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.

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. Cathy 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.

Director: Dana Assenheim


Appointed to the Board 25 May 2018

Dana is currently working as a Project Manager for the Australian Sports Commission in the Sports Governance and Business Capability Branch. She manages a number of National Sporting Organisations to lead and manage a range of projects including Netball Australia, Golf Australia, Volleyball Australia, Tennis Australia and Motorcycling Australia.

Dana brings a diverse range of skills and experience to the Board of Netball ACT including governance, strategic planning, research skills and community sport and participation.


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.