Board Members

  • Graham Child profile image

    Graham Child

    Board Chair

  • Rohini Ram profile image

    Rohini Ram

    Trustee

  • Shelley Katae profile image

    Shelley Katae

    Trustee

  • Denise Atkins profile image

    Denise Atkins

    Trustee

  • David Tse profile image

    David Tse

    Trustee

  • Peter Meehan profile image

    Peter Meehan

    Trustee

  • Mataroria Lyndon profile image

    Mataroria Lyndon

    Trustee

  • Penny Hulse profile image

    Penny Hulse

    Trustee

Graham Child

Board Chair

Graham is a founding Trustee of Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation, having been on the Board since its inception in 2013. He has extensive senior management and governance experience, and holds several other commercial directorships.

A former Hockey NZ representative, Graham was previously the Chair of Hockey NZ and a Board Member for the World Masters Games 2017.

Rohini Ram

Trustee

Rohini Ram is a Partner for EY New Zealand and the New Zealand leader of the People Advisory Services team. She is a member of the New Zealand Markets Board for EY; a founding member of the organisation’s New Zealand Diversity & Inclusiveness Council; and the EY Ambassador to Auckland University, an example of her commitment and passion for youth development.

Ms Ram is also the Treasurer on the board of Oxfam and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, India NZ Business Council and NZ Asian Leaders.

Shelley Katae

Trustee

Shelley 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.

Shelley is currently a board member of Taupo Moana Ltd (Ngāti Tuwharetoa).

Denise Atkins

Trustee

Dr. Denise Atkins is a senior lecturer and academic development advisor in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University lecturing on both the North and  South Auckland campus. 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, Denise 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). Denise is Chair of Drowning Prevention Auckland and is a member of the ABSL Board as the Basketball Auckland representative.

David Tse

Trustee

David is a strategic thinker in the field of digital innovation, gleaned from over 30 years in senior management, sales and marketing positions in the technology sector. A high achieving professional, he is a mentor, coach and leader of high performing teams. He has a reputation for thinking outside the square, managing complexity, speed of engagement, excellent communications and sincere people skills.

Currently the Director Sales and Marketing for Jade Software, he sits on their Senior Leadership Team responsible for Jade’s overall sales, marketing and communications strategies. Prior to Jade he held senior management roles at NEC, Spark, IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and StorageTek.

Bringing a diverse set of insights and thinking to the Executive and Board governance table is something David thrives on. Apart from his Aktive role, he is also an Advisory Board Member of NZ Asian Leaders, a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, the Information Technology Association of NZ (ITANZ) and numerous Chinese Associations and Communities including the NZ Chinese Association and Future Dragonz.

Peter Meehan

Trustee

Peter has a depth of knowledge in banking, IT, risk management, sales and service and project management, where, after 45 years in banking he retired from the role of General Manager Operations and Risk. Peter 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. Peter was a member of the Auckland Sport (now Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation) Establishment Board and convenes Aktive’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Mataroria Lyndon

Trustee

Dr Lyndon is a public health doctor, a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Auckland, and Equity Lead at Mahitahi Hauora Public Health Organisation in Northland. He is also a Clinical Director at Tend Health. A Board member of the Northland District Health Board and the Health Promotion Agency, Dr Lyndon also co-hosts the TVNZ medical series ‘The Check Up.’ He completed his Master of Public Health at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017 and his PhD is focused in medical education. He was also awarded the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Young Professional of the Year 2016.

Penny Hulse

Trustee

Ms Hulse stepped down as an Auckland Councillor in 2019 after a 27-year career in local government. Over this time, she held various leadership roles including Deputy Mayor of both Auckland and Waitākere cities and chair of a number of council committees, including the Environment and Community Committee which had oversight for a range of key policy platforms including provision of sport and recreation. Building on a solid understanding of council processes and issues facing the Auckland region, Ms Hulse is currently a member of the Waitākere Licensing Trust, the Kaianga Ora Board, and the LinkPeople Board. She is also a member of the Conservation Authority, the Community Waitākere Board and chairs the Waitākere Anti Violence Essential Services.

