Foundation Members

Women in Sport Aotearoa originally came into being at the end of 2016, thanks to the passionate support of the following 22 Foundation Members.

These members remain very active, providing support to the Board and team where possible, situated from within their current professional positions. 


  • Sarah Beaman: Business Improvement Consultant, Strategic Reality
  • Steph Bond: Executive Manager, New Zealand Players Association
  • Toni Bruce: Professor, University of Auckland 
  • Gaye Bryham: Head of Department, Auckland University of Technology
  • Toni-Maree Carnie: Chief Executive, Volleyball New Zealand
  • Ingrid Cronin-Knight: General Manager, Waste Management Ltd
  • Debbie Curgenven: Community Sport Manager, Aktive Auckland
  • Pam Elgar (Ngāruahine me Te Atiawa): Chief Executive, Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Sue Emerson: Team Lead Academic Programme Manager, Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Michelle Hollands: Strategy and Business Performance Consultant, Fresh Minds
  • Kirikaiahi Mahutariki (Te Arawa, Mataatua – Cook Islands): Principal at Taiiti Advisory
  • Laura Menzies: CEO, Northern Region Football
  • Kirsten Patterson: Chief Executive, Institute of Directors in New Zealand
  • Sarah Sandley: former Chief Executive, Aktive Auckland
  • Kereyn Smith: Chief Executive, New Zealand Olympic Committee
  • Dianne Williams: Independent Director


IWG 2018-2022

Find out about our leadership work on the global stage

Insight Hub

Gain real insights to help you make a case for change


Catch-up on the latest from our partners at LockerRoom


Read about our work to influence gender equity in sport