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  • published Programs & Events 2016-08-22 17:41:37 +1000

    Programs & Events

    WSA runs a number of programs to help support the development of women in the sports sector.  These programs aim to inspire, attract, retain and develop women in and to the sporting roles, be that as a coach, team member, manager or executive.

     

    Take the time to read about our leadership program here and our mentoring program here.

     

    Our events space is growing, so watch this space to learn about events we are attending and holding. Members will benefit from exclusive invitations to all of our upcoming events, so if you are interested, join the WSA team here

  • published Ambassadors in Our People 2016-06-22 15:17:42 +1000

    Ambassadors

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    Lauren Jackson AO - Retired International Basketball Player

    Ambassador Lauren Jackson encourages women and girls to get off the couch and help make a difference.

    As Australia’s most successful and decorated basketball player,  Jackson began her role as an AWRA Ambassador in February 2013.

    Jackson said, “Australia needs more strong, healthy women and girls participating in all levels of sport and recreation and taking leadership roles in all levels of life from government to business, sport, schools and social groups.” 

    “Getting started is sometimes the hard part. But it can also be as easy as getting off the couch, or making a commitment to help make a difference, and following through.”

    Jackson’s energy, drive and commitment are  an inspiration to her many fans and supporters, including her 100,000 plus followers on Twitter.

    Lauren Jackson is one of Australia’s highest profile female athletes and was a key member of the Australian Women's National Basketball Team, The Opals,
    Jackson has won three Olympic silver medals (2000, 2004, 2008) one Olympic bronze (London 2012), the 2006 world championships and Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne 2006.

    Jackson was also considered one of the best players in the US WNBA league, where she played for the Seattle Storm from 2001 to 2016.
    During that time she’s won two WNBA Championships, 3 WNBA MVP awards, a WNBA Finals MVP and made the All-Star team seven times.

    When in Australia, Jackson played in the WNBL for seven-time champions the Canberra Capitals.

    More recently, Jackson helped Heilongjiang qualify for the playoffs the Women's Chinese Basketball Association.

    In 2014, Jackson became a national Champion for the United Nations Women National Committee Australia and was quoted  in the press as saying, "“I hope to be able to be a role model for women, promoting gender equality amongst Australians and around the world.”


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    Heather Reid AM - Football Pioneer and Sports Administrator

    Award-winning football (soccer) pioneer Heather Reid joined Lauren Jackson as an AWRA Ambassador in October 2013.

    Reid has campaigned for increased participation of females in sport throughout  her career. 

    "I am happy to champion AWRA’s vision of a strong and healthy Australia by encouraging more women and girls to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation," Reid said. 

    Her vision and leadership have been recognised in growing female participation in football (soccer), which is the fastest growing sport for females in Australia. 

    She was a foundation member of the ANU Women’s Soccer Club, and later as ACT Women’s Soccer Association CEO pioneered women's football competitions in 1978.

    In the 1980’s, Reid helped establish a women’s World Cup and successfully lobbied for women’s soccer to be admitted into the Olympic Games. 

    More recently, she became the first female to be appointed as CEO of a State Football Federation and is the only Australian woman to manage a senior men’s professional football (soccer) team.

    Her campaigning for women in football has been recognised with entry to the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame in 2007, the Australian Sports Commission’s Margaret Pewtress Memorial Award for contribution to women in sport in 2006 and an Australian Sports Medal for contribution to soccer and community sport in 2001.

    Read more about Heather's journey and listen to an interview by Nikki Henningham recorded on 16 January 2013 at the National Library of Australia as part of the "Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia". 


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    Ric Charlesworth AM - Award Winning Coach

    Ric Charlesworth is a strong advocate for women in sport.

    “Despite the phenomenal success of Australia’s female sports champions on the world stage, women in sport are paid a token by their sports federations compared to their male counterparts and they have to make enormous personal sacrifices to represent their clubs and country,” Charlesworth said. 
     
    “They also get a tiny slice of the media coverage and sponsorship pool compared to the men and this needs to change as a matter of priority to give female role models a greater profile that will inspire more women and girls to be active.“ 

    Ric Charlesworth has excelled both on and off the sporting field. He played hockey at five Olympics and coached the men's hockey teams to an Olympic bronze medal and two World Cup golds. He coached the women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos to two Olympic gold medals, two World Hockey Cups as well as a Commonwealth Games gold medal. 
     
