2019 Plenary Sessions Speakers & Panellists

Alex Mednis

Managing Director, revolutioniseSPORT

Panel Discussion: Identification of the top five components that technology can support to enhance the consumers experience that every organisation should include.

Alex possesses shared backgrounds of technology, law and sports administration.

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As a founding Director of the Australian Sports Technologies Network, Alex has played an important role in shaping and propelling the sports tech industry in Australia.

His years of experience in Legal Technology at Australia’s largest two law firms (Freehills and Clayton Utz), as well as 15 years’ experience in Board-level and operations management of sporting organisations of different levels and sizes, give Alex a unique and relevant perspective in today’s sporting climate.

Alex holds degrees in both Computer Science & Law from the University of New South Wales and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adrian Tobin

Founder, Kinlab

Presentation Title: Creating human-centred sport systems from strategy to experiences

Having spent 20,000+ hours in the field building an understanding of the relationship Australian’s have with sport and physical activity, Adrian has his finger on the pulse of community sport.

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As Founder of Kinlab, Adrian’s days are spent applying systems thinking and human-centred design with his team to uncover behavioural insights, and create strategic solutions for their sport and recreation business partners.  

With Adrian at the helm, the Kinlab team has designed strategic solutions across Australia, the USA, and the UK. His team have worked with well over 100 sports businesses across 35 sports, including, Sports Australia, World Surf League, Cricket Australia, Rugby Australia, English Cricket Board, and Football Federation Australia.

Beyond the sports industry, Adrian’s has designed strategic solutions to complex challenges across work health & safety, health, aged care, communities, emergency services, environment, transport and disability.  

Adrian also represented Australia in Surf Life Saving, and was a professional surf ironman for a number of years. 

He looks forward to seeing you at the Reimagining Sport with a Collective Systems Approach to Achieving Sport 2030 session.

Ameet Bains

Chief Executive Officer, Western Bulldogs and Male Champion of Change

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the top five priorities on how sport can be more diverse and inclusive.

Ameet is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

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Ameet is also a Director of the Club, and of the SpiritWest Foundation Ltd, the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.

Within the AFL industry, Ameet has served on numerous advisory groups, participated in the AFL Executive Leadership Program and has been a recipient of the prestigious industry Graeme Samuel Scholarship.

Ameet also serves as a member of the West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance, a body charged with strengthening economic development in the west of Melbourne with a particular focus on social engagement and community health.

Ameet has enjoyed a lengthy career in sports administration, having held the role of Chief Operating Officer at St Kilda Football Club for a number of years prior to his move to the Bulldogs. In that role, he had broad responsibilities across both the football and commercial side of the Club, preparing him well for his current role.

Prior to embarking on his career in sport, Ameet served as Head of Legal at Toyota Australia, where he provided legal and strategic advice across all divisions of Toyota and Lexus. While at Toyota Australia, Ameet also acted as a Director of T.E.S.T. Pty Ltd, the Trustee company responsible for managing one of Toyota Australia’s employee superannuation funds.

Ameet’s professional career started at Minter Ellison Lawyers where he worked for a number of years in the firm’s Competition and Regulatory practice, advising clients across a range of industries including automotive, health, FMCG and fuels and energy.

Ameet completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) at Monash University where he also played a number of seasons for the Monash Blues Football Club.

Ameet has also undertaken elements of post-graduate study at Stanford University, Melbourne University and LaTrobe University.

Ameet is married to Catherine and they have two children, a daughter Asha and a son Harvie.

Andrew Larratt

General Manager, Sport Business, Sport Australia

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience on focus areas of the Systems Approach that can be easily embraced and identification on where further assistance is required (from an NSO and SSO level).

Andrew Larratt is a highly respected leader in the sport industry and is regarded as an inspirational innovator and strategist. He is presently the General Manager, Sport Business at Sport Australia, a role he has held since March 2018.

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In this role, Andrew is charged with increasing Australians’ participation in sport and physical activity, bolstering the capability of the industry’s workforce, and ensuring safe and inclusive sporting and physical activity environments. To achieve this broad remit, he advocates for a systems approach. He believes a system can be defined as a number of different but interrelated parts that form a whole – a system is not the sum of its parts, but rather an outcome of their interaction.

Completing a Bachelor of Education majoring in Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Geography. His first placement took him to Maffra, 220kms from Melbourne. Upon his return to Melbourne, Andrew continued to teach until he took up a position at Cricket Victoria as Regional Cricket Manager. This move marked the beginning of more than 20 years in the sport industry. He complemented his career by completing a Master of Business at Victoria University where he later lectured in the MBA Course.

Andrew held several positions at Cricket Australia from 2005–2013 where he became known as one of the sport’s great strategic thinkers. Immediately prior to joining Sport Australia, Andrew was Rugby Australia’s General Manager, Community Rugby and Strategy.

Andrew’s life has been a commitment to helping Australians move through life.

Andrew O’Loughlin

Director, Experience Design Co.

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience on focus areas of the Systems Approach that can be easily embraced and identification on where further assistance is required (from an NSO and SSO level).

Across 25 years in sport and entertainment, I have learnt that events can be a powerful platform to connect and influence people.

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To get attention, motivate action, engagement and sales. However, I have seen that events often fail to deliver. The goal is not defined. The plan is not achievable. The influence is not evaluated.

