Board and committees

Board appointments

The ASC Act provides for between eight and 13 members, appointed by the responsible Minister and an ex-officio Commissioner representing the Department embracing the Federal Sport Portfolio.

During the 2014–15 financial year the Board welcomed the Secretary of Health Mr Martin Bowles psm. Mr Bowles joined the Board in October 2014 following his appointment to the Department, and brings a wealth of public sector knowledge and considered advice to the role.

There was considerable change in the Board’s composition with several Commissioners completing their terms, including Ms Liz Ellis am, Ms Sally Carbon oam, Mr David Gallop, Mr Andrew Fraser, Ms Margy Osmond and Mr Ken Ryan am. As former world class athletes and successful administrators and leaders, the departing members offered valuable insights into the world of both sport and business. Each Commissioner has made an important contribution to Australian sport through their involvement in the ASC Board and its Committees.

The Board welcomed the Honourable Pat Farmer AM in November 2014, while in June 2015 Ms Katherine Bates, Ms Jennifer Morris and Mr Steve Moneghetti am were all appointed to the Board.

Board members

John Wylie AM - Chair

Mr John Wylie AM - Chair

John Wylie is a Special Advisor to Lazard Australia, having recently retired as its CEO. Mr Wylie co-founded Carnegie, Wylie & Company in 2000, a corporate advisory and private equity investment firm acquired by Lazard in 2007, and in the 1990s was Australian chairman of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston. In these roles, Mr Wylie has advised companies and governments globally for more than 25 years. He now owns and is principal of investment firm Tanarra Group.

Mr Wylie is president of the Library Board of Victoria, a trustee of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at Oxford University, a director of the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League cricket team, and a member of the Melbourne Grammar School Finance Committee. He was formerly chairman of the MCG Trust, a position he held for 14 years. In that role he chaired the MCG Redevelopment Steering Committee for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He is a former board member and honorary treasurer of the Howard Florey Institute for Neuroscience and a former director of CSR Limited. Mr Wylie holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007.

Mr Wylie was appointed to the ASC Board on 10 September 2012.

Mr David Gallop - Deputy Chair (until 18 January 2015)

David Gallop was appointed CEO of Football Federation Australia in November 2012.

Mr Gallop’s tenure since this time has coincided with a period of stability, growth and innovation in Australian football, underpinned by the launch of the Westfield FFA Cup, Foxtel A-League All Stars, the National Premier Leagues, unprecedented growth in Hyundai A-League ratings and crowds, and a successful 2015 AFC Asian Cup campaign that has seen the Socceroos crowned as the Champions of Asia.

Mr Gallop entered the world of football with a rich sporting background having been chief executive of the National Rugby League for more than a decade where he guided the game through its most successful era in terms of crowds, television ratings and commercial success. Prior to this he held the legal adviser role to the game, since its inception in 1997.

One of the most respected sporting administrators in the country, he was appointed to the ASC board in 2008 and served as deputy chairman until the end of his term in early 2015.

Mr Gallop was the secretary of the Rugby League International Federation from 1998 to 2011 and currently sits on the Asian Football Confederation Competitions Committee and the Local Organising Committee for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. He was a winner of the Australian Sports Administrator of the Year award (2006) and the NSW Sports Administrator of the Year (2002).

A law graduate and a former first-grade cricketer, Mr Gallop is known for a considered approach in dealing with complex issues and for his ability to combine the passion of sport with the realities of a competitive business world


Mark Stockwell

Mr Mark Stockwell - Deputy Chair (appointed Deputy Chair on 18 January 2015)

Mark Stockwell is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimming medallist. He was also an AIS scholarship holder from 1982–84 and again in 1987. Mr Stockwell studied Engineering and Commerce at the University of Queensland, and Economics at the Australian National University.

After his retirement from swimming in 1992, Mr Stockwell joined the business established by his parents Bill and Necia Stockwell. As managing director, Mr Stockwell has seen the company diversify as an investor, developer, builder, project manager and property manager of industrial, retail, commercial, residential and leisure developments.

