Anna Chan

  Kate Clapham-Dorjee
Student Administrator

Academic Registry, Student Administrator.

Head of Department

  Hayden Croft
Head, Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health

Hayden is the Head of Sport, Exercise and Health and also the Academic Leader for the Performance Analysis postgraduate programme. Hayden’s expertise lies in a variety of areas all focused on advancing coaching through the use of innovative technologies and performance analysis. This has included work with the Silver Ferns Netball, All Blacks, Highlanders, Otago Rugby, World Rugby and Southern Steel Netball.

A winner of the Technical Support (2020) and Innovation in Sport (2015) categories at the Otago Sports Awards, Hayden is currently the Performance Analyst for the Silver Ferns Netball team and was part of the team that won the 2019 Netball World Cup. Subsequently they went on to win NZ Halberg Awards Team and Supreme awards. He has a Master in Physical Education (Biomechanics) and a Bachelor in Physical Education (Sports Science Prescription), both from the University of Otago.

He has submitted his PhD (Performance Analysis) at AUT, which focuses on guiding coaches through large data sets, as well as holding the Chairperson position with the Oceania branch of the International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport. Hayden provides immersion style of learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Ash Rohloff
Senior Lecturer

  Codi Ramsey
Principal Lecturer


Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health - Academic Lead for Masters of Applied Science degree


PhD - Physiotherapy - University of Otago, 2018
Masters of Health, Physical Education and Recreation - Utah State University, USA, 2014
Bachelor of Science, Health and Human Performance, Montana State University Billings, USA, 2009

Research Interests:

I like to use mixed methods research to understand the complex system underpinning the implications of footwear on athletic performance and injury. My current projects include:
- effects of asymmetric footwear on netball specific movements: A biomechanical study
- role of asymmetric footwear on netball performance: A longitudinal study
- developing the certified footwear analyst
- role of footwear on muscle activation and fatigue in runners
- use of field-based data collection to understand the effects of footwear asymmetry on running performance

Approach to postgraduate supervision:

It is all about the students. I am always fascinated with the topics that my students want to explore. I like to get involved with as much of the project as I can and help students build their toolbox to standout in industry.

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David McQ
David McQuillan
Senior Lecturer

  Geoff Simons
Senior Lecturer

I have been involved in organising sporting events since 1980's and this includes three University Games as Event Manager. I have been Sport Liaison Coordinator for the NZ Masters Games for the last seven times in Dunedin. I organise the annual SI Junior Rugby Tournament for under 15 teams and the annual Girls Rugby Festival in Oamaru. All events that give students a chance to gain practical experience. Currently involved in rugby and lawn bowls administration at various levels.

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Helen McDermott
Senior Lecturer

  Markham Brown

Markham Brown

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  Mat Blair
Principal Lecturer

Matt is Academic Leader for postgraduate studies in the Strength and Conditioning specialty. Matt has a Masters in Physical Education (Distinction) from the University of Otago and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching from Otago Polytechnic.

Matt has led the development of new undergraduate programmes in Personal Training and Physical Conditioning as well as the postgraduate programme in Strength and Conditioning. In 2014 Matt was awarded an OP Excellence in Leadership and in 2019 was a part of the ISEH postgraduate research team that won an award for excellence. His passion is with physical activity and nutrition, especially conditioning for elite-level athletes. Matt has his own consultancy business where he works as an expert Physical Conditioning Coach, in both community and high-performance environments. He has experience in postgraduate supervision, taking a student-led approach, and encouraging creative thinking.

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  Phil Handcock
Associate Professor

Associate Professor
PhD (Otago), MSc (Alberta), BPhEd(Otago), GDTE (Otago Polytechnic)

Phil is proudly a physical educator, interested and inquisitive in almost anything to do with exercise and sport. Having worked in exercise rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and community exercise prescription he has since enjoyed a 30 year career in academia as a teacher/practitioner/researcher. A well published researcher, Phil has undertaken contract and grant research using a wide range of research methodologies. He reviews regularly for a number of academic publications and is currently editing a special edition on injury prevention and management. Phil is a highly experienced and enthusiastic postgraduate supervisor with particular research interests in exercise rehabilitation, return to play decision making, professional competence of exercise professionals, making physical activity sustainable, and concussion management and student life. Within Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport Exercise & Health, Phil teaches across the postgraduate programme and continues to welcome and supervise Masters and Doctoral students.

