Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation (Aktive) has announced two new appointments to its board – respected academic Dr Denise Atkins and senior executive Shelley Katae.

Effective 30 October 2018, the appointments are for a three year term, taking the board total to eight with the reappointment of current Board Member Peter Meehan.

“I am delighted to welcome Denise and Shelley to the board and have Peter’s ongoing contribution,” says Graham Child, Aktive Chair. “Denise has extensive physical education sector experience, which will be valuable in our collaboration with industry and partners. Shelley brings significant financial, strategic and performance management expertise, boosting our capabilities in working with different communities.

“These strong and diverse skillsets stand Aktive in good stead to build on our efforts and engagement.”

Dr Aktins is a senior lecturer and academic development advisor in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University and also lectures in South Auckland. She is a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching award and undertakes research in the fields of Health & Physical Education, pedagogy, play and children’s voice. As a previous senior advisor with the Ministry of Education, Dr Atkins worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sport New Zealand (formerly SPARC) and was responsible for implementing the Physical Activity Initiative (2005-2007). Dr Atkins is Chair of Drowning Prevention Auckland and is a member of the ABSL Board as the Basketball Auckland representative.

Ms Katae is General Manager Strategy and Performance with Tāmaki Regeneration Company. She has held a number of general management and operations roles in businesses across New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, and has built significant networks in the course of her community-based work. Ms Katae is currently a board member of Taupo Moana Ltd (Ngāti Tuwharetoa).

Current board member Peter Meehan has been reappointed for a further term. With extensive knowledge in banking, IT, risk management, sales and service and project management, he is a company director and has served on numerous sporting boards, including the Chair of Sport Waitakere and Chair of the Auckland Regional Sports Trust Alliance. Mr Meehan was a member of the Auckland Sport (now Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation) Establishment Board and convenes Aktive’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Child adds: “Aktive is on an exciting journey, we are pleased with Peter’s reappointment and look forward to the contribution of Denise’s and Shelly’s respective knowledge, experience and leadership.”

The annual appointment of Trustees to the board is the responsibility of the Selection and Performance Committee of Aktive. This Committee comprises two representatives from Aktive (including the Chair), Auckland Council, Sport New Zealand and the Regional Sports Trusts, and approves board appointments following an independent selection process.