Vicsport Board

Ron Gauci – Chairman

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.

Andrew Walton – Deputy Chairman

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. Andrew was the former head coach at the Melbourne Cricket Club and currently holds the title of head coach at the NCIC for the Victorian Blind Cricket team at Cricket Victoria.

Margot Foster AM

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.

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.

Derek O'Leary

Derek is currently the CEO of Diving Victoria, and prior to that, Interim CEO at Equestrian Victoria, and as such has considerable experience and relationships within the Victorian sports landscape.

Having worked in entrepreneurial roles in the private sector prior to NFP sports, Derek brings a strong commercial focus on helping sports become more professional and profitable whilst delivering improved services back to their membership base.

Derek’s prior Board roles include Equestrian Victoria, and Chair of the National Equestrian Centre, and as such also has experience in Sports facilities, and a strong understanding of the challenges faced by many sports due to the lack of, or inadequate facilities currently on offer, and is highly motivated within his role at VicSport to assist sports lobby for improved facilities across the state.
Derek was elected to the VicSport Board in November 2017.

Susan Smith

Susan has over 30 years of experience in executive and non-executive roles and has previously been appointed by the Federal Government to a number of international and domestic strategy committees within a number of sectors, but primarily in the safety critical and politically sensitive aviation industry.

Susan presently serves on the Board of Swimming Victoria and has been a member of other non-sporting boards including Aspergers Victoria. Prior to 2000 Susan was involved in the organisation for the Sydney Olympics.

Susan is an avid sports participant, in her younger years competing in swimming at the national level and as an Australian representative at international basketball tournaments. She currently participates in sailing, skiing and tennis.

Susan has a Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Susan’ s motivation for joining the Board of Vicsport is twofold - to ensure that the value and importance the community places on participation in sport is accurately reflected in Victoria’s sporting policy, and to appropriately support associations.

Tim Large

Tim has over 30 years of experience in executive and non-executive roles across Asia and Australia encompassing finance, strategic and commercial leadership roles. Tim is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tim joined the Vicsport Board as Chairman of the Risk, Finance and Audit Committee and therefore is also an ex-officio Director of Vicsport.

Being an avid follower of most sports and an enthusiastic participant for many years, Tim's appointment to the Vicsport Board is a great opportunity for him to give back to the community by making a significant contribution to the sporting sector.

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