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Hilary Poole

Hilary is passionate about active recreation and sport, and the well-being of young New Zealanders.

She has 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership and governance roles within sport, finance, food, education, and the not for profit sector.

Hilary is focussed on her governance roles in organisations that help make a positive contribution to the well-being of young New Zealanders. This includes her roles as a Director on the Board of Sport New Zealand, as Deputy Chair of High Performance Sport New Zealand, and as a trustee of Play it Strange.

Previous appointments include CEO of Hockey New Zealand, CEO of Netball New Zealand, independent director of Prolife Foods, and chair of Just Life Group, Martin Jenkins, Diocesan School for Girls, and the First Foundation.

Hilary is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors, having been a member since 2002.  She recently completed the Institute of Director’s Mentoring for Diversity programme.  In 2012, Hilary was awarded the CK Doig Award for excellence in leadership in sport, and the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) President's Award for international service to Hockey. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Marketing) and Bachelor of Physical Education from Otago University.

She enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, playing tennis, hiking, and skiing, and following her favourite sport’s teams: the Black Sticks, Northern Stars, Silver Ferns, All Blacks and Warriors.

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