2021 Annual General Meeting Election Results
At the 2021 Vicsport Annual General Meeting held online on 23 November, Vicsport’s affiliate members voted to elect Nicole Adamson and Ritchie Hinton to the Vicsport board while Catherine Harding was re-elected.
Bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge from various areas of the sports industry, Nicole is the current Executive General Manager – Participation at AusCycling while Ritchie is the Chief Executive Officer of Baseball Victoria.
They join Catherine on the Vicsport board, who continues her tenure after joining in 2018, alongside Ron Gauci (Chairman), Susan Smith (Deputy Chair), Rochelle Eime, Peter Filopoulos, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Rayoni Nelson, Jamie Parsons and Carrie Wong (ex-officio).
Having had the opportunity to be involved in a range of physical activities to support her own physical and mental health, social connectedness and leadership skills, Nicole is passionate about ensuring similar opportunities are available to the Victorian sporting industry through the design and delivery of high-quality programs.
Over 20+ years, Nicole has held roles at Cricket Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport and Victorian Institute of Sport, Medibank Health Solutions and IMG while currently holding the position of Executive General Manger – Participation at AusCycling. She has also served on the board of Gymnastics Australia, the Health and Productivity Institute of Australia and is currently a member of the Active Kingston Advisory Committee.
Through these roles, Nicole has lived experiences across administration, sports science and coaching, bringing skills including strategy and product development, workplace development and governance to the Vicsport board.
Catherine has returned for a second term, following her original appointment to the Vicsport board in 2018. Catherine is a non-practising lawyer with over 15 years’ experience working across the government, non-profit and private sectors.
Catherine is currently a Director at KPMG with a practice that focuses on social policy (including sport, education, health promotion and family violence) where she works with clients on strategy development, program design, governance, investment cases and evaluation. She is also currently a non-Executive Director of VicHealth. While on the board of Vicsport, she has served as chair of the Succession Planning and Remuneration Committee (SPARC) and the Governance Committee, strengthening the organisations’ governance and growing nominations every year.
As a mum of three young kids, Catherine is passionate about community sport and is looking forward to once again being able to drive her kids to swimming, soccer, gymnastics and football while supporting the sport and recreation industry to enable this for all Victorians.
Originally a UK-qualified solicitor, Ritchie has spent the last 16 years working in the Victorian and wider Australian and international sports industry.
Previously Head of Football (Soccer) with Elite Sports Properties/TLA Worldwide, National Field Manager with Cricket Australia, and a lecturer at Masters’ level on ‘Sport, Law & Regulation’ at Victoria University, he served as CEO of Table Tennis Victoria from 2019-21 before taking on the role as Baseball Victoria CEO in November 2021.
Outside of his professional sports administration career, Ritchie is a keen commentator on the sports industry, and is involved at a grassroots level with his local football and cricket clubs as a coach, committee contributor and volunteer.
Having been assisted by Vicsport’s advocacy throughout the pandemic as CEO of a State Sports Organization, Ritchie is keen to give back to the sector and assist other organisations with his legal, commercial and sports administration background through aiding Vicsport’s ongoing governance and strategic work.
Concluding their tenure on the Vicsport Board at the conclusion of the 2021 AGM, Vicsport wishes to offer its sincere gratitude to outgoing Directors Tanya Gallina and Simon Brookhouse.