Vicsport Board

Margot Foster AM – Chairman

Margot Foster is a lawyer by profession with over 25 years experience in sports administration. She has been a member of the Vicsport Board since 2008 and its Chairman since February 2013. She has held many Board and committee positions in sport with a variety of organisations including the Australian Olympic Committee, Melbourne’s 1996 Olympic Bid Committee, Rowing Australia, Rowing Victoria, Melbourne University Boat Club, Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association, the inaugural Melbourne (now Victorian) Major Events Company, Womensport Victoria (which she founded) and Womensport Australia, Melbourne and many others. Margot has been a Board member of the Australian Sports Commission and the New Zealand equivalent, SPARC.

Margot has also been involved in a variety of other non-sport bodies including National Parks Advisory Council, Victorian Women’s Consultative Council, Presbyterian Ladies’ College School Council, Trinity College Board of management at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Women’s Trust.

Presently Margot serves on the Boards of Vicsport, VicHealth, Women of the Melbourne Cricket Club (WOMCC), Olympians Club of Victoria, and the finance and risk committee of Australian University Sport. She is also President of the Melbourne University Sports Association. Margot has been a mentor and advisor to many women in sport and hosts a regular networking lunch for women working in the sports industry.

Margot represented Australia at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 in the women’s coxed four rowing event winning a bronze medal, and at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh winning gold in the women’s eights. She also competed in several rowing world championships.

Warwick Waters - Deputy Chairman

Warwick has held a number of senior executive roles within Victorian SSA’s along with Board positions both at State and National levels. With over 25 years of experience working in the Victorian sporting sector Warwick has extensive knowledge of organizational governance, membership services and program and product development and delivery.

Warwick has had direct involvement with many of the major Aquatic and Sporting facilities developed in Victoria over the last 15 years via project management committee’s or direct consultancy on design and safety matters via his role as the former editor of the RLSSA Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations. Warwick has also been a co-author of a number of industry guideline documents that includes the Guidelines for Aquatic Risk Management Signage, the Pool Lifeguarding Manual, the Swimming and Lifesaving Manual and the RLSSA First Aid Manual.

More recently Warwick has worked directly in sport with a focus on driving change around the traditional sport delivery. He has a passion for building strong teams and partnerships built on trust and mutual respect to achieve success.

Warwick has a passion for aquatic sports and as a keen open water swimmer, someone who enjoys sailing and stand up paddle boarding, is never too far from salt water.

The motivation for Warwick to join the Vicsport Board in 2012 was to ensure that Vicsport had direct input from SSA representatives and to strengthen the position of Vicsport as the peak body representing the Victorian sporting sector.

Richard Amon

Richard Amon is the current CEO of Disability Sport and Recreation and was elected to the Vicsport Board in 2013.

10 years of local government experience (City of Casey), mostly as Manager Sport and Leisure. Key responsibilities include planning for the sporting/leisure needs of a future population of 500,000, management of 45 Recreation Reserves (including Casey Fields) and leisure facilities attracting over 3.5 million visits per year. Richard has led strategic partnerships with Melbourne Football Club, Melbourne Stars cricket team and Casey/South Melbourne Premier Cricket club.

Richard previously served 18 months as a Senior Sport planning consultant for Stratcorp Consulting covering many projects in urban/rural settings for local government, sporting clubs and State Sporting Associations and 8 years at the University of Melbourne as Manager of the Sports Centre including 4 months as Acting Director.

Richard is a keen follower of all sport, but participates in surfing, snowboarding and long distance running having completed five marathons and recently finished second in his age group at the Australian Masters half marathon in Geelong. Richard is a passionate AFL football volunteer and is currently coach of the East Malvern Youth Girls Under 18’s team and represented the Victorian Amateur Football Association Under 18 team.

Richard's motivation to join the Vicsport Board is to raise the profile of local government’s key role in the sports industry.

Stephanie Beltrame

Stephanie Beltrame is Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Media Rights and Broadcasting, responsible for the strategic management and optimisation of CA’s single largest source of revenue.

With 15 years of cricket administration experience, Stephanie’s background prior to her current role included public affairs and media management positions, as well as time on secondment to the International Cricket Council in London.

It is her commercial, media and digital experience that she hopes will continue to offer the most influence and support to Vicsport and its members. Stephanie is a passionate sports participant and consumer and joined the Vicsport board in October 2012 with enthusiasm to ‘give more back’ to sport in a formal capacity to help strengthen and grow
sport across the state.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports Coaching and Administration) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Deakin University and is also on the same university’s Sports Management Advisory Board.

Stuart Craig

Stuart has been the Business Manager at Sports Focus since 2003. Sports Focus is the Regional Sports Assembly serving the Loddon Campaspe region and is based in Bendigo. Stuart has a real passion for community sport having played basketball for over 40 years, along with having played tennis, cricket, football and golf. Currently, Stuart is trying his hand at Kayaking.

Stuart is well aware of the numerous health benefits derived from being involved in community sport, as well as the important role community sporting clubs play in our regional and rural communities.

