25 AUGUST - 6 SEPT 2020 (JST)

4 - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Meet our Team

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is very proud to have recruited and retained the following talented team members. Each person plays a key role in implementing the PNZ Strategic Plan - Towards 2020.


Senior Leadership Team Members


Fiona Allan, Chief Executive and Secretary General

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e: fallan@paralympics.org.nz

Fiona is a well-respected strategic leader in New Zealand sport with a 16 year plus career. Since 2007 she has led growth of the Paralympic Movement in New Zealand.

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Malcolm Humm, High Performance Director

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e: mhumm@paralympics.org.nz

Malcolm has over 20 years’ experience in High Performance Sport. Since 2008 he has led all PNZ programmes to deliver against Paralympic Games medal targets.

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Lynette Grace, Games Campaign and Sports Manager

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e: lgrace@paralympics.org.nz

Lynette has worked in High Performance event and campaign direction for 20 years’. Since 2014 she has led all Paralympic Games campaigns and Member relationships.

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Jenifer Hunt, Commercial Manager 

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e: jhunt@paralympics.org.nz

Jenifer has extensive experience in sponsorship, marketing and partnership management. A 20 plus year career with commercial and sponsorship management roles in media and sport. She leads commercial partnership, business development and fundraising activities for PNZ.

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Graeme Cochrane, Finance Manager 

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e: accounts@paralympics.org.nz

Graeme is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years experience in Finance roles. His career started with 5 years at Deloittes, in the Business Advisory and Corporate Recovery divisions. Graeme has since worked for a variety of industries both privately owned and publicly listed entities. These have included Chubb System & Services, Tourism Holdings Limited and United Gaming.

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executive assistant

Liz Henderson, Executive Assistant

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e: lhenderson@paralympics.org.nz

Liz has a strong background in a broad range of administration in various sectors, and experience in numerous large scale sports events (media operations), training, promotions, sports coaching and Incident Management (Search and Rescue). She is passionate about the numerous benefits that sport and recreational participation can give at all levels.

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Commercial and Marketing Team Members


Melissa Dawson, Brand and Communications Manager

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e: mdawson@paralympics.org.nz

Melissa is a communication and PR professional with over 20 years’ experience. Since 2012 she has led PNZ’s brand and reputational growth across New Zealand.

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Laure Gruffat, Events and Digital Coordinator             

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e: lgruffat@paralympics.org.nz

Laure has extensive experience in events and digital globally, notably with the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Bid. She leads our Celebration Project including a series of community events celebrating our Paralympians towards Tokyo 2020 and digital strategy.

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FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Heidi Curnow, Fundraising Coordinator             

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e: hcurnow@paralympics.org.nz

Heidi is originally from the UK and emigrating to New Zealand in late 2017. Heidi is keen to develop her career in the not-for-profit sector having worked in marketing, communications, events and fundraising since 2014. Her recent experience of working for a charity has shown Heidi how she can use her skills to help enhance the lives of others.

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High Performance and Community Development Team Members



Marguerite Christophers, Classification Manager

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e: classification@paralympics.org.nz

Marguerite is one of the world’s leading Para sport classifiers, with 20 years’ experience in the sector. Since 2009 she has led the national Classification Strategy.

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Scott Higgins, Coach Development Manager

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e: shiggins@paralympics.org.nz

Scott began his international career with the United States Olympic Committee, and over a 15-year period has worked alongside 22 international teams across 14 Olympic and Paralympic programmes. Scott has supported coaches and programs in preparation for the last 5 Winter Olympic Games, 2 Summer Paralympic Games, and has delivered team support at international competitions in 15 countries throughout the U.S, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. 

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Rod Corban, Performance Psychologist

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e: rod.corban@gmail.com

Rod has worked within Para sport since 2006 as a psychologist supporting Para athletes mental health in their everyday lives and helping them develop their performance mindset. 

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Graeme Maw, Para Swimming Programme Leader

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e: gmaw@paralympics.org.nz

Graeme is a very experienced High Performance manager, with a 25 year career in delivering results. Since 2017 he has managed the Para Swimming programme.

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Marty Croy, Programme Manager - Para Cycling and Shooting Para Sport

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e: mcroy@paralympics.org.nz

Marty has spent 20 years’ in various New Zealand High Performance Sport roles. Since 2017 he has managed the Para cycling and Shooting Para Sport programmes.

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Simon Mayne, Para Swimming Performance Coach

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e: smayne@paralympics.org.nz

Simon has had a 20-year career in sport and has coached Paralympic swimmers to three consecutive Paralympic Games since 2005. His focus is now set on Tokyo 2020.

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Roly Crichton, Para Swimming Performance Coach

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Roly has been involved in Para sport for close to 40 years, representing New Zealand at five Paralympic Games, two as an athlete and three as a swim coach. He is now focussed on developing Para swimmers for Tokyo 2020.

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Stuart MacDonald, PNZ Para Cycling Head Performance Coach

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e: smacdonald@paralympics.org.nz

Stuart has been coaching in High Performance cycling for more than a decade in the UK and New Zealand. He joined PNZ in 2015 and became Head Coach in April 2017.

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Laura Thompson, Para Cycling National Development Coordinator

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e: lthompson@paralympics.org.nz

Laura joined PNZ as a sighted pilot for Para cycling in 2009 and won five Paralympic medals across London 2012 and Rio 2016. After retiring in 2016 she became a coach.

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Damian Wiseman, Para Cycling Hub Coach and Sports Scientist             

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e: dwiseman@paralympics.org.nz

Damian is highly respected in high performance sport having worked in the sector for more than eight years, completing his PhD research as part of his role with the Cycling New Zealand track programme. He has been coaching athletes across a variety of sports since the late 90’s, with an emphasis in all disciplines of cycling in particular track sprint cycling.

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Major Partners

ToyatoHigh Performance Sport New Zealand


Official Partners

Adecco ACCHarvey NormanTVNZ


Community Partners

SanfordNew Zealand Chambers of Commerce
New Zealand Racing BoardPub CharityThe Lion FoundationNew Zealand Community Trust


Official Suppliers

Simpson Gierson Blue StarOceanbridge        


Partners

This website has only been made possible
thanks to the generous support of Sport New Zealand

Acknowledgement