Who’s who in Sport Australia and AIS
The Australia Sport Commission (ASC) is the Australian Government agency responsible for supporting and investing in sport and physical activity at all levels. It was established in 1985 under the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989.
In 2018, the ASC adopted a new brand, Sport Australia to reflect our changing role in sport and to better connect with the Australian community. The vision for Sport Australia is for Australia to be the world’s most active sporting nation, known for its integrity, sporting success and world-leading sports industry.
Australian Institute of Sport
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sport Australia and leads the Australian high-performance sport system. The vision for the AIS is national pride and inspiration through international sporting success.
For further information on each of the organisations, the teams and their contact details, please view the organisational structures below.
The ASC is governed by a board of commissioners who bring a range of expertise to guide the work of the ASC. Our board includes former athletes, business people and journalists, each with extensive, first-hand knowledge of Australia’s sporting landscape.
John Wylie AM
John Wylie is Principal of investment firm Tanarra Group. He was previously CEO of the Australian business of global financial services firm Lazard; co-founded advisory and investment firm Carnegie Wylie & Company in 2000 which was acquired by Lazard in 2007; and was Chair of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston in Australia. In these roles, Mr Wylie has advised companies and governments globally for over 25 years.
In addition to his role at the ASC, Mr Wylie is President of the Library Board of Victoria, a Trustee of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at Oxford University, a Director of the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League cricket team, and a member of the Melbourne Grammar School Finance Committee. He was formerly Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust, and in that role chaired the MCG Redevelopment Steering Committee for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He is a former board member and Honorary Treasurer of the Howard Florey Institute for Neuroscience and a former Director of CSR Limited.
Mr Wylie holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.
He was appointed to the ASC Board on 10 September 2012 and is also Chair of the ASC Governance and Executive Performance Committee.
Stephen Moneghetti AM
Steve Moneghetti AM represented Australia in the marathon at four Commonwealth Games, winning Gold (1994), Silver (1990) and two Bronze (1986 and 1998) medals. Mr Moneghetti achieved three top 10 finishes in his four appearances at the Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000). He also attended six World Athletics Championships, winning a Bronze medal in the marathon event in Athens in 1997. Mr Moneghetti retired as an athlete in 2000.
Mr Moneghetti was Mayor of the Commonwealth Games Village at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Australian team's Chef de Mission for the 2010 Delhi and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. From 2001-2010 he served as Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, and also chaired the Victorian State Review into Physical and Sport Education in schools (the Moneghetti Report).
Mr Moneghetti is active in the corporate community and is currently a sports consultant with his own business. Steve is also on the executive board of the Victorian Olympic Council.
He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001. In 2014 Mr Moneghetti was awarded an Order of Australia medal for significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes.
Mr Moneghetti was appointed to the Board on 22 June 2015 and is a Member of the ASC Governance and Executive Performance Committee.
The Hon Pat Farmer AM
Pat Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running. He has run from the North Pole to the South, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and North America. Mr Farmer served eight years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with three years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training.
Winner of ‘Achiever of the Year’ (2000), awarded by Prime Minister John Howard. Mr Farmer has raised millions of dollars for causes during his 20 year running career, including Lifeline, Cancer Council, Australian Red Cross and Diabetes Australia.
Andrea Mitchell has had a wide-ranging professional and voluntary career in the sport industry.
Through her work with the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation in the areas of Youth Sport, Organisational Development and Regional Services she has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the business of sport, and the value of sport to the community.
Ms Mitchell has been President of Tennis West, a Director of Tennis Australia and a Director of the Hopman Cup. She has also served on boards for child safety, people with disabilities, aged care, and organising committees for international sporting events.
Ms Mitchell was elected to the Western Australian Parliament and served on committees and as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Mental Health, Child Protection and Disability Services, before being appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Mental Health and Child Protection.
Jennifer Morris OAM
Jennifer Morris was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Fortescue Metals Group in November 2016. She is a former Partner in the Consulting Division of Deloitte, where she specialised in complex large-scale business transformation programs and strategy development.
Ms Morris holds a senior position at the Minderoo Foundation as Chief Executive Officer of the Walk Free Foundation and part of her role is leading the Bali Process Government and Business Forum. She has senior corporate governance experience and is currently a Commissioner of the Board of Australian Sports Commission, a former Director of the Fremantle Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She was also Chair of the Board of Healthway, the West Australian Government’s peak health promotion body.
Ms Morris was previously a member of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, where she won Olympic gold medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In 1997, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Leadership WA, an affiliate member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Vice Chancellor’s List, Curtin University and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Journalism) received with Distinction and completed the Finance for Executives at INSEAD.
