Board members

NNZ President

Carole Maddix

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.

NNZ Board Chair - Appointed NNZ Board Member

Allison Ferguson

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.

Elected NNZ Board Member

Sue Gordon

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

Appointed NNZ Board Member

Shane Harmon

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.

Elected NNZ Board Member

Bernice Mene

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.

Appointed NNZ Board Member

Matt Whineray

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

Pavan Vyas

Pavan joined the Netball New Zealand Board in July 2022.  

Pavan has over 20 years experience in the technology industry where he has delivered and led technology programmes internationally whilst maintaining his interests and passion for sport via his extracurricular endeavours. 

Most recently Pavan was CEO at RUSH,  an Award-Winning Design & Technology Studio that works with bold clients such as Google to innovate customer experiences using technology. Pavan continues to serve as a non-executive director at RUSH.  

Pavan is also the founding director at Take 2, a charity on a mission to teach incarcerated individuals advanced technical skills and life skills that provide meaningful employment opportunities on release while simultaneously addressing one of the biggest skill shortages in New Zealand.  In addition, Pavan is the founding director and shareholder of Frankie Technologies, a fast growing software company that is revolutionising property operations for industrial properties.

As an advocate for tech-for-good, diversity, inclusion and equity within the hi-tech industry, Pavan is proud to serve on the NNZ board to contribute to the evolution of our sport and communities.