Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is proud to have a such a diverse, senior and experienced Board. Each person plays a key role in governing implementation of the PNZ Strategic Plan – Towards 2020.
Dr. Selwyn Maister, QSM – Chair
Selwyn has been a PNZ Board Member since 2008 and Chair since 2014; renewing for a further 3 years in late 2017 through to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Having represented New Zealand for 15 years in hockey, including selection to 3 Olympic Games teams, a gold medal as part of the Montreal 1976 Men’s Hockey Team, plus years as a coach and selector, Selwyn brings enormous insight and experience to supporting PNZ’s High Performance programme. His involvement in Governance and leadership spans over 30 years, both in sport and tertiary education management. It includes running his own business, focused on examining organisational structures and system efficiency and recommending changes. Selwyn has an Oxford University Doctorate and is a Rhodes Scholar.
Duane Kale, ONZM
Duane was elected Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in late 2017, now amongst one of the most important roles in international sport governance. New Zealand’s most successful Paralympic athlete at a single Paralympic Games, in Atlanta 1996 he won 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in the pool, and set 4 World Records. Duane went on to many leadership roles in Para sport, including Swim Team Manager in Sydney 2000 and PNZ Board Member. He was PNZ Chairman between 2008-10, before stepping down to take the Chef de Mission for both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympics. Before his elevation to Vice President, Duane served on the IPC Governing Board from 2014. During 2017 he was also appointed as one of only 10 people on the IOC Evaluation Commission to select the 2024 and 2028 host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Duane is a senior manager at ANZ Bank. He will continue as a PNZ Board for a further 4 years from late 2017 and brings exceptional international and national experience to PNZ overall governance.
Clive joined the PNZ Board in 2014. He has over 35 years’ experience in managing, constructing and ownership of aquatic facilities along with various other small businesses. Former roles include Swimming New Zealand National Head Coach, Swimming New Zealand Board Member and Swimming Programme Manager for PNZ. He has been appointed to numerous Swimming Teams as Head Coach or Team Leader to international competition, World Championships, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games and currently works as a Paralympic selector for both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games Teams. He brings very strong senior experience and expertise to PNZ’s High Performance programme.
Catriona has been a PNZ Board Member since 2014 and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. In 2017, she managed the redevelopment and implementation of the new PNZ Constitution. Formerly Chief Executive Officer for national and regional sporting organisations including Swimming New Zealand and Sport & Exercise Science New Zealand, Catriona brings more than 25 years’ senior leadership experience to her role. She has also sat on a number of other boards including New Zealand Outdoors Assembly Zealand as Deputy Chair and New Zealand Recreation Association Wellington Branch as Treasurer. She is currently lead executive for Orienteering New Zealand and Parafed Wellington and has been a Finalist in the Women in Governance Excellence in Governance Development Award.
Jana joined the PNZ Board in October 2015 and since October 2016, has also sat on the Finance Subcommittee. Currently CEO of the Radio Broadcasters Association, Jana brings over 30 years’ experience in broadcasting and media both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom to PNZ, across all organisational areas including broadcasting, news, marketing and senior management. During the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jana connected with PNZ to try and assist with ways of increasing broadcast coverage of the Paralympic Games and has played an internal advisory role as PNZ continues developing its relationship with TVNZ at Attitude. As well as her broadcast and media experience Jana has worked in competitive commercial settings and run organisations with complex, multi-stakeholder environments.
Jane is a Chartered Accountant with 40-years’ experience in both audit and compliance roles in the profession and also various financial accounting roles in the commercial sector. Jane joined the PNZ Board in early 2017 and now performs key roles on both the Audit and Risk and the Remuneration Committees. She has been involved in the Not for Profit Sector and Disability Sport for several years as Treasurer of NZ Wheelchair Rugby Association.
Andre joined PNZ in late 2017. A practicing Solicitor, he currently leads the Employment Relations team at Auckland Council, the largest local authority in the Southern Hemisphere. Before that he worked for ANZ Bank for a number of years after starting his working life with a large Auckland commercial law firm, Russell McVeagh. Andre has been on the Board of Parafed Auckland more than 10 years and was a board member of the previous iteration of PNZ in the 1990s, before it evolved to become Paralympics New Zealand. He also has a close association with Attitude, whom alongside TVNZ have the rights to broadcast the Paralympic Games through to Tokyo 2020.
Mary Fisher, MNZM
Mary was elected as a PNZ Board Member in 2019. London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Mary Fisher was elected to the PNZ Board in April 2019. Mary is well known for winning 5 Paralympic medals and 8 World Championship titles throughout her sporting career and retired from Para swimming in November 2018. She is currently a Trustee with the Henderson Trust and a Wellington Trustee for the Halberg Foundation. She is a part-time Volunteer and Recreation Coordinator at Blind Low Vision NZ, learning Te Reo Maori, is a regular with the Glamaphones and Wellington Community Choir and mentor for youth with vision impairment and their families.