Meet the team
Team Leader 04 527 2148 | 027 213 7583
Ellie joined the Activation team in May 2013. She comes from a primary teaching background, majoring in physical education, and has teaching experience in England and New Zealand. Ellie has worked in a Regional Sports Trust for 6 years, before departing to start a family. She has been involved in sport and recreation throughout her whole life, playing football as her main sport. Ellie has spent ten years involved in child development – and has worked with mothers groups, community groups, childcare centres, teachers, tertiary institutions and presented overseas in this area. Ellie brings to the Activation team experience in working in the education and sport sector.
Recreation Advisor – Clubs and Schools 04 529 0091 | 027 479 3156
Dave is our Recreation Advisor – Clubs and Schools. Dave grew up in the Hutt Valley and now lives in Silverstream. Prior to joining the Activation team, Dave taught at Wellington College for 13 years and then went into Rugby Coaching and Development full time, completing a Post Grad in Sports Management at Massey University and an international IRB Coach Educator qualification. During this time Dave spent some time in Wales (where his family originates from) coaching rugby and then returned to Wellington to work with Wellington Rugby for the past 13 years coordinating and running their player and coach development programs and managing their development staff.
Play. Sport Activator 04 527 2113 | 027 532 2121
Apa has joined the Activation team as the Play.sport Activator. Apa has always had a love of sport and recreation and has a heavy focus in Rugby during his spare time.
The Play.sport project supports teachers, schools, parents and community organisations to improve the quality of young people’s experiences of play, physical education, physical activity and sport. The project was launched in March 2016 through Sport NZ and is currently available as a pilot in 44 schools across Upper Hutt and Waitakere.
Recreation Advisor – Community 04 529 2857 | 027 213 7572
Steph started in the Activation team in July 2017 as the Community Recreation Advisor. She has a diploma in Exercise Prescription and Event Management and has been in the fitness industry for the past 15 years as a Personal Trainer and bootcamp instructor. Steph joined the Activation team following 3 years working with Sport Wellington’s Healthy Lifestyle Team. She has a passion for trail running, mud events and being outdoors with her family.