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Board Members

John Wylie am — Chair

John Wylie is Principal of investment firm Tanarra Group and his previous business roles include CEO of global financial services firm Lazard, co-founder of advisory and investment firm Carnegie Wylie & Company, and Chair of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston in Australia.

In addition to his role as Chair of Sport Australia, he is President of the Library Board of Victoria. Previous not-for-profit roles include being a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust at Oxford University and Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust.

Mr Wylie holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.

Mr Wylie was appointed Chair of the ASC Board in September 2012

Stephen Moneghetti am — Deputy Chair

Steve Moneghetti served as Chair of the Board of the Victorian Institute of Sport from 2001 to 2010 and chaired the Victorian state review into physical and sport education in schools — also known as the Moneghetti Report. Mr Moneghetti was Mayor of the Commonwealth Games Village at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the Australian Team’s Chef de Mission for the Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. He was recently appointed to the Board of Commonwealth Games Australia; is active in the corporate community and runs a sports consultancy and coaching business.

Mr Moneghetti represented Australia at four Commonwealth Games, winning gold (1994), silver (1990) and two bronze (1986 and 1998) medals; and achieved three top-10 finishes in his four appearances at the Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000). He also attended six World Athletics Championships, winning a bronze medal in the marathon event in Athens in 1997.

Mr Moneghetti received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia medal for significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes.

Mr Moneghetti was appointed to the Board in June 2015 and in December 2018

was appointed as the Deputy Chair for a period of three years. He also is a member of the Governance and Executive Performance Committee.

Gabrielle Trainor ao

Gabrielle Trainor was a founding member of the Greater Western Sydney Giants and was appointed an AFL Commissioner in 2016.

A former lawyer, journalist and public sector executive, Ms Trainor has served on boards in the public and private sectors for more than 20 years across areas such as sports, infrastructure, urban development, public transport, tourism, construction, arts and culture, Indigenous advancement and welfare.

Ms Trainor was appointed to the ASC Board in October 2017 and in August 2018 appointed as a member of the Governance and Executive Performance Committee.

Andrew Plympton am

Andrew Plympton has held senior positions in the insurance and risk sector and in recent years has been active as Chair/Director of nine ASX listed companies. Andrew also held a number of positions in sport administration, including chairman/president of Australian Football League club St Kilda for eight years before retiring in 2000.

He was the president of Yachting Australia for more than seven years and was elected to the Australian Olympic Committee in 2008. He was a director of the Australian Olympic Foundation Limited and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Andrew Plympton has a lifelong passion for sport, particularly sailing, where he has been competing at the highest level for more than 45 years. He has won a world championship and numerous national and state titles in international classes and ocean-racing yachts.

Mr Plympton was appointed to the ASC Board in January 2011 and is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Jennifer Morris oam

Jennifer Morris is the National Director of Strategy for Cannings Purple, one of Australia’s leading fully integrated strategic communications consultancies and is a non-executive Director of the Fortescue Metals Group; where she chairs the Remuneration and People Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Prior to joining Cannings Purple, Ms Morris was a consulting partner at Deloitte, and the CEO of the Minderoo Foundation’s global initiative against slavery, Walk Free Minderoo is the private philanthropic foundation of Andrew and Nicola Forrest.

Ms Morris has key experience in advising government entities and corporations on strategy development, governance controls, complex large-scale business transformation, the embedding of ESG (environment, social and governance) related policies and the understanding of high-performance environments.

A former member of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, Ms Morris won Olympic gold medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In 1997, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Ms Morris is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Leadership WA and a member of the Vice Chancellor’s List, Curtin University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Journalism) received with Distinction and has completed Finance for Executives at INSEAD.

Ms Morris was appointed to the ASC Board in June 2015.

The Hon. Pat Farmer am

Pat Farmer served eight years as the Federal Member for Macarthur; with three years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training and two years as Shadow Minister for Sport and Youth.

Mr Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running. He has run from the North Pole to the South Pole, around Australia and across New Zealand, Vietnam, The Middle East, India, Uganda and North America.

Winner of Achiever of the Year (2000) and Adventurer of the Year (2012), Mr Farmer was also awarded the AM, Order of Australia for significant service to the community through fundraising support for charitable organisations, to ultramarathon running and to the Australian parliament.

Mr Farmer was appointed to the board in November 2014.

Pippa Downes

Pippa Downes is a respected Non-Executive Director with more than 25 years of distinguished career achievements in the international business and finance sector. Ms Downes sits on the board of the Australian Technology Innovators (Infotrack, LEAP legal software), ALE Property Group and Ingenia Communities Group.

Ms Downes has had a successful international banking and finance career and has led the local derivative and investment arms of several of the world’s premier investment banks. Her most recent role was as a Managing Director and Equity Partner of Goldman Sachs in Australia. She is a former Director of Windlab Limited, the ASX Clearing and Settlement companies, and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Ms Downes is also a former member of the ASX Disciplinary Tribunal; and a former Director of Swimming Australia and the Swimming Australia Foundation.

