About Our Team
To date, the Adastra Foundation has awarded 457 scholarships totaling $2,117,000.
Kevin Burgess - ChairKevin Burgess has been a community pharmacist in Cambridge since 1981 and has had a long and active involvement within the Cambridge community, serving on both sporting and community organisations. He has been involved in sports administration since the mid 1980’s and became a life member of the Hautapu Rugby Club in 2012.
Kevin has been a judge at the Waipa and Waikato secondary Sports awards for 15 years and is a passionate supporter of rugby, rowing, netball, cricket and lately, cycling. He has also mentored/sponsored numerous athletes over the years.
A joint founder of Perago Trust for promising athletes in Cambridge, Kevin is also a partner of Inside Running, a sports management company.
Amigene was on the Silver Ferns Netball Squad between 2000-2004 and was captain of the Waikato/BOP Magic Netball team between 1999-2008. She previously represented New Zealand in the NZ Womens Touch Team and was captain between 1999-2003, for three world cups. She also represented NZ in athletics at the 1984 & 1988 Pan Pacific Games.
Amigene is a currently employed at St Peter’s as the Director of Netball and as the Assistant Coach to the Magic Netball Team.
She is married with three children and living in the Town of Champions.
Andy RocheAndy Roche is a Kiwifruit grower from Katikati and has been involved in several sports at local, national and international level. In 1974 Andy was a member of the New Zealand wrestling team to the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and was later Wrestling Coach at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In 1991 he joined the staff of Sport Bay of plenty and later became involved in disability Sport heading the Development of the ‘No Exceptions’ strategy for the Hillary Commission and the ‘Coaching Athletes with Disabilities’ programme for Coaching New Zealand.
He has attended two Para-Olympic games as coach for the National Boccia Team and was part of the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations for the development of the Convention on the ‘Rights and dignity of People with Disabilities’.
Jennifer PalmerAfter 6 years as National Grants Manager for the Perry Foundation, Jennifer became the General Manager of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust in 2010. In this role she has overseen the development of the Te Awa River Ride – a cycleway alongside the Waikato River and played a key role in the development of the Home of Cycling’s Avantidrome.
Jennifer is also a Trustee of the Skycity Hamilton Community Trust, a Trustee of the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust and the former Deputy Chair of the Waikato Institute of Leisure and Sports Studies.
Originally from Ottawa Canada, Jennifer is married to Craig and together they have twin daughters.
Mark has 24 years’ experience in Leadership, management and the provision of High Performance, Health and Wellbeing services. After studying Degrees in Science (Physiology), Physical Education (Kinesiology), and Physiotherapy (Credit) in Otago he went on to studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine and Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation.
Mark is the company director of Active Health based in Christchurch. With up to 40 staff he led a successful business recovery changing the strategic direction of Active Health, following the Christchurch earthquake, while delivering on-going profitable results.
His passion for people, sport and health has seen him work with Cycling New Zealand and High-Performance Sport New Zealand in numerous roles. As part of the Cycling New Zealand Performance Impact Team Mark travelled to Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games as Physiotherapist achieving 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.
Mark is a father to three beautiful girls and lives with this wife, Michelle, in Cambridge.
Graeme is a very experienced performance manager, with a 25-year career in delivering results across multiple sports, with a particular focus on swimming.
He begun his career in High Performance Sport ass Performance Manager, Queensland Swimming (1994-2000); before moving to the UK to take over as National Performance Director, British Triathlon (2001-2006) followed by leadership roles as Director UK Centre for Coaching Excellence (2007-2008) and Director of Sport, Millfield School (2009-2012).
After moving to New Zealand, he was High Performance Director, Triathlon New Zealand (2013-2016) before taking over the successful PNZ Para Swimming Programme in mid-2017.
Graeme and his wife Amanda share their home, with loads of animals, in Tamahere.
A former Trustee (and recipient), Cath has taken on the administration of the Adastra Foundation in 2018.
Cath represented New Zealand as a road and track cyclist competing at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. She achieved a bronze medal at the Track World Champs in 2007 and two top 10 placings at the World Road Champs in 2009 & 2010.
Cath also competed for many years in Equestrian, Soccer, Harriers, Swimming, Rugby and Hockey.
Cath spent 5 years living in Cambridge and has recently moved back to her home town of Whanganui with her husband, Dayle (and two dogs), where they are starting their own Cycling Coaching and Consultancy business.
Mike ChunnMike Chunn is CEO of the Play It Strange Trust which implements music programmes – songwriting, recording and stage performance – across NZ schools.
After graduating Bachelor of Engineering – Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (Ak University), he started out his professional musical career as bassist with Split Enz and Citizen Band – between 1972 and 1980. Then he ran Mushroom Records and Sony Music Publishing from 1981 through to 1991. Then from 1992 to 2003 he was Director of NZ Operations for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). He was appointed CEO of Play It Strange in Nov 2003.