Joanne Brodie President

Joanne works for Coffs Harbour City Council and previously worked for Qantas Airways for 17-years.

Joanne is an experienced Manager, with expertise in strategic planning, governance, risk management, safety and implementation. She is passionate about sport and wellbeing and has played representative level hockey and netball and participated in sailing, mixed indoor netball, mixed indoor cricket, scuba diving, martial arts and squash.

Joanne is a Director on the Board of The Community Transport Company, the Board of North Coast Local Land Services, a Category Chief Judge for the Australian Institute of Project Management National Awards and a Landcare volunteer.

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Cindy Flower Director

Governance | Gender Diversity | Organisational Change | Workplace Culture | MBA

2019 Finalist in the Australian Human Resources Institute, Organisational Development Awards

Cindy has over 20 years’ expertise in organisational reform and development to optimise performance improvement, supporting leaders to identify, develop and implement innovative solutions to complex cultural challenges. Highly experienced in gender diversity, governance and workplace culture; she works with corporate organisations and boards encompassing government, state sports bodies, national charitable organisations and peak industry associations.

An engaging public speaker, she enjoys delivering keynotes on gender equity, authentic leadership and cultural change.

Cindy worked for the State Government of South Australia from 1998 to 2019 leading organisational change projects and providing specialist Human Resources consultancy and strategic planning for the Department of Education and Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources amongst other government agencies.

Now a self-employed Organisational Change Consultant, she works with businesses, not-for-profits and government on organisational change and development, implementing creative approaches to change and the deployment of resources to achieve this. She is passionate about shaping an engaged high-performing culture and thrives on building and leveraging an extensive network, facilitating those ‘hard to have’ conversations.

Cindy enjoys giving back to the community and is currently Chair of Diving SA, Director of Squash SA and the Events Director for Women in Innovation. She has previously served on the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the National Director/Deputy Chair and was a founding Member of the Women in Leadership Executive Sub Committee, Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Qualifications include the Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Human Resource Management through the University of South Australia. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She excels in the following Gallup strengths areas:

  • Communication – finds it easy to put thoughts into words, good conversationalist and presenter
  • Strategic – creates alternative ways to proceed, can quickly spot relevant patterns and issues
  • Individualisation – intrigued with each person’s unique qualities and can figure out how different people can work together productively
  • Woo – loves the challenge of meeting new people, making new connections and winning others over

Activator – make things happen by turning thoughts into action.

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Greg Blycha Director

Greg Blycha is a former Military Officer in the full-time Army holding a range of command and staff appointments.

Greg deployed to the Middle East in 2002.  After leaving the military, Greg moved into a Head of Programs role within the WA State Government. 

In 2018, Greg took up the role of Chief Operating Officer at Football West and in November 2020, Greg took up his current position as Chief Executive Officer at the Shire of Cranbrook. 

Greg is an Associate Fellow at the Australian Institute of Management, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he holds a Masters of Business from the University of NSW and is a Chief of the Defence Force Gold Commendation recipient. 

Greg brings experience in strategic planning, sports administration and collaboration, and has been an active pennants player since 1990.

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Adam Carter Director

Adam is an Accountant and Business Advisor.
His previous experience includes the following -
Pockets of Brilliance Research Institute Ltd (Director)
Sunshine Coast Racing Pty Ltd (Director and Chairman)
Queensland Race Product Co Ltd (Company Secretary)
Queensland Racing Venue Management Company Ltd (Director)
Rockhampton Racing Pty Ltd (Director and Company Secretary)
Australian Racing Board, now Racing Australia (Director)
Racing Queensland Ltd – Company Secretary
Chairman & Chairman Finance Committee, St Patricks College, Shorncliffe

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Matt Schmidt Director

Matt is currently the Executive Director with ACHPER in South Australia.
He has experience with the following -
- South Australian Cricket Association- Game Development

- Squash South Australia
- Uni SA Sport
- Sport SA

- LESNW- Lutheran Education South Australia, Northern Territory and WA
Concordia Old Collegians Cricket Club

Matt is a successful results-oriented leader with extensive experience in education, event delivery, sports management, business development, marketing, and sponsorship.

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Alex Dore Director

Alex Dore is a Senior Manager in the management consulting team of PwC Australia with functional experience in strategy, process improvement, and project management. Before PwC, he worked as a Policy Advisor to a NSW Government Minister. 

Alex has over a decade of successful governance experience in membership-based, not-for-profit organisations, and has led membership reviews to enhance membership experience and increase retention. He holds a postgraduate law degree and a bachelor qualification in economic theory and public policy from the University of Sydney.