In a busy world there is often no time, funding, or resource for strategy and evaluation. And in our competitive world inevitably the events will then fail. They are no better, or more valuable than what we’ve already got. They are not successful, and barely manageable. Yes, it is difficult to get it right, but what I have also experienced over the years is that this is all achievable.

Using my new ‘Experience Design’ methods, creating design-led, evidence-based events will have the influence they seek to make. They deliver on the promise, to the audience, for the event organisers, and their partners.

I have learned a lot in 25 years, so I’m now looking to connect you to meaningful knowledge. I’ve learnt by working with talented people on some of the world’s major events. With leading teams, and brands like Nike, ESPN, Red Bull & J.P. Morgan. With some of our major not-for-profit, sports and entertainment organisations, and our largest local governments. I’ve spent the last 10 years as Managing Director of an Events Agency, and I’m now looking to help you, as an Advisor. I am focusing on helping event owners and industry leaders to succeed in the world of events.

Anita Hobson-Powell

Chief Executive Officer, Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Panel Discussion: Interacting with panel and audience to identify top three key game changers that can encourage more people to be active.

Anita is the Chief Executive Officer of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Anita has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movements), Masters of Science and Masters of Business (Sports Management). 

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Anita has had a diverse career in management and board roles within the health and sporting industry over the last 18 years. She has been in a leadership role within the ESSA since 2006. She has also served as a Director with Gymnastics Australia Board, Gymnastics Queensland Board, Allied Health Professions Australia and the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions.

Asahi Takano

Partner, Portas Consulting and Head of Active Citizens Worldwide

Presentation Title: Leveraging data and sharing knowledge to understand physical activity in cities and inform policy to create sustainable change, learnings from four global cities

Asahi is a Partner at Portas Consulting, the global management consultancy dedicated to sport and physical activity.

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He is the head of Portas’ Asia-Pacific office based out of Singapore, and also leads Active Citizen Worldwide programme globally.

In recent years, he has served Sports Ministries, sports federations and city governments around the world working on strategies and operating models to increase participation and health-related outcomes.

To date, Asahi has over 15 years’ experience in international public policy and consulting, having previously held positions at McKinsey & Co., the United Nations and the UK NHS.  

He has also spent a number of years as an Advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, leading the work in Asia for Tony Blair Associates Government Advisory.

He holds a M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University of Oxford and a Masters in International Relations from University of Bristol.


Barrie Elvish

Chief Executive Officer, Fitness Australia

Panel Discussion: Interacting with panel and audience to identify top three key game changers that can encourage more people to be active.

Barrie brings 20 years of experience of successful organisational change, strategic development and business growth across a range of sectors such as Education and Health.

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You’ll regularly hear Barrie talking about his passions and experiences including training for Triathlons, keeping his Depressive episodes under control through exercise, trekking the Kokoda Trail and Hot Rods – all for the purpose of making meaningful connections.

Today Barrie is proud to be the CEO of Fitness Australia, the peak national fitness industry association working for make Australia a more physically active nation.

Beau Newell

National Program Manager, Pride in Sport Australia

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the top five priorities on how sport can be more diverse and inclusive

Beau Newell is the National Program Manager of Pride in Sport Australia, an Australian first sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist sporting organisations (national, state, regional, elite, academies, foundations, and clubs) with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, players, volunteers and spectators.

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In a world first, the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) is the first and only benchmarking instrument specifically designed to assess the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people within Australian sport and sporting organisations. Participating in the index allows Australian sporting organisations to not only assess their own practice, but determine that which constitutes good practice, along with the ability to benchmark their own initiatives against an external measure and other sporting organisations. 

Beau’s involvement in sport began at a young age as a player, referee, coach, selector and administrator of several sporting codes. He currently holds several positions in the sporting industry including Chairman/Director of a Regional Sporting Organisation, Life Membership of several associations and a consultant for volunteer management. In 2011, Beau founded NSW Sport & Event Management which has since grown into a powerhouse for business operational support of community sporting clubs across NSW. Having previously worked for a State Sporting Organisation and an Advisory Group member for an NSO, his knowledge and understanding of the sporting landscape is extensive. In the years leading into the Marriage Equality debate, Beau and his Partner pioneered LGBTI+ rights advocacy in regional and rural NSW becoming the spokesperson for many outspoken LGBTI+ individuals in country Australia which led to Beau being nationally recognised for his contribution for his LGBTI advocacy at the Australian Honour Awards.

Ben Sanders

Chief Executive Officer, PlaySport

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience on what are the top five activators to bring together events and commercial providers with community sports clubs to facilitate sustainable community clubs?

Ben Sanders stands at the forefront of the fast-moving intersection between technology and sport.

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As the CEO and Co-founder of PlaySport.com, Ben has spent the last four years evangelizing an industry wide shift to a mobile centric world, building a marketplace for every sport, with a database of 55,000 sport organizations across 350 different sports and positioning PlaySport.com as one of the world’s fastest growing companies in sport.

With an in-built entrepreneurial DNA and a deep tech industry knowledge spanning 25 years, Ben has held senior executive roles, leading the strategic direction of some of the world’s most innovative companies like Adobe, Mastercard and VBM Global.

