Board

The Women in Sport Aotearoa Board currently has the following members:

Sarah Leberman MNZM, Co-Chair & Co-Founder
Professor, Massey University

Foundation Member, Women in Sport Aotearoa

(full voting member)

Sarah is co-founder and co-chair of Women in Sport Aotearoa. She has been involved in sport all her life, both on and off the field. She is a leader in the field of sport management, helping to establish Massey University’s academic programme, and has had tremendous influence through her research into women and leadership in sport and academia. An advocate for facilitating opportunities for girls and women in sport at all levels, Sarah was recognised as NEXT magazine’s Women of the Year (sport) in 2018 and was a finalist in the 2016 Westpac ’Women of Influence’ awards in the diversity category. With previous board experience at Volleyball New Zealand, Western Netball and Hockey Manawatu, Sarah has also been ‘hands-on’ at the highest level as manager of the Black Sticks women’s hockey team. She was elected to the Massey University Council for a 4-year term, 2020-2024, and in 2020, Sarah was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to women, sport and tertiary education.


Susan Sawbridge, Co-Chair 
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Daylight
(full voting member) 

Sooz currently is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Daylight, a consultancy that focuses on the visitor economy. Her governance experience includes being Chair of the International Association of Events Hosts for advancing international advocacy, knowledge sharing and networking for the world’s leading major event hosts, and the Project Alliance Board for the entity established to build the infrastructure for the 36th America’s Cup. Sooz’s connection with WISPA began with the very first whiteboard sessions at NZOC to work through if, why and how New Zealand should bid to host the secretariat for the IWG on Women and Sport – delivered by WISPA. This was part of a wider drive to host multiple women’s events over a short period of time, creating some momentum for women in sport. For her part, Sooz led the government’s role in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Rugby World Cup and Women’s Cricket World Cup as the Manager of New Zealand Major Events. 


Pauline Harrison
Specialist in executive coaching, strategy and leadership development

Foundation Member, Women in Sport Aotearoa

(full voting member)

A champion of change for many years, Pauline is a specialist in executive coaching, strategy and leadership development. Formerly Chief Executive of England Netball, Pauline is now leading the global push for more female coaches in high-performance sport through the International Council for Coaching Excellence and also heads the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy programme, dedicated to developing tomorrow’s leaders of sport. She recently guided the second intake of retired New Zealand female Olympians through the programme, connecting them to a global network of over 350 graduates from 60 countries. Pauline is also the co-founder of Females Achieving Brilliance (FAB) in the UK, inspiring and empowering women to be great leaders. In 2019, she became Chair of IWG Steering Committee for the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, which is taking place in Aotearoa New Zealand and online in May 2022. 


Martin Snedden CNZM
Chairperson, New Zealand Cricket (NZC)
Former Black Cap Cricket player

(full voting member)

Martin is a current NZC board member and ‘One Cricket’ project leader, a project which encompasses NZC’s ‘Women in Cricket Governance’ initiative. Martin was a New Zealand men’s cricket team representative through the 1980s and has been, at various times, CEO of NZC, Rugby New Zealand 2011 (which delivered Rugby World Cup 2011), Tourism Industry Association NZ and Duco Events as well as co-leading the creation of Tourism 2025 (an industry-wide strategic framework for the NZ tourism sector) and Destination Auckland 2025 (a destination management framework for the Auckland region). 


