Meet the Staff

Jack Clayton

Jack started as the WILSS General Manager in April 2018. 

His previous role was at Hockey New Zealand, as the Community Hockey Manager for Young People. Prior to that Jack held the conjoined role of Regional Development Manager for Waikato Hockey Association and the Sportsforce Hockey Development Office for Sport Waikato.

Before his move into the sport sector he was the Head of Automotive at WINTEC and earlier spent 22 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Contact Details: jack@wilss.ac.nz or phone 027 475 7515

Paula Dewar

As the School Programme Manager at WILSS Paula's role focuses upon leadership and volunteerism with Primary, Intermediate and  Secondary School students as well as community groups.

Her qualifications include BTchg, BEd and PGDip SPLS and a Masters in Sport & Leisure Studies (2015).

Paula has taught at both Secondary and Tertiary Institutions and thoroughly enjoys the interaction with learners and in particular, youth. She is a coach and through this has a passion in supporting and guiding our future leaders through the leadership development programmes she delivers at WILSS.

Contact Details: paula@wilss.ac.nz or phone 027-579-2680

Naomi Bates

Naomi is the Academic Manager at WILSS and her position involves coordinating, networking and ensuring the high quality delivery of the NZQA programmes throughout the Greater Waikato and Central Plateau regions. 

Contact Details: naomi@wilss.ac.nz or phone 027 232 9025

Sam Knight

Samantha is an Exercise and Sport Science Graduate from Massey University, and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, specialising in Physical Education and Health. 

As the Volunteer Programme Coordinator her role will focus on leadership and volunteering with Primary, Intermediate and Secondary School students as well as community groups. 

Sam is actively involved with the fitness industry and coaching of field hockey.  She is passionate about coaching and loves to share her knowledge with committed sports athletes and clients.  She enjoys helping others, while watching them succeed and achieve their goals.  

Contact Details:  Sam@wilss.ac.nz or phone 027 508 5508 

Zelda Tucker

Zelda provides programme/administration support for the WILSS team.

Her experience within the education sector has included 12 years as a Business Administration Tutor for a Private Training Provider as well as managing a community education programme at a local secondary school.

She has a BA (Hons) from Massey University and a Certificate in Adult Teaching. 

Contact Details:  zelda@wilss.ac.nz or phone 07 839 9908