Netball New Zealand

Netball is the most popular women's sport in New Zealand.

Board of Directors

The Board of Netball NZ is responsible for managing the affairs of the Association which include determining major strategic directions, goals and policies. The Board of Netball NZ is as follows:

Carole Maddix

NNZ President

Carole has had a long association with the game and has devoted nearly 50 years as a player, coach, manager, umpire and administrator.

Carole has a life membership with the Netball North Harbour Centre having been Chair of the Board since 2015 and since 2014 has been the Netball New Zealand Appointed Board Member to the Netball Waikato-Bay of Plenty Zone.

She was also a NNZ Board Member from 2005-2014 and is currently on the Oceania Netball Federation Executive Committee.

In 2016, Carole was acknowledged for her service to Netball, receiving a Queen’s Honour and becoming a Member of the New Zealand Merit.

Allison Ferguson

NNZ Board Chair - Appointed NNZ Board Member

Allison joined the NNZ Board in 2014 and is an experienced lawyer who comes to the role with broad commercial skills and a passion for Netball.

She chaired the Auckland Netball Board from 2001-2009, was a previous director of Queen City Netball Ltd for four yearsand was in the project team for the development of the NZ franchises for the ANZ Championship. Allison was also a team member for the set-up of Greater Auckland Netball Ltd (Northern Mystics Netball franchise) 2007-2008.

Allison has been involved in a number of sports law matters and her legal experience includes acting for and advising clients in respect of a wide range of issues and disputes, including: contract, negligence, media law/defamation, insurance, intellectual property, construction, shareholder disputes, sports, Fair Trading Act and Commerce Act issues, public law and regulatory matters.

Sue Gordon

Elected NNZ Board Member

Sue Gordon was elected to the NNZ Board in 2017. She has had over 20 years involvement in netball and governance roles including netball mum, coach, and umpire. Sue was a member of the Netball Central Zone transition Board and most recently Chair of Netball Central Zone, and Member of the Pulse Board.

Sue has held various HR and organizational development roles in government, recruitment and multinational sectors. She is currently Lead Negotiator for All of Govt Agreement for Microsoft New Zealand.

Sue is the current Chair of the Human Resource and Remuneration Committee, and Health and Safety Committee

Shane Harmon

Appointed NNZ Board Member

Shane Harmon joined the NNZ Board in 2016 at the conclusion of his tenure on the TTNL Board. He brings more than 13 years senior management and team leadership experience in sports and major events including; Rugby World Cup 2011, Australian Rugby Union, Rugby World Cup 2003 and the Sydney Swans.

Shane is currently the CEO of Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and is respected by #sportsbiz professionals around the world for his expertise in building sports brands and fan connections, as well as implementing commercial and grassroots programmes.

Bernice Mene

Appointed Board Member

Bernice was appointed to the Netball New Zealand Board in July 2018

Bernice played for the Silver Ferns for ten years, captained the side for three and was awarded an MNZM in the NZ Honours list in 2002 for services to netball. Successfully etching out a career in education, television and sport, her passion is in youth development.

A qualified secondary school languages teacher, Bernice was a Career Counsellor for Elite Performers, contracted to Paralympics NZ, Sport Auckland and Sport NZ, worked on numerous government projects, held television commentary and presenting roles, is a keynote speaker and most recently manages Hyundai NZ’s Pinnacle Programme.

Previously Bernice held board positions on the Foundation for Youth Development, NZCT Northern Advisory Board, and the NZNPA. Her current governance roles include Duffy Books in Homes, the Black Grace Dance Company, St Pauls College Ponsonby, the Tania Dalton Foundation and the NZ Olympic Education Commission."

Lesley Murdoch

Elected NNZ Board Member

Lesley Murdoch was elected to the NNZ Board in 2013. She is a talented broadcaster and former dual international representing New Zealand both in cricket and hockey. She has been a team official for National teams and has coached at all levels of her chosen sports and been a National Selector.

Lesley has also held governance roles in regional and national sporting bodies and has been instrumental in growing the profile of Netball and many other sports via the great job she does with The Radio Network and SKY Sport. Her involvement in the media spans three decades both as a journalist and as a presenter and commentator.

Maxine Shortland

Elected NNZ Board Member

Maxine Shortland has been a company director and board member to many government and private organisations for the last 20 years. She has more than 15 years experience working in senior executive roles particular to community health, Māori trusts and companies.

Maxine is currently a board member of NZ National Lottery Grants Board, Foundation North, NZ Conservation Authority and Chair of the NZ Public Health Association.

Maxine has a Masters of Management in Business and Research and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business for Māori Development from The University of Auckland.

Matt Whineray

Appointed NNZ Board Member

Matt Whineray was co-opted on to the NNZ Board in August 2017 and comes from the financial industry where he has held high level roles for many years. Matt is currently Chief Investment Officer of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, an organisation he joined in 2008, after previously holding senior roles at Credit Suisse and First NZ Capital

Matt was the founding Chair of the InZone Education Foundation from 2013 until 2016, and a member of the World Economic Forum General Agenda Council on the Future of Investing in 2014/2015