Vicsport Personnel

STAFF

Lisa Hasker

CEO

Lisa comes to Vicsport with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience including Board positions at AFL SportsReady Foundation, Shooting Australia, Athletics Victoria and Australian Sponsorship Marketing Association. Most recently Lisa has been the GM - Community and Stakeholder Relations at Basketball Australia. In this role Lisa managed the media, digital, marketing, events, participation and commercial functions.

Lisa has studied Physical Education, Exercise Science, Sport Management and holds a Masters of Marketing. A former Manager of La Trobe Sport at La Trobe University, Lisa developed and implemented the strategy to enhance La Trobe University’s brand and has served as Manager of Public Affairs and Sponsorships at the Victorian Institute of Sport, CEO at Victorian Little Athletics Association and Marketing Manager at Victorian Golf Association.

Email:
lisah@vicsport.com.au

Phone:
+61 3 9698 8101


Anthony Bowd

Manager Strategic Projects

Anthony started at Vicsport in January 2006. He is responsible for the management and delivery of Vicsport’s Strategic Projects undertaken on a consultancy basis for members and stakeholders. Examples of projects delivered include Sport Competition Structure Reviews, Board Governance Development Programs, Regional Facility Sport & Recreational Strategies and the Commercialisation of Sport Participation Programs.

Anthony provides input into Government Submissions and other Vicsport advocacy work as required. Government submissions completed include The Future of Sport in Australia (Crawford) report, Henry Tax Review, reviews of the Associations Incorporations Act, Victorian Regulatory Reform, Sharing of Government Facilities, Planning and Local Government Regulations impacting Sport.

Anthony has a broad understanding of the regulatory environment impacting on the delivery of sport and recreation and extensive experience in liaison with government and sporting organisations to plan and deliver sport development projects.

Anthony has been involved in local sport (cricket and Australian Rules football) as a player and committee member and also enjoys sport and recreational activities socially including golf, tennis and squash.

Anthony has an undergraduate degree in Business (Applied Economics and Marketing) and has also completed his post graduate studies in Masters of Business (Sport Management), both at Deakin University.

Email:
anthonyb@vicsport.com.au

Phone:
+61 3 9698 8102


Fiona Jones

Sports Consultant

Fiona joined the Vicsport team in 2010. With a keen interest in sport governance, strategy and organisational culture, she currently assists sport organisations with the implementation of the Victorian Child Safe Standards and Mandatory Board Quotas. She also delivers governance, competition & membership reviews, organisational change projects addressing child safeguarding and gender diversity, as well as developing and facilitating professional development opportunities. Fiona co-convenes Vicsport’s Child Safe Sport Working Group and Community of Practice, as well as the Victorian Children’s Sport Industry Working Group. She was a member of Sport Australia’s Child Protection Sector Consultation Expert Working Group and formerly convened Vicsport’s Diversity and Inclusion Expert Working Group and Women in Sport Advisory Group.

Fiona has also lectured in Sport Governance and Strategy and tutored Sport Management at La Trobe University. Prior to Vicsport, she worked at Basketball Victoria across health promotion, events and marketing and had roles at the Australian Sports Commission (Women in Sport Unit), SportsCentral (formerly Central Highlands Sports Assembly) and the Ballarat YMCA.

She is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Change Management with Victoria University, and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Company Directors Course). Fiona holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and Bachelor of Management (Marketing) from Federation University (formerly Ballarat University). She was previously a member of Motorcycling Victoria’s Governance Sub-Committee and held positions on her local basketball committees prior to moving to Melbourne.

Involved in sport from an early age, Fiona enjoys playing basketball socially, going to the gym and running. While she currently spends a lot of time running after her two young sons, she hopes to run another half-marathon in the future.

Email:
fionaj@vicsport.com.au

Phone:
+61 3 9698 8109


Maryanne Cabral

Bookkeeper

Maryanne commenced work at Vicsport in November 2013 as a return to work mum.