Ms Downes is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women Corporate Directors and in 2016 was named as one of the Westpac/ Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in diversity. She holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) from University of California, Berkeley.

Ms Downes was a dual international athlete having been a member of the Australian swim team and represented Hong Kong at the International Rugby Sevens.

Ms Downes commenced as a Commissioner of the Board in December 2018 and was appointed to the Finance Audit and Risk Committee in February 2019.

Kurt Fearnley ao

Kurt Fearnley is a board member of the Australian Paralympic Committee, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council.

Mr Fearnley is an icon and advocate for people with disabilities in sport and the broader community. He is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. His incredible athletics career for Australia spanned five Paralympic Games campaigns, culminating with his wheelchair marathon victory at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. He has won more than 40 marathons, including New York, Chicago and London, and is the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year. In 2009, he crawled the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea to raise awareness of men’s health.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018, and the same year received an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University for his contribution to sport and disability advocacy. He has a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Human Movement from Charles Sturt University.

Mr Fearnley commenced as a Commissioner of the Board in December 2018.

Andrew Ireland

Andrew Ireland is a former AFL player and former highly successful football administrator who was involved with several premierships throughout his career.

Mr Ireland joined the Sydney Swans in 2002 as General Manager of Football before taking over as CEO in September 2009, a role he held until his retirement in December 2018. During his time at the Swans he oversaw a strong and successful football program, along with outstanding growth in commercial areas of the club. Prior to these positions, he held the role of CEO at the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions between 1990 and 2001.

Mr Ireland holds a Bachelor of Science, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Life Member of the AFL, the Sydney Swans and the Brisbane Lions.

Mr Ireland was appointed as Commissioner of the ASC in December 2018 and is a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee.

Amanda Laing

Amanda Laing is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of Foxtel and is an experienced media executive who has worked across free to air television, subscription television, print, digital and video on demand. Throughout her career Ms Laing has advised Boards on a broad variety of legal, regulatory and commercial issues and held Board positions with media companies and industry bodies. Her particular expertise is in the management and exploitation of content and rights, the structuring and negotiation of sports rights deals, and media mergers and acquisitions.

Ms Laing began her media career as General Counsel for ACP Magazines, with responsibility for the legal affairs of its businesses in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. She was then Group General Counsel across the magazine, television, digital, ticketing and events businesses of Nine Entertainment. Following the listing of the Nine business on the Australian Stock Exchange, Ms Laing was appointed Commercial Director and then Managing Director of Nine Entertainment Co. (owner of Channel 9). She was also on the Board of Nine’s subscription video on demand business, Stan and was a member of the Australian Rugby League Commission until March 2020.

Ms Laing commenced as a Commissioner of the ASC Board on 13 December 2018.

The Hon. Hugh Delahunty

Hugh Delahunty is a former AFL player and politician with extensive experience in board governance, sport policy, and professional and grassroots sport. Mr Delahunty was elected a Member of the Victorian State Parliament from 1999 to 2014 and served as Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

Hugh served on the board of VicHealth from 2003 to 2010 and has a wide variety of experience and knowledge regarding regional and rural issues. As Chairman of Commissioners at Mildura Rural City Council in 1995 and 1996 he oversaw the amalgamation of three councils and was the first mayor of the restructured Horsham Rural City Council.

Mr Delahunty played for Essendon in the Victorian Football League in the 1970s and has played and coached sports including football, basketball, tennis, swimming and golf.

Mr Delahunty was appointed to the ASC Board in May 2019.

Glenys Beauchamp psm — Ex Officio

Glenys Beauchamp has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels and delivered a number of significant government programs covering the areas of economic and social policy. Ms Beauchamp was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health in September 2017.

Prior to her current role, Ms Beauchamp was Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013–17) and Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010–13). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009–10) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002–2009). Ms Beauchamp has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government including, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy CEO, Department of Health. She also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.

Ms Beauchamp received a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

Ms Beauchamp was appointed as the ASC Board ex-offico member until her retirement from the role of the Secretary of the Department of Health in February 2020.

Caroline Edwards

Caroline Edwards was recalled from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in response to the COVD19 pandemic to act as Secretary, Department of Health, from 24 February to 12 July 2020. On 10 August Caroline commenced as Associate Secretary, Department of Health. As the Associate Secretary, Ms Edwards has responsibility for whole of portfolio strategic policy and relations, health economics and medical research, sport and the strategic and corporate operations of the Department.

Ms Edwards was previously the Deputy Secretary of Health Systems Policy and Primary Care Group, responsible for strategic matters across the portfolio, including hospital funding, medical research, international engagement and Commonwealth-state relations on health matters. She was also responsible for leading the Department’s work on policies relating to mental health, primary care, health economics and research, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Before joining the Department in 2017, Ms Edwards held a range of senior Australian Public Service strategic social policy roles, including Deputy Secretary at the then Department of Human Services, Chief Advisor in the International Tax Division at the Treasury and several years located in the Northern Territory focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

Ms Edwards holds a Bachelor of Laws with first class Honours from Monash University and was appointed as the ASC Board ex-officio member in March 2020.