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.

Bill Birnie

Bill Birnie gained experience in the investment banking sector with Fay Richwhite before establishing his private equity firm Birnie Capital Ltd, of which he is Chairman and Managing Director.

Previous directorships have included ENZA (Chair), the New Zealand Film Commission (Deputy Chair), the Screen Council of New Zealand, and Equestrian Sports New Zealand. Bill was also a Commissioner of the Hillary Commission (a forerunner of Sport New Zealand), and a Founding Trustee of the Wellington Stadium Trust.

Currently Bill is Chairman of the KidsCan Charitable Trust and a Trustee of the James Wallace Arts Trust. He was appointed to the board in 2011, and is also on the board of Sport New Zealand. 

Mike Stanley

Mike Stanley joined the board in 2011. He has had a long involvement in sport, as an international rower, coach, commentator and administrator. 

Mike is currently CEO at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, a role he has held since 2004. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Rowing New Zealand (1994 – 2003). He is also in his second term as President and Chairman of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Mike became a New Zealand rowing representative in 1976, and was a member of the rowing eight which came fourth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, and the eight which won back-to-back world championship gold medals in 1982 and 1983.

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.

Murray Gutry

Based in Hamilton, Murray Gutry is the deputy chairman of the Perry Group and holds directorships with current Perry investment companies, as well as a number of other organisations.

Prior to joining the Perry Group in 2001 where he was Chief Executive 2007-12, he held positions with Sport Waikato as Chief Executive for four years and as the National Programme Manager with the Hillary Commission. He is currently a trustee of the Lion Foundation and St Paul’s Collegiate School.

Murray has held a number of national sprint titles and was a New Zealand Athletics representative for many years, competing at the Commonwealth Games in 1990, the World Cup in Barcelona in 1989, and the Pacific Conference Games in 1985. He also represented Waikato in rugby.

Murray joined the Sport NZ board in August 2011, and the board of High Performance Sport New Zealand in August 2014.

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.