Erin Roxburgh
Ngāti Porou
Lecturer, Victoria University
Ph.D Student, Victoria University
Future Director, Sport New Zealand
Board Member, Netball Wellington Center
New Zealand Womens Beach Handball and Indoor Handball Squad Member

Erin Roxburgh-Makea (Ngāti Porou) is a lecturer and PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington. Her PhD research looks at governance in Māori organisations using a multimodal approach. She teaches sport management at the School of Management.
Erin is passionate about building a better world that provides equity of outcomes for Māori and women and girls, service to her community, and uplifting and empowering those around her.
Outside of academia, Erin is an excellent sportswoman. Erin plays in both the New Zealand Handball and Beach Handball teams and plays premiership Netball in Wellington. She is currently a future Director on the Sport New Zealand Board as well as currently serving on the Women in Sport Aotearoa Board, He Wahine Toa Kei te Kokiri and the Netball Wellington Centre Board


Tim Corbett
Chief Executive Officer, HiNZ

(full voting member)

Tim is a highly experienced and passionate professional with a diverse and rich background in creating impact and change on a neighbourhood, national and international level. He has a strong background and experience in both the social and commercial development of sport. He is able to work ‘end to end’ from strategy to execution with a skill set that reaches from digital to innovation to leadership with a strong focus on engagement and customer experience. Prior to his current role, Tim held a wide and varied set of positions in conservation, healthcare and education regularly working closely with and learning from, Maori organisations. When asked, Tim describes himself as “a holistic ‘3D thinker’ comfortable working across cultures, industry sectors and from community level across to Board level”.


Kelly Evans
Managing Director, Cultivate Group
NZ Rugby Players Association Accredited Rugby Agent

(full voting member)

Kelly founded Cultivate Group in 2012. Since then, she has been working to drive positive change around the way women in sport are valued and visible. Kelly was the first New Zealand female accredited rugby agent and manages advocacy and welfare; contract negotiation; commercial partnerships; strategic career planning; and more for the athletes on her roster. After years of navigating the challenges and perceptions that come with working in a male-dominated industry, she is now a passionate advocate for the equal rights of women when it comes to participating, competing or building careers in sport and recreation. She also has a strong interest in helping communities under-represented in sport, particularly Māori, Pasifika and Muslim women. Prior to Cultivate, she was High-Performance Manager at Massey University.


Mary Gardiner
Independent Director
BCom, FCA, FCIS, CMInstD

Mary has been involved as a netball participant, coach, umpire and board member of netball, badminton and tennis organisations and continues to be an enthusiastic member of several interclub tennis teams.  Mary’s career has primarily been in financial services and she’s held roles as Chief Financial Officer of Instant Finance and Radius Health Group, and Governance Risk Manager at Air New Zealand and KPMG (New Zealand, Germany and Australia). She is currently an Independent Director of Radius Care, Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Southern Cross Pet Insurance, Chair of Netball Northern Zone and trustee of Mangere Mountain Education Trust, an Auckland Council controlled organisation, and has also previously been Chair of Auckland Netball Centre and Badminton NZ. Mary is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, and Fellow of Governance New Zealand.


Mere Rangihuna (Ngāti Hine me Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara)
Team Manager, AVIS Magic Netball team (Waikato Bay of Plenty)

Mere Rangihuna has a wealth of experience in sports governance, leadership, management and administration. With over 30 years of hands-on expertise in the school, club, regional and national sports organisations and teams’ space, she is committed to delivering high performance in hauora, sports & events operations, management, administration, governance, and organisational leadership. She is the current Team Manager for the AVIS Magic Netball team (Waikato Bay of Plenty) that competes in the ANZ Premiership. Mere is also an integral member of WISPA’s rōpū He Wāhine Toa Kei Te Kokiri (Women Making Strong Moves) and, via the group, contributed to WISPA’s refreshed strategic plan and supported the delivery of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport and its First Nations Workshop.


Jayne Jordan (Taranaki, Nga Mahanga)
Financial Controller, New Zealand Rugby
(non-voting associate member)

Jayne is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive finance and leadership experience, including roles at New Zealand Rugby, Xero, KPMG, NBC Universal and Government. She is a strategic financial advisor and has led major transformational projects, more recently with NZ Rugby with the aim of sustaining and strengthening their financial position during the pandemic.  She was a finalist for CAANZ  Outstanding New Member of the Year and New Zealand Young Finance Manager of the Year. Based in Wellington, Jayne enjoys being active with her family and also plays hockey and is a keen hiker.

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