Meet the Board

Richard Hill (Chairperson)

Richard works at the University of Waikato with teacher trainees in the areas of language and literacy education.

Prior to this he was a primary teacher, working with Maori bilingual primary schools,  Richard is also involved in the coaching and administration of children's sport in football and swimming in Cambridge.


Catherine Gunn

Catherine is the school representative on WILSS Board

As Principal of Sacred Heart Girls College in Hamilton she considers the students to have great potential, with skills and talents to share, develop and contribute to the school and the wider community.  “We want our young women to develop personal responsibility, effective life-long learning habits, personal resilience and well-being, all of which will equip them to live a life that will make a difference in our ever-changing world."

Lisa Gardiner (retired as at November 2019)

Lisa is our Iwi representative on the Board.   She comes from a business and management background and has a passion for Māori development. Lisa has been the General Manager for the Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust based in Morrinsville since 2013, and prior to this worked in the treaty settlement sector for ten years.

“I am involved in iwi, business and community initiatives and I am passionate about bringing these worlds together to create beneficial outcomes for the people and places I am passionate about’.

Lisa’s tribal affiliations are with the Tauranga Moana iwi, she is of Ngāi te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent and is a proud Mum to two teenage boys and is hugely passionate about all things sport and recreation!

Kirsten Petrie

Kirsten is the acting Dean of Sport, Health and Human Performance, in the Faculty of Education (Te Kura Toi Tangata), at the University of Waikato.

Her teaching is focused on health and physical education in schools, with her research focusing more specifically on primary schools, professional learning, curriculum development, and policies implications.  She continues to be involved in coaching hockey, with recent involvement at Knighton Normal School, with the Waikato U13 Girls and New Zealand Selection teams.

Her commitment to ensuring all young people have positive experiences in whatever movement experience they chose to engage in, and have opportunities to develop knowledge and skills to enhance their own and others hauora, continue to frame her involvement as a member of the broader university, schools and community.

Roseanne Murray

Roseanne has an extensive background in the sporting sector.  She is currently the Community Sport Advisor at Sport Waikato, and has previously held managerial positions with both Netball Waikato and Bowls Waikato, as well as Event Manager with Netball New Zealand.

Roseanne is passionate about the provision of sport to our local communities and believes Sport Waikato and WILSS have an important part to play in ensuring sport continues to be an integral component of our society.

Rhonda Parry

Rhonda has 25 years' experience in professional services - accounting, insurance, banking, and the legal industry.  She has a passion for enabling business to "be comfortable being uncomfortable" in our changing world, and puts a high value on communication, risk management and strategy. Rhonda's strengths include finance, risk management, policy and compliance, governance practices and an appreciation for the impact of decisions and plans on all stakeholders.

Rhonda is energised by all forms of education that inspire and motivate people to achieve and extend to their highest potential - by focusing on leadership, wellness, sport and positive contributions to our communities. The opportunity to be involved in WILSS therefore brings together several passions, being sport, personal and professional development, health and governance.

Rhonda has a sporting background in her own right and now three very active daughters to keep pace with. Rhonda in a Charted Accountant and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Andrew Bateman (retired as at November 2019)

Andrew has over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry and more than ten years' experience of governance across private companies, not-for-profits and the education sector.  He holds an MBA from the University of Waikato and has completed the Institute of Directors Regional Director Development programme.  Andrew's core skills include being able to see where organisations need to focus their activity, knowing the boundary between governance and management, thinking strategically and displaying leadership.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Chair of the Cambridge High School Board of Trustees
  • Deputy Chair of Waipa Networks Trust
  • Directorships of two private companies

Andrew Matheson

Andrew is the Chief Executive of Cycling New Zealand and also the General Manager of the Avantidrome in Cambridge. Prior to this he has held senior roles in High Performance Sport New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing New Zealand.

He is passionate about enabling people to achieve through sport, and seeing them grow knowledge, skills and confidence through sport and education.

Andrew believes that WILSS has an exceptionally important role in play in assisting our community to provide useful skills for volunteers and future leaders particularly in the sports sector.

I have been delighted with the way the WILSS leadership programmes connected with our students. The sessions are interactive, balanced and well paced. They provide real opportunities for..."

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