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Warm Welcome to New Board Members and Celebrates Continued Growth

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Auckland, New Zealand – Women in Sport Aotearoa is delighted to introduce Caroline Wethey and Jon “JT” Tamihere-Kemeys as the newest members of its board. The organisation also celebrates the reappointments of Erin Roxburgh, Pauline Harrison and Tim Corbett, underscoring its commitment to fostering diversity and expertise in championing women in sport.

Caroline Wethey, with over 20 years in sport management, has made notable contributions to New Zealand’s national game, Rugby. Her distinguished career encompasses roles with New Zealand Cricket, Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby, Rugby Southland, and CCC Clothing. Caroline’s passion for fostering excellent partnerships and her expertise in strategic planning will be invaluable assets to the board.

Jon “JT” Tamihere-Kemeys, celebrated for his rich bi-cultural ancestry , brings over two decades of leadership across various sectors, including community, corporate, and government-aligned organisations. His deep understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and his commitment to building upon and enhancing the board’s existing knowledge and perspective of Te Tiriti will further strengthen the organisation’s dedication to inclusivity and equity.

Pauline Harrison, a champion of change, specialises in executive coaching and leadership development, playing a pivotal role in elevating female representation in high-performance sport.

Tim Corbett, one of the board’s two tāne and a dedicated male ally, continues to provide invaluable insights and support, reinforcing the organisation’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive board.

Erin Roxburgh, confirmed as the Board Deputy Chair during the AGM on the 26th of October 2023, is deeply passionate about creating equitable outcomes for Māori and women and girls. Her academic pursuits, combined with her athletic achievements in both the New Zealand Handball and Beach Handball teams, make her an exemplary choice for this role.

As we welcome new members, we also extend our heartfelt gratitude to Martin Snedden and Kelly Evans for their invaluable contributions. Martin Snedden, WISPA’s first male board member and ally, led the organisation’s strategic refresh program in 2022. Kelly Evans played a pivotal role in the 2022 IWG Conference, particularly in the Commercial Programme, and served as a facilitator for all three cohorts of Whanake o te Kōpara. Their dedication and hard work have been instrumental in the growth and success of Women in Sport Aotearoa.

A Word from Our Board Chair, Susan Sawbridge:
“We stand on the shoulders of those who go before us and the WISPA board is no exception. The contribution of Martin and Kelly is ready to be built on by those who remain with the board, and JT and Caroline who join us. It’s an exciting time to be working for women and girls in sport, and the expertise and drive around the board table and within the team means we can continue to achieve outcomes that are good for all New Zealanders.”

Women in Sport Aotearoa remains steadfast in its mission to elevate and support women in sport, and these board appointments reflect the organization’s commitment to diversity, expertise, and leadership.

For more information and a list of our current Board , please click here.

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