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: Louise Bilston


Appointed to the Board 20 May 2016

Elected as President 22 May 2017

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

E-mail: [email protected]

Vice President: Lissa Meggs

Lissa Meggs

Appointed to the Board 15 May 2015

Re-elected as Vice President 22 May 2017

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: 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.

Director: Jessica Bristol

Appointed to the Board 19 May 2017

Jessica is a Special Counsel in the Commercial Insurance Team at Sparke Helmore Lawyers.  Jessica is an experienced litigator with over 11 years’ experience advising and representing clients in various areas including professional indemnity and general liability.  Jessica has worked on high profile disputes on behalf of Commonwealth Government clients and commercial insurers.  Jessica is admitted as a legal practitioner in the ACT and is on the High Court of Australia roll of practitioners.  Jessica graduated from the ANU with a Bachelor of Arts/Law (Hons) and also holds a Masters of Law (ANU).  When not at work, Jessica can be found on or around ACT’s netball courts.  Jessica’s love for netball began in country NSW before she moved with her family to Canberra.  Jessica played all of her junior reps at BNA and for the last 15 years has been involved playing or coaching Senior State League at CNA.  Jessica has also represented the ACT in netball as both a player and Assistant Coach.  Jessica has been involved in all facets of the game and is passionate about growing the sport from the grass-roots up.  She also looks forward to the continued growth of the ACT High Performance Program and continuing to see our home-grown talent excel at Nationals.

Director: Cathy Toze

Appointed to the Board 19 May 2017

Cathy is a Public Service leader with over 10 years’ experience in the implementation and delivery of large programs and strategic initiatives. She is experienced in the delivery of high profile government policies, strategies and programs and regularly provides advice regarding policy reform initiatives directly to Government Ministers, sector peak bodies, and cross departmental policy agreements. She has studied a Bachelor of Arts at the ANU and has a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management from Queensland University of Technology.  Cathy is an experienced Project and Programme Manager with practitioner level qualifications in both Prince 2 and Managing Successful Programme methodologies, and enjoys negotiating to successful agreement across multiple stakeholders in complex environments.  Cathy’s passion for netball started when she started playing at seven years of age and continues today as a netball mum.


Special Director: Erin Taylor

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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.