The New Zealand Olympic Education Commission (NZOEC) has been established to advise the NZOC Board on development strategies to promote Olympism and achieve its objective in Olympic Education of:
Inspiring young New Zealanders to explore, engage with and model the Olympic Values through participation in sport and the celebration of the Olympic Games.
  • Kereyn Smith - Secretary General NZOC
  • Gillian Heald - Chair
  • Garry Carnachan
  • Glen Denham
  • Sue Emerson
  • Andrew Hunter
  • Irene van Dyk


Gillian has held several leadership roles in education, including principal of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and founding co-director of Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti. She is recognised internationally for her role as a Guardian of New Zealand’s Secondary Futures project aligned with the OECD Schooling for Tommorrow project. She has extensive governance experience in a range of organisations including the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council, Independent Schools Council, University of Canterbury Council, Rutherford’s Den, Aurora College Establishment Board, Canterbury Opera and REANNZ Research and Education Advanced Network NZ, and is currently on the boards of The Arts Centre of Christchurch, CORE Education Charitable Trust, Te Aho oTe Kura Pounamu and the NZ Qualifications Authority.

In 2010, Gillian was awarded the MNZM for Services to Education.


Executive Director NZSSSC 

Previously Principal of Opunake High School in Taranaki and currently Executive Director of the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council. Worked as Professional Development Manager for the NZ Rugby Union and managed both the Junior All Blacks and Hurricanes rugby sides.

Garry also manages the Sport in Education project for SportNZ and has a passion for the potential sport has to engage students in our schools and enhance academic, social and health outcomes. 


Head of Dept of Sport, Unitec, NZ Women’s Hockey team rep, selected for NZ Olympic Team to Moscow in 1980.

Developed a consultancy business in sport leadership in the early 1990’s, after many years teaching. Areas of real focus: positive coaching environments, games as teaching tools, and effective pedagogy and team leadership. Wrote Sport NZ’s Growing Leaders.  Consulted extensively to Sport and Recreation NZ, Coaching NZ , Sport ITO, RST’s