Industry Advisory Groups

All of our industries – sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation, snowsport and performing arts – face workforce challenges and changes as we head into the future.  In response to this, Skills Active is working with the industry to provide leadership on national workforce issues across the sectors. 


Our industry advisory groups draw on the deep specialist knowledge and skills held by our stakeholders, to drive positive change for sport and recreation employers, paid staff and volunteers.

 The role of the advisory groups is to:

Champion workforce development initiatives in the industry

Liaise with industry networks to respond on issues that are raised

Develop and lead the implementation of an industry-specific workforce action plan

Provide feedback and advice on Skills Active’s workforce action plan.


Hear more from the advisory groups below!




The Exercise IAG was set up in September 2017 and meets on a quarterly basis.  

The advisory group membership includes: 

Fiona Goff, Havelock North High School (Chair)

Marie Kinloch, Sport Whanganui

Gillian Christian, The Social Exercise Project

Naz Spencer, Inlife Fitness, Health and Wellbeing

Ariel Kuliaitis, YMCA Auckland

Julz Darroch, Exercise New Zealand

Lisa Brown, City Fitness

Juanita Warren, Jetts Fitness

Latu To'omaga, Positive Impact Consultancy


Current projects 

 The IAG is currently focusing on three key priority areas: 

Strengthening the Māori and Pasifika workforce to support New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing outcomes

Varying skills, knowledge and competencies of people working in the industry - increasing professional standing

Community lack of awareness of pathways and development opportunities in the industry. 


A more detailed workforce development report will be published in late 2018. If you are interested in being involved in the discussion, please contact us.



The Outdoor Recreation IAG was set up in November 2017 and meets on a quarterly basis. 

The advisory group membership includes: 

Bill Wheeler, Western Bay of Plenty Disctict Council, TECT  All Terrian Park (Chair)

Alex Warriner, SCOUTS New Zealand

Andrew Mount, MERC

Cam Walker, NZOIA

Lynnell Greer, Department of Conservation

Rob Haveswood, Sport Taranaki

Peter Dawkings, Castle Hill Outdoor Education Centre

Dave Thomas, South Otago High School

Fiona Ryder, NZRA  




Expressions of interest for the Sport and Community Recreation IAG were open in December 2017. 

The group will meet for the first time in July 2018. Check in here for updates. 




 We are currently in the planning stages of establishing a number of other IAGs.

These include:

Performing Arts IAG 

Māori Workforce IAG 

Pasifika Workforce IAG 


Stay tuned, or express your interest!



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