Senior Leadership Team

  • Jennah Wootten profile image

    Jennah Wootten

    Chief Executive

  • Debbie Curgenven profile image

    Debbie Curgenven

    General Manager Community Sport

  • Joanna Redfern profile image

    Joanna Redfern

    Communications and Marketing Manager

  • Ian Jagger profile image

    Ian Jagger

    General Manager Shared Services

  • Manu Pihama profile image

    Manu Pihama

    Kaihautū Kōtui – Māori Partnership Manager

Jennah Wootten

Chief Executive

Jennah brings significant sector knowledge and experience to the role, and is a proven people and organisational leader. Her credentials, connections and expertise have seen her sit on both sides of the board table, and navigate complexity and challenges.

Jennah has deep knowledge of both Tāmaki Makaurau and the sport and recreation sector. She has held a number of leading sports administration positions, including General Manager Partnerships & Communication with Sport New Zealand, CEO World Masters Games 2017 and General Manager – Destination at ATEED. She is the Deputy Chair of Auckland Unlimited and a Director of Cricket 2021 Limited (2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup).

Debbie Curgenven

General Manager Community Sport

Debbie has more than 20 years experience working in the sport and recreation sector, having spent time working in England, the USA and New Zealand. Prior to arriving in New Zealand Debbie was Head of Sport for a local authority and also spent time developing sports lottery projects on behalf of Sport England and local government. Whilst in New Zealand, Debbie has worked for a local Regional Sports Trust, had experience working in local government and most recently worked for Sport New Zealand.

Joanna Redfern

Communications and Marketing Manager

Jo has previously held senior leadership roles with McDonald’s New Zealand, with responsibility for corporate affairs, stakeholder engagement and customer services and played a key role in the launch of McCafe. She has also worked with a range of other organisations including Westpac, AA Smartfuel, Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and Transaction Services Group. In addition, Jo is involved with coaching and managing various junior sports teams.

Ian Jagger

General Manager Shared Services

Ian has depth of experience in finance, IT, risk management and project management, having worked internationally for more than 20 years in senior roles for organisations such as PWC, ANZ and BDO. He is responsible for the setup and roll out of shared services, and serves on Aktive’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Manu Pihama

Kaihautū Kōtui – Māori Partnership Manager

Manu is of Tainui, Patuharakeke (and Dutch) descent, and joins Aktive from KPMG where he was in Management Consulting with a focus on the Māori sector. He also brings a broad background of relationships and experience across Central and Local Government. He has worked at Auckland Council and the Ministry of Social Development in management and strategic leadership roles including collaborative sessions between Central and Local Government, Iwi and Non-Government Organisations in Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau.

​Manu is passionate about partnering to achieving positive outcomes for our communities and whanau through sport and active recreation.

Portfolio Managers

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    Simone Spencer

    Portfolio Manager: Women & Girls, Coach Development, Good Sports®

  • Luke Morriss profile image

    Luke Morriss

    Portfolio Manager: Korikori & Sector Development

Simone Spencer

Portfolio Manager: Women & Girls, Coach Development, Good Sports®

Simone is the first women to lead in the Coach Development space across New Zealand bringing a wealth of skills and expertise to the position, including significant Good Sports® and Coach Development experience during her three years with Aktive. Prior to this, Simone was Sport Manager, Surf Life Saving Northern Region for six years. She has also been a business owner and was a Constable in the NZ Police for five years, and as a result has operational, strategic and governance experience.

As Portfolio Manager, Simone will be developing and managing the implementation of Aktive’s strategy and associated policies and initiative for sport, play, active recreation and governance.

Luke Morriss

Portfolio Manager: Korikori & Sector Development

Luke is the Portfolio Manager for Korikori – Schools and Kura (including Water Skills for Life), Sector Support (including Play and Disability) and holds several tertiary qualifications.

Luke has worked in national leadership roles with a background in National Sports Organisations, where he was previously the Coaching and Development Director at Squash New Zealand, and the all-encompassing Director at Boccia New Zealand. Luke originally trained as a Physical Education teacher, and his professional roles have been complemented throughout his career as a volunteer, coach, event manager and committee member.