Karen Vercoe is the Chief Executive of the Te Arawa Lakes Trust and has held various leadership roles in business and governance. She is the elected chairperson of Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa and sits on the Iwi Chairs Forum Māori Sport and Iwi leaders’ groups. She is a recognised Iwi leader nationally and within Te Arawa and was mandated to lead the COVID-19 response on behalf of Te Arawa Iwi and Hapu in 2020.
Ms Vercoe is a former New Zealand double international sportswoman in rugby and touch. She previously served as an elected member on the Sport Industry Training Organisation Māori Board and the OSCAR Foundation. She was also the author of Sport NZ’s Māori Participation in Sport Review in 2017.