Our board of directors.

Sir Paul Collins (Chairman)

Sir Paul has been Chairman since HPSNZ was formed in 2011, and also chairs the board of Sport New Zealand. He has extensive governance experience in business and sport, having served on the board of more than 50 listed companies in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and London, and on numerous boards in the sports sector.

Sir Paul was a governor of the New Zealand Sports Foundation from 1986 to 1999 (which he chaired from 1992 to1999), a member of the Rugby 2011 World Cup Bid Committee which won the hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup, and a director of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited. He was also Chair of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust from 2000 to 2012. Currently, Sir Paul is a director and investor in the Hurricanes Super Rugby franchise.

Sir Paul is also an executive director of the private investment company Active Equity Holdings Limited, and is a former Chief Executive of Brierley Investments.

In the New Year Honours 2015, Sir Paul was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport governance.

Simon Wickham

Simon Wickham joined the board in 2011. His experience in sport and the governance/management of sport spans many years and roles, including former roles as Chief Executive of Yachting New Zealand, Gymsports New Zealand’s Chairman, a member of Sport NZ’s Talent Identification Taskforce, and a member of the NZ Olympic Committee.

Simon is the Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and is chair of the committee’s selection panel for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He has been on the Olympic and Commonwealth Games selection panels since 2006.

Currently Simon is Chief Executive of West Auckland Trust Services (The Trusts), one of West Auckland’s largest employers, responsible for the management of several restaurants, bars, hotels and hospitality businesses in West Auckland. He was previously Chief Executive of The Trusts Stadium, a $40 million sports and entertainment complex in Auckland.

Alison Shanks

Alison was appointed to the HPSNZ Board in July 2015 and brings a wealth of experience from an athletes perspective across various sporting codes.

A World Champion Track Cyclist in the Individual Pursuit in 2009 and 2012, she competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics finishing 4th and 5th respectively. In her first Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, 2006, Alison placed 4th before returning four years later in 2010, Delhi, to deliver New Zealand’s first Gold medal of the Games. After nine years of competing at the top level Alison retired at the beginning of 2014.

Born and bred in Dunedin, Alison is now based in Cambridge, Waikato, with her husband Craig and young son Lucas.

Alison has a background in marketing having completed a double degree at Otago University, Bcom Hons in Marketing, BSc in Human Nutrition. During this time Alison played for the Otago Rebels netball franchise and was capped as a New Zealand U21 player. Alison also played basketball for Otago and has been a carded athlete as part of the original Academy of Sport system since 2001.

Alison now undertakes marketing contract work under her AS Performance Projects brand and continues her work as an NZOC Ambassador delivering inspiration to school children throughout New Zealand. Alison is a member of the NZOC Athletes Commission and was elected to the Cycling New Zealand board in 2014. 

Peter Miskimmin, ex-officio

Peter Miskimmin is Chief Executive of Sport NZ, a role he has held since April 2008. He came to Sport NZ (then Sport and Recreation New Zealand) in late 2006, after 17 years at New Zealand Post where he was head of Corporate Sales. Prior to that he had held a number of senior management roles in the Marketing and Commercial division of New Zealand Post.

Peter has a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach, and administrator. A former captain of the New Zealand hockey team, he played 150 test matches for New Zealand from 1978 to 1992. He played at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games as well as the 1982 and 1986 Hockey World Cups. He went on to become the leader of Athlete Services in the Games Management Team for the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Peter is a former chairman of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission, and has been a board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the New Zealand Sports Foundation, and President of the Olympian Club.

Ian Hunt

Ian is a litigation partner with Young Hunter Lawyers in Christchurch, and has had extensive involvement in sport, legal issues affecting sport, ethical issues in sport, and the governance and management of sporting organisations. 

Ian has acted for individual athletes, clubs, and NSOs over a wide variety of sports, in proceedings before the High Court, Sports Tribunal of New Zealand, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and numerous domestic Tribunals in relation to doping, selection, governance and conduct related matters. 

Ian was the President of ANZSLA, the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association, between 2007 and 2012.  He was an elected Director of Swimming New Zealand from October 2012 – September 2014 and was appointed as a member of the inaugural FINA Ethics Panel in 2013. Ian is the President of Broken River Ski Club Inc, is an Association Commissioner for New Zealand Cricket, and from 2004 – 2008 was the Chair of the Board of the Canterbury Flames netball franchise.

Ian joined the Board of High Performance Sport New Zealand in July 2015. 

Bill Moran

Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. His most recent role as Chief Operating Officer saw him overseeing work on New Zealand’s economic strategy and ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation.

He previously led and managed work for the Treasury in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and state sector management. Prior to this he spent eight years as principal economic advisor to two Ministers of Finance and a Deputy Minister of Finance. A strong advocate for ensuring that the Treasury’s work is informed by external views and involving New Zealanders in the policy process, in 2013 Bill led a wide-ranging public engagement programme to test the assumptions and analysis for the Treasury’s long-term fiscal statement.

Bill holds a master’s degree in political science from Victoria University of Wellington. He spent eight years on the board of New Zealand Football and was chair of the organising committee for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup. He also has ties with the creative sector as founder and initial chair of the Play It Strange Trust.

Hilary Poole

Hilary Poole, independent director, is a marketing strategist with experience in developing organisations and leading positive change.

Hilary worked commercially for 15 years, and has spent the past 12 years in high profile leadership and governance roles.  She was the inaugural independent director of Prolife Foods, and was the inaugural Executive Director of Competitive Auckland (now known as the Committee for Auckland).  She has also been chair of Diocesan School for Girls and First Foundation.

Hilary then took her commercial and leadership skills into sport and led significant positive change at both Hockey New Zealand, then Netball New Zealand, as Chief Executive of each of these organisations.

In 2012 Hilary, was awarded the CK Doig Award for excellence in leadership in sport, and the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) President's Award for international service to Hockey.  She is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

Waimarama Taumaunu

Waimarama Taumaunu was born in Waipawa, New Zealand. She attended Canterbury University between 1981 and 1983 graduating with a bachelor's degree in history. During that time she was also a member of New Zealand's national netball team, the Silver Ferns, her career spanning from 1981 to 1991. She played in the Silver Ferns team that won the 1987 Netball World Championships, and was also captain of the team in the last three years of her international career.

Taumaunu has experience in sport management and governance spanning many years and two countries. In 1998 Taumaunu was appointed as National Performance Director for All England Netball, and remained in that role until 2003. During that time she was the assistant coach for the England national team in their 2003 Netball World Championships campaign.  Whilst resident in the United Kingdom, Taumaunu was appointed as one of the Establishment Board members for the English Institute of Sport and was a Board member of the UK Sports Lottery Awards panel.    

Returning home in 2003, Taumaunu worked for the State Services Commission in the Chief Executive Employment and Development unit. In 2008 she accepted the position of assistant coach for the Silver Ferns, under head coach Ruth Aitken and in October 2011, took over as head coach for the Silver Ferns.  In New Zealand Taumaunu's governance roles have extended across a diverse range of interests  including The Correspondence School, The Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Alcohol Advisory Council and Sport New Zealand.  

Of Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tahu descent, Taumaunu was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.