    He’s also been a member of Cricket New Zealand's high-performance staff and worked as a consultant for the West Australian AFL team the Fremantle Dockers.  In his busy non-sporting life, Charlesworth is also a medical general practitioner and was a former Federal Member of Parliament.

  • published Our People in About 2016-06-17 15:24:31 +1000

    Board

    There are currently 11 members on the WSA Board. Read more about them below.


    President: Carol Fox 

    Skills:

    Leadership Training, Education, Mentoring and Coaching, Small Business, People and Culture, Public Speaking, Networking, Promotion.

    Current Employment:

    Owner - Carol Fox & Co - Confident Communication for Leaders.

    Former Employment:

    Victoria University 

    Education:

    B.App.Sci (PE)
    Grad Dip Education
    MA
    Graduate Australia Institute of Company Directors

    Previous Board Experience:

    Australian Board NLP
    Victorian Chapter ABNLP
    Victorian Waterpolo
    Lorne SLSC Council of Life Saving Delegates LSV 


    Based in: Melbourne


    Deputy Chair: Raelene Turner

    Skills:

    Advisor, Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership, Strategic Business Planning, Human Resources Management, Career Development and Transition, Organisation Development, Change Management, Commercial Business, Financial Acumen, Facilitation, Negotiation, Influencing.

    Current Employment:

    HR Consultant, Rae Turner & Associates 

    Former Employment:

    Manager People and Culture, Etihad Stadium
    Director Human Resources, Tennis Australia
    National Manager Human Resources, Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners
    Human Resources Manager, Nine Network Melbourne 

    Education:

    Graduate Diploma of Business Human Resource Management, Swinburne University
    Advanced Program in Human Resource Management
    UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education 

    Board Experience:

    Board of Governance member – Inner East Mental Health Services Association
    Board of Governance member – Victorian Mental Health Carers Network  - Tandem 

     

    Based in: Melbourne


    Treasurer: David Bond


    Skills:

    Accounting and Finance, Research, Social Media Engagement, Public Speaking, Writing.

    Current Employment:

    Senior Lecturer – UTS Business School

    Former Employment:

    Academic Fellow – IFRS Foundation

    Education:

    PhD (Accounting) – UTS
    Bachelor of Business (Honours) – UTS

    Board Experience:

    Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)


    Based in: Sydney


     

    Secretary: Sandie Angus 


    Skills:

    Corporate governance, legal advice, leadership, company secretarial, contract negotiation,  enterprise-wide risk management, strategic planning, ethical conduct 

    Current Employment:

    Director

    Former Employment:

    General Counsel and Company Secretary, Energy Queensland Ltd
    Executive General Manager, Business Services/General Counsel and Company Secretary, Queensland Treasury Corporation

    Education:

    Bachelor of Laws - University of Queensland
    Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
    Leadership for Senior Executive Women – University of Queensland 

    Board Experience:

    Finance and Risk Management Committee, Australian University Sport
    House with No Steps 

    Based in: Brisbane



    Board Director: Alison Buxton  

    Skills

    Strategic Leadership, Brand Marketing, Stakeholder Engagement, Driving Change, Managing Complexity,  Governance 

    Current Employment

    Professional Non-Executive Director:
    Non-Executive Director & Public Officer Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Pty Ltd Non-Executive Director Wiljuma Pty Ltd & Confoil Pty Ltd Non-Executive Director Australian Shareholders Association 

    Former Employment

    Managing Director and Public Officer ANZ, The Martin-Brower Company

    Education

    Graduate, Company Directors Course, AICD
    Corporate Directors 3-Day Seminar, UNE
    Certificate Effective Logistics Management - Centre of Applied Marketing, AGSM
    Diploma, Fashion Design - KVB College of Visual Communication
    Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) - University of N.S.W. 