He is passionate about squash, and helping to grow it to be a thriving participant sport in Australia. Last year he played over 90 games, and mostly frequents Warringah Recreation Centre, Bondi Squash Club, and the Castlereagh Fitness Centre. 

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Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

Richard Watson Chair for Information

Richard has over 30 years of experience in regulatory and public policy formation, and asset management for institutional and individual investors in Canada and the United States.  He has also provided corporate strategy advisory services to emerging Canadian technology companies.  Richard began playing squash in Canada in his early twenties and continued playing competitively after he arrived in Australia seven years ago.  Richard is a firm believer in strong governance systems in organisations and is proud to contribute to the AFR Committee of Squash Australia.

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John Stevenson Director

John is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in Senior Finance, Corporate Services and leadership roles with a successful track record as a respected CFO and Director in Australia and Asia. John has extensive experience in strategy development, corporate governance and financial management. John was a keen junior squash player and is interested in reconnecting with the sport whilst helping it deliver best practice governance and reporting structures.

John Stevenson (FCA, GAICD, FGIA, BBus.)

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Alex Dore Director

Alex Dore is a Senior Manager in the management consulting team of PwC Australia with functional experience in strategy, process improvement, and project management. Before PwC, he worked as a Policy Advisor to a NSW Government Minister. 

Alex has over a decade of successful governance experience in membership-based, not-for-profit organisations, and has led membership reviews to enhance membership experience and increase retention. He holds a postgraduate law degree and a bachelor qualification in economic theory and public policy from the University of Sydney.

He is passionate about squash, and helping to grow it to be a thriving participant sport in Australia. Last year he played over 90 games, and mostly frequents Warringah Recreation Centre, Bondi Squash Club, and the Castlereagh Fitness Centre. 

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Adam Carter Director

Adam is an Accountant and Business Advisor.
His previous experience includes the following -
Pockets of Brilliance Research Institute Ltd (Director)
Sunshine Coast Racing Pty Ltd (Director and Chairman)
Queensland Race Product Co Ltd (Company Secretary)
Queensland Racing Venue Management Company Ltd (Director)
Rockhampton Racing Pty Ltd (Director and Company Secretary)
Australian Racing Board, now Racing Australia (Director)
Racing Queensland Ltd – Company Secretary
Chairman & Chairman Finance Committee, St Patricks College, Shorncliffe

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Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Margot Foster Chair

Margot Foster AM is an experienced sports administrator, lawyer and Olympian. She comes to the role of Chair of the Squash Australia HR and Nominations Committee having practiced law for 34 years and having held numerous roles on a variety of sport and non-sport boards. Margot represented Australia in rowing at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles winning a bronze medal in the women's four and at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh winning a gold medal in the women's eights.

Margot's experience on boards includes the Australian Sports Commission, Sport New Zealand, International Rowing Federation Masters Commission, Rowing Australia, Rowing Victoria, Gymnastics Australia, Melbourne's 1996 Olympic Bid Committee, VicHealth amongst others. She presently chairs Vicsport and the Melbourne University Sports Association and  is a member of the Olympians Club of Victoria. Margot's experiences, arising from the many roles she has held has given her an insight into best governance practices for sports boards. 

Whilst no longer practising law Margot has established her consultancy Talk the Talk Sport & Mediation which focuses on governance, mediation and dispute resolution principally in sport. Since its establishment in early 2016 she has worked for Golf Australia, Play by the Rules, established Oceania confederation constitutions for three sports, Calisthenics Australia, Calisthenics Victoria, Pony Club Victoria, Archery Victoria, Athletics Australia and others. 

Margot became a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015 for services to sports administration and governance, as an elite athlete and for support for women's sport. She has also been awarded the Order of Merit by Gymnastics Australia and the Contribution to Sport Award by the Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association.

Margot is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute her skills and experience to Squash Australia.

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Matt Schmidt Director

Matt is currently the Executive Director with ACHPER in South Australia.
He has experience with the following -
South Australian Cricket Association - Game Development
Squash South Australia
Uni SA Sport
Sport SA
LESNW- Lutheran Education South Australia, Northern Territory and WA
Concordia Old Collegians Cricket Club

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Benjamin Haywood Nominations

Benjamin Haywood is a Senior Consultant, Governance and Strategy and joined Sport Australia in July 2019. Prior to this Benjamin was the General Manager for Water Polo WA and spent 7 years in game development for the AFL, both in NSW and Western Australia.

Benjamin has spent time working in tertiary education, using sport education as a vehicle for student development and growth contributing to their overall student experience

His passion is the development of sport at all levels and has qualifications in both Commerce and Sports Administration, which he uses to build the capacity and capability of the sport sector across Australia.   

 

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