Mr Stockwell is a former president of the Property Council of Australia, Queensland Division, and served on the national board for two years. Mr Stockwell was also previously the chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Mr Stockwell is chairman of Trade and Investment Queensland, the Queensland Government’s export and foreign investment agency which assists international companies to invest in Queensland and local businesses to expand into new markets. Mr Stockwell is also a trustee of the Stockwell Foundation. He was appointed chair of the Australian Sports Foundation and a member of the ASC Board in June 2014 and became deputy chair on 18 January 2015.

Ms Alisa Camplin-Warner OAM

Alisa Camplin-Warner worked globally with the IBM Corporation for 16 years, most recently holding the position of strategy and transformation executive, Global Technology Services. She is currently a non-executive director of the Collingwood Football Club, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. Ms Camplin was also chair of the Australian Sports Foundation from 2009 to 2014. Ms Camplin-Warner holds a Bachelor of Information Technology with a Business Major. She is a high performance consultant, regular keynote speaker, sports commentator and co-founder of the charity Finnan’s Gift.

Ms Camplin-Warner represented Australia in freestyle aerial skiing at two consecutive Winter Olympic Games, winning gold in Salt Lake City in 2002 and bronze in Turin in 2006, where she was Australia’s Opening Ceremony flag bearer. Ms Camplin-Warner was the Australian Olympic Committee chef de mission for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012 and will again lead the team in 2016, she is also the deputy chef de mission for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games being held in PheongChang, South Korea.

Ms Camplin-Warner was appointed to the ASC Board on 23 March 2007 and was a member of the ASC Commercialisation, Innovation and Technology Committee until March 2015.


The Honourable Patrcik Farmer

The Honourable Patrick Farmer AM

Patrick Farmer is a multiple world–record holder for endurance running. He has run from the North Pole to the South, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and North America. Mr Farmer served as a Member of Australia’s Parliament for eight years, with three years as parliamentary secretary for education, science and training.

Mr Farmer has raised millions of dollars for causes during his 20–year running career, including Lifeline, Cancer Council, Australian Red Cross and Diabetes Australia. He received the 2000 achiever of the year award from Prime Minister John Howard.

Mr Farmer was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for significant service to the community through fundraising support for charitable organisations, to ultra-marathons and to Parliament in Australia.

Mr Farmer was appointed to the ASC Board on 7 November 2014.


Australian Sports Commission Board Member John Lee

Mr John Lee

John Lee is chief executive officer of the South Sydney Rabbitohs overseeing all commercial, administrative and football operations of one the sport’s oldest and most successful clubs in Australia.

Previously he was the head of the NSW Public Service as director general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Before this appointment he was head of the Department of Transport, Commerce and State Transit Authority.

Mr Lee is a board member of Souths Cares, and sits on the nominations committee for the Men of League. He has also been on the Advertising Standards Board, Events NSW Board and served as president of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (NSW Branch).

Mr Lee was appointed to the ASC Board on 1 October 2011 and is a member of the ASC Governance and Executive Performance Committee.

ASC Board Member Mr Andrew Plympton

Mr Andrew Plympton

Andrew Plympton continues to undertake a wide range of business and sport administration activities. He is chairman of three ASX listed companies, a director of one, and director of an NZX company.

Sport has been a lifelong passion for Mr Plympton, particularly sailing, where he has been competing at the highest level for more than 45 years. He has won a world championship and numerous national and state titles in international classes and ocean racing yachts.

Mr Plympton has held a number of positions in sport administration, including chairman/president for St Kilda Football Club for eight years before retiring in 2000. He was the president of Yachting Australia for more than seven years and was elected to the Australian Olympic Committee in 2008. He was made a director of the Australian Olympic Foundation Limited and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Plympton was appointed to the ASC Board in January 2011. Since May 2011 he has served as the chair of the ASC Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the ASC Governance and Executive Performance Committee.


Ms Katherine Bates

Ms Katherine Bates

Katherine Bates is a renowned international cyclist who represented Australia at the highest levels of road and track cycling. She now works in broadcasting and maintains a close involvement with the cycling community at the grassroots and elite levels. Ms Bates has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and has sat on a number of boards including Bicycle NSW, Cycling Australia Women’s Commission and the Cycling Australia Athletes Commission.

