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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
021 226 9080

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 the new role of Administration Manager.

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 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.

Geraldine joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2020. She first become involved with the organisation through when her grandson started competing in Para sport as a junior member.

She has held leadership positions for over thirty years within New Zealand Pony Club, from the grassroots level through to New Zealand President. She has extensive sports administration experience, and a strong understanding and working knowledge of governance, policy writing, strategic planning, risk management and health and safety.

Geraldine has a volunteer role at St Bede's College in learning support and is a qualified Level 2 Steward for Equestrian New Zealand.

She is passionate about ensuring all people have access to sport which enables them to meet their dreams and goals.

Nicki joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2020. She is the founding Director of NTM Consulting and has extensive sports leadership, academic, management, coaching and playing experience.

She played international cricket for New Zealand for ten years and has held coaching roles for both New Zealand Women's Cricket and Canterbury Men's Cricket. She as one of two coaches to start the modified children's cricket programme, Canta Cricket (later to become Kiwi Cricket).

She was National Manager for Halberg Disability Sport Foundation from 2010 to 2016. She was President of Coaching New Zealand in 2007 and has been a board member of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (Sport NZ) and GymSports NZ.

Nicki has a passion for sport and has both personal and professional experience with disability sport and physical activity. In 1998, Nicki was awarded a Queens Honour for services to the community and cricket (MNZM).

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.

Cody joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2021. As a current athlete he will ensure that the board has a balanced point of view when making decisions.

His unique perspective as the current co-captain of the New Zealand Wheel Blacks, will ensure that athletes interests and needs will be communicated and centre of all discussions.

Ken has been the senior staff member representative on the board of ParaFed Canterbury since 1997.

He has over 20 years experience on various local, national and international committees, including his current role as Vice President of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation.

As the senior staff representative, he has input into the future direction of the organisation.