Parafed Auckland operates a voluntary board of governance, that oversees the strategic direction of the organisation.
Chairperson; Grant Sharman
Grant has been involved with Parafed Auckland since 1978, during that time he has held a number of roles including the role of Board chair over several terms. Grant has had extensive experience with para-sport starting when he attended his first Parafed Nationals in Hamilton in 1978. He went on to play for the Wheel Blacks from 1995 to 2000, captaining them from 1996 and attending two Paralympic Games and two World Championships. After retiring in 2000, Grant was appointed head Coach in 2003, seeing the team to Gold at the Athens Paralympics and Silver at the Christchurch World Championships. Grant served as High Performance Director for PNZ from 2006 – 2011 and went back to being an athlete in 2010, taking up the sport of 10m air rifle shooting, where he attended 5 Word Cups.
Secretary; Robert Berger
Robert was first elected to the board of Parafed in 2010 and he has an extensive background in business ownership. Starting a home appliance repair business in 1977 just 18 months after his Spinal Cord Injury in November 1975. He grew that company from ground zero to a Retavision franchise employing many staff until he sold it in 1997. Running in tandem from 1987 he founded Mobility for Independence, modifying cars with disability modifications and eventually sold that in 2006. Robert has had many roles in Business Associations and clubs since 1977 and is currently the President and Range Manager of the Parafed Auckland Shooting Club, Parafed Auckland Board Member and Trustee / Secretary of the Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Persons Trust. For rest and relaxation he builds and fly's model aircraft.
Treasurer; Jim Hogg
Jim is a well known local business owner, who has served in many volunteer roles over a number of years, including as treasurer for Athletics New Zealand, and a number of board roles for Athletics Auckland.
Andre is a respected Barrister and Solicitor who has a long association with both Parafed and Paralympics New Zealand, serving in a number of volunteer roles for both organisations.
Gillian joined the board at the 2015 AGM. She plays Wheelchair Rugby and is the Secretary-Treasurer of Auckland Wheelchair Rugby Association. She has a rare type of muscular dystrophy, and believes that her involvement in sport over the past few years has slowed her physical decline. It has also demonstrably improved her cardiac health. Gillian is a firm believer in the value of sport, recreation, and physical activity for all, not just those with the capability and drive to succeed at the highest levels. She earned an MA (Hons) in English from the University of Auckland in 2007. She lives in Swanson with family. In her free time she knits, wanders West Auckland, and experiments with digital photography.
Sandra, who joined the board in 2015, is an active community volunteer and advocate. She works in the community sector with the Ranui Action Group, as well as fulfilling a number of volunteer roles. Within sport, Sandra is the co-founder of the Chariot Project, an independent sports club with young people with a physical disability that has been recognised as national best practice. She is also the co-founder of Physical Disability Rugby League New Zealand. Sandra is most busy on weekends, driving her daughter and many other athletes to and from practices and events - as well as managing much of the activity!
Lee has been a board member twice, and currently also sits on the Parafed Auckland Shooting Club board. Lee also is part of the Spinal Unit Consumer Advisory Group for change at the Auckland Spinal Unit becoming a Wellness Centre and the Client Advisory Group for Healthcare New Zealand Holdings Ltd (HHL). He has also been involved in wheelchair racing competing nationally and internationally before moving onto different challenges; Lee was the first wheelchair racer to complete the Lake Taupo Challenge and the Sky Tower Stair Climb Challenge. Lee now competes in indoor target shooting.
Hamish Meacheam (ex officio)
Hamish has been a board member since 2015, he has prior board experience with the Manawatu Jets National Basketball League club, the Manawatu Community Athletics Track and as a Judicial Board Member with MidCentral Rugby League.
Hamish has a background in sports administration, with a decade long career in New Zealand and the United States. Hamish’s passion for Para-Sport began as a coach of Para Athletics, and he is a keen score bench volunteer for Wheelchair Rugby & Basketball.