Embracing the core values of honesty, integrity, innovation and growth, Ben has an unwavering energy and passion to ‘do it better’, and is committed to building a positive, high-performance culture and to demonstrate first hand that sport has the power to shape lives and bring people closer together.

Today, Ben is the proud father of two young boys and has held just about every community sport role there is, from coach, canteen coordinator, district manager and most recently, President of the local junior rugby club, where his boys play.

Cam O’Riordan

Director of Sales & Marketing, Stack Sports

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the key indicators we embrace as an industry to measure customer experience and potential retention.

Cam heads up the Sales & Marketing team at Stack Sports he has been with the business for 5 years working in previous roles as an Account Manager & Commercial Manager working across all major clients in United Kingdom, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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Cam is passionate about sports and technology and the global reach that Stack Sports has to implement solutions for elite sporting clubs down to community-based grassroots organisations. 

Prior to his time at Stack Sports, Cam spent 8 years working with the National Rugby League implementing technology solutions for the National Governing Body right down to community-based grassroots clubs and associations. 

Carla Armanet

Director, Sport and Recreation, Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands

Presentation Title: Lunch time and after work sports competition programs continue to grow, does this mean the death of sports clubs or just a changing eco-system to meet the new needs of the community

Carla Armanet is an experienced executive that has managed high-functioning teams for prestigious venues and international tourist attractions.

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Driven by optimising engagement she takes pride in providing positive customer experiences. Carla is widely known for her major event, commercial and operational expertise.

As Director of Sport and Recreation at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, she is motivated to optimise participation and opportunities that achieve positive outcomes and the overall wellbeing of the community.

Centennial Parklands is now the largest single site sporting precinct in Australia and thrives on an eclectic mix of sporting and recreational pursuits.

In addition to her role with the Parklands, Carla has been recognised for successful place making and leadership roles during the launch and activation of NSWs’ largest urban renewal projects, Sydney Olympic Park and most recently Barangaroo. 


Claire Sparke

Head, Population Health UnitAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Presentation Title: Physical activity across our life stage, what the data is telling us

Ms Sparke is the Head for the Population Health Unit within the Health Group at the AIHW.

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She has a background in epidemiology and broad experience in reporting on health and welfare data including chronic conditions and risk factor monitoring, developing indicators for health performance frameworks and evaluation of employment and aged care programs. In her current role, she manages a unit that promotes improvements in population health information, including reporting on risk factors to health including physical activity, nutrition and obesity; reporting on social determinants of health; working with stakeholders to identify data needs, gaps and options for data development in population health; and reporting on international data, including provision of official Australian data to the OECD and WHO.

Craig Beed

Chief Operations Officer, Hockey NSW

Presentation Title: The latest innovations to help sport identify its traditional customers, understand their interests, and implement strategies to communicate with them to maximise and retain their participation in community sport

Craig has over 20 years’ experience within sport, including senior management positions with Cricket NSW, Parramatta National Rugby League Club and most recently Hockey NSW.

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With degrees in Sport Management, Information Technology and Process Improvement, he has spent a large part of his sports career driving dramatic improvements in business processes and performance. Most recently in the role of Member Engagement and Operations Manager with Hockey NSW he has been passionately pursuing technologies and systems that reduce the burden on hockey volunteers as well as empowering them with local data to make better local decisions, ultimately leading to increased participation. These efforts were recognised in 2018 when he was named as a finalist in the NSW Sports Awards in the category of Administrator of the Year.

Craig Tiley

Chief Executive Officer, Tennis Australia

Presentation Title: From the international platform of the Australian Open to supporting local clubs, Tennis Australia is showing leadership in equality of opportunity and diversity and inclusion

Craig is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and forward thinking chief executives. His charismatic and passionate nature together with his business acumen has leveraged him to the forefront of sports administration and the leader behind Australia’s largest and most successful international sporting event.

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Craig has been Tournament Director of the Australian Open since 2006 and was appointed CEO of Tennis Australia in 2013. His relationship with the playing group and relentless focus on improvement has transformed the Australian Open into the players’ favourite Grand Slam and Australia’s favourite sporting event, bringing 790,000 people through the gates annually, delivering more than $300m in direct economic benefit and reaching a global audience of more than 1 billion.

Under Craig’s leadership in five years Tennis Australia’s revenue, has tripled to surpass $400 million. Craig is also a Male Champion of Change, passionate about shifting mindsets around gender equality and diversity, both on the tennis court and in the workplace.  

Prior to joining Tennis Australia, Craig was Director of Tennis at the University of Illinois, where he led the fastest tennis program turnaround in US collegiate history, breaking a 100 year-old record for most consecutive wins. He twice earned the US National Coach of the Year award, which was presented by the President of the United States during a White House Ceremony. He also coached several top ten professional players and captained the South African Davis Cup team.

Craig holds academic degrees in kinesiology, economics and business, has produced two best-selling tennis videos, been a Lieutenant in the Army and has served as a keynote speaker and leadership consultant.

Darren Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, Sport NSW

Panel Discussion: Discussion and identification of the key data sets that industry should be exploring to ensure evidence based decisions are made

Darren Simpson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Sport NSW, having been in the role for just over three years. 

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Prior to this position Darren has had a 20 year career in sports administration at both club and State Sporting Organisation level in Australian Football, as well as in the racing industry. He has led major business transformation projects focused on improving the systems and processes within sport to benefit administrators and participants. Darren has overseen a significant period of growth in the functions carried out by Sport NSW in recent years and was the lead author of the NSW sport and active recreation industry strategic plan released at the beginning of the year titled Future Directions 2019-2022.

