Meet the Staff

Jack Clayton

Jack started as the WILSS General Manager in April 2018. 

His previous role was at Hockey New Zealand, as the Community Hockey Manager for Young People.  Prior to that Jack held the conjoined role of Regional Development Manager for Waikato Hockey Association and the Sportsforce Hockey Development Office for Sport Waikato. 

Before his move into the sport sector he was the Head of Automotive at Wintec and earlier spent 22 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 

Contact Details: or phone 027-475-7515

Paula Dewar

As the School Programme Manager at WILSS Paula's role focuses upon leadership and volunteerism with Primary, Intermediate and  Secondary School students as well as community groups.

Her qualifications include BTchg, BEd and PGDip SPLS and a Masters in Sport & Leisure Studies (2015).

Paula has taught at both Secondary and Tertiary Institutions and thoroughly enjoys the interaction with learners and in particular, youth. She is a coach and through this has a passion in supporting and guiding our future leaders through the leadership development programmes she delivers at WILSS.

Contact Details: or phone 027-579-2680

Naomi Bates

Naomi is the Sport Programmes Manager at Wilss and her position involves co-ordinating, networking and ensuring the high quality delivery of sport programmes throughout the Greater Waikato and Central Plateau regions. 

Contact Details: or phone 027-232-9025


Nicola Blake

Nicola is the the KiwiSport Leadership Development Officer at Wilss.

Nicola is a Sport & Leisure Studies and teaching graduate. She was also a Hillary Scholar whilst at the University of Waikato.  She has been involved in sport all her life as a player, representative, volunteer, organiser, team captain/manager for both tennis and squash so has a broad base of experience for this role.

Contact Details: or phone 027-508-5508

Zelda Tucker

Zelda provides programme/administration support for the Wilss team.

Her experience within the education sector has included 12 years as a Business Administration Tutor for a Private Training Provider as well as managing a community education programme at a local secondary school.

She has a BA (Hons) from Massey University and a Certificate in Adult Teaching. 

Contact Details: or phone 07 839 9908

Community Programmes Coordinator - TBC



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