Above: Annette Purvis with IAAF President Seb Coe.
Athletics NZ Chair Annette Purvis will be stepping down from the Athletics NZ Board at the August AGM. Annette has been a member of the Board since 2004 and its Chair since 2006.
In her role as Chair, Annette has lead constitutional change, a strategy focused on growing participation and increasing value to the membership, and delivery of a High Performance Strategy that saw Athletics gain four Olympic and nine Paralympic medals at Rio 2016 as well as gain Tier 1 HPSNZ funding.
The Athletics NZ Board has elected previous Deputy Chair, Cameron Taylor as Chair and Roger Carruthers as Deputy Chair with immediate effect, as part of the succession plan for the sport.
Taylor is a former Olympic athlete, competing in the sprints at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and has served on the Board for six years. A Partner specialising in Commercial Law at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, he has played a key part in modernising Athletics NZ.
Carruthers has been on the Board for seven years. A Chartered Accountant with broad commercial experience, Roger is the head of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has recently relocated to take up farming in Southland.
Vacancies on the Athletics NZ Board are currently advertised on the Athletics NZ website
, with applications due to be submitted by 5 June.