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.
Jana Rangooni, Acting Chair
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.
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.
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 Dsport and has been a Finalist in the Women in Governance Excellence in Governance Development Award.
André 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. André 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.
Aaron joined the PNZ Board in January 2021. He is a member of the Institute of Directors (MInstD), since 2013. Previously he was an Elected Accuro Health Insurance Director for four years, and Chair of the Chief Executive Committee. Currently Manager, HR Planning and Reporting at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, Aaron brings extensive experience as a HR professional from his time in the University Sector, Public Service and Health Sector. He is a Chartered Fellow Human Resource Institute of New Zealand (CFHRINZ). Proactive in his leadership, organisation and representation, Aaron’s been involved with Association of Commonwealth Universities, Australian Higher Education Industrial Association, Shared Services & Outsourcing Network, and Universities New Zealand. Aaron, an everyday cyclist and runner, is actively involved in junior and youth football and futsal as a coach, referee and committee member with both schools and clubs.
Having a strong financial background covering a wide range of sectors including not for profit, commercial and investment, Sian brings a valuable skill set to the PNZ Board. Sian joined the PNZ Board in early 2021, however has been immersed in Para sport for a number of years. Sian is a member of the Parafed Network Leadership Group which aims to connect and grow the presence of Parafeds in New Zealand. She is also the Board Chair of Parafed Canterbury Inc. Sian is currently a Director of T & S Ruth Limited trading as S Ruth Consulting, a role which she has held since 2017. Prior to that, Sian’s career has included roles, both locally and overseas with a Large CA firm, a partner in an engineering business, and as an Authorised Financial Advisor in an Investment Advisory Firm. Outside of work, Sian dedicates a lot of time to volunteering and using her skill set to support and help grow a number of organisations.