Archery NZ Board

Your board for 2022/23 is as follows:

  • David Velleman (Randwick) - Chair
  • Andrew Russell (Auckland) - Deputy Chair
  • Leonie Hunter-Smith (Randwick)
  • George Rossolatos (Auckland)
  • Hana Saemon-Beck (Christchurch)
  • Melanie Jones (co-opted Christchurch)


Board Bios

David Velleman - Chair

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I am a passionate archer of nine years in the sport with a desire to be the best archer I can be. Originally I started with my (then) 12 year old son and I fell in love with the sport. 

In my 40 plus years of working I have had a wide range of experience with skills in financial, business and commercial management as well as significant experience in IT.  Implementing strategies that grow the organisation I am a part of, drives me Monday to Sunday. 

My goals for Archery New Zealand is to grow archery into a mainstream sport with a positive culture from all stakeholders and strong financials that support that goal.

Andrew Russell - Deputy Chair

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Andrew is a Life member of Auckland Archery Club, and has been very involved in various aspects of archery governance and operations, including events management, club governance and operations, inter-school archery, coach accreditation and development. He has been a New Zealand Team member a number of times, and is a National Champion in various formats of recurve and compound archery over 22 years of shooting.

A highlight of his archer career has been hosting the 2017 World Masters' Games in Auckland, which saw great multi-club and ArcheryNZ support from a dedicated crew of volunteers, pulling off a successful international event. He aims to support a governance approach that delivers for a breadth of archers around the country, from grass-roots to high performance, and communicates well with its members.

Hana Saemon-Beck


 As someone who identifies as a minority woman in Aotearoa, Hana’s struggles and her experiences in combating these struggles have led her to be a strong advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Hana set up Aotearoa Multicultural Women Association (AMWA) to encourage understanding and forge bonds between different groups with the aim of showing that we are more similar than we are different. Working in partnership with other organisations and groups, Hana has led projects and started initiatives with the aim of creating an inclusive and equal space for everyone where they can feel belonged. 

Hana’s advocacy for inclusivity is not limited to gender and ethnicity. Her research study focused on the impacts of socioeconomic circumstances on outcomes of individuals in a meritocratic environment. While conducting the research study, Hana set up and managed a non-profit organisation, Literacy Initiative for Equity (LIFE) for tamariki experiencing first world poverty. LIFE helped to alleviate some of the effects of poverty through provisions of educational opportunities.

In early 2021, Hana set up Aotearoa Adaptive Archery to focus on special needs individuals, particularly tamariki and rangatahi. Hana is currently working with several individuals, as well as special needs organisations such as Blind-Low Vision Education Network New Zealand and Allenvale School. Hana has sat on the board of Christchurch Archery Club since 2019 and is focused on the diversity and inclusion aspects of the club. Hana’s goals as a board member of Archery New Zealand, is to not only include, but also ensure a levelled playing field for all individuals regardless of gender, socioeconomic circumstances, abilities, age, and ethnicity.

George Rossolatos

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 George's professional background is 30 years of experience in IT. He was Head of IT for HSBC in New Zealand for several years and then transitioned to a role transforming and managing the IT environment for a large footwear importer. This experience led George to set up his own company that manufactures 3D printed archery accessories and most recently archery timers.

George became involved in archery in 2011 when he joined Auckland Archery Club as a novice and shot for a number of years. After his daughter took up the sport at school, he obtained both Foundation and Development Coaching Credentials.

George became Head Coach of Baradene College in 2019 and has grown his squad roster to around 70 archers, roughly doubling it each year.

At the beginning of 2020, he was awarded Coach of the Year by Archery NZ and in 2021 he completed the World Archery Level 2 training and obtained Performance Coaching credentials.

George received some personal acclaim in 2020 after designing a small 3D printed recurve tool that was adopted by Win&Win after they noticed users talking about it online.

George will bring a strong focus on youth archers, as well as an innovative and forward-thinking approach to finding solutions.

Melanie Jones

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Melanie has a strong background in business administration having worked in a number of office support roles. Over the last 20 years she has juggled raising three successful daughters, has developed and maintains a small olive grove and all aspects of olive oil production, peony growing for the local market, and supports her husband’s business with various administrative assistance on an ad-hoc basis.

Melanie was introduced to Archery in 2013 when her youngest daughter, Bex, became fascinated with the sport. Since then Melanie has held the primary role in Bex’s archery development as
mentor, life coach, assisting her archery coach, manager of team ‘Bex’ (i.e. all the paperwork) as well as being the supporting mum on the sideline at every competition.

Leonie Hunter-Smith


Leonie is a member and Secretary of Randwick Archery Club and has been involved in archery for four years becoming interested in governance, coaching, and directing shoots.  She has a particular interest in the area of competition officiating as a DOS and in building a strong network of officials across NZ.

As a chartered accountant of 30+ years experience she has gained experience as both a board member and financial advisor to not-for-profit organisations, including school boards and charitable trusts.

Leonie’s vision for Archery in NZ is to make the sport recognised as a mainstream sport accessible to all; to have programmes to support the development of archers, coaches, and officials, and to enable archers of all ability levels to get the support and coaching they need to go to the highest levels of the sport.


Board Minutes 2021

January's meeting was a strategy meeting with Lindsay Corbin (SportNZ) rather than a Board meeting, so was not minuted

9 February 2021

13 April 2021

17 May 2021

12 July 2021

3 August 2021

Board Minutes 2020

21 Jan 2020

6 Feb 2020

13 Feb 2020

11 March 2020

15 April 2020

13 May 2020

25 June 2020

14 July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

December 2020

Board Minutes 2019

28 January 2019

9 and 10 February 2019

13 March 2019

19 April 2019

18 and 19 May 2019

12 June 2019

20 and 21 July 2019

7 and 8 September 2019

12 October 2019

 23 November 2019

Board Minutes 2018

19 February 2018

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Andrew Russell

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Board Chair

David Velleman

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