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.

NZOC Board Members

The current NZOC Board members are:


Mike Stanley, President

Mike is into his second term as President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Acknoweldged 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.

Mike was first appointed to the Board at the General Assembly on May 15, 2003

Liz Dawson

Liz Dawson was elected as a member of NZOC Board in 2012. Liz is currently a director of the Hurricanes Ltd, the New Zealand Racing Board, a Trustee of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and a member of the Advisory Board of Watersmart Ltd. Most recently, she joined the Board of Academic Colleges Group Ltd in January 2012.

Liz has held senior roles in marketing and executive management across a range of industries and organizations in Retail and Sports sectors, FMCG and Financial Services, namely multi national brands such as AXA, and Trans Tasman icon brands Tip Top, the NZRU, the NRL, Angus & Robertson and Wendy’s Supa Sundaes.

Following 3 years primary teaching in Canterbury, Liz spent 3 and 1/2 years in Europe, mainly in Austria as a ski instructor, returning to NZ to complete the NZ Ski Instructors’ Alliance Stage One (now referred to as Level 2) and a Commerce degree majoring in Marketing and Business Administration at the University of Canterbury.

She began her business career in the meat exporting industry, and then moved into FMCG marketing with Tip Top. Her natural interest in sport brought her to the NZRU as Marketing Manager, then into rugby league with the Warriors at their inception, and further, across the Tasman to Australia as CEO of the Adelaide Rams, a rugby league club set up by News Ltd to compete in the SuperLeague, a rival competition to the ARL in the late 1990’s (now the NRL), followed by the role of General Manager at the North Queensland Cowboys.

Liz then returned to mainstream business, developing a strategic marketing direction for Angus & Robertson in Melbourne (Australian sister company to Whitcoulls), returning to Adelaide to join Retail Brands Group as Director Marketing for the Wendy’s dairy treats brand, a privately owned franchise business with over 300 stores across Australia and New Zealand.

Returning to New Zealand in 2003 to take up the role of GM Marketing with AXA New Zealand, Liz also sat on the AXA Australia Marketing Executive Team, was selected to attend an AXA worldwide Executive Management course in Bordeaux, France as well as an international marketing conference in Paris.

In April 2005, Liz joined the Bid Office for the NZRU’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2011, assisting in the development of a comprehensive and winning bid document, and further, assisting in developing and executing the program to convince the IRB Board to vote for New Zealand’s case.

Tony Hall

Tony Hall is based in Canterbury and has an extensive background in business, economic development, education and sport. Tony was appointed to the NZOC board in 2012.

In 2004 Tony became a Board Member for Lincoln University Council and is now Pro-Chancellor. He is also the Chairman of the Community Colleges New Zealand Council, Commissioner on the Tertiary Education Commission Board and was founding Chairman of North Canterbury Economic Development Trust. Tony is a Trustee and Chairman of the Partnership of Excellence Life Sciences, Massey-Lincoln; a Trustee on the Rangi Ruru Girl’s School Trust Board and a director of Core Education Ltd.

His governance roles in Sport include board member of both Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust and the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust (Chair 2006-2011).

In 2008 Tony was appointed Chef de Mission for the Winter Olympics; however in April 2009 he relinquished the position due to his wife’s illness. Tony continues to be actively involved in support and sponsorship of disabled winter athletes, carrying on his wife Gilly’s work with Adaptive Snowsports New Zealand. He is currently supporting the progress of Adam Hall paralympian gold medalist and Corey Peters an emerging sit-ski athlete.

Tony was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007 for services to the community.

His ongoing interests include multi-sport, family, sailing, up-keep of a small farm and endeavoring to keep fit!

Diana Puketapu

Diana Puketapu was elected as a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board in 2015. Diana is a currently a director of the World Masters Games 2017 Ltd, Netball Northern Zone, Public Trust, Auckland Council Investments Ltd and Aotearoa Credit Union.

Diana was formerly a Chief Financial Officer for over ten years, both in the commercial sector and in the sporting environment. For six years she was the Chief Financial Officer for Americas Cup Sailing teams, so she understands sport in a business context. She has also been Chief Financial Officer for Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua o Orakei.

As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Diana is the Audit Committee Chair for many of the boards she works with, including the New Zealand Olympic Committee board. Diana is also a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Annette Purvis

Annette Purvis has held Governance roles within Athletics New Zealand, IPC World Athletic Championships 2011, IAAF Women’s Committee and the Christchurch School of Gymnastics.

She is currently Chair of Athletics NZ where she has led a review of the organisation’s constitution, refreshed the Board governance practice and overseen improved member and stakeholder engagement strategy and focus. She also led a revitalized Athletics NZ High Performance strategy.

Her executive career has seen Purvis lead large operational teams and functional project streams for large corporate projects with a focus on the Insurance industry. More recently as a General Manager for IAG she led their residential earthquake customer settlements programme for Canterbury and now Kaikoura. 

Trevor Taylor

Trevor is based in Wellington was elected as a member to the Board of the New Zealand Olympic in 2013 and is Chair of the NZOC Sport Funding Committee and a Member of the Audit and Finance Committee. Trevor is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Trevor 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, a Charitable Trust that focuses on running regional, national and international competitions for the vocational trades, Chair of Wellington Free Ambulance Trust, Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Compass Health and a Board Member of Surf Life Saving NZ and Life Flight Trust. Previous governance roles were in the energy and construction-transport sectors.

Trevor’s 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 moved into consulting with a focus on change management. For the past 14 years Trevor has worked in the NFP sector as the CEO of the Outward Bound Trust of NZ, a role he has recently stepped down from.

Nathan Twaddle, Athletes' Commission Representative

Nathan Twaddle like many rowers is based in Cambridge even since retiring in early 2011 with a record anyone would be proud of. Twaddle was 34, and after finishing seventh in the men's quadruple scull at the world champs on Lake Karapiro in 2010, and after 10 years of top level competition rowing.

In the pairs boat Twaddle carved out a successful international career, starting with Rob Hellstrom in 2003, before teaming up with George Bridgewater to win the world championship title in 2005 at Gifu, Japan. The duo went on to take two more world championship silver medals, in 2006 at Eton and 2007 at Munich. They won an Olympic bronze at Beijing in 2008, having finished fourth in the same event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. They were named Halberg Team of the Year in 2005.

Nathan is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athletes Commission since 2009 and joined the NZOC Board having been made convenor the Athletes Commission in 2015.

He was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2009 for services to rowing. He is currently also a trustee of the New Zealand Rowing Foundation and a local Cambridge Perago Sports Trust.

Sarah Walker, IOC Member

Sarah Walker was 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 times 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 last minute injury, Walker was made a member of the IOC Olympic Athletes’ Commission and is today an IOC Member.

She is also a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy commission (2016-) and Women in Sport (2016-)

Sarah has a Diploma in Design and Decorating and is still a competitive athlete.