On her retirement from professional cycling at the end of the 2011 season, Ms Bates turned her passion and knowledge of sport into a new career, and is regularly seen on Australia’s major networks including Channel 7, 9, ABC, SBS and Fox Sports News.

In addition to her broadcasting duties, Ms Bates is highly sought after as a motivational speaker and executive coach where she applies the lessons and experience of elite sport to facilitate leadership development in the corporate environment.

Ms Bates was appointed to the ASC Board on 22 June 2015.


Steve Moneghetti

Mr Steve Moneghetti AM

Steve Moneghetti represented Australia in the marathon at four Commonwealth Games, winning gold (1994), silver (1990) and two bronze (1986 and 1998) medals. Mr Moneghetti achieved three top 10 finishes in his four appearances at the Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000). He also attended six World Athletics Championships, winning a bronze medal in the marathon event in Athens in 1997. Mr Moneghetti retired as an athlete in 2000.

Mr Moneghetti was Mayor of the Commonwealth Games Village at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Australian team's chef de mission for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. From 2001 to 2010 he served as chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, and also chaired the Victorian State Review into Physical and Sport Education in schools (the Moneghetti Report).

Mr Moneghetti is active in the corporate community and is currently a sports consultant with his own business. He is also on the executive board of the Victorian Olympic Council.

Mr Moneghetti received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001. In 2014 Mr Moneghetti was awarded an Order of Australia medal for significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes.

Mr Moneghetti was appointed to the ASC Board on 22 June 2015.


Ms Jennifer Morris

Ms Jennifer Morris OAM

Jennifer Morris is the Consulting Human Capital Partner at Deloitte in Perth. Jennifer has 10 years of consulting experience, specialising in large scale business transformation programs focusing in the public and higher education sectors. She has deep experience in delivering programs of work which require organisations to change their operating models to delivering on strategic and operational plans.

Ms Morris is a dual Olympic gold medallist, having represented Australia in hockey from 1991 to 2000, winning gold in Atlanta 1996 Olympics and then leading the Hockeyroos to victory at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

She is a director of the Fremantle Football Club, the immediate past chair of the board of Healthway, the State Government’s peak health promotion body, and a former board member of the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Ms Morris won the National Deloitte Businesswoman of the Year 2007.

Ms Morris was appointed to the ASC Board on 22 June 2015.

Mr Martin Bowles PSM

Martin Bowles was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Health on 13 October 2014. Previously Mr Bowles was the secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, overseeing the management of migration, humanitarian, citizenship and visa policy and programmes, managing the lawful entry, stay and departure of people crossing the Australian border and managing the Immigration detention network and regional processing centres.

Prior to this role Mr Bowles held the positions of deputy secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Defence respectively. In 2012 Mr Bowles received a Public Service Medal for delivering energy efficiency policies and remediation programmes for the Home Insulation and Green Loans programmes.

Mr Bowles has also held senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales public sector.

Mr Bowles has a Bachelor of Business degree, a Graduate Certificate of Public Sector Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

Ms Sally Carbon OAM (until 1 October 2014)

Sally Carbon, an Olympic and world cup gold medallist, represented Australia in hockey at two Olympic Games and two world cups.

Ms Carbon owns and is the director of Green Eleven Pty Ltd. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in physical education and mathematics, is a qualified strategic marketer, a company director and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has published six books and three interactive educational resources and has had 26 years of experience in the Australian media.

Ms Carbon has served on the Board of the Western Australian Sports Council and the Strategic Directions Board for the WA Education Department and continues to be an active member of many foundation, sport, health and education boards in Western Australia.

Ms Liz Ellis AM (until 1 October 2014)

Liz Ellis is a former captain of the Australian national netball team. A three-time world netball champion (1995, 1999 and 2007) and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist (1998 and 2002), Ms Ellis is the most capped Australian netballer of all time, with 122 Test caps. She retired from netball in 2007, after leading Australia to win the Netball World Championship in Auckland.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Macquarie University, Ms Ellis was a practising solicitor for four years. In 2000, she left the legal profession to run the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics, which are now the largest netball clinics in Australia.