Her role is responsible for invoicing, debt collection, accounts payable, reconciliations and payroll.

Maryanne studied at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn and has a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy.

Her highlight of working at Vicsport was attending the 2013 Annual Vicsport Awards night at the MCG. It was an honour to be in a room full of elite sports people that are so dedicated to their individual sports, train hard and most of all enjoy what they do. It was great to see the buzz in the office in preparation for the Awards night and really wonderful to see these Sports People get the recognition they deserve.

Maryanne attempts to get fit by attending Pilates or spin, box, circuit classes but most of her running around is done trying to keep up with her young son.

Email:
accounts@vicsport.com.au

Phone:
+61 3 9698 8107


Grant Richardson

Marketing and Communications Manager

Joining Vicsport in July 2019, Grant brings with him four years experience as Media Manager at Basketball Australia. There, he was involved in the 2015 Oceania Championships at Rod Laver Arena, several World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne and Adelaide as well as covering the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2018 women's World Cup and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

A dedicated Richmond Tigers supporter, Grant is enjoying a rare successful period for the team while also following local and international sports across all disciplines.

As the Marketing and Communications Manager, Grant is responsible for promoting and supporting Vicsport's events, the initiatives of Vicsport's stakeholders and members as well as informing the greater Victorian sporting network of current and upcoming projects.

Email:
grantr@vicsport.com.au

Phone:
+61 3 9698 8102


Meredith Hodson

Events and Membership Coordinator

Originally from Tasmania, Meredith moved to Melbourne for her tertiary study in 2016 where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (History and Japanese) at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2018. Straight out of university, Meredith worked as a Community Engagement Coordinator for Squash Australia which involved a steep learning curve as she had never played squash prior to the role! Since then, she has been co-employed by both Squash Australia as their Schools Coordinator and Squash & Racquetball Victoria as the Program Manager before joining the Vicsport team.

Meredith has experience managing funded participation programs, administration, managing events and sports days. while she has recently started her Masters in Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne.

Playing several individual and team sports in her time, mainly athletics (sprinting) and road cycling when at school, Meredith also played AFL and netball whilst at university. In her spare time, she supports Collingwood, enjoys running, swimming, yoga, reading and hanging out with friends and family.

Email:
admin@vicsport.com.au

Phone:
+61 3 9698 8100


BOARD MEMBERS

Ron Gauci

Chair

Ron has developed a reputation as a dynamic and inspirational transformation specialist taking on some of the most difficult challenges. During a diverse executive career, he has helped organisations leverage their assets, adapt to change and disruptive competition across multiple industries and sectors. His experience includes the iconic Federation Square, Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT), the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club post the now infamous salary cap rorting scandal and the Aust/NZ operations of the US based global technology company Verizon Business. Ron is currently CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association.

With significant experience in the global technology and innovation industry, he has held senior leadership and executive roles in ASX & NYSE listed, global multinational, joint venture and government organisations such as Microsoft, Telstra and IBM, as well as directorships in several organisations. He is currently Chairman of Vicsport, Brad Teal Real Estate and sits on several other boards. He also provides coaching services to business executives and is described as an inspirational keynote speaker. His association with sport has included non-executive and advisory positions with a broad range of sporting organisations across several codes.

Ron is a Graduate of AICD and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a former Director on the Board and Victorian Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), a former member of the International CEO Forum and held a position on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Ron is married with five children and five grandchildren. He has a long history of active involvement in sport, as well as a keen passion for golf and music which includes being a member of the executive covers band Big Kahuna.


Susan Smith

Deputy Chair

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.


Rochelle Eime

Rochelle (BAppSci Hons, DipPM, PhD) is a Professor of Sport Participation at Federation University and Victoria University as well as a Behavioural Epidemiologist with over 20 years research experience in community-level sport participation

As Director of Sport and Recreation Spatial (www.sportandrecreationspatial.com.au), Rochelle leads a research program investigating sport and recreation participation, facilities and health for evidence-based decision making. She is internationally renowned as a leader in community-based sport participation. Locally, her research includes the development and implementation of analysis and reporting of over 1 million Victorian sport participation records annually for the past ten years and her research is driving strategic investments and policies in sport.

