David is a sport integrity consultant in Wellington. He is the Chair of the Athletes Integrity Unit (World Athletics), having been re-appointed to that position by the World Athletics Council in September 2019, the Chair of World Squash Ethics Commission, Deputy Chair of the ITF Ethics Commission, and Chair of the ICC Anti-Corruption Oversight Group. David was a member of the Australian Government’s Panel reporting on Sport Integrity in 2018, and holds the position of Adjunct Professor at AUT. Locally he is presently Chair of the Board for Cricket Wellington.
David was Director General (more corporately named the CEO) of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), from August 2003 until July 2016, and was instrumental in the shaping of WADA into a highly respected and unified global organization responsible for regulating and monitoring world sport and world governments. Among many partnerships developed by WADA during this time was one with Interpol cemented by an MOU signed in 2009, and several with other international bodies such as UNESCO and World Customs.
Prior to his time at WADA David practised as a barrister specialising in sport law, and represented many prominent NZ players, referees and coaches. He was Chair of Tennis NZ, Fairplay Citing Commissioner for NZ Rugby and SANZAR, and on the Boards of the Hillary Commission and NZ Sports Foundation. With a large experience of governance at both local and national levels in sport in New Zealand, accompanying his management skills, David brings a unique leadership capacity to all matters he is engaged in.
David received a CNZM for services to sport in 2017.
Lesley is a specialist Sports and Exercise Physician, with a background in physiotherapy and elite sport.
While completing her degrees in Physiotherapy and Medicine, Lesley had a stellar career for the Silver Ferns. She played 110 tests, captained the team and won a Netball World Championships title in 2003. She was recently inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Lesley completed her Sports and Exercise Physician specialist training at the Australian Institute of Sport and SportsMed Canterbury. She has worked with top-level teams including the Silver Ferns, Southern Sting, Mainland Tactix and the Canterbury Magicians. She now works at Forte Sports in Christchurch and is an HPSNZ contracted Doctor. She has also provided expert recommendation to Drug Free Sport NZ, NZ Olympic Committee Board, NZOC Athletes Commission and the Commonwealth Games Federation. She is a current member of the NZOC Selection Committee.
Her specialist fields of interests include female sports medicine, adolescent and paediatric sports injuries and general sports medicine.
Rachel is a Human Behaviour and High-Performance Coach. Rachel optimises performance, culture, communication and resilience in high pressure and high-stress situations. She works with athletes and coaches in the NBA (USA), NRL, AFL and numerous National, Olympic and World Champion level athletes and coaches in NZ, Australia and the USA. Rachel was recently on the Board of Swimming Queensland where she oversaw the Coach and Athlete development programs (from learning to swim to Olympic level athletes). Rachel also has 20-years of experience as a High-Performance Sports Physiotherapist.
In 2008 Rachel started a seminar series in Australia called “Growing Up In Lycra”, a program for female athletes and their mums to help navigate the challenges involved in being a young athlete in a ‘Lycra’ sport. This was followed by the ”Creating Champion Men” program for males. Both were picked up by Swimming Australia and turned into a national resource.
2018 saw Rachel begin consulting into the University of Tennessee (USA) swim program. Since then, there has been a complete turnaround in team culture with the team going unbeaten last season—including conference championships—for the first time since the mid-1970s.
Rachel’s passion for her work stemmed from her time as a gymnast. She was a competitive and elite gymnast in the early to mid-90s and represented New Zealand on multiple occasions, including the 1991 World Championships and Team Captain at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Rachel can resonate with some of the negative experiences that have recently come to light and is passionate about making a change and positively shifting gymnastics in New Zealand forward.