FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
Dean Hegan has been involved in sports management for 15 years. As Head of Athlete Sponsorship for Halo Sport, Dean has extensive experience in sourcing, negotiating and managing global sponsorship opportunities for professional athletes. This sees him managing multi-layered sponsorship portfolios for a number of New Zealand’s top sportspeople. He has been instrumental in securing some of the biggest sponsorship contracts New Zealand has seen for the athletes he works with. Dean also has 17 years of Company Management experience, having founded his own successful wool trading company in 1998 Dean joined the iSPORT Charitable Trust Board in 2015. He is very much looking forward to bringing his wide-ranging business skills and experience to assist the Foundation in making a difference to community groups around New Zealand.
Claire is an entrepreneur who has owned and managed her own companies for the last 20 years. In her younger years, Claire was a high-level sportswoman and has taken that drive and determination to succeed in the business arena. Proven skills in multiple small to medium business establishment & setup, strategic growth, business modeling, project management and marketing & branding. With a focus on customer service and relationships as key components for a successful business and who understands the importance of sponsorship and community engagement. A forward thinker and planner who is proficient in team building and leadership and a proven track record of delivery. Claire is very excited to be part of the iSPORT Foundation and help local kiwi communities along with a dedicated team.
Ness brings her expertise in employment relations consultancy and human resource management. She has dedicated her career to fostering the development of character, strengths, and values in today’s youth. Ness’ passion lies in empowering young people to overcome obstacles and achieve control of their journey through a combination of robust support systems, improved opportunities, and character education. Having personally experienced the positive impact of sport, Ness leverages her strong background in athletics and football to inspire and guide the youth under the iSPORT Foundation’s umbrella. Ness embodies the Foundation’s core mission to use sport as a catalyst for positive change. Her journey, marked by overcoming adversities through sport, is a testament to the transformative potential of sport, a philosophy she seamlessly integrates into her leadership at the iSPORT Foundation.
PROGRAMME LEAD & YOUTH FACILITATOR
PROGRAMME LEAD & YOUTH FACILITATOR
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Sport with a major in Leadership and Management, Ella further graduated from the University of Auckland as a Secondary School Teacher specialising in Physical Education and Health. In addition to her academic achievements, Ella’s passion for sport was notable in her sporting achievements through rowing and athletics. Her dedication to inspiring and supporting young individuals perfectly aligns with the Foundation’s vision. Since 2018, Ella has adeptly balanced part-time work with the Foundation alongside her academic pursuits, showcasing her unwavering commitment to nurturing every young person’s potential. Envisioning a future where all youth can aspire to and attain greatness in both academic and athletic pursuits. As a valued team member, she dedicates herself to fostering an environment where dreams can flourish, embodying the essence of the Foundation’s mission.