Board & Life Members

Netball Queensland Board

Eugenie Buckley is Managing Director of Suiko Consulting, which provides specialist advise to the sports, major events and tourism industries. She has formal legal and financial qualifications (LLM, LLB (Hons) and B Com) and brings strategy, competitions and commercialisation expertise to NQ.
She has previously held CEO roles at Brisbane Roar FC, ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 and the Australian Professional Footballers’ Association, and General Manager of Legal & Business Affairs roles for the International Cricket Council, Football Federation Australia and Rugby World Cup 2003. 
Eugenie is an AFC Club Licensing Consultant and AFC Match Commissioner and was a member of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (2000 – 2008) and a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne where she lectured in Event Management Law and Sports Marketing Law. She is a director of Athletics Australia and Chair, AA Ethics & Integrity Committee.

Marie is a Professor of Accounting. She has a national and international profile in education, particularly accounting and business education and a strong reputation for community engagement. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has experience as a Board member on three organisational Boards where she chaired Risk and Compliance, Policy and Planning, and Education and Training committees. Marie has been successful in obtaining funding for and leading several large federally funded projects to promote further business education, training and employment. Marie is the past Chair of the Accounting Education Special Interest Group for the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and an active member of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business Development in the areas of community leadership and resilience at the University of Southern Queensland. Marie is passionate about several things: the importance of family; building financial literacy capacity in persons of all ages, particularly young people; working in and for community; sustainable energy management; and Netball.

Ian has over 25 years’ experience advising and representing sport, business and government on a broad range of issues including corporate management and governance, due diligence and compliance, insurance and risk management, event management including marketing and promotions, dispute resolution and negotiation, contractual, intellectual property, competition law, workplace relations and safety, administrative law issues and constitutional advice.

Ian boasts broad governance experience as director, chair and company secretary across government, business, sport and other not-for-profit entities. This includes significant involvement over the years in the development of key Sport Sector policies.

Simone has over 20 years’ experience as a strategist creating strong brands from the inside out and is the Managing Director of Publicis Worldwide in Australia. A strong believer in uncovering brand purpose and then leading teams to create experiences spanning across digital, activations, PR, advertising and internal channels. Simone’s leadership has shaped many of Australia’s iconic brands in tourism, health, sport, finance, education with recent specialist behaviour change projects with youth. Simone has strategically led programs to build confidence in girls and young women, believing sport has a strong role to play in building better lives and communities. She has a true love of sport with it being integral in her life from childhood, and now has three children who have participated at various levels in a multitude of sports including netball, hockey, tennis, touch football, rugby union, AFL, soccer and athletics. She brings on the ground, in community experience through to elite pathway insight right through to leadership of how to engage more people in a sport.

Kristin has over 25 years’ experience as a journalist and strategic communications adviser, and brings to her role as Director of Netball Queensland deep experience in brand positioning, best practice internal and external communications, stakeholder relations and issues management. Since founding her communications agency KDPR in 2003, Kristin has established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading communications advisers to leaders of industry, government, not for profit and the professions.

She is accomplished at supporting CEOs and Boards through significant periods of change and upheaval as well as launching and positioning national and international brands in Australia and New Zealand. Her focus is on helping shift mindsets and public opinion in addition to her expertise in media relations. A regular speaker, facilitator and radio commentator, Kristin is frequently called upon for her opinion on public strategy. She is currently a non-Executive Director of the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Foundation Board, Chair of the RBWH Foundation Brand & Marketing Sub-Committee, former Deputy Chair of La Boite Theatre Company and director of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Kristin was a pretty handy netballer in her day in the positions of GA / GS, but peaked at age 12.

David brings 30 years of experience in financial services, the last 15 of which as a senior executive leading businesses and large teams through significant periods of change and growth. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on the Boards of companies, not for profits, and industry associations. Currently he is the Group CEO of RACQ, and a director of Queensland Ballet and the Business Council of Co-Operatives and Mutuals (BCCM). 

When he was younger David played rugby union and cricket and more recently has watched his daughter play netball through much of High School. 

Dianne is a qualified finance professional, holding a Diploma in Finance & Mortgage Broking Management. She has over 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, originally starting her career in retail banking. Additionally, Dianne has a Sales Agent Certificate in Real Estate and is a Queensland Commissioner for Declarations.
Netball is Dianne’s lifelong passion, she has played netball since the age of 5 and is still playing today! Netball has given her many opportunities and lifelong friends. She has also given her time and knowledge volunteering as an Association President, coach and umpire.

Netball Queensland Life Members

Life Membership is open to persons who have given voluntary, meritorious service to Netball Queensland for a period of at least ten (10) years. Netball Queensland will call for Life Member nominations in November each year, with nominees voted on at the next Annual General Meeting of the members. Netball Queensland currently has 30 life members. Please see below for a list of Netball Queensland’s life members:

  1. Maureen Atkins
  2. Susan Bamford
  3. June Bothwell AM
  4. Michele Buck*
  5. Janelle Derrington
  6. Bertha Elder*
  7. Morna Franklin
  8. Audrey Fullagar OAM*
  9. Florence Gallagher*
  10. Phyllis Grant*
  11. Doris Howes*
  12. Deirdre Hyland AM*
  13. Jan Maggacis
  14. Mavis Martin OAM*
  15. Madonna McKenna
  16. Lana Midson
  17. Joan Pentecost*
  18. Carole Scott
  19. Annette Smith
  20. Helen Stevens
  21. Olive Stitz*
  22. Ivy Wallace*
  23. Jeanette Warwick BEM*
  24. Elizabeth White
  25. Valda Williamson
  26. Doris T Wilson*
  27. Vicki Wilson OAM
  28. Shirley Winton OAM*
  29. Maisie Wrighton*
  30. Dianne Cocker

*Denotes deceased members.