About

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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Pete Pfitzinger

GM Capacity & Expertise

Pete has a long involvement in high performance sport, as an athlete, coach, sports physiologist and manager.

He was a world class marathon runner, representing the USA at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, before moving into the field of exercise physiology and sport management.

Pete was Performance Services Manager and then CEO of the NZ Academy of Sport North Island, a forerunner to HPSNZ, from 2000 to 2011.

Pete is responsible for high performance (HP) coaching, HP leader capability development, HP athlete development, performance planning, innovation and technology and leveraging high performance knowledge.

Pete holds an MBA from Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Erik-Jan Koers

GM Performance and Strategic Investment

Erik-Jan Koers is the General Manager, Performance and Strategic Investment at High Performance Sport NZ.

His role is to lead the team that develops and implements the HPSNZ targeted investment strategy, manages performance partnerships with national sporting organisations (NSOs) to develop world-leading HP programs and manages the HPSNZ facility and regional hub strategy to create world-leading training and performance environments.

Erik-Jan brings more than 20 years’ sports management experience across a number of leadership and senior management positions including Performance Intelligence, Elite Sports Policy, Elite Programme Management as well as leadership roles within the NSO environment.

Erik-Jan previously worked at the NOC*NSF (The Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation) where, as Performance Manager Sports Intelligence, he led the NOC*NSF elite sports programs monitoring, evaluation and feedback system as well as the financial management of the NOC*NSF elite sports investment program. He was also a key part of the Dutch high performance system that achieved 19 medals for the Netherland’s at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, including eight gold.

Erik-Jan has an Executive Masters in Sports Organization Management (IOC), a Bachelor’s in Sport Management and a Master’s in Business Law.

Erik-Jan 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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Zoltan Varadi

GM Business Operations

Zoltan joined High Performance Sport New Zealand as GM Business Operations in November 2013. He is responsible for optimising HPSNZ’s financial and operational performance to ensure that resources are maximised to deliver a positive impact on performance.

Zoltan’s background is in global finance and operations with a focus on delivering strategic and technology focused business solutions. Prior to joining HPSNZ he was Chief Financial Officer at MDS within the Laureate International Universities Group (2011 – 2013), Group Financial Controller at Bauer Media (2007 – 2011), and Financial Controller with NZX listed Albano Healthcare Ltd (2005 – 2006).
Zoltan has a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University and is a CA, CPA and FCPA. He also has a black belt in Karate, Taekwondo, Judo and Shaolin Kempo.

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are led by Chair, Sir Paul Collins and includes a representative from the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Sport NZ and across national sporting organisations and Recreation Trusts.

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 has 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership and governance roles within the sport, finance, food, education, and not for profit sector in New Zealand, Australia and London.

 

She is currently an independent director of Just Water Ltd, Martin Jenkins Ltd, Sport New Zealand, and The Clubhouse New Zealand Ltd (rights holder for the LPGA’s NZ Women’s Golf Open).  Previous appointments include Chief Executive at Netball New Zealand and Hockey New Zealand, chair of Diocesan School for Girls, chair of First Foundation, and independent director of Prolife Foods.

Hilary has been a member of the NZ Institute of Directors since 2002, and is a chartered member. In 2012 Hilary, was awarded the CK Doig Award for excellence in leadership in sport, and the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) President’s Award for international service to Hockey.  She holds a B.Com and B. Phys Ed from Otago University.

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Tony Hall CNZM

Tony has contributed in a number of governance roles in education, business and sport.

 

Current roles include: board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and member of the NZOC selection panel, trustee and previous chair of North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust, founding director of Community Colleges New Zealand, chair of the Agriculture and Life Sciences Lincoln Massey and Industry Partnership, chair of Lincoln University Hospitality, chair of Core Education Ltd Trust, director Hall Management Ltd, ongoing support and sponsorship of the winter Paralympic team.

Previous roles: Chancellor Lincoln University, council member University of Canterbury, trustee and chair of Sport Canterbury, Coast to Coast event management team, Tertiary Education Commission board member, chair North Canterbury Economic Development Trust, chair MainPower Trust, members Rangi Ruru Girls School board, member NZQA Board.

Tony was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2017 for services to sport and education.

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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 had 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 over 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 from October 2012 – September 2014 and was appointed as a member of the inaugural FINA Ethics Panel in 2013. Ian is the President of Broken River Ski Club Inc, is an Association Commissioner for New Zealand Cricket, and from 2004 – 2008 was the Chair of the Board of the Canterbury Flames netball franchise.

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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