Sharleen Nathan

Sharleen Nathan

Deputy Chairperson

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Growing up in New Zealand with strong Pasifika values, Sport was a space where Sharleen found a sense of belonging, a space where she could excel and also learn qualities such as commitment, teamwork, excellence & resilience. Sharleen has been in the Education space for over twenty years. Working with young people in schools, she was able to share her experiences and love of sport through teaching and coaching as well as being an advocate for rangatahi to try new experiences and opportunities outside of the classroom. Sharleen's new role at the University of Waikato, as Director of Te Whai Toi Tangata: Institute of Professional Learning, sees her leading in a space that supports schools and teachers in professional development; helping them reach their communities aspirations.

Sharleen has played international level in both Rugby and Sevens and also played provincial level Touch, Basketball, and Softball. She has been in numerous governance roles over the past six years, including: K'aute Pasifika Board Trustee; Women in Rugby Aotearoa Board Director; ‘future director’ role on the Chiefs Rugby Board; Committee member of NZR 'Rugby Committee' and NZR Secondary School Advisory Group.