The SportWest Board is governed by the Constitution of the Western Australian Sports Federation Inc, most recently adopted in May 2017 under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

The Board is comprised of up to ten members – six of which are elected by the members for three-year teams, and a further four positions for appointment by the Board to fulfill the strategic objectives of the organisation.

Two positions on the Board are open to election at the Annual General Meeting each year.

Michael Beros - Chair

Michael has been a Board member since 2011.

Michael has been extensively involved in automotive sales and marketing in Australia since 1990 and is currently the Regional General Manager for Hyundai.

In 2008 whilst living in Adelaide, Michael was appointed to the board of the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation as well as accepting an Ambassadorial role for the Adelaide Football Club.

Since returning to Western Australia, Michael has developed a strong understanding of the role sport plays in shaping community ethos through not only the Toyota WA involvement with the West Coast Eagles, Netball WA, WACA and Asthma WA, but also through his family involvements with the Dianella Soccer Club, Mt Hawthorn Junior Football Club and the Leederville Mt Hawthorn Junior Cricket Club.

Michael also places strong value behind the importance of successful sporting and corporate partnerships and believes that grass roots activation not only brings a new dimension to brand awareness, but also cultivates the essential DNA needed to transform a sponsorship into a true partnership.

Simon Taylor

Simon joined the WASF Board in 2013.

Simon has more than 20 years experience working in a wide variety of roles in Community, Commercial and Executive positions within a number of sporting organisations. As well as serving as CEO of Netball WA since 2012, Simon has previously held senior positions with Australian University Sport, Queensland Rugby Union and the Queensland Reds, and Swimming WA where he was also CEO.

As CEO of Netball WA, Simon is responsible for driving the strategic direction and implementation of the organisation’s Strategic Plan, in conjunction with the many and varied key stakeholders of the sport. The role includes oversight of the entire Netball WA and West Coast Fever operations, and management of the organisation’s Executive management team.

Simon’s experience in sports governance extends across a number of roles including Chair of the Australian University Sport – West Advisory Committee and previous Board Member of the Queensland Sports Federation. Across these positions Simon has made significant contributions to the areas of governance compliance, financial management, governance reform and policy development.

Throughout his career, Simon’s achievements have included leading West Coast Fever to their first finals series in the clubs nine year history; growth of netball participation in Western Australia from 67,000 to more than 150,000; the inception and development of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, a $3 million international swimming event supported by Eventscorp, BHP Billiton and Royalties for Regions; and the development of strategic plans across both Swimming WA and Netball WA that have guided their respective organisations through record growth and success.

Simon also currently serves as the CEO and a Board Member of Glass Jar Australia. Glass Jar is a subsidiary company of Netball WA with charitable status, established to support and initiate a range of programs that use netball as a vehicle for social change through the promotion of inclusion, and the improvement of the lives of young aboriginals.

Jason Marocchi

Jason has been a Board member since 2015.

Jason has a strong background in sport, having played and coached soccer and cricket at junior and community level. He has also played football, rugby league and basketball and his children are now involved in soccer, netball, and tennis.

Jason is a board member of Perth Soccer Club, one of the most successful local soccer clubs in Western Australia.

Professionally, Jason is a Director of GRA Partners, West Australia’s leading government relations firm. He advises clients across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Jason worked as a journalist, public relations consultant and senior political adviser.

Jason has a Master of business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Curtin University in Perth.

Christina Mathews

Christina has been a Board Member since 2015.

Christina Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and a former Australian cricketer.

Christina is the only woman in Australia to hold the position of CEO of a cricket association and is a well-respected voice within the Australian cricket community.

She brings with her 35 years’ experience in various management, coaching and development roles within sport including cricket, hockey and Australian rules football.   

Michelle Palethorpe

Michelle joined the Board in 2016.

Michelle has grown up playing several sports including representing WA in tennis and netball. Michelle obtained a scholarship to play college tennis in the US and completed her Bachelor of Business degree at the Georgia College and State University in Georgia, USA. Michelle was inducted into the Georgia College and State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Michelle is a former board member of Baseball Western Australia Ltd.

Professionally, Michelle is an experienced lawyer and currently General Counsel at ASX listed Australian Finance Group Ltd. Michelle is a former Executive Counsel at global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. She has expertise in corporate law, corporate governance, and advising boards on risk and strategy. 

Michelle has a Graduate Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia College and State University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Peter Minchin

Peter has been a Board Member since April 2016.

With close to 20 years’ experience working in the sport and recreation industry, Peter is currently running his own sports management consultancy with PD Performance.

Peter has previously worked in governance and organisational development roles at the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Australian Sports Commission, where he worked with the National and State Sporting Organisations to develop their governance, commercial focus, sport development and high performance strategies. Peter has also previously worked in local government in recreation and leisure facility management roles, and was the Executive Director of Triathlon WA from 2014 until 2018.

Peter has a Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Movement and Exercise Science and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nicole Horrocks

Nicole is a human resources specialist with her own consultancy, Winning Edge HR Consultants.  She joined the WASF Board in February 2017. She was previously the General Manager of Human Resources with the Fremantle Dockers, and previously was the HR Manager at Rugby WA/Western Force. Nicole has also served as the Health Promotion Officer at Sports Medicine Australia.

Nicole has been part of the implementation of the Department of Sport and Recreation Industry Human Resources Advisory group, and with the DSR Careers Pathways, Professional Governance Development and Heather McGowan scholarship programs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Post Graduate qualifications in Training.

Nicole prides herself on the values of integrity and fairness, and offers a ‘people’ focused perspective to the Board.

Ruth Gibbons

Ruth commenced a career in education before spending the last 20 years in leadership and management roles in sport.

She has led continuous improvement initiatives to accomplish strategic outcomes, services, marketing and business efficiences through developing business plans, strategy and mentoring and supporting people throughout their business life cycle.

Ruth has been innovative in transforming organisations which has led her to establish her latest venture, Savvy Innovations.

Rob Clement

Rob is currently CEO of Basketball WA – a State Sporting Organisation which has over 45,000 members. 

Rob has had extensive experience at senior executive level within the sporting industry and at the State and Commonwealth levels of government, holding executive positions with the WA Football Commission, Port Adelaide (Power) Football Club, Fremantle Sailing Club, WA Department of Sport & Recreation and the Australian Sports Commission/AIS.

Rob’s background in sport has seen him specialise in the areas of management and governance improvement, strategy development and organisational development and performance reviews.

Rob possesses a Master of Business Administration from the University of Canberra.  He also holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in accountancy.  He is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as being a CPA and member of CPA Australia.

Rob has had significant involvement with sport at the community level, having played for his state in hockey and played overseas.  Rob is a life member and former president of the UWA hockey club as well as being a sub-elite coach taking 5 age group teams away and being part of the 5 national hockey league tournaments as well as coaching premier league in the state.

Vacant

The Board has capacity to appoint an additional person to the Board where required to fulfill the strategic objectives of the organisation.

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