Darryl Condon

Managing Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design

Presentation Title #1: Visionary urban design can change the community’s way of thinking about the role of movement and physical activity while removing barriers to participation

Presentation Title #2: Health and wellbeing centres, the next generation of community leisure facilities.

Darryl Condon is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive social change. 
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As Managing Principal at Vancouver based HCMA Architecture + Design, he has created successful public spaces including community centres, pools, recreation facilities, fire halls and libraries across Canada, and beyond. His work has been recognized internationally for its innovation and design excellence.

After 30 years of practice creating these dynamic, engaging and effective spaces, Darryl is asking ‘what’s next’. The intent is to push, think and break away from preconceptions of conventional practice at every scale, to maximize the impact and potential of projects and collaborations. These efforts are focussed on creating spaces which leave lasting legacies in our communities while maximizing social impact.

Darryl is a registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is a Past-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Dion Gosling

Principal Architect, 106 Architects

Panel Discussion: What should the industry be designing for the community recreation and sports facilities of the future and what are the delegate’s priorities?

Dion is a leading architect for sports, community and recreation facilities.  

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As a former Black Stick, Olympian, and New Zealand Commonwealth Games hockey silver medallist, Dion has an innate knowledge for sports and community projects, and the high-performance environment, shaped by years of personally interacting with local and international facilities.

Since retiring from international hockey in 2005, Dion has successfully combined his two foremost passions: sports and architecture, establishing 106 Architects in 2009 to focus and specialise in the masterplanning, design, and delivery of sports-related facilities across Australia and NZ.

Dion’s experience over thirty-years, has touched multiple codes, from soccer, AFL, rugby, rugby league; to tennis, hockey, bowls, athletics, basketball, netball, indoor sports, as well as informal outdoor play spaces, and stadia.

The idea that the high performance, informal, and grass-roots communities can co-exist is central to Dion’s thinking. Where the fields and courts of play are as linked – and as important – as the buildings which service them. And where good design is as much about being fit-for-purpose, as it is to encourage a sense of community and social connection.


Elise Muller

Personal Trainer, Public Speaker, Mentor/Essendon VFLW Player, Active Support

Presentation Title: The importance of inclusion and access to sport for people with a disability, why it is important to have a strength based approach when working with people with a disability.

At just 22 years of age, Elise has an impressive list of achievements to her name, including the Aspect’s National Inspiration Award for Individual Achievement (2015) and the Victorian Indigenous Young Achiever Award (2016).

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The years of isolation Elise experienced at school motivated her to create her own social enterprise, Active Support – a personal training and mentoring service that allows people of all abilities to have a safe place to access recreational activities in the community.

Elise has represented Australia in sport internationally and is now playing for Essendon in the VFLW, where she has become the first ever AFL Disability Sport Ambassador.

Fiona Bull

Prevention of Noncommunicable DiseaseWorld Health Organisation

Presentation Title: The global perspective: Let’s Be Active Everywhere, Everyone, Everyday – an evidence-based approach to physical activity

Dr Fiona Bull is Programme Manager in the Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) at the World Health Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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She leads the WHO’s global work on physical inactivity, healthy eating, the prevention of obesity as well as providing leadership for global monitoring and surveillance of NCDs and their risk factors. Dr Bull joined WHO in January 2017 after 25 years in applied research in Australia, the US and USA. Her recent positions include Professor of Public Health and Director of the Centre for Built Environment and Health at the University of Western Australia and Professor of Sports Science and Director of National Centre of Physical Activity at Loughborough University in the UK.

Across her career Fiona has focussed on developing scientific evidence and understanding on healthy lifestyles to inform public policy and implementation in practical programs in community settings. Her work is multidisciplinary and includes contributions to the global burden of disease, national initiatives in worksites, primary health care, the built and natural environments, national surveillance initiatives and policy evaluations across many settings.

Dr Bull has co-authored over 180 scientific publications and reports. Her interest is in bridging the knowledge-policy-practice gap and she has been actively involved in the civil society and is immediate Past President of the International Society of Physical Activity.

In 2014 Dr Bull was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to public health.

She is a keen skier, swimmer, sailor and dog walker.

Geoff Barry

General Manager Community Sport and Recreation, Sport New Zealand

Presentation Title: New Zealand’s approach

Geoff came to Sport NZ in late 2012, after three years as chief executive of the Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust. Previous to that he had been Chief Executive of Surf Life Saving New Zealand for nine years.

Jackie Bolger

Manager Recreation, Cumberland Council

Presentation Title: Understanding and embracing culturally diverse communities to participate in sport has allowed Cumberland Council to encourage and provide more opportunities for the community to be more active

James Mant

Manager, Planning ProjectsDept. of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Presentation Title: 20-minute neighbourhoods, ‘living locally’ where people have the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20 minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip of their home

James is a town planner with 20 years experience. James studied in the UK and Netherlands and started his career in Ireland.

