Shelley McMeeken to step down as CE of Halberg

After seven years in the role, Shelley McMeeken has announced that she will step down as Chief Executive of Halberg Foundation at the end of July.

Shelley said “This role has been incredibly rewarding and I have been proud to be part of a Halberg team that works to provide opportunities to an amazing group of young people so they can experience the benefits of being active.  I am humbled every day by the wide group of Halberg supporters and whānau whose input is helping to make a difference in the lives of young kiwis.”

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Sir Murray and help him realise his vision for an inclusive New Zealand.  I thank the Halberg Board, Sport New Zealand and our wider sector for their leadership and collaboration to ensure that the young people we work with have a voice and are valued”.

Since joining Halberg in 2015, Shelley has overseen many critical developments and enhancements for Halberg including the development of a talented staff team, the introduction of the influential Halberg Youth Council and the national three-day tournament known as the Halberg Games. 

Shelley has also been instrumental in introducing new partners into the Halberg sponsor family and ensuring the continued success of the ISPS Handa Halberg Awards, now in its 59th year.

Chair of Halberg Carolyn Steele said “On behalf of the Halberg Board and Trustees, we are grateful to Shelley for all she has achieved at Halberg during the past seven years. Shelley’s passion and drive enabled Halberg to further build on the important community work that Sir Murray began in 1963, with the aim that all young New Zealanders regardless of physical ability, experience the benefits of participating in sport and recreation”.

The Halberg Board will shortly commence the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive and is grateful that Shelley will be continuing with Halberg for the next few months to help ensure a smooth transition.