Ms Ellis is a respected sports commentator and host, and is a popular keynote speaker as well as a regular radio and television guest.

Andrew Fraser - ASC Board member

Mr Andrew Fraser (until 31 October 2014)

Andrew Fraser is Head of Strategy and Investment at the NRL.

He previously served as Queensland’s Minister for Local Government, Planning and Sport before being appointed as Queensland Treasurer in 2007. He was serving as Deputy Premier when his career in parliament ended in 2012.

When he was appointed Queensland sport minister in 2006, Mr Fraser championed the introduction of the Young Athletes Assistance Programme aimed at encouraging participation across Queensland’s broad geography. As Treasurer he oversaw significant economic reforms, including leading the public float of QR National (Aurizon), the second largest initial public offering in Australian corporate history. Mr Fraser holds First Class Honours degrees in law and commerce from Griffith University and is a University Medal recipient.

Margy Osmond

Ms Margy Osmond (until 3 March 2015)

Margy Osmond is the chief executive officer of the Tourism and Transport Forum. Prior to this she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Retailer’s Association representing Australia’s largest national retailers, and is a well-known advocate in media and political circles for the sector. She also sits on the Australian Government’s advisory body, the Australian Retail Council.

Ms Osmond is the chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board and also chairs the Retail Advisory Panel established by the City of Sydney.

Other previous board appointments include the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust, Tourism NSW, the NSW Major Events Board, the NSW Police Minister’s Advisory Board, NSW State Transit Authority and Bell Shakespeare. Ms Osmond chaired the bid and official Organising Committee for the largest non-elite sporting event in the world, the International World Masters Games, held in Sydney in 2009.

ASC Board Member Ken Ryan

Mr Ken Ryan AM (until 25 June 2015)

Ken Ryan is the former Qantas Airways Regional General Manager Victoria and Southern Australia based in Melbourne. He worked for Qantas for 18 years in a variety of senior management positions including group general manager, marketing; head of corporate development; regional general manager South East Asia, Qantas and British Airways; and chief executive, Jetstar Asia.

Mr Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and is a board member of the Victorian Major Events Corporation, Ambulance Victoria and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and is a former board member of Skiing Australia.

Mr Ryan was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to children’s and youth charitable organisations, tourism and sport.

Board activity

The ASC Board convened on nine occasions throughout 2014–15, three of which were via teleconference.

A key focus of the Board in 2014–15 was the development of Play.Sport.Australia.

Play.Sport.Australia. was launched in March 2015 and has three key aims: to have more Australians, particularly young Australians, participating in sport more often; year-on-year membership and participation growth for all sports; and well-governed, strategic, commercially strong sporting organisations delivering the sports opportunities Australians want. During the year some additional grant funding was made available for NSOs to support participation and capability projects, including Sporting Schools support. This was an excellent outcome for Australian sport.

The Board continued to work closely with ASC management in the development and roll out of a pilot for Sporting Schools, while also transitioning out of the AASC programme, which concluded in December 2014. The Sporting Schools programme will be rolled out throughout 2015–16, with a focus on strengthening the connection between 5,700 schools and sport.

Continued development of the Australia’s Winning Edge high performance investment model, saw the Board monitor targets and assess investment requirements to maintain clear performance outcomes. The Board is also playing an important role in overseeing the ASC’s commercialisation opportunities so that we can continue to invest in sport and support our athletes.

The Board oversaw the update and expansion of the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles during the year, increasing the number of NSOs bound by the principles and encouraging best practice within NSOs, to improve sport within Australia.

Under the guidance of the Board, the ASC has also been working closely with NSOs in areas such as capability building, commercialisation, technology, and women in sport.

Continuing its strategic focus, the Board considered significant issues facing Australian sport and the ASC more specifically. These discussions informed the development of the ASC’s 2015-19 Corporate Plan and 2015-16 Annual Operational Plan, and identified a number of key strategic items that will be the focus of Board attention over the year ahead.

