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.

To view the Organisation Structure click here.

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 – Towards 2020.

Fiona Allan, Chief Executive

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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 

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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, Brand and Communications Manager

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Melissa is a communication and PR professional with over 20 years’ experience. Since 2012 she has led PNZ’s brand and reputational growth across New Zealand.

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Laure Gruffat, Event and Digital Manager      

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e: lgruffat@paralympics.org.nz

Laure has extensive experience in events and digital globally, notably with the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Bid. She leads our Celebration Project including a series of community events celebrating our Paralympians towards Tokyo 2020 and digital strategy.

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Heidi Wilde, Funding and Partnership Manager

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e: hwilde@paralympics.org.nz

Heidi has worked in Marketing, Communications, Events and Fundraising since 2014. 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.

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Lynette Grace, Games Campaign and Sports Manager

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e: lgrace@paralympics.org.nz

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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Michael Flynn, Tokyo 2020 High Performance Consultant

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e: michael.flynn@hpsnz.org.nz

Michael has been working in sport for the better part of 40 years and specifically high performance for just over half that time, having worked in three countries from club level through to International Sporting Organisations. Michael’s role within PNZ will be to work with and support athletes, coaches and staff to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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Scott Higgins, Coach Development Manager 

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e: shiggins@paralympics.org.nz

Scott began his international career with the United States Olympic Committee, and over a 15-year period has worked alongside 22 international teams across 14 Olympic and Paralympic programmes. Scott has supported coaches and programs in preparation for the last 5 Winter Olympic Games, 2 Summer Paralympic Games, and has delivered team support at international competitions in 15 countries throughout the U.S, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. 

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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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Graeme Maw, Para Swimming Programme Leader 

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e: gmaw@paralympics.org.nz

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 

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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 

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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 

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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 Hub Coach and Sports Scientist

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e: dwiseman@paralympics.org.nz

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 National Development Coordinator

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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 – Towards 2020.

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Dale MacDonald, 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 

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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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