GM of Women’s World Cup Legacy & Inclusion and GM People, Finance & Transformation appointed – New Zealand Football


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New Zealand Football is pleased to announce two senior appointments in newly created General Manager roles.

Paula Hansen will be joining as the GM of Women’s World Cup Legacy & Inclusion, a role that is critical to ensuring the tournament in 2023 leaves a lasting impact on Aotearoa and that Football in New Zealand can build a culture of diversity and inclusion. 

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Paula has worked in the Justice sector for 23 years where she has held a variety of leadership and management roles. She is a former Senior Capability Advisor at The Ministry of Justice/Tāhū o te Ture, where she led initiatives including te reo and tikanga Māori capability development across the Ministry, as well as programmes around alcohol and drug treatment in the Waikato region. In 2019 Paula was selected by football stakeholders for the FIFA Football Leadership programme in Zurich and in 2021 she won Administrator of the Year at the Hawkes Bay Sports awards.

A qualified project manager Paula has served for six years as Chair of Hawkes Bay United alongside four years on the Central Football Board. Since 2016 she has been the Chair of the National League Stakeholder Group and is the former President, Secretary, Committee Member and Life Member of Taradale AFC. 

Jannine Mountford will be joining as the GM of People, Finance & Transformation, a role which looks to deliver on some of the key initiatives outlined in the Delivery and Sustainability Project. 

Mountford is the former CFO/GM Corporate Services of New Zealand Rugby where she led the people and capability, IT, legal, health and safety, board administration and finance teams. Prior to moving into sports leadership, she held senior executive roles in a number of manufacturing and building product companies such as Hynds Pipe Systems Ltd and Fletcher Building where she was involved in business transformation, M&A projects and large-scale IT system implementation. Until recently a New Zealand Football Board Member, in 2018 Jannine was awarded a fellowship to Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand for services to the accounting profession and is also an associate member of Global Women NZ.

“I’m thrilled to have Paula and Jannine join New Zealand Football.” said Andrew Pragnell, CEO of New Zealand Football. 

“Both bring a wealth of experience, from inside and outside of sport, to the organisation and will be taking on two critical roles as part of our aim to continually improve how football is delivered and experienced in Aotearoa.”

Both will join New Zealand Football from the start of July. 

Article added: Thursday 03 June 2021

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