The Senior Leadership team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Raewyn is a partner at Duncan Cotterill specialising in commercial law. She has experience in a variety of governance roles in the sport and not for profit sectors.
Raewyn is currently chair of Quotable Value Limited, co-chair of the International Working Group on Women and Sport and chair of Dunedin Venues Management Limited. Her other current appointments include being a trustee of CHT Healthcare and a trustee of the Sir Ray Avery Foundation. Raewyn recently stood down as chair of Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation (the umbrella regional sport trust for Auckland) and is also a former Netball New Zealand chair.