Board Members

Sharyn Mitchell (Board Chair) 

Sharyn was appointed to the Board in 2015 and to the role of Chair in 2017. She brings to the Board more than twenty years of corporate experience. Her background as a chartered account complement the rest of the Board’s diverse skill set. Sharyn retired her hockey stick many years ago, but wants to make sure that hockey is an easily accessible sporting option and that Wellington Hockey is financial secure for the years to come.

Yogesh Patel (Deputy Chair)

Yogesh is an Associate at venture capital firm, Movac.  Prior to this he worked as a solicitor at the corporate law firm, Russell McVeagh.  He hopes to complement the Board’s diverse skill-sets with legal and commercial acumen. Yogesh is passionate about hockey, having played the sport since primary school.  As the youngest member of the Board, he hopes to assist the Board with its continued efforts to engage the younger demographic.

Nicola Airey

Nicola was appointed to the Board in 2013 and to the role of Chair in 2014. An experienced business, brand and marketing professional, she has worked with a range of sports and not for profit sector organisations and has more than 20 years in the corporate world. Nicola really enjoys working with organisations facing business challenges to build strategies that will deliver growth as well as commercial, brand and community benefits. She is passionate about growing the game of hockey, enabling more Wellingtonians to access the sport, and improving the quality of experience at every level of the game.

Danella Rennie

Danella was elected as a club representative on the Board in 2016. A long-time member of our hockey community having just completed 30 years of playing for her club Upper Hutt.

Danella has been involved in all aspects of hockey over this time spending many years umpiring and mentoring umpires, she is currently involved in coaching and is part of our Judicial Council.

She wants to be a voice for the clubs on the council by ensuring that they are heard right to the top!

Melanie Aiken