Board & Life Members

Netball Queensland Board

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.

Marg Cedar is passionate about Netball.  Running along side her 30 years of government experience at the Australian Tax Office, Marg has held a number of positions across netball in North Queensland.

Having been an active member of Townsville City Netball Association Inc since its formation in 1981, Marg has played, coached at junior, senior and state level, and has her National B umpire badge.

During this time Marg has also contributed through a number of administration roles, and contributed to developing structures, constitutions, policies, and procedures at both association and club level. As an ardent supporter of netball in North Queensland Marg was one of the driving forces in establishing the Northern Rays. This experience has given her an insight into the infrastructure required to ensure that there is equity in services across the State.

Marg has been an active member of the Netball Queensland Horizon Three Steering Committee since inception giving her insight into the operational requirements and the direction needed in today’s sporting environment. She has an understanding of the needs of members, partners, sponsors, and government.

Showing a growth mindset Marg has just completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Sport and Event Management and Human Resource Management, and is looking forward to sharing her in-depth knowledge of netball and North Queensland in service to the Netball Queensland membership.

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.

Mitchell has over 25 years of knowledge in senior leadership roles in both the private and public sectors. He has an MBA; has studied at the Harvard Kennedy School; and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Currently a Chief Executive Officer in Local Government, Mitchell has vast experience at Government stakeholder management. Mitchell was the founding Managing Editor of and has a deep understanding of sport having served as a CEO in both the National Basketball League and A-League and he covered three Olympic Games during his distinguished media career.

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.