Our Staff

Graeme Steel: Chief Executive  [BA(Hons), Dip Tchg]
Graeme Steel has led the anti-doping programme in New Zealand since it was established at the NZOC in 1989. He was seconded to the IOC Medical Commission for the Sydney Olympic Games to assist in the oversight of the Doping Control Programme. Graeme has served on WADA Independent Observer Panels at the Davis Cup Final 2003, the Athens Olympics (Deputy Chair), the 2006 Asian Games (Chair) and the Beijing Paralympic Games (Chair). He has represented New Zealand on the WADA Foundation Board and was the President of the Association of National Anti-Doping Organisations (ANADO). Graeme was tested himself at the 1979 Asian Volleyball Championships and continues to participate in a variety of sports. Email Graeme.
Scott Tibbutt: Chief Operating Officer  [BBS]
Scott  is responsible for the efficient operation of Drug Free Sport NZ and ensures the organisation complies with all legislative and regulatory requirements to  enable  the effective conduct of anti-doping work. Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Sports Management & Coaching from Massey University and has worked throughout the Sport & Recreation sector in both commercial and public  organisations within New Zealand and the UK over the past 15 years. Previously a representative runner he now enjoys keeping fit through snowboarding, surfing or wakeboarding with the odd gym session or run thrown in. Email Scott
 
  Jude Ellis: Programme Director - Testing and Investigations
Jude is responsible for the planning and implementation of DFSNZ’s enforcement programme, which includes the annual testing programme, investigations into doping in sport and the results management process, where an anti-doping rule violation occurs.  She has a wide range of experience after more than 20 years working in the sport and recreation sector, including many years working as a Doping Control Official for DFSNZ.  Jude has represented New Zealand in both rowing and women’s rugby and has coached national age-group rowing teams.  In 2001 she and her team mate placed third in the Trans-Atlantic rowing race from Tenerife to Barbados, completing the crossing in a record 50 days.   She now keeps fit by riding her mountain bike, road biking, running and stand up paddle boarding whenever she can. Email Jude
Sian Clancy: Education Manager [BSpC, PGDipEd, MEd]
Sian began as Drug Free Sport NZ's education manager after her time as a Programme Manager at Netball New Zealand.
She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Masters of Education (MEd) in 2012 after receiving a Post graduate diploma in Education (PGDipEd) and a Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC).
Sian has experience both internationally and nationally as an athlete and coach in Netball, gymnastics and figure skating.
She now competes in road cycling events throughout NZ and looks forward to using sporting and academic experience in delivering the anti-doping education programme.  She is passionate about seeing the spirit of sport shine both internationally and domestically through participation in clean sport. Email Sian
 

Dr Bridget Leonard: Programme Manager - Testing/Science
[DipPhty(NZ), BSc(Hons) PhD]

Bridget’s primary role is to monitor scientific advancements in anti-doping and use these to inform and influence Drug Free Sport NZ’s testing programme.  She is responsible for managing Drug Free Sport NZ’s Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme which involves the analysis and interpretation of athletes’ biological data collected from urine and blood samples. Her work requires close liaison with WADA-accredited laboratories both in New Zealand and overseas and close links with anti-doping scientists in other organisations.  Bridget has a BSc(Hons) from the University of Otago and a PhD in Physiology from the University of Auckland.  Having represented New Zealand in gymnastics, she now enjoys participating in multisport, trail running and cycling events. Email Bridget.

Andrew McCowan: Programme Manager - Testing  [BSc (Biological Sciences)]
Andrew’s role involves liaising with national sporting organisations; managing and organising testing for New Zealand athletes nationally and internationally as well as overseeing the Whereabouts Programme. Andrew manages DFSNZ contract staff in New Zealand which includes training, auditing, recruitment and organising conferences.  He is currently developing and implementing a new doping control form app – Paperless.
Andrew has previously worked as a chemist and in organic chemistry and the food industry. He has represented New Zealand in both rowing and basketball, and was part of a four man team to row across the Tasman, from Sydney to Auckland in 2011.
Email Andrew.
Nadine Fromont: Programme Manager - Testing  [BSpEx, GDip Bus]
Nadine is responsible for the planning and implementation of Drug Free Sport NZ's ‘enforcement’ programme. This includes monitoring of the Athlete whereabouts programme; liasing with National Sporting Organisations, doping control officers and chaperones; and the management and organisation of testing for New Zealand athletes both nationally and internationally.  Nadine began her tertiary education attending a USA College on a track and field scholarship and since then has worked in High Performance roles for organisations in both Australia and New Zealand. She is still a keen sportsperson and enjoys most outdoor sports including running, mountain biking, rock-climbing and water sports. Email Nadine.
 

Wilbur Jeftha: Programme Manager/Doping Control Officer [BPhEd]
Wilbur holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from Otago University, where he majored in Exercise Sports Science. Prior to joining the DFSNZ team Wilbur was employed with Auckland and North Harbour regional Sports Trusts, where he was involved in development and delivery of community health programmes. Having lived in King Country, Otago and Auckland, Wilbur is a keen New Zealand rugby enthusiast and is passionate about protecting and promoting New Zealand's clean sporting culture. Email Wilbur

Sarah Lawson: TUE and Medical Liaison
As a Registered Nurse, Sarah's key responsibility is to assist athletes and medical professionals with the submission and processing of the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE).  She also offers assistance on the 0800 Hotline and website for athletes, support staff and doctors with enquiries regarding medications and supplements. She is a keen sports fan and due to her 'sport mad' family is involved in a variety of sports. Email Sarah.
 
 

Kim Taylor: Communications Manager
Kim's key responsibility is to look after all communications channels at Drug Free Sport NZ. This includes internal and external communications and media relations. Kim has a background in broadcast media (SKY Sport) and joins us from her most recent role as Publicity Manager at Netball NZ. Email Kim

 

Kristin Farrell: Education Coordinator 

Kristin is the Education Coordinator for Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) and manages Good Clean Sport - Youth, the school-based anti-doping education programme.  Kristin also provides operational support for the education department.
She has previously worked at the PGA of Australia in Western Australia and was a Testing Programme Manager for DFSNZ for almost five years. Email Kristin

 

Roger Brown: Accountant
Roger is responsible for all of the accounting functions at Drug Free Sport NZ and has been with us since 2004. A graduate of Victoria University in Wellington, he has held a number of senior accounting roles. Over the last few years, Roger has been contracted to organisations in the public and private sectors. Outdoor activities such as body-boarding, skiing and tramping are his major interests. Email Roger