Jan was appointed as CEO in July 2019 following 15 months as Acting CEO and as a Board member since 2016. She has extensive sports administration experience and looks forward to leading Snow Sports NZ through the next Olympic and Paralympic Games cycles. Jan has skied all her life and has a real passion for the success of the sport in New Zealand and internationally.
Jan has a range of relevant capabilities, experience and involvement in the sports and administrative fields from competing in sport at the highest level – the Olympic Games (three times) and winning a silver medal (yachting) – to participating in fun events, through to volunteering, club and event administration. She has two children, her daughter competed in the 2016 Olympic Games finishing 4th in the Nacra 17 Class. She gained a Masters of Business Studies (Management) degree at Massey University (2002).
Jan spent the bulk of her working life as a mechanical design engineer and after living for 5 years in Valencia, Spain with her family while husband Murray Jones was sailing and designing for the Swiss Americas Cup team decided to switch career pathways to work in sports in 2011. Jan was Head of Performance at Tennis NZ for 5 years during which time she developed and implemented a new targeted HP junior development strategy, built a high functioning team and delivered consistent successful results on the junior international stage along with overseeing the men’s doubles team to the 2016 Olympic Games.
Jan’s governance experience ranges from managing a small Trust that raises funds for up-and-coming female sailors, to a four-year term on the Tennis NZ Board. Her governance work has extended over some 15 years; she completed the Institute of Directors Company Director course, attended many Sport NZ and IoD training courses and has been a recipient of Sport NZ’s scholarship under the Women in Governance programme. She is currently the Board Chair of Canoe Racing NZ.
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