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Board Members

The Auckland Hockey Board functions as a governance board, concentrating on the strategic objectives and directions of the Organisation, manages the strategic plan and sets policies, employs and supervises the CEO and ensures the Organisation meets its legal and financial obligations. The Board is removed from the day to day management of the Organisation’s affairs which is carried out by the CEO, paid staff and volunteers.


Board Members  


Pam Elgar (Chair / President)


Mandy Barker

Born in Ranfurly, Mandy is a former Double Olympian (1992, 2000) Black Sticks striker. Educated at St Hilda’s College in Dunedin and at Otago University Mandy played her first international against Japan for Otago in 1989, then played for the Black Sticks the next year against Great Britain as a 17 year old!
Mandy was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, and was runner-up to Luciana Aymar as the FIH’s Women’s International Hockey Player of the Year after the  2000 Sydney Olympic Games. This achievement has not been surpassed by a New Zealand Hockey player.
Mandy is a successful businesswoman and is married to Olympic yachtsman and former Americas Cup Skipper Dean Barker with whom she has four teenage children.
A member of the successful K Cup winning Auckland teams of the 90s Mandy played club hockey in Auckland  for the Grammar Windsor Hockey Club.


Abbie Gunning

Abbie was born and raised in Tamaki Makaurau and started her hockey journey late in the piece at 15 years old. One of several girls converting from netball to start an inaugural hockey team at Marist Sisters College.

Abbie then joined the Somerville Hockey Club where her uncle had played years before, playing a year in U18’s before debuting in seniors as a fresh Goalie.  During her 25+ years at SHC, she has volunteered on their committee and supported numerous activities and roles. She is now the Junior Club Captain with her 7 year old daughter starting  hockey.
Abbie has been a regular member of the Auckland Women’s Masters Team in the 35’s and 40’s and is a member of the recently reformed Auckland Masters Advisory Group. She brings a broad hockey knowledge and change management experience in her professional career to her role as an Appointed Board Member of Auckland Hockey.
Abbie is passionate about Hockey, the people and our culture. She is looking forward to being a member of the Auckland Hockey Board and enabling the development of hockey in the wider Auckland community.


Sarah Anderson

Marc Dudley

Khush Kullar

Jenny Pooley

Mark Robinson




CEO: James Sutherland
President: Pam Elgar
Vice Presidents: Neil McCorkindale/Patricia Rangi


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