Netball Australia’s Board of Directors consists of a Chair and five Directors who are elected and two Directors appointed by the Board.
The Board meets a minimum of six times a year.
The Netball Australia Board continues its commitment to strong governance, sound decision making and national strategic leadership.
Netball Australia Board of Directors:
- Paolina Hunt, Chair
- Robert Shaw, President
- Geoff Parmenter, Director
- Cheryl McCormack, Director
- Glenn Russell, Director
- Karen Stocks, Director
- Marcia Ella-Duncan, Director
- Susan Comerford, Director
Paolina Hunt, Chair
Paolina Hunt is a Business Manager with operational and strategic experience across a number of industries. The combination of her law degree, extensive business background and creative approach make her a valuable member of the NA Board. She is currently Chair of NA’s Nomination & Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Paolina is passionate about the contribution netball makes to the social fabric of communities and the support network it provides for young girls and women at every level of the sport. A former AIS scholarship holder, she grew up in Sydney, has spent time in Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, and was involved in netball at some level in each of those states – either as a player, coach, umpire and/or administrator.
Paolina has a Law degree and an MBA.
Director appointed 1 June, 2012 then elected as Chair on 25 March, 2017.
Robert Shaw, President
Robert Shaw is a successful Business Entrepreneur and avid supporter of industry related “not for profit” organisations.
Having started his career in the building industry as a trade qualified carpenter at the age of 16, Robert has continued to extend his industry and business knowledge and interests and is currently an owner and director of five successful private sector businesses including, Daly & Shaw Pty Ltd, Daly & Shaw Building Pty Ltd, Western Ladders Pty Ltd, Western Timbers Pty Ltd and Heritage Pioneer Developments. Robert’s industry knowledge ranges from residential and commercial building and property development, through to ladder manufacturing and timber products.
In 2003 Robert joined the housing council of Master Builders WA and in 2011 became their State President, serving a three-year term. During this time Robert also served seven years as a director of Netball WA, four of which as the State President, loving the challenge of time management whilst contributing his knowledge of private sector business management to benefit not for profit organisations. Robert is currently a Director of Master Builders Australia.
Robert’s passion and interest in netball started some 22 years ago when his two daughters started playing.
Director first appointed May 27, 2016
Geoff Parmenter, Director
Geoff Parmenter has more than 20 years executive and General Management experience in Australia and internationally. Between 2007-2011 he was Chief Executive of Events NSW, a State Government-owned company responsible for developing the first structured annual events calendar for Sydney and New South Wales. He is currently the Executive General Manager Group Marketing and Communications at Echo Entertainment Group. Geoff has significant experience in the events industry having worked on three Olympic Games, two FIFA World Cups and four Rugby World Cups between 1990 and 2006. He has also successfully operated his own consultancy business where his clients included the Istanbul 2020 Olympic Bid Organisation, the New South Wales Government and the Dubai Government. During his time as Chief Executive Officer of Events NSW, he was closely involved in securing the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.
Director appointed September 19, 2014
Cheryl McCormack, Director
Cheryl McCormack is a former Australian representative in netball and touch football who brings a wealth of experience in Sports Management and Marketing to the Board. McCormack played nine Tests for Australia from 1985 until 1986, making her International debut against Trinidad & Tobago in Melbourne. McCormack has held Senior Executive positions in AFL, NRL, Rugby Union, Racing, Cricket and Paralympic sport and has worked on major events including the Rugby World Cup. She has an unparalleled understanding of the economic, technological, regulatory and commercial factors influencing sport. In 2015 she was working for the NSW Government’s lead agency for Tourism and Major Events – Destination New South Wales. In her role at Destination NSW, she was Project Director for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Cheryl is currently the General Manager of Oceania Rugby which is one of the six Regional Associations of World Rugby.
Director appointed May 3, 2015
Glenn Russell, Director
Glenn Russell is a Chartered Accountant and Solicitor with a track record of advising Senior Management and Boards of public and private companies in strategic financial management. He is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia and served as Director in PwC Brisbane between 2007-2012. He has worked in Perth and Indonesia and is a State Council Member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. He has served as a Board member of the Queensland Rugby Union Ltd and a mentor in the Smith Family’s itrack programme.
Director appointed August 29, 2015
Karen Stocks, Director
Since September 2013, Karen Stocks has been Managing Director of Twitter Australia where she leads the Australian operation and supported netball’s growth on the popular social media platform. She was also an Ambassador at the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015. Prior to joining Twitter Australia, Karen held several roles at Google in both Australia and Asia Pacific and has spent 12 years at Vodafone. Karen holds a Bachelor’s in Financial Administration, an MBA and is a member of CPA Australia with a passion of bringing new technologies to enhance the customer experience. Karen is a passionate netball follower who is excited to contribute to the sport’s increasing popularity.
Director appointed August 29, 2015
Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM, Director
Marcia Ella-Duncan is an experienced netball player, coach and administrator who has represented Australia and New South Wales and has a career in netball spanning 40 years. Ella-Duncan became the first Aboriginal netballer to play for Australia, featuring in 18 Tests including winning a silver medal at the 1987 Netball World Cup. Ella-Duncan is now a member of Netball Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and in the past has been a member of numerous government advisory and investigative boards and committees related to legislation and policy affecting Aboriginal people. The Chairperson of the La Percuse Local Aboriginal Land Council (LPLALC), Ella-Duncan is responsible for managing and developing land and property assets on behalf of the Aboriginal community. After serving as a member of the Randwick Netball Association Executive Committee for 6 years, Ella-Duncan now runs her own consulting business. In 1988 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to netball and was inducted into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Director appointed April 21, 2017
Susan Comerford, Director
With over 30 years professional and general management experience, Comerford is skilled as a corporate and commercial lawyer. Her specialty areas of expertise include a strong focus on human resources, including performance management, professional development, leadership and strategic planning. She has held a wide variety of senior executive management roles within some of Australia’s leading national commercial law firms. In addition, she has held various executive positions with the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, the peak professional association for legal practice managers, including Vice President of the national board from 2015 – 2016. Comerford has great knowledge of the issues facing the sport at a State and Territory level, having previously served on the Netball South Australia Board of Directors.
Director appointed April 21, 2017