    Previous Board Experience

    Independent director of the East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC)
    Member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee
    Member of the Stakeholder Communications & Engagement Committee

     

    Based in: Melbourne


    Board Director: Frances Codaro 

    Skills:

    Communications, Public Relations, Media, Promotions, Education, Relationship Management

    Current Employment:

    Senior Operations Manager at Golf Management Australia 

    Former Employment:

    Education and Media Manager at Australian Olympic Committee

     

    Based in: Sydney


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    Board Director: Louise Evans

     

    Skills

    Internal and External Communications, Writing, Editing and Publishing, Media Engagement & Management, Crisis Management, Presenting, Facilitating, Public Speaking, Traditional and Social Media Engagement and Management, Documentary Maker, Event Planning/Staging/Management, Mentoring, Networking.  

    Current Employment 

    Communications Consultant Quay Advisers 

    Former Employment

    Journalist: The Canberra Times, Australian Associated Press, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC
    Sports Writer: Australian Associated Press, Sydney Morning Herald
    Foreign Correspondent Chine and Great Britain: Australian Associated Press
    Sports Editor, Features Editor, Managing Editor, Commercial Editor: The Australian
    Night Manager Communications: London 2012 Olympic Games Organising Committee
    News Service Supervisor: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
    Author and Documentary Maker: Passage to Pusan - a non fiction Australian family wartime story that started as a book and became a touring exhibition and documentary.

    Education:

    Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, University of Queensland
    Leading with Impact, News Corp Leadership Diploma

     

    Based in: Sydney


     

    Board Director: Emily Mogic

    Skills: 

    Digital Portfolio and Delivery Management, Vendor Management, Coaching agile, SCRUM, SAFe, and Lean principles and practices, Public speaking, Photography, Website management.  

    Current Employment:

    Enterprise Coach, ANZ 

    Former Employment:

    Senior Delivery Consultant, ANZ
    Principal Consultant, Revolution IT

    Education:

    Graduate Diploma of Marketing
    Bachelor of Business Systems 

     

    Based in: Melbourne



    Board Director: Natasha Norton

     

    Skills: 

    Strategy development, Business development/sponsorship and alliance development, Financial management, Quality and governance and People management

    Current Employment:

    Chief Executive Officer – Accuteque

    Former Employment:

    Chief Operations Officer and Program & Relationship Manager, Accuteque
    Program Manager TC&C - Testing; Planning Manager and Integration Manager, Telstra
    UAT Test & Implementation Manager, AXA.
    Test Manager, TruEnergy Group
    Test Coordinator, National Foods

    Education:

    Board Orientation Series, Leadership Victoria
    Executive Leadership Program, Melbourne University - Melbourne Business School
    Management Accounting, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology [RMIT]
    Bachelor of Arts – Political Science & Philosophy, Australian National University 

    Board Experience:

    GLOBE – Gays and Lesbian Organisation of Business and Enterprise – Vice President and Chair – Strategy & Governance Committee
    Vic ICT for Women – Board Member
    Vic ICT for Women – Chair of Marketing, Brand and Communications Advisory Committee

    Based in: Melbourne

    Board Director: Iain Roy

    Skills:

    Governance, Sports Integrity, Sports Law, Crisis Management, Risk Management, Compliance, Strategy Development.

    Current Employment:

    Principal, Royglo Pty Ltd

    Former Employment:

    Former Head of Integrity and Senior Legal Counsel, Cricket Australia

    Education:

    Graduate Diploma in Sports Law, University of Melbourne

    Graduate Certificate in Sports Management, University of Canberra

    LLB (Hons)/BA, University of Melbourne

    Board Experience:

    National Sports Museum, Advisory Board

    ACA Player Accreditation Scheme, Advisory Board

    Richmond FC Governance and Remuneration Committee, Independent Member

     

    Based in: Melbourne


     

    Board Director: Gen Simmons

    Skills:

    Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Social Media, Speech Writing, Copy Editing, Website Management.

    Current Employment:

    Marketing and Communications Manager, Gymnastics Victoria 

    Former Employment:

    Senior Associate of Marketing and Communications, Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union
    Social Media Strategist, Racing.com (Racing Victoria)
    Digital Communications Manager, Netball Australia & the ANZ Championship 

    Education:

    Bachelor of Communications (Professional Communication) - RMIT University  

     

    Based in: Melbourne