Stuart has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business through La Trobe University and is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Stuart currently holds five Directorships including; Regional Sport Victoria, Vicsport and Loddon Valley Football Netball League. Stuart’s keen interest in governance and volunteer support has seen him provide a positive impact, wherever his work takes him.

Stuart joined the Vicsport Board to provide a voice for the 6,500 regional and rural sporting clubs and their countless volunteers, as well as to further develop his understanding of the value of good governance principles.

Stuart was elected to the Vicsport Board in 2010 and is the Chair of the Performance and Review Sub‐Committee.

Ron Gauci

Over the past few decades, Ron have developed a reputation as a dynamic businessman taking on some of the most difficult commercial and brand reputational challenges. During a diverse executive career, he have helped organisations adapt to change and disruptive competition in multiple industries and sectors. A veteran of the global technology and innovation industry, he has held senior leadership roles in ASX & NYSE listed, global multinational, joint venture and government organisations, as well as directorships in a range of not-for-profit and startup ventures. Ron has also led enterprises in the sport, entertainment and education industries. His ability to identify growth potential, re-energise culture and build profitable businesses led to several high-profile turnarounds that have cemented his reputation as a transformation agent.

Very recently, Ron completed a fifteen month tenure as Interim CEO of Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. He was invited into the organisation to provide the Board with insight and oversight of the business which had commercial challenges in its plans to become self sufficient financially and relevant in a competitive contemporary landscape. He worked with the team, as well as relevant commercial and government stakeholders to identify Fed Square’s assets, developing a plan to commercialise those that were capable of delivering significant revenue growth and profitability. The master plan that was developed with the team to grow the appeal and financial sustainability of Fed Square was described as visionary and inspirational.

Immediately prior to Fed Square, he was the Interim CEO of Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE). The Institute’s 2013 financial results signalled the critical need for the Board to take action to rescue in a sustainable way this one hundred year old educational institution and secure its future within the highly competitive education sector. Today, Melbourne Polytechnic stands strong and proud once again. He was sought out specifically for the role to develop a successful recovery and transformation strategy with the objective of appointing a new CEO to then continue the change process.

Prior to that, Ron was CEO & MD of the Melbourne Storm Rugby Club, which in April 2010, was embroiled in the salary cap scandal that rocked the sporting world. Having successfully delivered the club to exceeding its commercial metrics to record levels, News Ltd. was able to meet its objective of divesting of the whilst securing a Minor Premiership in 2011 and the NRL Premiership in 2012. What was one of the biggest scandals in Australian sporting history became one of the most remarkable sporting recoveries.

Ben Hartung

Ben is currently the General Manager – Hockey at Hockey Australia with responsibility for the oversight of all areas of participation, incorporating game development, coaches, officials and umpires, competitions and facilities.

Ben served as the CEO of Hockey Victoria from April 2008 to May 2014. Prior to this he was the Event Manager at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) where he was responsible for the overall management of the Event and Venue Operations for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Ben worked for the AGPC from November 1998 until November 2007.

Ben has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Education, Graduate Diploma in Sports Science and a Master of Sport Management and he is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law at Melbourne University.

Hockey has been a passion for Ben and he has been involved as a player and coach for 35 years. Through his professional employment, physical education teaching background, as well as his involvement with the sporting and recreational pursuits of his wife and three young children, Ben has gained extensive experience and a solid appreciation of a diverse range of sporting and recreational activities.

Ben was elected to the Vicsport Board in November 2012. Ben provides the Board with professional experience in the areas of governance, sport development, risk management, event management and facility development. Ben is passionate about creating safe, welcoming and inclusive sporting and recreational environments.

Emma Sherry

Emma is a senior lecturer and researcher at La Trobe University in the Centre for Sport and Social Impact. Emma undertakes research in governance, sport for development, access and equity and has worked with a number of national and state sport organisations during her University career.

Emma brings this expertise in the sport sector to her role on the Vicsport board, and was awarded a Victorian Government scholarship to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2014 to further develop her skills as a director and governance expert.

In addition to her academic life, Emma is actively involved in the sport community as a participant and volunteer. Emma joined the Vicsport board to contribute to the Victorian sport sector through ongoing dialogue, development and education.

Andrew Walton

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of InteractSport, an independent Australian business that delivers digital, mobile and online sports management services to sport across the spectrum.

Since 2012, Andrew has also been a Director of the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), a not-for-profit member-based national collaborative network focused on developing Australia’s sports technologies industry.

In 2016, Andrew was appointed as a Director of Bowls Australia having input into digital technology, strategy and social media.

Andrew has presented at several conferences including Business of Sport Summit, Sport Without Borders and Sports Fan Summit.

Andrew has sought additional experience, particularly in the coaching of cricket, through positions at Karnataka Institute of Cricket (India) and Middlesex CCC (UK), along with many years of involvement as a head coach at Premier Cricket level in Victoria, and is currently the head coach at Melbourne Cricket Club.

Nominations for positions on the Vicsport Board are open. If you would like to nominate someone download the nomination forms below.

Vicsport Board of Directors Nomination Form

Vicsport Board Code of Conduct Form

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