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James has worked on a diverse range of projects, including in the award winning Rural Council Planning Flying Squad and also the government response to the Bushfire Royal Commission recommendations. James was recently part of a small expert team that developed Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, this project received a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia. James is now leading work to further develop 20-minute neighbourhood policy and to progress its implementation across Melbourne. James is passionate advocate of walkable urbanism and is seeking to progress this agenda in Australia through the work on 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Jason Lees

Australian Player, Steelers Wheelchair Rugby

Presentation Title: Elite perspective: Athletes of all levels can struggle, however once you are participating at an elite level as an athlete with disability what are the real barriers to good performance.

Few can accuse Paralympic gold medallist Jason ‘Banger’ Lees of not living life to the fullest. 

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Renowned for his on-court intimidation of some of the world’s most fearless athletes, he is also an avid drag racer, heavy metal aficionado and beginner sit-skier.

Jason also coordinates the Wheelchair Rugby Victoria program and is a mentor for many in the sport.

Jerril Rechter

Chief Executive Officer, Basketball Australia

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience on what are the top five activators to bring together events and commercial providers with community sports clubs to facilitate sustainable community clubs?

Jerril Rechter is the CEO of Basketball Australia.

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With an executive-level career spanning over 20 years, Jerril is known as an innovator, a leader and an influencer. Her breadth of career experience spans government and not-for-profit sectors and she has embedded innovation at the centre of organisations she has worked with, playing a significant role in promoting health, well-being, sport and physical activity. 

 Jerril is a Director of the Western Bulldogs Football Club, an Adviser of the Male Champions of Change National Group, Advisor to the World Health Organization and recent past Chair of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations and Chair Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Council. 

 Her leadership contributions have been recognised in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards; Winner, Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award (Victorian Government and Academia); Finalist, National NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards; Recognised Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria).  

 Jerril is a recipient of a Centenary Medal, Tasmania Day Award, and Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Australia Council, Harvard Club of Australia, the Australian Davos Forum-Future Summit, and Williamson Community Leadership Program (Leadership Victoria). 

 She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Leadership from RMIT University. Jerril has held executive positions at VicHealth, Leadership Victoria, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and founded Stompin Youth Dance Company. 

Dr Jessica Gallagher 

Australia’s first summer (track cycling) and winter (Alpine skiing x 2) Paralympic medallist

Presentation Title: The participant’s perspective and why everyone should be treated fairly and equally

Jessica has represented Australia for the past 11 years spanning 5 Paralympics in 3 sports with career highlights that include becoming the first Australian to medal at a summer and winter Paralympics/ Olympics, first Australian women to win a winter Paralympic medal, World Champion along with World Records, World Championship and World Cup podiums. 

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Outside of sport she is a highly sought after motivational speaker immersing her audiences into her world of hurtling down a mountain at over 100km/hour being guided by another person as an elite vision impaired ski racer (amongst her other past and present pursuits as a tandem cyclist and track and field athlete).

She is a Non-Executive Director and global ambassador at Vision 2020 Australia and a practising Osteopath.

In 2017 she was named one of 200 women who will change the way you see the world.

Jessica is excited to present at NSC and share her unique and diverse experiences and perspectives as an elite vision impaired athlete.

Kay Thomson 

Co-Lead, Diversity and Inclusion, Sport New Zealand

Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the top five priorities on how sport can be more diverse and inclusive.

Formerly Sport England’s Inactivity lead and architect of their Inactivity and Health approach, Kay is now co-lead for Diversity and Inclusion at Sport NZ. 

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A role which include a focus on equity for women and girls in Aotearoa and supporting disabled people to be actively engaged in play, active recreation and sport. 

Keith Brown

Policy Advisor, Built Environment, National Heart Foundation Australia

Panel Discussion: Interacting with the panel and audience to identify top strategies that can be used to activate local community environments based on retrofitting and limited money. Identification of key resources that can be downloaded by delegates to use in their workplace.

Keith Brown is a Built Environment Policy Advisor at the National Heart Foundation of Australia, advocating for the creation of healthy places with Heart Foundation initiatives including Healthy Active by Design, a program that outlines evidence and connections between heart health and the built environment.

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A built environment practitioner with over fifteen years’ experience and qualifications in Urban Design, Planning and Architecture, Keith previously worked in urban design and planning consultancy in the UK with David Lock Associates.

Healthy Active by Design in Australia builds upon Keith’s experience of working on planning for health projects in the UK including work with Sport England and Public Health England on Active Design, a national initiative promoting the design of healthy places in England.

Keith works in the Heart Foundation Tasmania office on state and national projects with a wide range of stakeholders. As Chair of the Tasmanian Active Living Coalition, Keith is working with partner organisations to enhance active living in Tasmania, building upon the success of the Active Living in Tasmania forum (2018), coordinated in partnership with the Department of Health, Heart Foundation, University of Tasmania and Local Government Association Tasmania (LGAT).

For more information on Healthy Active by Design visit: www.healthyactivebydesign.org.au

Lindsey Reece

The SPRINTER GroupUniversity of Sydney and Office of Sport NSW Government

Presentation Title: Coordinated Active Kids data that can be collectively embraced by active recreation, sport and government to measure the outcomes and impact in the community

Lindsey has extensive experience in applied research and evaluation, specialising in Physical Activity, Sport and Public Health.

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Within her current role as Research Fellow at the University of Sydney’s Prevention Research Collaboration, she is the Director of the SPRINTER (Sport and Active Recreation Intervention & Epidemiology Research) group – an innovative research partnership with the Office of Sport, NSW government.

