Our Team

PREMIER SKILLS employs a number of coaches worldwide. Coaches are hand picked to ensure the quality of our courses is maintained. 

Email us for more information or contact details for our coaches.


TEam Pic

John Cartwright

Co-founder of Premier Skills, John has over 40 years experience at the top of the game as both a player and a coach. He played for both West Ham and Crystal Palace. John has been Technical Director for the English Professional Footballers Association and Academy Coach at Crystal Palace where he produced the ‘Team of the Eighties’ and Director of Youth Football at Charlton Athletic. John was the England Youth coach and First Team coach at Arsenal Football Club as well as the Technical Director of the FA National School of Excellence. John has been acknowledged by respected managers and coaches like Terry Venables, Ron Greenwood, Don Howe and Malcolm Allison as an outstanding football coach. John is the author of football coaching book, Football For The Brave.


TEam Pic

Roger Wilkinson

Roger has over 35 years football coaching experience around the world. In 2002, Roger co-founded Premier Skills with former Crystal Palace First Team Coach, John Cartwright, with a view to develop coaches and players at all levels of the game. Over the past 10 years Roger has been based in the United Kingdom and has worked for Crystal Palace as an Academy Coach and more recently as the Under 21 Development Coach for West Bromwich Albion. Roger returned to New Zealand permanently in January 2013 and is currently the Youth Academy Director at Fencibles United.



Sam Wilkinson

Sam is a former Melville United, Waikato FC and Auckland City player, Sam recently returned to New Zealand after six years of coaching in the English Academy system. During that time Sam worked at West Bromwich Albion FC as the U14 coach and more recently at Birmingham City FC as the full time U16 coach. Sam is a holder of the UEFA A License and the English FA Youth Award. Sam has been a Director at Premier Skills since 2007.




TEam Pic Simon Tyndel
Simon has a Degree in Sports Science and is currently completing his Masters at AUT University in Auckland. He previously worked at Sheffield Wednesday in the sports science department. Simon has the Australian Level 3 certificate, is the lead Senior Coach at Pakuranga College and a Senior Coach at the Premier Skills Centre of Excellence.

Michael Mayne
Michael is a former Melville United Player, Waikato FC & Waitakere United national league player, and NZ age group representative, Michael has returned to the Waikato after 8 years living in Auckland. Michael holds a degree in Coaching and Physical Education and a range of coaching qualifications including the OFC B License.

TEam Pic Ryan Ward - Auckland
Former lead coach at Birmingham City FC Academy Junior development stage, Ryan has a Degree in Sport Coaching and is a trained Physical Education Teacher. Ryan has the FA Youth Award Level 3. Ryan is currently a lead senior girls coach at Rangitoto College Auckland. Ryan is a lead coach at the Premier Skills Centre of Excellence.