.

Michael holds a Master of Science in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University.

Michael on LinkedIn

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Martin Dowson

GM Athlete Performance Support

Martin has more than 25 years’ experience in providing or managing the support to high performance athletes.

He has worked with athletes in New Zealand, England and Japan as a sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach, was a Senior Lecturer in Sports Science at AUT University, and from 2005 developed and led the Performance Services team at the NZ Academy of Sport, the forerunner to HPSNZ.

Martin leads Athlete Support and is responsible for the quality of all the performance support provided for athletes and coaches. This covers a range of support such as athlete life advice, strength and conditioning coaching, performance and technique analysis, physiotherapy and medical services, physiology, psychology and nutrition.

Martin has a Bachelor of PE from Otago University, and a Master of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University.

Martin on LinkedIn

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Paula Halliday

Project Manager – 2030 High Performance System Strategy

Paula is responsible for leading the development of a 2030 High Performance System Strategy, that will lead to the progressive development and growth of all key facets of the New Zealand HP sporting system.

Paula is a Prince2 Practitioner-certified Project Manager with 20 years extensive experience in the development, implementation and measurement of high performance strategies within the public and private sectors across New Zealand and internationally.

A Six-Sigma Black Belt and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) practitioner, Paula joined HPSNZ from Beca Ltd. having recently led the successful development of the New Zealand Defence Force Blueprint 2025.

An accomplished senior leader, Paula has held Directorship roles at a number top tier global management consulting practices and has an extensive track record of designing and delivering strategic and operational change programmes in complex and high pressure environments.

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Paul Brabin

GM Operations

Paul Brabin has more than 25 years’ experience in strategy, commercial management and technology, working in senior business transformation leadership roles, where he has developed significant expertise in digital business strategy. Paul is active in governance in a number of  Advisory Boards and as a Director in both New Zealand and Australia.

His career includes senior roles at Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Redgroup Retail, Fonterra and James Hardie Australia.

Paul has spent most of the past three years working in Australia for IAG Group where he led a transformation project which involved rethinking and reimagining the customer experience for Australasia’s largest insurer.

Paul is a big fan of outdoor sports, having recently returned from mountain biking and hiking through Europe and North America. He has a passion for a supporting New Zealanders and businesses creating a difference and a better NZ, actively working in Business Mentors and other coaching/mentoring opportunities.

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Eddie Kohlhase, MNZM

Acting 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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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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Peter Miskimmin (Ex-officio)

Peter Miskimmin is Chief Executive of Sport NZ, a role he has held since April 2008.

He came to Sport NZ (then Sport and Recreation New Zealand) in late 2006, after 17 years at New Zealand Post where he was head of Corporate Sales. Prior to that he had held a number of senior management roles in the Marketing and Commercial division of New Zealand Post.

Peter has a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach, and administrator. A former captain of the New Zealand hockey team, he played 150 test matches for New Zealand from 1978 to 1992. He played at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games as well as the 1982 and 1986 Hockey World Cups. He went on to become the leader of Athlete Services in the Games Management Team for the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Peter is a former chairman of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission, and has been a board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the New Zealand Sports Foundation, and President of the Olympian Club.

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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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Waimarama Taumaunu

Waimarama Taumaunu was born in Waipawa, New Zealand. She attended Canterbury University between 1981 and 1983 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history.

During that time she was also a member of New Zealand’s national netball team, the Silver Ferns, her career spanning from 1981 to 1991. She played in the Silver Ferns team that won the 1987 Netball World Championships, and was also captain of the team in the last three years of her international career.

Taumaunu has experience in sport management and governance spanning many years and two countries. In 1998 Taumaunu was appointed as National Performance Director for All England Netball, and remained in that role until 2003. During that time she was the assistant coach for the England national team in their 2003 Netball World Championships campaign.  Whilst resident in the United Kingdom, Taumaunu was appointed as one of the Establishment Board members for the English Institute of Sport and was a Board member of the UK Sports Lottery Awards panel.

Returning home in 2003, Taumaunu worked for the State Services Commission in the Chief Executive Employment and Development unit. In 2008 she accepted the position of assistant coach for the Silver Ferns, under head coach Ruth Aitken and in October 2011, took over as head coach for the Silver Ferns.  In New Zealand Taumaunu’s governance roles have extended across a diverse range of interests including The Correspondence School, The Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Alcohol Advisory Council and Sport New Zealand.

Of Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tahu descent, Taumaunu was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.   

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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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