The Board of Netball ACT is responsible for managing the affairs of the Association which include determining major strategic directions, goals and policies.  The Board consists of five Elected directors who are elected at the Annual General meeting for a term of three years.  Two Special Directors may be appointed for a term decided by the Board, the Special Directors should be premised on the additional skills and knowledge they can contribute to the Board.   The President is elected on an annual basis by the Elected Directors at their first meeting following the Annual General Meeting.


President: Lauren Gale 

Lauren Gale

Appointed to the Board 16 May 2014

Appointed as President 23 May 2016

Lauren is currently the Director of Programs and Policy for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, having previously worked as an adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Lauren is the current Board Chair of the Women’s Centre for Health Matters and was the UN Women Australia Youth Representative to the 2013 Commission on the Status of Women as well as a founding member and Engagement Manager with the Young UN Women Australia Canberra Committee. Lauren has a long-held commitment to netball as a player, coach and umpire with a particular passion for working to grow and improve the game.

E-mail: [email protected]


Vice President – Lissa Meggs

Lissa Meggs

Appointed to the Board 15 May 2015

Appointed as Vice President 23 May 2016

Lissa is currently a teacher at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) specialising in teaching Work Health and Safety (WHS) including compliance auditing and Management subjects in which she has vast experience. Prior to this she worked in senior retail management for Myer department stores with a particular focus on sales and staff budgeting, management of staff and department managers, customer service and store logistics. Lissa’s involvement with netball commenced at an early age as a player and over time progressed into administrative roles including being a past President of a district.

Director – Louise Bilston

Louise Bilston

Appointed to the Board 20 May 2016

Louise is currently consulting to community, charity and sporting groups in the areas of sponsorship, fundraising, event management, PR, stakeholder management and strategic planning. Louise has previously been a senior executive, national business manager and project manager for a leading Australian project management company.

For over 30 years, Louise has been involved in coaching, administration and business development of different sports groups; including netball, cricket, athletics, AFL and NRL. In particularly, Louise has been committed to serving the ACT netball community for nearly 20 years, including 4 years as district president. She is also currently a board member of the Canberra Raider’s Women in Sport Advisory Board


Director: Liz Murphy 

Liz Murphy

Appointed to the Board 15 May 2015

Liz is currently working in the information/knowledge sector in the Australian Sports Commission and completing Masters of Information (librarianship) at UC. She is a founding committee member of the Ginninderra Netball Club (club commenced 2013 and now has 47 teams). Through the roles of secretary and registrar, Liz has gained experience in club administration, website design, social media, communication and the new MyNetball system. Liz grew up playing netball in Melbourne and has coached junior and intermediate aged teams in recent years.

Special Director: Jack Shaw 

Jack Shaw

Appointed to the Board 20 May 2016

Jack currently works within the revenue management team at the Mantra Group; charged with delivering the efficient financial operations of the group’s assets across ACT & NSW. Prior to this he worked on behalf of tourism asset owners with a focus on asset management, owner’s representation, revenue and distribution. Jack completed a Business Degree at Bond University, with a major in Revenue Management, and holds a personal interest in strategic governance.

Special Director: Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor image

Appointed to the Board 10 December 2014

Erin studied law and sports administration at the University of Canberra and completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University. Erin has previously worked for Federal and State Government departments with a particular focus on the sporting sector before moving into private practice where she is a Senior Associate at Aulich Civil Law. With this experience Erin has a thorough understanding of the issues facing sporting and government bodies of all levels.