Our Staff

Nick Paterson: Chief Executive  
BSc (hons)
Nick Paterson joined Drug Free Sport New Zealand in July, 2017.
Before joining DFSNZ, he was General Manager, Investigations at the Serious Fraud Office and has been on secondment as the Executive Director of the Gambling Commission since October 2016. Prior to that Nick was Executive Director/NZ Lead, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services at Ernst & Young. 

A keen sportsman, Nick enjoys running, paddling and cycling as well as participating in adventure sports. Originally hailing from England, Nick is a staunch supporter of the Spurs football team in the English Premier League.
Ph: 09-5820388

Jude Ellis: Programme Director - Testing and Investigations

Jude plans and implements 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 previously worked as a Doping Control Official. Jude has represented NZ in both rowing and women’s rugby and her team placed third in the Trans-Atlantic rowing race from Tenerife to Barbados. She now keeps fit by riding her mountain bike, road biking, running and stand up paddle boarding whenever she can.



Sian Clancy: Education Manager 
BSpC, PGDipEd, MEd
Sian leads the education team at DFSNZ, and is juggling her role with studying towards her PhD. She was instrumental in creating DFSNZ's award-winning anti-doping e-learning programmes and she continues to work at the cutting edge of best practice of anti-doping education.

A talented athlete in her own right, Sian has a background in netball, figure-skating and gymnastics - both participating and coaching at a national and international level. She is passionate about seeing the spirit of sport shine both internationally and domestically through participation in clean sport. 
Ph: 09-5820388

John Williams: Corporate Services Manager 

John is an experienced leader whose career spans management roles at high-profile organisations (KPMG, EDS, Fonterra, Air New Zealand), capped by executive roles at NZI and AUT University. John has tertiary qualifications in Accounting and Law from the University of Auckland. 

Outside of work, John has played hockey to representative level, including selection in the NZ Under 21 team, but is now focused on coaching.  He has represented Manukau Golf Club in senior pennants, and maintains a single figure handicap.  John has served schools as a member and chair of their Boards of Trustees, and sat on the Board and governance group for the project to build a new golf course at Windross Farm, Ardmore.

Ryan Morrow: Science Manager
Ryan’s primary role is to monitor scientific advancements in anti-doping and use these to inform and influence DFSNZ’s testing programme. He is also responsible for managing the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme which involves the analysis and interpretation of athletes’ biological data collected from urine and blood samples. His work requires close liaison with WADA-accredited laboratories both in NZ and overseas reqires close links with other anti-doping scientists.
Ryan has a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science, and a strong background in performance physiology. He is an avid sports fan and a keen supporter of Manchester United Football Club. Ryan enjoys keeping fit and currently plays competitive football in a Northern Football Federation league.

Laura Isherwood: Testing Programme Coordinator
BSC (Sport and Exercise Science), MSc Sports Physiology
Laura’s role involves planning and implementing DFSNZ’s athlete testing programme. This involves liaising with national sporting organisations to ensure the testing of NZ athletes both nationally and internationally. She also monitors the athlete whereabouts programme. Laura joined DFSNZ in 2018 after completing her studies at the University of Chester in England. She has a passion for all sports and has played football and tennis competitively for a number of years.

Kim Vaughan: Testing Programme Coordinator
Bachelor of Sport degree – Major in Management.                           

Kim's background is in the aviation industry and NZ government agency. Kim has a passion for sport and protecting the integrity of it and she played Hockey for number of years. She enjoys being outdoors / being active. Kim's role involves planning and implementing DFSNZ’s athlete testing programme. This involves liaising with national sporting organisations to ensure the testing of NZ athletes both nationally and internationally.



Jodie Wills: Testing Programme Coordinator

Bachelor of Science - Sport Science Major

Jodie’s role involves planning and implementing DFSNZ’s athlete testing programme. This involves liaising with national sporting organisations to ensure the testing of NZ athletes both nationally and internationally.

Jodie has a strong sports background having worked for both Touch NZ and Hockey NZ before joining DFSNZ. A keen adventurer she loves exploring NZ’s beautiful outdoors and is happiest at the beach or in the bush.

Jodie enjoys playing social touch and netball and is an passionate rugby spectator.

Kristin Farrell: Asst Education Manager
Bachelor of Sport
Kristin manages a range of education initiatives including clean sport outreaches, organising clean sport seminars, workshops and education resources for athletes, national sporting organisations, schools and clubs.
A former top NZ golfer, Kristin has previously worked at the PGA of Australia in WA and was previously a Testing Programme Manager for DFSNZ for almost five years.

Belinda Ryan: Communications Manager
Belinda provides oversight and advice on all Drug Free Sport New Zealand communications and stakeholder engagement in line with strategic aims.  She has worked in marketing and communications in the US, in online advertising for Google, and in communications for the New Zealand Treasury.
Belinda is a former rower, and enjoys skiing and mountain biking.


Alice Bogen: Senior Office and TUE Administrator
Bachelor of Social Work
Alice joined DFSNZ as the Senior Office and Therapeutic Use Exemptions Administrator after previous fitness, customer service, administration, and management roles at health and leisure centres. 

She has a background in social work and a passion for community and health.

Zara Rotohiko: Data Entry and Support Administrator
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation
Zara graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, and majored in Sports Management. Zara has previously worked with the World Masters Games, Athletics Auckland and Counties Manukau Sport in sport administration and event management. 

Zara is passionate about all aspects of sport, specifically focusing on administrating sport and youth development.

Sally Lowe: Education Coordinator
Bachelor of Business
Sally has a background in travel marketing and a keen passion for all things sport, be that watching, participating or discussing the latest match over the water cooler. She feels strongly about the importance of sport and what it can bring to individuals, families and communities, and  also the absolute need for sport to be played on a level playing field.

Sally enjoys keeping fit at her local bootcamp, running and playing social indoor netball, although not in that order - or particularly well.  Sally is also involved in coaching primary school netball and the local school running club.