Board Members

Sally Morrison (Board Chair) 

Sally joined the Wellington Hockey Board in August 2018 and was elected Chair shortly afterwards. She has been involved in Sports Governance or club administration in Wellington for 30 years and was a Director on the Cricket Wellington Board from 2009 and Chair from 2016 until her retirement in 2019. Sally has held senior leadership and strategy roles across the Public Sector. She has a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies (Dist) from Victoria University. In 2019 Sally was the recipient of the Sport Wellington Leadership award.

Kyle Pontifex (Deputy Chair)

Having played 100 matches for Wellington/Capital NHL and a 15 year international hockey career, Kyle has a wealth of high performance knowledge and experience in the sport. Additionally Kyle brings a strong business acumen and a strategic management approach gained from studies in Business Administration (MBA) and an 18 year professional career in Technology and Banking.


Danella Rennie (Director)

Danella was elected as a club representative on the Board in 2016. A long-time member of our hockey community being just about to commence her 34th   year 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 has previously been involved in coaching and was part of our Judicial Council and recently the Open Grade Council. She wants to be a voice for the clubs on the Board by ensuring that they are heard right to the top.

Rochelle Roddick (Director)

Rochelle joined the Board in November 2018. She is a Partner in international accounting and business advisory firm, FINDEX, and has over 25 years’ experience in advising businesses and not-for-profits. Rochelle has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington, is a chartered accountant (CA) and holds a certificate of public practice. She is also involved in sports coaching and administration.

John Thomason

John joined the Wellington Hockey Board in February 2019. A recent transplant from the United States, he has served on numerous charitable boards over several decades and across many service areas. John has held senior leadership roles in capital markets, banking, and the nonprofit sector. He is currently the COO of an independent school in Wellington. John has a Master's degree in Public Policy and an MBA, as well as a passion for hockey.

Susannah Sharpe

A member of the Board since 2018, Susannah holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction - including research into economics and system dynamics theory with a case study of emerging technology in electricity sector and regulation. She has considerable experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and is experienced in strategy and stakeholder engagement, regulatory/ legal and risk, business planning, internal assurance and compliance programmes. Susannah has a BA/LLB from Victoria University and is currently Regulatory Proposal Manager/Senior Counsel at Chorus.

Gareth Jeune

Gareth joined the Board in a co-opted role in December 2019. Having played hockey over the last 19 years, he has been connected to various committees during that time, including the reestablishment of Tawa Hockey Club over the last 5 years. He is interested in how WHA can best serve the hockey community and provide equal opportunities to the diversity that our communities represent. Additionally, Gareth brings 12 years’ experience in Risk and Project Management

Anna Rossiter-Stead (Aspiring Director)

Anna joined the Board in December 2019 as an Intern Director. She is currently in her last year of studying for a Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University with a double major in Marketing and Commercial Law. Anna has grown up around hockey, representing Wairarapa twice and going on to captain her college team. Her focus is on developing how the Board communicates and engages with its community.