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Ken Sowden (MNZM)
021 057 5992

Ken joined ParaFed Canterbury in 1995 after a very successful 20 year career with the New Zealand Army.

Since that time he has overseen the growth of ParaFed Canterbury and is responsible for ensuring the strategic plan is implemented and supports all staff in achieving their respective goals.

Ken is a member of the ParaFed Canterbury Board and has input into the future direction of the organisation. His vast experience enables him to assist and advise others within the sector.

Hadleigh Pierson
022 064 3001

Hadleigh first worked for ParaFed Canterbury in 2001, before taking up a position with Paralympics New Zealand in 2008 as their Talent Identification Manager.

He rejoined ParaFed Canterbury in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the academy programme, sports clubs and recruitment of new athletes. He also manages the ParaFed Canterbury website.

Hadleigh represented New Zealand in swimming at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

Charlotte Pawson

Charlotte joined ParaFed Canterbury in 2014. She is responsible for running our Junior Sports Programmes and managing the ParaFed Canterbury team to the Junior Games.

She has a Bachelor of Sports Coaching from the University of Canterbury and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood. She has worked with children and youth through different roles as a volunteer, swim coach and preschool teacher.

Charlotte was the winner of the Westfield Riccarton Local Hero Award for her dedication supporting ParaFed Canterbury's junior members and families. In December 2018 she became a mum to daughter Freya.

Kerry Jenkinson
021 108 3257

Kerry rejoined ParaFed Canterbury in 2019 in a temporary capacity as cover in the Administration Managers role.

She previously worked for ParaFed Canterbury until 2015, along with time working for CCS Disability Action and Paralympics New Zealand. Kerry has been involved in supporting boccia at all levels, including team manager of the New Zealand boccia team at the Paralympic Games. She is now an international classifier for boccia.

Kerry loves being active, and being outdoors, with her husband and three children.

Jodie Kilshaw
022 658 4846

Jodie joined ParaFed Canterbury in 2017 as our Sponsorship & Events Manager.

She is responsible for managing and renewing our current business sponsors and
liaising with any potential new sponsors.

Jodie has a background in sales, marketing and event management.

The ParaFed Canterbury Board can be emailed at board@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Sian joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2012, having first got involved with ParaFed Canterbury through her daughters interest in Para swimming.

She is a Chartered Accountant and Authorised Financial Adviser. She is also a shareholder in an engineering business employing eight staff.

Sian has an interest in governance and financial management. She is a member of the funding subcommittee and has lead the Marshland Hall Project. Sian has a background in sports administration at club level in the sport of swimming.

James joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2016. He comes from a commercial background of sales management in the apparel industry and for the last six years has operated his own apparel supply business.

James has an extensive background in sports administration at club, provincial and national level with the sport of rowing. He is involved in a part time role with NZME Newstalk ZB as a sports commentator and producer.

James has represented New Zealand on numerous occasions as a team manager, the pinnacle being the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as rowing manager.

Grant joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2009. He has a background in Computer Aided Design and completed a Certificate in Sports Training & Development.

He has been involved in competitive Para shooting for more than 10 years, representing New Zealand at two World Championships. He is also the coach of the ParaFed Canterbury Shooting Club.

Grant is also a Student Scholarship Artist with the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

Annette joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2009. She is the manager at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs, who manufacture custom made lightweight manual wheelchairs.

She is interested in management, especially strategic management, and has great skills in process evaluation and development.

Annette's involvement in quality management and understanding the need for good processes assist in ensuring productivity within our organisation.