Before taking up her Senior Fellowship at Sydney, Lindsey based herself in the UK, managing a broad range of research and evaluation initiatives for with Public Health England and Sport England to implement their national physical activity and sport strategies. Her portfolio included strategic program management of a city-wide physical activity pathway for people affected by cancer (Active Everyday); Child and Adolescent Obesity research leader for regional public health program; Joint evaluation leader for a GBP £10 million whole systems approach to obesity control (Sheffield Let’s change 4 life) and national evaluation leader for a physical activity programme aimed at integrating physical activity within clinical care pathways (Keep Active Keep Well, British Lung foundation).

A capable strategist and confident thought leader, Lindsey is happiest and at her best when managing numerous projects across a portfolio of highly complex, multi-sector programmes.   Lindsey is also the Academic lead for parkrun au, and is an active member of the Global Research board for parkrun.

Lisa Bora

Partner, Customer, Brand and Marketing AdvisoryKPMG Australia

Presentation Title: Customer Experience Excellence – Retail led consumer trends and how can they be embraced by the sport and recreation sectors?

I am a dynamic, entrepreneurial executive with over 19 years experience managing organisations through digital disruption, marketing, sales management and organisational change, particularly within the technology, entertainment, retail travel and media industries.

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I will provide strong leadership and strategic direction across client teams in ensuring effective decision making across marketing and sales channels, customer touchpoints, utilising data for marketing efficacy having managed multi-million dollar revenue generating business units across Google, News Corporation, Qantas Holidays, Lend Lease, Village Roadshow and Voyages Hotels & Resorts.

I have proven my ability to formulate and execute strategic marketing and business development plans that are customer centric, results focused, digitally enabled and optimized to provide the strongest possible commercial outcomes.

I am acknowledged for being a customer, stakeholder and team focused leader with a proven track record in building partnerships, multi-channel management, delivering core and new business revenue and developing high performance teams across B2B and B2C environments.

Louise Eyres

Chief Marketing Officer, Sport Australia

Panel Discussion: Focus of panel session: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the key indicators we embrace as an industry to measure customer experience and potential retention.

Louise Eyres is a global marketing executive with a career spanning 25 years in transformative marketing roles across manufacturing, mining, financial services, and now sport and health.

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Louise is leading the establishment of the marketing function and capability at Sport Australia and the transformational strategy to shift Australians’ connection with sport and activity.

Prior to Sport Australia, Louise most recently was Group General Manager Marketing at ANZ having spent the past decade leading marketing in the Australian and Group Divisions. 

Louise was responsible for delivering the transformative group-wide marketing program to drive the ANZ Asia Pacific expansion and more recently the move to a digitally focused business.

Prior to ANZ, Louise held numerous global sales and marketing leadership roles with BHP Billiton including the development of the BHP Billiton global brand following the integration of BHP and Billiton plc.

Louise is a board member of Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the Williamstown Football Club – the only independent VFL club; and has recently been appointed to the Plan International board.

Michelle Nolland

Executive Leader Service Delivery, YMCA NSW

Panel Discussion: Focus of panel session: What should the industry be designing for the community recreation and sports facilities of the future and what are the delegate’s priorities?

Michelle is an Executive Leader for YMCA NSW with over 17 years’ experience working within Not for Profit, Local Government and Private sectors. 

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With a Bachelor of Exercise Science, Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and a background in playing high level sport, Michelle is passionate about getting more people and communities active and living a healthy lifestyle.

Michelle currently oversees operational management of 22 recreation centres, 2 camp sites and 63 Outside School Hours Care sites across NSW and ACT.

Mick Garnett

Chief Executive Officer, Wheelchair Sports NSW

Presentation Title: Organisational perspective: What are some strategies that sports can implement into their programs to educate on mental health and embed awareness into existing programs being delivered?

Mick is the CEO of Wheelchair Sports NSW, the gateway to para-sporting opportunities for people living with disabilities in the State of NSW.

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He is a leader who is driven by values, and focused on growth.

Prior to this role, Mick’s professional career includes a blend of Corporate, Not-for-Profit and Sport sector experience with organisation such as Coca-Cola, Sara Lee, Variety the Children’s Charity, ReachOut Australia and the NSW Waratahs.

Mick is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport, represented NSW in Rugby Union, and plays terrible singalong music at his local pub once a month.

Professor Mark Tremblay

Director – Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research,Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (Canada). President of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance

Panel Discussion #1: Interacting with panel and audience to identify top three key game changers that can encourage more people to be active

Panel Discussion #2: Discussion and identification of the key data sets that industry should be exploring to ensure evidence based decisions are made.

Professor Mark Tremblay has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Sports Administration and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Laurentian University.

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His graduate training was from the University of Toronto where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Community Health with a specialty in Exercise Science.

Dr. Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, President of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, and Adjunct/Visiting Professor at five other universities on four continents.

Dr. Tremblay has published more than 440 scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology, sedentary physiology and health surveillance. His h-index is >65 and his published research has been cited >18,000 times according to Scopus. He has delivered over 700 scholarly conference presentations, including more than 150 invited and keynote addresses, in 21 different countries.

Dr. Tremblay received an honorary doctorate from Nipissing University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Lawson Foundation 60th Anniversary Award, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Honour Award, the Victor Marchessault Advocacy Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research from the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research for his leadership contributions to healthy active living in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Tremblay’s most productive work has resulted from his 30-year marriage to his wife Helen, yielding four wonderful children.