Rochelle’s research involves partnerships with a range of sports organisations including The Commonwealth Secretariat – Sport for Development, Sport Australia, Vicsport, Sport and Recreation Victoria, VicHealth, as well as various NSOs, SSAs and LGAs. In the sport and recreation sector, Rochelle has experience as a tennis coach and personal trainer while she is a current tennis player and golfer.

She is also a mother of twins playing football and tennis with one son a member of the Tennis Australia national training squad. Rochelle lives in regional Victoria and was previously a board member of Sport Central, a Victorian RSA, for ten years. Rochelle joined the Vicsport Board in November 2020.


Rayoni Nelson

Currently the CEO of School Sport Victoria, as part of the Department of Education and Training, Rayoni leads a team to provide an extensive school sport program to primary and secondary schools across Victoria. These include an interschool sport program, coordinating Team Vic teams to compete in School Sport Australia Championships and delivering the annual Victorian Teachers’ Games.

With over 20 years’ experience working across government, sport, health and transport sectors, Rayoni’s career has included management roles in a broad range of areas including sport, physical activity, active transport, road safety and customer service and communications, including a focus on strategy development and implementation.

She has experience working with SSAs, RSAs, elite sporting teams, community sporting clubs and local governments and has had previous roles at VicHealth and Sport and Recreation Victoria while currently serving as a School Sport Australia Board member.

As a resident of regional Victoria, Rayoni understands the importance of community sport to regional communities, including young people. Rayoni earned a Bachelor of Management and a Masters in Sport Management and has represented Australia in badminton at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. She joined the Vicsport Board in November 2020.


Carrie Wong

Carrie is a Chartered Accountant with over ten years of experience working in audit and finance in Australia and Canada. As a Senior Manager in Assurance at EY, she has worked with organisations large and small from a wide range of industries, providing quality service and insights relating to accounting and finance, financial reporting, and risk and controls.

She has also completed the Change Our Game AICD Foundations of Directorship Program, delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, in partnership with the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation. Carrie is currently the Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, making her an ex-officio Director of Vicsport.

Carrie has always enjoyed sport and played tennis through her high school and university years. After moving from Vancouver to Melbourne four years ago, she has felt the community’s deep connection to sport and how it brings everyone together. She hopes to give back to the sporting and recreation community through her board role at Vicsport, joining in November 2020.


Catherine Harding

Catherine is a qualified lawyer with over 15 years’ experience working across the government, non-profit and private sectors with a focus on social policy and has a wealth of experience in relevant areas including governance, strategy, women's health and family violence, and health and nutrition.

Catherine has served on the board of Vicsport since 2018, and the board of Women's Health West, since 2014, including a term as Deputy Chair, and has sat on a range of sub-committees for both boards.

Catherine is currently an Associate Director in KPMG’s Advisory Division where she works with government and non-government agencies to support them in the delivery of projects which focus on strategy and governance. Having worked in policy and strategy roles in state and federal public sectors, Catherine has a deep knowledge of government processes and the policy development framework, as well as strong experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of programs and projects.

Catherine holds a Masters in Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne in addition to a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French and Italian, and a Bachelor of Law with Honours from the University of Sydney. She is an accredited Investment Logic Mapping facilitator under the Victorian Government's Investment Management Standard.


Nicole Adamson

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.


Peter Filopoulos

Peter has 25 years of highly successful experience as an accomplished senior C-Suite executive in sports administration with some of Australia’s most iconic sports and entertainment brands.

Peter’s current role is Head of Marketing, Communications & Corporate Affairs at Football Australia. Prior to his current role, Peter was Chief Executive Officer of Football Victoria (FV) overseeing the state’s 400,000 strong organised participation base across both Men, Women, Boys and Girls of all abilities across over 360 clubs while also making significant progress in developing a new four year strategic plan (FootbALLways).

