The role of the One Netball Multicultural Advisory Group is to provide culturally appropriate advice and recommendations on various aspects of netball’s policies, programs and services as they relate to culturally diverse communities issues, and to ensure that these issues are represented and addressed appropriately in Netball Australia’s programs, policies and resources. Meetings are held bi-monthly or as required at Netball Australia.


Advise Netball Australia on the needs and interests of culturally diverse communities in relation to the services that netball provides.

  • Provide advice and recommendations to Netball Australia on multicultural issues.
  • Work with Netball Australia to identify issues and opportunities affecting people from culturally diverse communitieswithin netball.
  • Contribute to the development of policy and action planning in relation to the issues and opportunities identified.
  • Contribute to the review and evaluation of Netball Australia’s services and programs.
  • To provide Netball Australia and member organisations with an effective channel of communication, consultation and engagement to reach culturally diverse communities.
  • Promote and celebrate cultural diversity by advocating for increased awareness and understanding of issues and needs of specific and new and emerging communities


Nikki Horton

Nikki Horton is the General Manager Sport Development for Netball NSW. Prior to her appointment at Netball NSW Nikki spent 11 years in various roles in education, specifically in Western Sydney working in low SES communities and with diverse cultural groups. Nikki currently sits on the AFL NSW/ACT Female Advisory Committee and a Women in Sport Working Group.


Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver has combined his passion for sport and social justice issues in his work for the past 20 years. He has managed communications, education and project teams, and provided specialist strategic advice on sport, inclusion and discrimination issues to federal/state governments, National Sporting Organisations and the private sector.Paul is currently a Senior Sports Consultant with Bluestone Edge – a consultancy business helping sports people and organisations thrive. Prior to this, Paul was National Manager of Play by the Rules, a cross-government initiative aimed at promoting resources, campaigns and partnerships around child safety, anti-discrimination and inclusion in sport. Other roles have included Acting Director of the Integrity in Sport Unit at the Australian Sports Commission and Director of Communications & Education at the Australian Human Rights Commission (where he authored ‘What’s the Score? A Survey of Cultural Diversity and Racism in Australian Sport’).Paul has a Degree in Journalism, a Masters in International and Community Development, and is currently doing a PhD (through Curtin University) on the power of sport to break down cultural barriers and build social bridges.

Paul has contributed to a range of national sports publications, websites and sport and development journals as a writer, editor and publisher. He has also been a speaker at conferences and forums on sport, racism and human rights internationally.


Gail Ker

Gail Ker has a Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Teaching (BAVT) with double majors in Technical Studies and Human Resource Development. For the past twenty years, she has worked at Access Community Services Ltd , a not for profit organisation based in Logan City that specialises in providing settlement, employment & training options, family support and community capacity building services for newly arrived migrants and refugees.Ms Ker currently holds the position of CEO at Access Community Services Ltd which is the largest multicultural organisation in Queensland (employing over 164 full-time, part-time and casual staff) and the only CALD specific Jobs Services Australia provider in Queensland. Ms Ker’s experience in providing innovative service solutions for newly arrived entrants and migrants has been recognised nationally and she has been appointed to the following boards and positions:

  • Vice Chair ,Regional Development Australia (RDA), Logan and Redlands Inc.
  • Member Refugee council of Australia
  • Member – Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) and
  • Multicultural Employment Network Forum


Carmel Guerra

Carmel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) based in Melbourne. CMY is a community based organisation that provides services to and advocates for the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.Carmel has over 20 years’ experience in the community sector. She has contributed to a range of research reports relating to multicultural youth. These include: Ethnic Youth Gangs in Australia: Do they exist?and Wealth of all Nations, the first comprehensive study undertaken into the needs of refugee young people in Australia. She is a frequent contributor to discussions on multicultural youth, providing commentary to local and national press, television and radio.Carmel has served on numerous boards and committees for the Government and non-Government sectors and is currently a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council. Carmel also convenes the national Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) and is a member of the Youth Parole Board.In 1994 Carmel was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate issues of refugee and migrant youth overseas. In 2003 she earned a Centenary Medal for services to young people, migrant and refugee communities and in 2005 was entered into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for her services to the community.


Pino Migliorino

Pino Migliorino is a leading commentator, researcher and consultant in the area of ethnic affairs and multicultural policy, as well as being Chairperson of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia) since October 2009.19 years ago founded and still leads Cultural Perspectives, CIRCA Research and DiverseWerks which are sector leaders in researching, communicating and supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.While Pino has expertise across a number of policy and practice areas, he has a passion and particular expertise around issues relevant to older people from CALD backgrounds. Pino has undertaken important research in the area of dementia, mental health and planning ahead issues for this area group and has been involved in both the theoretical development and practical implementations of aged care programs in CALD communities. Pino is also:

  • Co-Chair DOHA CALD Aged Care Strategy Committee (Current)
  • Chair of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (2008–2011);
  • Chair of the National Cross Cultural Dementia Network (2010–Current);
  • Member of the Federal Government’s Ageing Consultative Committee (2009-2012);
  • Chair of the NPS Multicultural Think Tank (2009 – Current)
  • Treasurer of INAS an Italian ‘Patronato’ assisting older Italians with their overseas pensions inquiries (2008–Current).


Anne-Marie Phippard

A strategic thinker and problem solver, Anne-Marie is able to identify, define and analyse situations and to choose the best solution for a particular context. Anne-Marie demonstrates an ability to balance creativity with a sense of pragmatism about what is achievable in the long term. She is imaginative and innovative with the capacity to be proactive and anticipate change. Anne-Marie has a demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs that build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities by providing them with the skills and tools they need to define problems and issues and formulate sustainable solutions. During her seven years at Netball Australia, Anne-Marie’s major achievements include the development and implementation of Netball Australia’s National Junior Participation Program (NetSetGO), the establishment of the Pacific Netball Partnership Program and was instrumental in obtaining increased ASC funding for national participation initiatives.


Nadine Cohen

Nadine’s role as Head of Strategy & Government Liaison at Netball Australia focuses on building and driving netball’s interaction with the Australian government, sport industry and key influencers around netball’s positive impact on the social, political, economic, education, wellbeing and health status of women and girls. Nadine has worked in the Australian sports system for over 20 years, including 10 years at the Australian Sports Commission. Nadine is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Deakin University Sport Management Program and Swinburne University. Nadine is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at Melbourne Business School.


Julia Symons – Chairperson

Community Engagement Manager, Netball Australia.