Oon Jin Teik

Former CEO, Sport Singapore and Singapore Sports Hub

Presentation Title: The transformational journey to inspire Singaporeans to adopt a healthy lifestyle from a preventative approach through sports, from changing mind sets of staff to operating structures to introducing creative initiatives

Oon Jin Teik is a trusted and people-centric senior executive who specialises in business turnaround and mega project startup.

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With an uncanny ability to balance and achieve both public sector’s and private sector’s strategic and operational objectives, he manages multi-stakeholder relationship to attain the desired business results.

The Singapore Sports Hub is a 35-hectare, integrated sports entertainment lifestyle hub and the world’s largest and most complex PPP (public private partnership) social infrastructure project with world-class sporting and entertainment venues, precinct spaces, and retail mall.

As Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Sports Council (under the Ministry of Community Youth & Sports), 2004-2010, Jin Teik led in the visioning, planning, development, tender, and selection of the winning consortium to design, build, finance, and operate the Sports Hub.

As Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Sports Hub, 2017-2019 (and Chief Operating Officer prior to that, 2014-2017), he started up the sports entertainment lifestyle city in Jun 2014 and ultimately delivered a 210+ events calendar with over 3 million event attendees and over 15 million total foot fall in 2018.

Jin Teik held other senior management positions during his 28-years career, including Group Executive Vice President and China CEO (Hyflux Ltd), Advisor (Asics Asia Pte Ltd), Head Customer Solutions & Innovation (National Starch & Chemical Co, Asia Pacific), and multiple Board memberships in Government, non-Government organizations and foundations.

He captained Singapore (Swimming) in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and was a violinist in the Singapore Philharmonic Orchestra.  A Chemical Engineering graduate with MBA from Brigham Young University USA, Jin Teik is married to Emily with three sons (Alexander 27, Brandon 21, and Christopher 17 years).

Patrick Walker

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Sports Foundation

Panel Discussion: Focus of panel session: Interacting with the panel and audience to identify top strategies that can be used to activate local community environments based on retrofitting and limited money. Identification of key resources that can be downloaded by delegates to use in their workplace

Patrick is the CEO of the Australian Sports Foundation, a not-for profit that was established by the Australian government to raise philanthropic funds for sport.

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The Foundation is a registered charity and Deductible Gift Recipient – which is unique in Australia, as sport is not a recognised charitable purpose under Australian law.

The Foundation partners with all levels of Australian sport, from grassroots to elite and with clubs, organisations and athletes throughout Australia, to develop and execute successful philanthropic fundraising strategies. In the last four years it has raised over $150m to invest in the development of Australian sport and is aiming to increase this to $100m a year by 2021.

Patrick joined the Foundation following a successful business career as a partner with the world’s largest professional services firm, PwC. His roles with PwC included CEO, Board and global leadership positions in the UK, Europe and Australia. He is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and is also a non-executive Director.

Patrick is passionate about sport and the social and community benefits it brings. He was a former semi-professional footballer, and still plays competitively several times a week in the local “Masters” competition. 

Peter Betson

Head, Sport, Recreation and Racing Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Panel Discussion: Focus of panel session: Interacting with the panel and audience to identify top strategies that can be used to activate local community environments based on retrofitting and limited money. Identification of key resources that can be downloaded by delegates to use in their workplace.

Peter Miskimmin

Chief Executive Officer, Sport New Zealand

Presentation Title: Sport New Zealand’s vision and game plan for encouraging the broadest sectors to be involved is now five years in, what can be learnt from the ground

Sport and active recreation has always been a passion for me.

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I was lucky enough to grow up in a sporty (hockey mad!), active family with parents who were constantly encouraging me and my siblings to “get outside and play”.  They always encouraged us to “try our best” and “give everything a go” as well as contribute and “give back”.  This foundation has shaped me into who I am today.

Fast forward a few decades and I am now an avid bike rider (off and on road) having completed the Round Lake Taupo event four times and recently the Old Ghost Road mountain bike trail with my son and a group of good mates.  My wife and I are committed to walking all the “Great NZ Walks”, with just two to go.  I have played hockey to international level, having been fortunate enough to represent NZ 150 times and compete in two Olympic Games (LA and Barcelona).  I have coached hockey at all levels from my sons’ school teams through to international, and continue to volunteer as a coach for my old hockey club, Hutt United.  I have also been a selector for the Men’s Blacksticks for the past eight years.

I was appointed Chief Executive of Sport NZ in 2008.  During my time at Sport NZ we have led a significant step change in community sport thinking and implementation, as well as overseeing New Zealand’s most successful Olympic Games period (Beijing, London and Rio).

I am an Honorary Adviser to the Asia NZ Foundation and have served on the Boards of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the New Zealand Sports Foundation and SPARC. I was member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission for ten years (1992 – 2000) and was Chair for eight of those years. In 2000 I helped establish the Olympic Club of NZ of which I was President for twelve years. I also attended the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as Head of Athlete Services within the New Zealand Games management team.

Shane Dunne

Chief Executive Officer, Aligned Leisure

Panel Discussion: Interacting with panel and audience to identify the key indicators we embrace as an industry to measure customer experience and potential retention

Shane is an accomplished executive with over 17 years’ experience leading teams in sport and leisure.

