The National Sports Convention aims to secure the best possible global, national and local speakers for the conference. As speakers are confirmed their details will be listed on this page. Our speakers will aim to motivate and inspire delegates by sharing their expertise, knowledge, insights and solutions so that as an industry we can learn, grow and enhance our thinking for our projects and approach to growing participation. Our speakers to date include:

  • Mark Bowater, Head of Parks Services, Auckland Council
  • Kitty Chiller, Chief Executive Officer, Gymnastics Australia
  • Dave Cove, Managing Director, Sports Space, Dacorum Council’s Sports Trust, UK
  • Jacqui Cowell, Lifestyle and Community Services, Brisbane City Council
  • Justin Drape, Chief Creative Officer, The Monkeys
  • Marne Fechner, Chief Executive Officer, Netball Australia
  • Bruce Fordham, Manager Leisure and Youth Services, Hume City Council
  • Ken Gannon, Facilities and Projects Manager, AFL
  • Dr Stefan Kannewischer, President, International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)
  • Michael Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Ski and Snowboard Australia
  • Fabio Travaini, Director & Product Development Manager, FieldTurf Tarkett
  • Marianne Kynde-Hestbech, Keingart Architects, Denmark
  • Geoff Leaver, Director, Swimplex
  • Jason Linnane, General Manager, Singleton Council
  • Kevin Luten, Director, Behavioural Design Works
  • Kate Maddock, Managing Director, Otium Planning Group
  • Mark Major, Limonta
  • Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive, Sport New Zealand
  • Dr Bridie O’Donnell, Head – Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Sport and Recreation Victoria
  • Greg Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Fitness & Lifestyle Group
  • Ricardo Piccioni, Government Relations Manager, Football Federation Australia
  • Jerril Rechter, Chief Executive Officer, VicHealth
  • Andrew Ross, Chief Executive Officer, URBNSURF
  • Dr Sarah Sandley, Chief Executive Officer, Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation
  • Hilary Shelton, Chief Executive Officer, ACHPER Victoria
  • Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England
  • Richard Tattershaw, International Sport Commercial and Product Consultant, Sport Group – Europe
  • Julius Turanyik, Chief Executive Officer, Convic Create Communities
  • Oliver Vanges, Consultant, The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities
  • Geoff Webb, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Groundsmanship – UK





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