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
Re-Elected as President 24 June 2019
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 four years as District President. She is also currently a board member of the Canberra Raider’s Women in Sport Advisory Board
Vice President: Peter Marshall AM
Appointed to the Board 25 May 2018
Elected as Vice President 1 August 2019
Peter is a professional engineer who has served 34 years in Navy, retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral. He has been responsible for the maintenance and logistics support of all Navy’s surface fleet as well as many large defence projects. He has a strong executive leader with a comprehensive understanding of Government procurement processes and the functioning of Government at senior levels. Since leaving Navy Peter has consulted to a range of companies on Defence engagement and strategic planning, and has recently taken a role with Broadspectrum to establish a new Maritime business.
Peter has served on several corporate Boards, for-profit and not-for-profit. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Rowing ACT for four years and takes a very active interest in strong governance and robust business-based decision making.
Special Director: Victoria Press
Appointed to the Board October 2019
Victoria is currently consulting with community and charity groups in the areas of governance, finance and risk management.
Victoria is a senior manager with experience in governance and assurance, regulation and project management in the public sector. She is an innovative and creative leader, who brings a new way of thinking to the board gained through her experience with not-for-profit organisations and Commonwealth and State public service agencies
Director: Zoe Lynam
Appointed to the Board 25 May 2018
Zoe has a passion for the sport of netball and was an AIS scholarship holder, member of the Sydney University Sandpipers and a member of the Australian Under 21 team in 2002.
Following Zoe’s retirement from netball, she took up the sport of rowing and represented Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Zoe has a wealth of experience from lawyer, general manager to chief operating officer. Zoe is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Proximity, a legal and commercial advisory firm. Zoe is a specialist in managing change and developing workforce capability to improve business outcomes, with exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills.
Zoe is currently a member of the Rowing Australia Paralympic Management Committee.
Special Director: Mark Vergano
Appointed to the Board September 2017
Mark is currently the General Manager of Community and Regional Rugby League with the Canberra Rugby League and the Canberra Raiders. He has been in this role since June 2015 having been Chief Executive Officer of Cricket ACT between 2001 – 2015. In that period Cricket ACT experienced a 35% growth in participation numbers, had outstanding high performance programs with more players graduating to first class and international cricket than in its previous 80 years. Mark was involved in the securing of the lights and redevelopment of Manuka Oval, the securing of funding for the new Phillip facility and multiple developments for grass roots cricket. Some $17million of funding into cricket infrastructure in that period.
Mark has also served on the Board of Actsport (2005-2015), the charity Duo (2005-2017), and is currently President of ANU Cricket Club. Mark is also a weekly sports contributor on local radio station 2CC, and ABC Grandstand.