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 terms, 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.

Sophie Row

Sophie has over 30 years of corporate experience having worked in a variety of roles in marketing and general management across different sectors and organisations.

Following an 18 year career in marketing while overseas, including eight years working for sportwear company Puma, Sophie returned to Perth where she has worked and volunteered in sport at both club and association level for the past 13 years.

Sophie’s achievements include playing a pivotal role in the global relaunch of the Puma brand and launching interactive television products across new European markets.

Sophie is the CEO of Swimming WA.  She is passionate about driving positive organisational culture through strategic planning, good governance and transformational leadership.

Sophie possesses an MBA and is a Member of the AICD and AIM WA and is a former board member of Volleyball WA.  She plays a lead role in the Aquatic Sports Steering Group, representing the pool-based aquatic sports, is a board member of Triathlon WA and is a member of the leadership team in the informal networking group, Women of Sport – established to support and advocate for women working and volunteering in the sport sector.

Sophie has played numerous sports since childhood, including representing WA in swimming and water-polo.  Her experience of sport at all levels from active recreation and participation to high performance informs her strong support for providing sporting opportunities to everyone at whatever level they wish to engage.

Rob Carruthers

Rob joined the SportWest Board in April 2021.

He brings extensive corporate and public policy experience, having held a number of senior corporate affairs positions across the mining industry as well as drawing on commercial and transformation project experience as a management consultant. His current executive role is as Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy.

Rob is passionate about community sport and the positive role it plays in promoting wellbeing and inclusion. Having grown up in the country, what inspires him most about sport is its ability to bring all corners of society together with a shared motivation to ‘give things a go’ and have fun – and he encourages his two young daughters to do the same. Over the journey, Rob has been fortunate to play state level golf, hockey and rowing, and has also volunteered at various club and associations levels. As the years have rolled on, he has rediscovered a passion for cycling and still plays golf regularly.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and Bachelor of Business Management from Monash University. He is currently completing the Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate course.

In addition to being on the Board of Sportwest, Rob is also an Independent Director at the Indigenous Desert Alliance.

Christina Matthews

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.

Struan Burges

Struan is a project management professional with GHD Pty Ltd and has over 10 years’ of experience planning, delivering and operating state, national and international sports facilities in Australia and New Zealand.

He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and Australian Sports Professionals Association, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Commercial and Resources Law from the University of Western Australia.

Struan previously worked for the (former) Department of Sport and Recreation and has served as a volunteer Director for the Western Australian Hockey Association, Triathlon Western Australia and the University of Western Australia Sport and Recreation Association.

He was a member of the Western Australian Institute of Sport Men’s Hockey Squad and continues to play and coach for his local club Westside Wolves.

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.

Amy Sutton

A bio for Amy will be published soon.

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