Future Leaders Scholarship Winner

Joe Hitchcock - CEO of Badminton New Zealand

Joe has held many leadership and other highly regarded roles in the Sport and Recreation sector within New Zealand and also in Canada. Joe, currently the Chief Executive of Badminton New Zealand, joined the Badminton team during a time of some organisational challenges. Joe led the team through a mandated independent review that was conducted, and also a comprehensive consultation process across all regional badminton partners around New Zealand in which he gathered feedback, consensus and created unity for change. This work culminated in all associations agreeing to a completely new constitution that empowered Badminton New Zealand.

Joe has also held many other prestigious leadership roles including his time at BC Athlete Voice in Canada, where he was the Executive Director. During his time at BC Athlete Voice, Joe implemented a new board of directors, a new vision, mission and tactical plan as the organisation transitioned from a pilot project into a registered, non-profit society.

Joe has shown a strong commitment to developing leaders within the organisations he works with. He has enabled former Badminton New Zealand staff to go on in leadership roles in different organisations, including the current CE and Secretary General of Badminton Oceania. Joe is committed to continuing his own professional development and his leadership journey, recently completing the Icehouse Leadership Course and currently undertaking his Masters in Management with Massey University.


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