DIVERSITY LEADER JOINS NETBALL AUSTRALIA BOARD

One of Australia’s most influential business women and prominent diversity leaders Nareen Young has been appointed to Netball Australia’s Board of Directors.

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Ms Young’s appointment for the next three years was ratified by the board at its recent meeting and Netball Australia President Noeleen Dix said she is excited about the skills and vision Ms Young has to offer the sport moving forward.

“Nareen is very familiar with the game having played netball from a young age, but she’s also passionate about supporting women and women’s sport,” Ms Dix said.

“That was one of the exciting parts of her application. She can bring some fresh ideas to the board and help with the future direction of Netball Australia.

“That was the type of person we were after; we wanted to bring in someone from outside the immediate netball community who will complement the diverse range of talents we have among the board members.

“Nareen is very well networked, particularly in New South Wales and with the World Championships being held in Sydney in 2015, that’s certainly a city we need to make our presence felt in. So her assistance in that area will be warmly accepted.”

Ms Young is chief executive officer of Diversity Council Australia, a not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor to over 220 businesses in Australia. She has held that position for the past six years.

Under her leadership, the DCA has become a vibrant and progressive organisation that has introduced new concepts on diversity into the Australian business community.

In 2012 Ms Young was named by the Financial Review and Westpac Group as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and received the top honour in the diversity category.

Since 2007 she has been included in both the `Who’s Who of Australian Business’ and `Who’s Who of Australian Women’ and in 2003 was nominated for a Human Rights Award and Medal for her leadership with the NSW Working Women’s Centre.

Ms Young said her new role is a great opportunity and she’s excited about being involved in the future growth and direction of the sport.

“Netball is the quintessential Australian women’s sport and I’m looking forward to working with a passionate and committed group of board members towards an even brighter future for the game,” Ms Young said.

“I have played netball since I was eight years old. Australian women play netball and I want to broaden that opportunity out to as many and as diverse numbers of Australian women as possible.

“So this is a great opportunity for me.”

Ms Young joins fellow directors Sue Taylor (AM), Pam Smith, Jan Sutherland, Paolina Hunt and Kathryn Harby-Williams on the board.