Other activities overseen by the Board included a range of ASC governance and compliance related matters such as the endorsement of the ASC’s Financial Statements, and reporting on the 2013-14 compliance requirements in accordance with the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

 

Table 14: ASC Board meeting attendance

Name

Position

Meetings eligible to attend

Meetings attended

John Wylie AM

Chair

9

9

David Gallop

Deputy Chair

3

3

Mark Stockwell

Deputy Chair

9

9

Alisa Camplin-Warner OAM

Member

9

9

Sally Carbon OAM

Member

1

1

Liz Ellis AM

Member

1

1

Andrew Fraser

Member

2

2

John Lee

Member

9

7

Margy Osmond

Member

4

3

Andrew Plympton

Member

9

9

Ken Ryan AM

Member

9

6

Hon. Patrick Farmer AM

Member

6

5

Martin Bowles PSM*

Ex-officio

8

4

David Learmonth PSM**

Ex-officio (acting)

1

1

Jennifer Morris***

Member

0

0

Steve Moneghetti AM***

Member

0

0

Katherine Bates***

Member

0

0


*appointed Secretary to Health on 13 October 2014
** acting Secretary of Health
***appointed 22 June 2015

Board committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

The ASC Finance, Audit and Risk Committee advises the Board on matters relating to ASC financial management and strategic planning, efficiency, physical assets, risk management and all aspects of internal and external audit and compliance matters, as well as NSO finances.

During the reporting period, the Committee, chaired by Andrew Plympton, continued to have a particular focus on reviewing and reporting on NSO finances, reviewing the ASC’s financial statements, monitoring the ASC’s PGPA Act legislative compliance, and overseeing the internal audit programme.

The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee met on seven occasions during 2014–15, including meetings where members participated by teleconference.

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Table 15: ASC Finance, Audit and Risk Committee attendance

Name

Position

Meetings eligible to attend

Meetings attended

Andrew Plympton

Chair

7

7

Liz Ellis AM

Member

1

1

Andrew Fraser

Member

2

2

Ken Ryan AM

Member

5

5

Robert Dalton

Member

7

6

Governance and Executive Performance Committee

The ASC Governance and Executive Performance Committee advises the Board on better practice corporate governance for the ASC and NSOs, and on executive performance and remuneration issues.

During the reporting period the Committee focused on monitoring NSO compliance with the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles, reviewed and established performance objectives for the ASC CEO and senior executives, considered the committee structures and skills mix of the Board and Committees, reviewed arrangements for succession planning and performance development, and tracked Board member conflicts of interest.

The Governance and Executive Performance Committee met four times in 2014–15.

Table 16: ASC Governance and Executive Performance Committee member meeting attendance

Name

Position

Meetings eligible to attend

Meetings attended

John Wylie AM

Chair

4

4

Sally Carbon OAM

Member

1

1

John Lee

Member

4

4

Andrew Plympton

Member

4

4

Commercialisation, Innovation and Technology Committee

The ASC Commercialisation, Innovation and Technology Committee operated in 2014–15 to advise the Board and ASC management on opportunities in commercialisation, innovation and technology, relating to Australian sport. The Committee worked with ASC management to explore, develop and monetise commercial opportunities; examine and determine innovation opportunities for implementation; and take a leadership position on technology opportunities.

The Committee focused on building the capacity of NSOs, improving the capability of the ASC to measure and monitor, and providing a revenue platform for the ASC and its sport partners. The Committee also considered other relevant priorities that presented a threat or opportunity for the organisation in the short to medium term including shared services, digital ecosystems and the commercialisation of intellectual property.

The Commercialisation, Innovation and Technology Committee met on three occasions between 1 July 2014 and March 2015, at which time the Committee was discontinued.

Table 17: ASC Commercialisation, Innovation and Technology Committee member meeting attendance

Name

Position

Meetings eligible to attend

Meetings attended

Margy Osmond

Chair

3

3

Alisa Camplin-Warner OAM

Member

3

3

Ken Ryan AM

Member

2

1

David Gallop

Member

2

1