The Foundation was created initially with responsibility for managing the $4 million given to New Zealand Football for qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. These FIFA qualification funds are the foundation to which New Zealand football supporters and charitable donors can add their own contributions.

The Football Foundation is managed by a group of trustees and a chief executive who are committed to growing the capital fund to a level were it can support the Football in New Zealand significantly. We identify opportunities in the game were we can support development of Football and to support Football New Zealand in their plight to have more players playing Football.


Sir Eion Edgar speaking at the 125th Anniversary of New Zealand Football. Copyright Photo: Shane Wenzlick

The New Zealand Football Foundation are proud to have Sir Eion Edgar as the Honorary Patron of the Football Foundation. 

Sir Eion Edgar is a man who’s made a big difference in New Zealand, both as a visionary business man and as a philanthropist in sport, education, youth, arts, sports and health. And those contributions are still on-going.

Sir Eion is also a generous benefactor, having donated $500,000 to the Foundation.

Read more about Sir Eion Edgar


Ryan Nelsen launches The New Zealand Football Foundation at a function at Sky City in Auckland. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

The New Zealand Football Foundation are proud to have Former All White Captain Ryan Nelson ONZM as the Patron of the Football Foundation. 

Ryan is a former professional footballer who not only Captained the All Whites during the infamous undefeated 2010 World Cup Campaign, he also played at the highest level in both the USA and England, most notably for Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur

Read more about Ryan Nelson


Jodi Tong (Chair)

Jodi is a senior marketer with over 25 years experience in marketing, strategy, branding and customer experience. Her passion lies in startups and marketing brands in international markets. She has worked at a senior level for a number of companies in FMCG and the primary industry and is currently employed as GM Sales and Marketing for Artemis Ltd.

Carolyn Steele (Deputy Chair)

Carolyn has substantial experience in capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and investment management. Carolyn is currently a director of Metlifecare Limited, WEL Networks Limited, Green Cross Health Limited and Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Carolyn is also a Trustee of the New Zealand Football Foundation and previous director of Datacom Group Limited. Until 2016, Carolyn was a Portfolio Manager at Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, the Crown entity which manages the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Prior to joining the Guardians in 2010, Carolyn spent ten years in investment banking at Forsyth Barr and Credit Suisse/First NZ Capital. Carolyn has also represented NZ in rowing at an elite level and is a “soccer mum” to two keen footballers.

Bill Moran

Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. His most recent role (Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary Strategy) involved overseeing work on New Zealand’s economic strategy and ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation. He previously led work for the Treasury in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and public sector management. Bill holds a master’s degree in political science from Victoria University of Wellington. He spent eight years on the board of New Zealand Football and was chair of the organising committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015. He also has ties with the creative sector as founder and initial chair of the Play It Strange Trust. Bill currently holds director and trustee roles with government and not-for- profit organisations. He also provides advice on career and personal developments strategies and organisational transformation.

Michael Anderson

Michael is a commercial lawyer who specialises in banking and finance, securities, corporate recovery and insolvency law. 
Michael advises on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including acting for the receivers on two of New Zealand’s largest receiverships. He also has extensive experience in banking and finance and has provided advice to corporate trustees and public security issuers in respect of many debt issues and managed funds issues. He has been recognised as a leading lawyer by independent legal directories Chambers Global, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000, and PLC Which Lawyer and joined Lowndes from Chapman Tripp where he was a partner for 24 years. Michael is currently a member of the New Zealand Football Executive Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA under 20 World Cup. Michael is also chairman of Forte Funds Limited a boutique funds manager.

Garth Gallaway

Garth is a litigation partner at Chapman Tripp, based in Christchurch. He Chairs the Arts Foundation and the Maia Health Foundation and he is a Board member of the Arts Council of New Zealand. Garth has been a member of Radio Sport’s cricket commentary team for over 20 years and he is Honorary President of NZ Football.

Michael Norris

Christchurch-raised and educated Michael has had extensive overseas business experience, including the founding of international niche operator Sportsworld Group plc, providing travel ticketing and hospitality logistics at the world’s premier sporting events (including 8 FIFA World Cups). He returned to NZ over 13 years ago and is now involved in the management of family trusts concerned with real estate and property development. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and past Commodore of the Akaroa Cruising Club, Michael is involved in other charitable causes in conservation and early intervention services for children.

Frank van Hattum

34 years’ experience as a Director, senior executive and business leader for a large multinational Oil company as GM Retail and Asset Management. Now a management consultant ( Vanhat Consulting) and a Specialist Advisor for Advisian, a  major international consultancy company. Advisory board Chair and director roles in several small start-up companies. Passionate Football tragic, Former International, 41 games, Inaugural Chair of Capital Football Federation, past  chair and director of NZ Football. Former Executive member of OFC and a former member of FIFA associations committee and chair of Transparency and compliance committee. Honorary Life Member NZ Football.


Noel Barkley

Our Chief Executive Noel Barkley is a multiple Football award winner and a former All White. He is a respected member of the Football community, and also acts as a board member for the Auckland Football Federation. After 15 years of Sales and Marketing roles for Sony Music he has become an event and sports specialist. He has played key roles for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the NZ Men’s golf open.