Kay Thomson
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Kay Thomson

Sport New Zealand / Ihi Aotearoa

Recovery investment portfolio lead

  • Joined Sport NZ January 2016.
  • Previously at Sport England and the UK Department of Health, leading their strategic focus on inactivity and health and delivering 2012 Olympic legacy projects.
  • Has worked in the policy, strategy and diversity, and inclusion teams at Sport NZ.
  • Background in public health after working in both NZ and the UK on smokefree legislation.
  • Began working for the Cancer Society as health promoter.


UK Department of Health
Senior Physical Activity Policy Lead, Tobacco Policy Advisor
Sep 2006 - May 2011
Strategic Lead for Health
May 2011 - Dec 2015
Sport New Zealand / Ihi Aotearoa
Manager Strategic Projects, Strategic Policy Lead
Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
Sport Wellington
General Manager Sport Wellington
Dec 2019 - Jun 2020
Sport New Zealand / Ihi Aotearoa
Recovery Investment Portfolio Manager, Sport NZ
Jun 2020 - Present

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