Parafed Auckland operates a voluntary board of governance, that oversees the strategic direction of the organisation.
Chairperson; Ann-Marie Quinn
Ann-Marie has a background in journalism and corporate communications in New Zealand and the UK. She worked for ten years with the Attitude TV programme, focusing particularly on documentaries and live Paralympic events including London 2012 Paralympic Games and Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. This experience, and witnessing the opportunities created through inclusive participation in sport, sparked an interest in advocacy and policy. She recently completed a BA in History and Social Policy and is currently working as a policy analyst at Auckland Council.
Ann-Marie has previous board experience at her children’s school, including a three year stint as chairperson. Both children are now young adults, working and attending university, while her husband Ant Salmon runs his own advertising agency. Family time, beach holidays and New Zealand history are three of her major interests, as well as making an active community contribution in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Vice Chair; Allan Smith
Allan has spent the past 16 years establishing and growing a successful business in the health and disability sector. Called ‘accessable’ the company manages government contracts to provide equipment, housing alterations and vehicle modifications for people with a disability. His company’s motto is “empowering people to make a difference” and this is a sentiment Allan brings with him to the board of Achilles New Zealand.
As a board member of several community and sporting organisations, Allan enjoys working towards their success and actively participating to assist in their future growth and development. In his spare time Allan loves to travel and visit new places and also enjoys fishing and relaxing with family.
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.
Pete has been a board member since 2017. He has held various commercial roles within the healthcare sector in Sales, Marketing, Business Operations and Supply Chain. He represented New Zealand nationally and internationally in Ski Racing competing at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver; Pete was the first disabled competitor to complete the Kiwi Kids Triathlon in 1991. Pete now focuses on recreational activities such as Wheelchair Basketball, Cycling, Yachting and Water and Snow Skiing.
Philip joined the Parafed Auckland Board in 2017 and has been involved with a variety of sports clubs in governance, recreational participant and parent support roles. Sports include tramping, skiing, tennis, jogging and cycling and he also co-founded Pop Tennis New Zealand Inc. He initially became involved with Parafed Auckland through his daughter’s participation in a junior para athlete development programme leading to a variety of overseas events with High Performance Sport New Zealand.
He is a Professional Project Manager with extensive experience consulting to organisations within both the public and private sectors on project establishment, procurement and completions mainly in transport and property related fields.