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  Richard Humphrey
Principal Lecturer

Richard is Academic Leader for the postgraduate programme in Exercise and Health, and Vice Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Research Ethics Committee. Richard has a Master of Science (Exercise Health and Nutrition) and a Master of Philosophy (Exercise Nutrition and Public Health), both from the University of Bristol.

Richard’s research interest is in the therapeutic use of exercise. His teaching includes research methods, exercise and health related topics and the research projects on the undergraduate degree. His approach to supervision is holistic and focussed on social science projects with a health component.

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Stefan Austin
Senior Lecturer

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

  Adain Summerfield
Senior Lecturer

Adain Summerfield
Senior Lecturer
Adain is the Exercise strand leader in the Bachelor of Applied Science.
Adain joined the ISEH team in 2002 and teaches in the exercise leadership.
He has a Bachelor's of Physical Education, Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Learning and Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.

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Brendon Timmins
Acting Head of Programmes

  Gary Barclay
Principal Lecturer

Gary’s areas of interest include health psychology, exercise psychology and sport psychology. Gary has a Master of Physical Education (Sport Psychology - with Distinction), a Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. He has been teaching in tertiary education for approximately 15 years.

Gary has consulted with a wide range of athletes, teams and performing artists, from junior club level through to those competing in masters international competition, to help them achieve peak performance in their fields. He has a particular interest in the relationship between exercise or physical activity and mental health and well-being. He is also interested in the development and transfer of life skills between sport and other life environments.

Gary enjoys the challenge of helping students at many levels of tertiary study including certificate through to masters level.

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Laura Munro
Senior Lecturer

  Peter Bilous
Principal Lecturer

Peter is the Programme Manager for our Avalanche Risk Management & Snowsport Instructing Programmes. He is qualified in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics, but changed career path after many years to work in the mountains as a ski instructor, ski patroller and ski guide before moving on to teaching. He is a fully qualified national and international (NZSIA and ISIA) Telemark Ski Instructor Examiner and past National Divisional Director, Technical Director and NZSIA Executive Committee Member. He was selected to represent New Zealand for 3 consecutive Interski demonstration events in Norway, Switzerland and South Korea.

Continuing to test theory and practice, Peter prioritises being current in industry and actively ski guides and avalanche forecasts around the globe. He is experienced in maritime to continental snowpacks from Alaska to the Himalaya, Japan to Canada and USA to NZ.

Peter has completed a New Zealand adult teaching qualification and has been well recognised for his efforts in the field of teaching. He was cited for an Otago Polytechnic Teaching Award in 2009 and the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching National Award in 2011. Peter is also very active in the area of mountain and avalanche safety. In fact, risk management is central to his teaching & guiding; he teaches all clients and students to understand the risks posed by the mountains, and how to mitigate those risks.

He considers himself very fortunate to have the worlds largest whiteboard - the mountains, to share his passion for the mountains. Peter believes in maximizing the fun factor out there such that we can return and do it all again.

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  Peter Eley
Senior Lecturer

Peter Eley is Head of Programmes for Outdoor and Adventure Education based at the Wanaka Campus. He has been involved in the outdoors for over 20 years, working across continents before settling in New Zealand. You mainly find him in a boat or more recently on a bike.

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  Simon Body
Senior Lecturer

Currently teaching on the Bachelor of Applied Science and in the postgraduate Strength & Conditioning stream, Simon has previously been a professional tennis coach for 18 years, working with juniors in Dunedin, Christchurch and Melbourne. He’s also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for three international rugby teams, including the Fiji 2015 World Cup squad.

“The first game was against England before a crowd of 82,000 at Twickenham, which was just incredible – it was an awesome feeling to walk into that environment. Playing Australia and Wales in front of the vocal crowds at Cardiff was also a moving experience.”

His roles have included gym- and field-based conditioning and monitoring – often using GPS technology – and fostering players’ overall wellness.

“I thoroughly enjoy the teaching and coaching aspects of my roles and the commitment to experiential learning here at OP. And the professional development opportunities here are outstanding.”

Simon has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Otago (1997) and completed the Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning at Otago Polytechnic (2011). He has just completed his Masters in Professional Practice, investigating movement dysfunctions and possible movement corrections and their relationships with strength and conditioning.

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Support Staff

  Kathryn Van Der Vliet
Placement Coordinator

My role as Placement Coordinator involves building and maintaining key industry relationships and connecting Bachelor of Applied Science students with local, National and International providers for placement opportunities. Also assisting and supervising the development of wellness programmes.

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