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:

Tim Castle Board Chair
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.

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.

Professor Patria Hume Board Member 

Professor Hume is Professor of Human Performance in the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ). 

Prior to her career as an academic, Professor Hume was a world-class rhythmic gymnast. After representing New Zealand for six years, including at two World Championships, she spent six years coaching gymnasts for Olympic, Commonwealth Game and World Championship competitions.

After completing a BSc and MSc (Hons) in Sports Physiology and Sports Psychology at Auckland University, Professor Hume completed a PhD in Biomechanics at Otago University. Professor Hume, the lead researcher for the International Rugby Board long-term player health outcomes study, has for 25 years been the lead researcher of ACC projects focused on sports injury prevention.