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.