Responding to the Independent Review

The Independent Appointments Panel has announced the nine-member strong Steering Committee that will propose changes and implement recommendations from the Independent Review of Gymnastics New Zealand.

The Steering Committee reflects the diversity within the gymnastics community, as well as brings relevant experience from outside the gymnastics community. The appointees to the child and youth and human rights specialist roles are both leading experts in their field, with a strong track record of achieving practical, positive change.

Please read more about the Steering Committee members below.

There will be plenty of opportunities for the community to get involved in working groups and workstreams that the committee identifies, and we encourage the community to be active in helping us to shape the culture and future of gymnastics in Aotearoa New Zealand.


TOR

Terms of reference and roles descriptions for the Steering Committee can be found here.

Task tracker

Once the Gymnastics New Zealand Steering Committee is in place, workstreams will be published and updated here.

Background

The Independent Review report and our Statement of Commitment to enact the recommendations from the report.


Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee is made up of the nine gymnast and specialist members below. An ex-officio position is held by the CEO of Gymnastics NZ.

Sally McKechnie

Chair
A public and administrative lawyer, and partner at Simpson Grierson, Sally has advised on several high profile and sensitive matters, including inquires, investigations, and Royal Commissions. She has years of experience working on issues relating to the abuse of children and vulnerable persons, and holds a particular interest in youth and community sport and in safeguarding. Sally is currently a director of Cricket Wellington.

Bronte Coluccio

Gymnast Member
Bronte Coluccio has been involved in the local gymnastics community for more than 20 years. She represented New Zealand in Aerobic Gymnastics, has held coaching and judging roles and served on numerous sporting and judicial committees. She has a BA with a double major in criminology and sociology and currently works as a stunt performer.

Carmel Leslie

Gymnast Member
Carmel Leslie is a former New Zealand gymnast competing at an elite level internationally. Her diverse experience including sport development, athlete/coach mentoring, sport science lecturing and gymnastics coaching at a regional and national level. She is currently a programme manager at the Otago Academy of Sport working with athletes, coaches, parents, and sport science providers.

Jacqui Godfrey

Gymnast Member
Jacqui Godfrey is a New Zealand representative in artistic gymnastics, formally as a gymnast and currently as an FIG brevet judge. She has built a 20 plus year career in sport operations and governance, including senior management roles in gymnastics, diving, and netball across three countries. She currently serves as the Director of Trampoline & Tumbling at USA Gymnastics.

Kierran Tuhi

Gymnast Member
Kierran Tuhi is a former New Zealand trampoline athlete who has competed at four world championships including a world championship final and is a world cup silver medallist. He has served many years as a national level judge and has coached many aspiring athletes. Kierran is a qualified civil engineer currently working in the commercial construction industry.

Olivia Jöbsis

Gymnast Member
Olivia Jöbsis is a former gymnast representing New Zealand at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She has coached preschool to competitive gymnasts, judged, choreographed, and been a programme manager. Since completing her law degree, she has volunteered at Community Law (Women’s Sessions) and Youth Law Aotearoa gaining important insights into the challenges that vulnerable women, young people, and marginalised individuals face when accessing advice, remedy, and justice; as well as the need to build trust and informed consent to ensure constructive engagement.

Dr. Claire Achmad

Human Rights Specialist
Dr. Claire Achmad is an international human rights law and policy specialist, with an interest in children’s rights, and advocacy for children. She holds a PhD in international children’s rights law and has worked across the NGO, social services, government, inter-governmental and international development locally and abroad. She is currently the chief executive officer of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, a peak body for community-based social services. She also holds a number of advisory and governance roles in New Zealand and internationally in the areas of children’s and human rights.

Willow Duffy

Child and Youth Specialist
Willow Duffy is a vocal child advocate and an expert in child protection and creating child-safe organisations. She is a founding member and CEO of Safeguarding Children, a charity dedicated to preventing child abuse. Her team has trained over 23,500 New Zealanders in child protection and developed systems and processes to keep children safe in organisations. Willow led projects to develop child protection and safeguarding resources for Sport New Zealand and the Ministry of Education.

Rebecca Rolls

Sport New Zealand Representative
Rebecca Rolls leads diversity and inclusion at Sport New Zealand. Rebecca (Ngāti Porou) has a justice sector background spanning over 20 years. Prior to joining Sport New Zealand, she was a general manager at the Department of Corrections, leading the integrity and assurance functions. She served 10 years in police, seven of those spent in the Criminal Investigation Branch working in several areas including child abuse and sexual assaults.