Leading executive added to Netball Australia board

Geoff ParmenterNetball Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of the former head of Events NSW Geoff Parmenter to the board.

With more than two decades of executive and general management experience in Australia and internationally, Parmenter, pictured right, is delighted to help guide the direction of the organisation for the next 12 months.

He is currently the Executive General Manager Group Marketing and Communications at Echo Entertainment Group.

Parmenter 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.

A father of three daughters who all play netball, Parmenter will formally join the Netball Australia board at its next meeting in Sydney on 11 October.

During his time as Chief Executive Officer of Events NSW, he was closely involved in securing the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney and believes it will be a watershed moment for the sport in Australia.

“Netball is entrenched as a very popular participation sport in Australia, and the period ahead will be pivotal as it pursues similar success as a commercial sports entertainment proposition,” Parmenter said.

“The game has a great culture, terrific athletes, strong momentum in the ANZ Championship and a World Cup in Sydney just around the corner.

“It really is a ‘moment in time’ for the sport in Australia, and a chance for the game to shore up its future. I am delighted to have to opportunity to try to make a contribution.”

Netball Australia president Noeleen Dix is thrilled to welcome Parmenter to the board.

“Geoff will bring a wide range of skills to the table through his experiences,” Dix said.

“He is very well connected in New South Wales and nationally and has a good understanding of where netball sits in the Australian sporting landscape.

“The Netball World Cup in Sydney in August next year was one of the projects that he was involved in with Events NSW. He probably didn’t foresee being part of the Board to monitor its delivery, but his involvement will be welcome.”

Parmenter’s appointment is as a result of a casual vacancy on the Board and is until May 2015.