He has overseen a 24% rise in participation in 2018 and 10% in 2019, a successful facilities and advocacy strategy which has unlocked over $180M in facilities funding (from all levels of Government) for the community to help address the chronic underinvestment in the sport and the facilities gap football is currently facing and will continue to face with the need of 420 full size equivalent pitches required by 2026 to be able to keep up with participation increases and population growth.

Prior to joining FV, Peter had a successful three years as Chief Executive Officer at the Perth Glory Football Club, leading the club out of the salary cap saga that plagued them in 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.

In this role, Peter played a critical role in the business transformation of the club and developing and implementing a new strategic plan, The Perth Glory Way, driving the club in a new and exciting direction which lead to significant improvements in the club’s operations and commercial achievements.

During his term, Perth Glory was also accredited as an FFA two-star academy incorporating a development pathway from 12 years of age upwards. Peter has developed a strong reputation as a senior sports and entertainment business transformational leader with a demonstrable history of major accomplishments in all his roles as the strategic, marketing and commercial lead across a variety of Australian iconic high-performance sports brands.

This includes eight years with AFL clubs Hawthorn Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club, seven years with the world-class Etihad Stadium located in Melbourne and 18 months National Sporting Organisation, Swimming Australia (Australian Dolphins Swim Team).

Peter is married to Mary and has two children, George and Jonathan.


Jamie Parsons

Jamie is an engaging and inclusive leader who has been involved in and overseen the development and growth of high profile organisations throughout his career.

Through his energetic and collaborative leadership style, Jamie has demonstrated an outstanding capability to lead and facilitate the development of strategic priorities and implement these to ensure successful operational outcomes in the sport, entertainment, recreation, tourism and cultural sectors.

Jamie is able to develop and build high performing teams of people to deliver organisational strategic priorities through valuing and engaging all key people involved including customers, participants, members of boards, paid staff, volunteers, contractors, partners and other key stakeholders.

In the sport, entertainment and recreation sector, Jamie has held senior roles at Gymnastics Victoria, Netball Australia, the World Swimming Championships and Deaflympics Games. As a director, Jamie has held all positions on the Boards of Football Federation Victoria, Little Athletics Victoria and Jamie currently holds the position of President of Sport4all Foundation - an international sports charity organisation support underprivileged communities overseas.

In the tourism and cultural sector Jamie has worked in senior roles in a number of large scale organisations with significant new building works including Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, Museums Victoria and at Melbourne's Federation Square through the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Currently Jamie is a member of the Australian Marketing Institute, Australia New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), the Risk Management Institute of Australasia (RMIA), Victoria University Alumni and is a 30+ year member of AFL team the Western Bulldogs.

Jamie is passionate about bringing people together through sport, leisure, culture and physical activity to find new and innovative ways to support all in our community live healthy and productive lives.


Nathan Lovett-Murray

From the Gunditjmara tribe on his mother’s side and the Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta tribe on his father’s side, Nathan grew up in south-west Victoria where he played basketball, cricket and football throughout his childhood.

Moving to Melbourne to pursue his AFL dream, Nathan played in the VFL for the Williamstown Seagulls and Bendigo Bombers before being drafted by the Essendon Bombers in 2003. He went on to play 145 games for Essendon, becoming a life member of the club.

Since his retirement, Nathan has devoted time to coaching local football with the Heywood Lions and Rumbalara Football Netball Club in Shepparton. He has a certificate in Level 3 Fitness Training and has completed a Level 3 in Coaching while also working part-time as St Kilda’s Indigenous Liaison Officer and as an Indigenous Mentor at Brighton Grammar. Nathan is also currently an assistant playing coach with the Fitzroy Stars Football Club.

Passionate about Indigenous participation in sport and aware of the Victorian Indigenous community through family connection and involvement in various Indigenous sporting carnivals and events, Nathan is keen to bring that experience to the Vicsport Board and further influence the Victorian sport and recreation community.


Ritchie Hinton

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.


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