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Shane has been responsible for the establishment of Aligned Leisure and operational performance since inception where he is now Chief Executive.

Since 2014, as General Manager – Aligned Leisure & Education of the Richmond Football Club, Shane has supported the clubs crowd, membership and retail strategies. He also now leads the clubs education arm, leading the establishment of the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership.

As a former Regional Development Manager with the YMCA, Shane was responsible for the operational management of 22 facilities in the north and west of Melbourne, regional Victoria and Adelaide. This portfolio of operations included a management team of 25 who oversaw almost 1,600 staff. He started his sports career at the facility which is now Eagle Stadium in Werribee as a sports coach and basketball referee.  

Shane is also a director of Life Saving Victoria supporting LSV to ensure all Victorian communities can safely enjoy aquatic environments.

Shari Cohen

All Abilities Inclusion Coordinator, Maccabi Victoria

Presentation Title: Individuals will hear about the impact that sport and recreation has on individual’s lives with regards to overall wellbeing, social connection and cultural and community participation

Shari the All Abilities Inclusion Coordinator for Maccabi Victoria and is passionate about sport and recreation being welcoming, safe and accessible to everyone.

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She is also the Member Protection Officer for Maccabi Australia, and works in the fitness industry with older adults and people with disabilities.

Steven Ward

Outgoing Chief Executive Officer, ukactive, Chief Transformation Officer – GoFit

Presentation Title: Uniting the movement for an active nation – ukactive started as an industry membership association and now it is a campaigning force for physical activity in the broadest sense; what changed and how did they change the industry’s perception of them – what can we learn for Australia

Stu Williams

Director, SHUNT Applied Creative

Presentation Title: How mapping and ongoing monitoring of the Australian sport’s industry’s use of social media is being used both strategically and tactically to better engage participants

Having worked across a diverse range of sports commercial and communications roles for 20 years, Stu Williams’ pet project researching how the Australian sport industry is using social media and more recently local government has grown into a massive dataset that now monitors 4,500 sports, athletes and councils with a combined audience in excess of 210 million. 

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Yielding a wealth of insights and intelligence along with some fascinating case-studies he argues there is no longer any excuse not to adopt a data-driven, evidence-based approach to decision-making in this space.

Stuart Hodge

Chief Executive Officer, Football NSW

Presentation Title: Design thinking to identify future participant’s needs and needs analysis for future facilities through the use of predictive modelling, social impact, economic benefit analysis and data modelling

Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer of Football NSW driving the growth and development of the sport and Valentine Sports Park. 

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Stuart has had a diverse 20-year career within the sport and facility industry working internationally across Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Horse Racing and major events including the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Commencing his career within Marketing and Communications, Stuart’s career has seen him lead campaigns to drive brand recognition and participant/fan engagement.

Stuart is passionate about Sport Governance and was a founding supporter of the Sports Integrity Global Alliance.

Stuart holds a Masters Degree in International Sports Management.

Sue McGill

Director, Community Sport and Infrastructure, Sport Australia

Presentation Title: Sport Australia’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program encourages communities to identify how infrastructure can be utilised to support more people to be more active more often within regional and rural communities

Sue McGill is the Director, Community Sport and Infrastructure at Sport Australia. 

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Sue has had a successful career in sport and health, working for over 20 years across local, state and federal government, not for profit organisations and in profession club environments.

Sue’s career has focussed on sport infrastructure, sport governance and program delivery, development of policy to support access and inclusion and ensuring all communities have the opportunity to experience the benefits of participation in sport, physical activity and recreation.  

Tim Oberg

Chief Executive Officer, parkrun Australia

Presentation Title: The global phenomenon celebrates participation: from elite runners to first time walkers; volunteers who give their time every week; and spectators who are there to support friends and family

Todd Wheatland

Chief Executive Officer, JARO Sports

Panel Discussion: Identification of the top five components that technology can support to enhance the consumers experience that every organisation should include

Todd is the CEO of sports technology start-up JARO Sports, based in Sydney and San Francisco.

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He’s had an extensive global career in technology and marketing, and is at the forefront of the burgeoning sports technology industry in Australia.

Verity Cleland

Deputy Chair of the Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council (Tasmania)

Presentation Title: Healthy Tasmania – Working across government and communities for Tasmania to be Australia’s healthiest state/territory by 2025

Verity Cleland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania.

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She is behavioural epidemiologist with a background in health promotion, and her main research interest is in understanding and promoting physical activity. Her work has often focused on groups at high risk of inactivity including women, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and rural communities.

Dr Cleland holds a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2016-2019) and has recently received funding through a National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project grant (2018-2021) to better understand and change active and public transport behaviours in Tasmania. This project involves partnerships with Metro Tasmania, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, and the Tasmanian Local Government Association, and involves secondary data analysis of existing datasets as well as evaluation of randomised and natural experiments.

Verity is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, which has a major focus on working across sectors and levels of government to create environments that support healthy behaviours. Through this committee, her partnership project, and her history of collaborative research, she strives to conduct impactful research that provides practitioners and policy-makers with the evidence they need to enact change.

Wing Cheung

Deputy GM, Digital Strategy and Insights, Sport Australia

Presentation Title: Digital platforms and their importance to impact on participation directly and through better communication