Merrilee Barnes
Director – Sport Business and Strategic Partnerships – Australian Sports Commission

For more than 20 years Merrilee has worked across myriad layers of sport including education, national and club level sport, mega sporting events, sport stadia, athlete management, sponsorship and now government. Merrilee has considerable experience in the areas of strategy, integrity, commercialisation and inclusion and in her current role at the Australian Sports Commission, she provides support to NSOs and the sport sector to bring about sustainable, organisational change particularly in the areas of safe, fair and inclusive sport. She is currently leading several important sector projects including: the development of a national framework to help sports at all levels improve their approaches to child safety, and collaborating with key stakeholders and the Australian Human Rights Commission to develop national guidelines for transgender participation in sport. Merrilee is a member of the Play by the Rules Management Committee and the National Safeguarding Children in Sport working group.