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 four years as District President. She is also currently a board member of the Canberra Raider’s Women in Sport Advisory Board


Director: Peter Marshall

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: Natalie Sammons


Natalie is a CPA and has practiced for 20 years as an Accountant in Business Advisory, Tax, Accounting and Finance.

Over 12 of these years Natalie committed to senior and general management positions where she performed roles ranging from Associate, Senior Manager, Financial Controller, Risk, Treasury, Insurance and Investments Manager. With teams ranging from 10 to 40 staff Natalie was responsible for day-to-day business operations, meeting daily, weekly and monthly targets concerning cash flow, bottom line considerations and other specific KPI measurements.

Natalie has been part of senior management teams and boards, discussing strategic direction and planning, and decisions on turnover targets and staffing requirements. Human resource responsibilities such as staff management, including coaching, training, inductions, salary negotiations, performance management and dismissal have all been part of Natalie’s daily roles. Client serviceability and performance outcomes including workflow management and incoming work prioritisation, managing bottlenecks and ensuing communication avenues were a significant part in managing people; strong rapport, respect and collaboration within the team was what was required to ensure deliverables were realised.

Natalie has been through the netball high performance pathway, when she represented the ACT from 14 years of age, including an ACT Academy of Sport and AIS scholarships and represented Australia in underage squads and honorary teams.

Today, Natalie is the Director of Onamission, a small business advisory firm focussed on aiding her clients in their intent to grow, improve or succeed their businesses.

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: Lucy Vincent

Lucy has over 15 years of senior executive level experience in the private and public sectors covering corporate governance, change management, project management, primary industry and regional socio-economic development. She is a pragmatic problem solver and takes a collaborative approach to projects to reflect both commercial realities and community needs.

Lucy is a long standing volunteer and supporter of community sports and is excited to have joined Netball ACT to focus on providing the opportunity for participation and growth of netball in the ACT and surrounding region.

With formal qualifications in risk management, project management, agriculture and environmental law, Lucy is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directos, has previous board experience and currently works as a Chief Risk Officer.

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.