Kereyn Smith

Secretary General, NZ Olympic Committee Board

Kereyn is currently employed as CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Her appointment to this role in early 2011 follows more than twenty years in sport leadership, having been CEO of the New Zealand Academy of Sport South Island, General Manager of the Hillary Commission, as well as positions within Government and as the CEO of a sports trust.

In her current CEO role, Kereyn has delivered a strong new strategic direction for the New Zealand Olympic Committee. She has overseen the extremely successful New Zealand campaigns for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, London 2012 Olympic Games, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Internationally Kereyn is part of the IOC Sport and Activity Commission which works to promote and increase sport participation globally. She is also on the 2024 Olympic Games Evaluation Committee which is determining what country and city will host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Additionally Kereyn is a Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation where she helps to shape and plan the direction and operation of the Commonwealth Games.

In a governance capacity, Kereyn completed a six year stint as Vice President of International Netball following her work as Chair of Netball New Zealand. She has also served as a Trustee of the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Council Member of the University of Otago, Director of the Highlanders Rugby Franchise and is a member of the New Zealand Rugby Committee.

In 2015 Kereyn was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sports governance. She has also received international acclaim for advocacy work to increase the participation of women in sport across all roles and functions.