Our Board

Drug Free Sport NZ is overseen by a board of up to five members who are appointed by the Governor General of New Zealand on recommendation by the Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Our current board members are:
 

Hon. Justice J Warwick Gendall CNZM Board Chair
Justice Warwick Gendall is a High Court Judge and Chair of the New Zealand Parole Board. He has a long association with football, spanning more than 50 years. He represented Hutt Valley and Wellington in football at senior level.

Justice Gendall is a life member of the New Zealand Football Association (NZFA) and coached and refereed junior football for many years. He continues to be involved with many sporting and charitable organisations.

Tim Castle Board Member
Tim is a Wellington barrister. He has also been admitted as a barrister in Victoria, New South Wales and Fiji. Tim's practice includes complex civil and criminal litigation, sports law and Maori and indigenous peoples' rights. He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

Tim is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne since 1991 (the first person from Oceania to be appointed) and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal since 2008. He is also a former First Vice President, chair and board member of the NZ Olympic Committee and  former member of the Executive Board of the NZ Sports Foundation. Tim  is currently Chairman of the Pacific Games Sports Disputes Tribunal.

Dr Ruth Highet Board Member

Dr Ruth Highet was the first New Zealand woman to become a Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialist, and one of the first three New Zealanders to obtain their specialist qualification in Sports Medicine (FACSEP) in 1993. Her qualifications include MBChB, Diploma Sports Med (London), Diploma in Obstetrics, FACSP (Aust) and FACSM (USA).

With over 28 years in Sports Medicine, Ruth has been heavily involved in NZ sport at all levels. She was the NZ Team Doctor at the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games as well as 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Ruth enjoys riding on the mountain bike trails around Wanaka and beyond.

Sarah Ulmer ONZM Board Member 
Sarah is an Olympic gold medallist (2004) and former world record holder in cycling's individual pursuit event and was appointed to the board in 2011. She has many other international titles to her credit and retired in 2007. Sarah has been a long-time advocate for clean sport.

Sarah participated in a number of Drug Free Sport NZ programmes during her time as an athlete and has served on the WADA Athletes’ Committee as well as the NZOC Athletes’ Commission. Sarah was awarded the NZ Order of Merit in 2005. She has two young girls and lives in Cambridge.

Keven Mealamu MNZM Board Member 
Keven played for the All Blacks from 2002 through to the successful Rugby World Cup campaign in 2015 and was a key member of the All Black Leadership Group since 2004. Since retiring from all rugby, Keven has been contracted to NZ Rugby as an ambassador supporting the NZ Rugby commercial partner programme; a leader facilitating increased development of Auckland Rugby; and as a NZ Rugby representative promoting values in and support for community rugby initiatives particularly focussed on youth.
Keven joined the Board in 2017 and joins Sarah Ulmer as one of two athlete representatives.