Board Members

Jane Seawright – President

Jane brings to the role of Chair, extensive experience as a commercial lawyer and company director, as well as a long involvement with netball, as a player, coach, parent and administrator. Her experience in netball ranges from coaching junior club teams to President of Downey Park Netball Association and Brisbane North Region, at the same time having a visible advocacy role for the association and region. Her expertise in sport governance has been recognised by her appointment by the Queensland Government to the board of Racing Queensland and by Cricket Australia as a Conduct Commissioner. In 2018 she was honoured by QSport as the Volunteer of the Year. Jane is also a director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and QCN Fibre Pty Ltd, and is a former board member of the Residential Tenancies Authority, Queensland Institute of Medical Research Trust and City North Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

Mark McLeod – Director

Mark is a National CEO with Ray White whose focus is to ensure that the business and its people has the capacity to meet targets and KPI’s that allows company strategies to be achieved. His strengths include business, finance, regional diversity, Human Resources, training, developing relationships and widely established networks in business and sport across Queensland and beyond. Growing up in regional Queensland Mark has played sport at state and national levels.

Dr Marie Kavanagh – Director

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 Fullagar – Director

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 Waugh – Director

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 Devitt

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.

Tony Jermyn

Tony is accomplished senior management executive with 15 years’ multi-sport event, facility, organisation and HR management experience in the sport sector.  As the Chief Operating Officer for Unisport Australia he has driven a strong change agenda including the development of new sport programs and rebranding the organisation.

Tony prides himself on his ability effectively build high-performing teams and initiating and leading change in competitive business environments. Married and father of three children, he is happiest with his family at the beach, being a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra) and enjoying time with friends.

 

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 Stilz*
  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.