Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is governed by a board of elected members and employ a team to control the day to day operations. Paralympics New Zealand also works with a team of volunteers and supporters from around the country.

View PNZ Organisation Structure.

PNZ is very proud to have recruited and retained the following talented team members. Each person plays a key role in implementing the PNZ Strategic Plan 2021 – 2032.

Fiona Allan, Chief Executive

Fiona Allan

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Fiona is a well-respected strategic leader in New Zealand sport with a 16 year plus career. Since 2007 she has led growth of the Paralympic Movement in New Zealand.

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Graeme Cochrane, Finance Manager 

Graeme Cochrane

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Graeme is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years experience in Finance roles. His career started with 5 years at Deloittes, in the Business Advisory and Corporate Recovery divisions. Graeme has since worked for a variety of industries both privately owned and publicly listed entities. These have included Chubb System & Services, Tourism Holdings Limited and United Gaming.

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Jenifer Hunt, Commercial Manager 

Jenifer Hunt

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Jenifer has extensive experience in sponsorship, marketing and partnership management. A 20 plus year career with commercial and sponsorship management roles in media and sport. She leads commercial partnership, business development and fundraising activities for PNZ.

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Melissa Dawson, Strategic Engagement Manager

Melissa Dawson

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Melissa has a wealth of expertise in project management, stakeholder management, communications, public relations, brand project management.

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Lynette Grace, Games Campaign and Sports Manager

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With a career spanning more than 20 years, Lynette has a wealth of experience in international and national event management, operations and logistics and High Performance Sport. Split into two distinct elements, Lynette’s Games Campaign role focuses on the operational and logistical delivery of the New Zealand Paralympic Games. Her role as Sport Manager focuses chiefly on working closely with PNZ Member Organisations, including National Sports Organisations (NSOs) and regional ParaFeds.

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Jenny Cade, Funding and Partnership Manager (maternity cover)

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Jenny comes to PNZ to look after a maternity cover from Sweet Louise. She is responsible for implementing the PNZ Fundraising Plan that supports the strategic direction of the organisation across multiple channels and assisting with the delivery of the fundraising partner component of the commercial strategy.

Frankie Busfield, Events and Administration Coordinator

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Frankie comes to PNZ having completed a First-Class Honours Degree in Sociology, where he specialised in sport politics, media, and development. With a background in customer service and having been involved in community sport for most of his life, he is looking forward to working in transformative projects that engage youth, alleviate hardship, and enhance the roles of disabled athletes in sport and beyond.

As Events and Administration Coordinator, Frankie supports the team to deliver against the objectives of the PNZ Strategic Plan and the PNZ Business Plan. Responsibilities include providing logistical, IT and technical assistance for all team members and ongoing maintenance of the PNZ CRM database.    

Sue Cardwell, Digital and Communications Manager

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Sue has been an experienced marketing communications professional for over 15 years in both Europe and New Zealand. A passionate advocate for an inclusive New Zealand, she has particular strengths in using stakeholder understanding to bring communications strategy to life.

Sue is responsible for the PNZ digital and social media strategy, as well as working with PNZ broadcast and media partners to develop plans to maximise PNZ broadcast coverage and promotional opportunities.

Sacha Wright, Games Campaign Coordinator

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Sacha comes to PNZ from High Performance Sport NZ where she worked in a HR generalist role, as well as in a volunteer capacity in the role of the Wheel Blacks’ Programme/Team Manager for the past five years.

Sacha will be supporting the Games Campaign and Sports Manager focusing on operational and logistical delivery of the New Zealand Paralympic Team. Having attended the Tokyo Paralympic Games with the Wheel Blacks, this has given her first-hand experience of what is required at a Paralympic Games.

Rod Corban, Performance Psychologist

Rod Corban

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Rod has worked within Para sport since 2006 as a psychologist supporting Para athletes mental health in their everyday lives and helping them develop their performance mindset. 

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Graeme Maw, Para Swimming Programme Leader 

Graeme Maw

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Graeme is a very experienced High Performance manager, with a 25 year career in delivering results. Since 2017 he has managed the Para Swimming programme.

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Simon Mayne, Para Swimming Performance Coach 

Simon Mayne

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Simon has had a 20-year career in sport and has coached Paralympic swimmers to three consecutive Paralympic Games since 2005. His focus is now set on Tokyo 2020.

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Roly Crichton, Para Swimming Performance Coach 

Roly Crichton

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Roly has been involved in Para sport for close to 40 years, representing New Zealand at five Paralympic Games, two as an athlete and three as a swim coach. He is now focussed on developing Para swimmers for Tokyo 2020.

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Stuart MacDonald, PNZ Para Cycling Head Performance Coach 

Stu MacDonald

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Stuart has been coaching in High Performance cycling for more than a decade in the UK and New Zealand. He joined PNZ in 2015 and became Head Coach in April 2017.

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Damian Wiseman, Para Cycling Performance Coach & Lead Performance Scientist

Damian Wiseman

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Damian is highly respected in high performance sport having worked in the sector for more than eight years, completing his PhD research as part of his role with the Cycling New Zealand track programme. He has been coaching athletes across a variety of sports since the late 90’s, with an emphasis in all disciplines of cycling in particular track sprint cycling.

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Laura Thompson, Para Cycling Development Coach

Laura Thompson

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Laura works to support the next generation of New Zealand Para cyclists. She assists them to prepare for, and ultimately progress into, the High Performance squad, and onto the Paralympic Games. Laura’s work particularly supports the ‘Medal Winning Performances’ pillar within the PNZ Strategic Plan 2021 – 2035.

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Dale MacDonald, Para Sport Athlete Development Manager / Programmes Support

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Dale works across all areas of Para sport, including community, development and High Performance. She helps support a variety of pathways within PNZ, including online registrations, ACC Rehabilitation Pathway, and Pathway to Podium, as well as providing logistical support for the Para Cycling High Performance Programme. 

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Marguerite Christophers, Classification Manager 

Marguerite Christopher

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Marguerite is one of the world’s leading Para sport classifiers, with 20 years’ experience in the sector. Since 2009 she has led the national Classification Strategy.

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