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 Organisation Structure (readable version).

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.

Greg Warnecke, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General

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As Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General, Greg is responsible for leading Paralympics New Zealand. He works in conjunction with the Board, our key partners, other stakeholders and the wider PNZ Team, to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives and vision, that through Para sport, lives will be transformed.

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Graeme Cochrane, Finance Manager 

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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 

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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

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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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Sacha Wright, Games Campaign and Sports Coordinator

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Sacha Wright is the Games Campaign and Sports Co-ordinator at Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ).

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Marguerite Christophers, Classification Manager

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Marguerite Christophers is the Classification Manager at Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) and leads the Classification Strategy across the Para sport sector in New Zealand.

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Dale MacDonald, Para Sport Collective Manager

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Dale provides strategic advice and operational support to the development of Para Sport Performance Pathways strategies and programmes within PNZ and PNZ member organisations. A key outcome is to develop and improve the effectiveness of the performance pathways in Para sport to successfully identify, develop, support and progress Para athletes to achieve medal winning performances at international events and Paralympic Games.

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Marianne Loh, Para Sport Community Manager

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Marianne Loh is the Para Sport Community Manater at Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) and is responsible for driving national and regional collaboration to achieve organisational role clarity, strategic alignment, and capitalise on shared expertise to improve operating approaches and deliver on shared initiatives that strengthen, align and enhance community Para sport outcomes across New Zealand.

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Kasey Wilson, Education Lead

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Kasey is the PNZ Education Lead and leads the implementation of the findings from the 2022 pilot of the Seeing is Believing project to develop the PNZ Education Programme. This programme aims to change perceptions of disability through the lens of Paralympians, Para athletes and the Paralympic Movement.

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Danielle Aitchison, Education Intern

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Paralympian #211 Danielle Aitchison works alongside Kasey Wilson (Education Lead) to support the development of the PNZ Education Programme.

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Sue Cardwell, Digital and Communications Manager

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Sue Cardwell is the Digital & Communications Manager at Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ). She developed and leads the Digital and Communications Strategies across PNZ channels. 

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Rachel Barr, Marketing Manager

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Rachel will lead initiatives to grow Paralympics New Zealand and the NZ Paralympic Team brand awareness. Her role includes deepening the engagement of PNZ supporters and attracting new supporters, promoting participation in Para sport, promoting PNZ as a charity and maximising commercial outcomes.

In 2021, Rachel contracted to PNZ leading the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games marketing campaign including development of the ‘One Team, One Spirit’ brand positioning.

Frankie Busfield, Events and Projects Lead

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Frankie is the Events and Projects Lead at Paralympics New Zealand. His responsibilities include planning and delivery of PNZ events, grant funding applications, and other project support across the organisation.

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Victoria Hughes, Marketing Coordinator

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Victoria’s focus is on the development and roll out of resources and launch initiatives for Strengthen & Adapt projects and new PNZ brand assets.

Rod Corban, Performance Psychologist

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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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Brendon Cameron, Para Cycling Programme Manager

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Brendon leads and manages the Para Cycling Programme, establishing and executing the processes inherent to delivering fully optimised high performance campaigns. Brendon has a wealth of experience having been involved in both Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling for over 22 years. Brendon previously held the role of Para Cycling Program Manager/Head Coach for PNZ from 2009 – 2015.

Damian Wiseman, Para Cycling Performance Coach & Lead Performance Scientist

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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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Jack Cooper, Para Cycling Development Coach

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Jack is responsible for identifying and developing talented Para cyclists who have the potential to represent New Zealand on the world stage by working closely with the Para cycling high performance team. He works with regional coaches and clubs to provide coaching and support to Para cyclists at all levels.

Michael Johnson, SHOOTING PARA SPORT LEAD

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Paralympian #148 Michael Johnson leads and manages the PNZ Shooting Para Sport programme as PNZ Shooting Para Sport Lead. Michael supports the development of the Shooting Para sport strategy and engage with necessary stakeholders required to assist in the implementation of the strategy and scope the possibility of integration of Shooting Para sport into the New Zealand Shooting Federation.