The NZOC Board comprises a President and five members elected by the General Assembly, together with the two New Zealand IOC Members and a representative of the Athletes Commission.
The current NZOC Board members are:
- Mike Stanley (President)
- Graham Child
- Sarah Cowley-Ross (Athletes' Commission Rep)
- Liz Dawson
- Tony Hall
- Diana Puketapu
- Annette Purvis
- Sarah Walker (IOC Member)
Seconded: Trevor Taylor
Mike Stanley was first appointed to the Board in 2003 and is completing his second term as President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
Acknowledged for his strong leadership of a unified New Zealand Olympic Committee since 5 May 2009, Mike was re-elected unopposed at the New Zealand Olympic Committee General Assembly on 8 May 2013.
Mike has had a long association with the Olympic Movement in New Zealand as first a competitor in rowing and then as the Chief Executive of Rowing New Zealand.
Mike was a member of the eight that finished 4th at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He is also the proud winner of two world championship gold medals in 1982 and 1983. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Mike is now Chief Executive of the Millennium Institute in Auckland.
Graham Child joins the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board as an experienced business leader, board member and qualified accountant.
Child is a founding Trustee of Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation having been on the board since its inception in 2013. He has also served as the Chair of Hockey NZ and was a Board Member for the World Masters Games in 2017. He has extensive senior management and governance experience and holds several commercial directorships.
Child comes from a strong sporting background, having been a former hockey New Zealand representative while actively coaching several teams.
Cowley-Ross has represented New Zealand at two Commonwealth Games: Glasgow 2014 and Melbourne 2006, where she finished 10th in the heptathlon event.
She also competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games finishing 26th in the heptathlon event. Cowley-Ross is one of New Zealand’s top heptathletes with a PB of 6135 points; while regarded as one of New Zealand's most successful high jumpers of all time, with a personal best of 1.91m.
Cowley-Ross is Chair of the New Zealand Olympic Committee's Athlete's Commission and also represents the organisations Athlete Ambassador program, a role which sees her visit schools and speak to children about Olympic values and her journey.
Liz Dawson was elected as a member of the NZOC Board in 2012. Liz is based in the Wairarapa and Wellington and is currently a director of New Zealand Cricket, the Chair of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 Local Organising Committee, Oceania Continental member of the ANOC Gender Equity Commission, Deputy Chair of the ONOC Equity Commission, a director and shareholder of the Hurricanes, and a director of the Racing Industry Transition Agency.
Dawson also sits as an Independent Appointee to the St Kilda Football Club’s Integrity Committee (Melbourne) and has served on and continues to do so, a number of independent review panels, particularly in relation to sport.
Dawson has been a director and Chair of a number of boards over the past 20 years in both the sporting and commercial sectors, following an executive career in FMCG, Financial Services, and sport.
Dawson was awarded the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018 for services to sport.
As Deputy Chair of the NZOC, Dawson chairs the Performance and Remuneration Committee, the Integrity Committee, and has also served as the Board's appointee to the NZOC Women in Sport Leadership Academy. She continues to advocate strongly for the roles of women and girls in sport, leading NZ Cricket’s Women in Governance project as well as mentoring athletes transitioning from sport.
Tony Hall was appointed to the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board in 2012. He is based in Canterbury and has an extensive background in business, economic development, education and sport.
Hall is also a Board member of High Performance Sport New Zealand, a trustee and previous chair of the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust and hold a number of other trustee, chair and directorial positions. Additionally, Hall offers ongoing support and sponsorship to the Winter Paralympic team.
Hall was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2017 for services to sport and education.
Diana Puketapu was elected as a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board in 2015. Diana is the current Director of New Zealand Cricket, Napier Port, Tamaki Redevelopment Company, Ngati Porou Holdings, Ngati Porou Seafoods and Manawanui Support. Diana is also a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Diana has previously worked as a Chief Financial Officer, both in the commercial sector and sporting environment. She spent six years working as the Chief Financial Officer for the America’s Cup Sailing teams.
As a Fellow Chartered Accountant, Diana is the Audit and Risk Committee Chair for the New Zealand Olympic Committee. She is also on the Maori Advisory Committee.
Annette Purvis has held Governance roles within Athletics New Zealand, IPC World Athletic Championships, IAAF Women’s Committee and Gender Leadership taskforce and the Christchurch School of Gymnastics.
She is Chair of Athletics NZ and has led several High-Performance development and revitalization strategies. Purvis is an experienced senior manager and has been actively committed to a number of international and domestic athletic projects.
Purvis was General Manager for IAG, leading their residential earthquake customer settlements programme for Canterbury and Kaikoura.
Sarah Walker became New Zealand’s first Olympic BMX medallist, winning silver at London 2012, following on from a fourth place at Beijing 2008. She is a three time gold medal winning World Champion, with an additional three silver and three bronze medals won from 2007 - 2015. During this time she also took home a total of eight medals including four golds from World Cup events.
While she missed qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games due to a last-minute injury, Walker was made a member of the IOC Olympic Athletes’ Commission and is today an IOC Member.
Walker has served on the Women in Sport IOC Commission and is a current member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, Digital and Technology Commission, Future Hosts Commission and the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission. Walker has also been named the Chair of the IOC Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration Steering Committee.
Walker has completed a number of governance and leadership courses and remains a competitive athlete.
Trevor Taylor is based in Wellington and was elected to the Board of the New Zealand Olympic in 2013. Taylor's term expired on the Board in 2020; however, he has been seconded to continue his service until the end of the calendar year to assist with succession.
Taylor is Chair of the NZOC Sport Funding Committee and a Member of the Audit and Finance Committee. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Taylor has wide ranging senior executive and governance experience covering the private, public, local government, health, not-for-profit (NFP) and sporting sectors. Trevor is currently Independent Chair of Worldskills NZ, Chair of Wellington Free Ambulance Trust, Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Compass Health, Board Member and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of Te Pūtahitanga O Te Waipounamu, Board Member and Chair of Governance & Risk Committee Greyhound Racing NZ and a Trustee of the Surf Life Saving NZ Foundation. Previous governance roles were in the energy and construction-transport sectors.
His initial career was within the Energy Sector where he spent 25 years working for Petrocorp, Fletcher Challenge Petroleum, Southern Petroleum and the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand. He then spent 14 years in the NFP sector as the CEO of the Outward Bound Trust of NZ before moving into Governance.