Andrew Plympton AM
Andrew Plympton is involved in a wide range of business and sport administration activities. He is chairman of three ASX listed companies, a director of one, and director of an NZX company.
Sport has been a lifelong passion for Mr Plympton, particularly sailing, where he has been competing at the highest level for more than 45 years. He has won a world championship and numerous national and state titles in international classes and ocean racing yachts.
Mr Plympton has held a number of positions in sport administration, including chairman/president for St Kilda Football Club for eight years before retiring in 2000. He was the president of Yachting Australia for more than seven years and was elected to the Australian Olympic Committee in 2008. He was made a director of the Australian Olympic Foundation Limited and is a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr Plympton was originally appointed to the ASC Board in January 2011 and was re-appointed in November 2015. Andrew is Chair of the ASC Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Gabrielle Trainor AO
Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers more than 20 years on boards in the public and private sectors.
She is a member of the board of Infrastructure Australia, OnePath Life Insurance and OnePath General Insurance (ANZ Group subsidiary boards), and the ACT City Renewal Authority. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Wattle Hill RHC Fund1, an Australia to China PE fund. Other current appointments include being a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee and the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University, a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Education Trust, a director of Business Events Sydney and the Cape York Partnership. She is a Commissioner of the AFL.
Ms Trainor is Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and Barnardo's Australia. She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to planning, infrastructure and transport and to the community through welfare, the arts and sport. Her background is as a lawyer, journalist, public sector executive and a consultant in issues management, public policy and corporate affairs. Ms Trainor was a founding director of the GWS Giants and has been a director of a range of not-for-profit and charitable entities, many in indigenous welfare and education, the arts and child protection.
Glenys Beauchamp PSM
Glenys Beauchamp was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health on 18 September 2017.
Ms Beauchamp has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels with responsibility for a number of significant government programs covering economic and social policy areas. She has more than 25 years experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission.
Prior to her current role, Ms Beauchamp was Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013–2017) and Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010–2013). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009–2010) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002–2009).
Ms Beauchamp has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy CEO, Department of Health. She also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.
She received a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.
Andrew Ireland is a former AFL player and former highly successful football administrator who was involved with several premierships throughout his career.
Ireland joined the Sydney Swans in 2002 as General Manager of Football before taking over as CEO in September 2009, a role he held until his retirement in December 2018. Prior to these positions, he held the role of CEO at the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions between 1990-2001.
Ireland oversaw a strong and successful football program during his time at the Swans along with outstanding growth in commercial areas of the Club. He holds a Bachelor of Science, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Life Member of the AFL, the Sydney Swans and the Brisbane Lions. In December 2018, he was appointed as a Commissioner of Sport Australia.
Amanda Laing is an experienced media executive who has worked across free to air television, subscription television, print, digital and video on demand, with particular expertise in the management and exploitation of content and rights, the structuring and negotiation of sports rights deals and media mergers and acquisitions.
Amanda began her media career as General Counsel for ACP Magazines, with responsibility for the legal affairs of its businesses in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the UK. She was then Group General Counsel across the magazine, television, digital, ticketing and events businesses of Nine Entertainment. Following the listing of the Nine business on the Australian Stock Exchange, Amanda was appointed Commercial Director and then Managing Director of Nine Entertainment Co. (owner of Channel 9). She was also on the Board of Nine’s subscription video on demand business, STAN.
Since leaving Nine Entertainment in mid-2017, Amanda has attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and currently consults to Foxtel on strategic media and commercial matters. In March 2018, Amanda joined the Australian Rugby League Commission and in January 2019 she joined the Board of Sport Australia.
Throughout her career Amanda has advised Boards on a broad variety of legal, regulatory and commercial issues and held Board positions with media companies and industry bodies.
Pippa Downes is a respected Non-Executive Director with over 25 years of distinguished career achievements in the international business and finance sector. Pippa currently sits on the board of the Australian Technology Innovators (Infotrack, LEAP legal software), ALE Property Group, Windlab Limited, the ASX Clearing and Settlement companies, and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Pippa is a member of the ASX Disciplinary Tribunal and was recently appointed as a Commissioner to Sport Australia. Pippa is a former Director of Swimming Australia and the Swimming Australia Foundation.
Pippa has had a successful international banking and finance career and has led the local derivative and investment arms of several of the world’s premier Investment Banks. Her most recent role was as a Managing Director and Equity Partner of Goldman Sachs in Australia. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women Corporate Directors and in 2016 was named as one of the Westpac/AFR’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in diversity.
She has a Master’s in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) from University of California, Berkeley. Pippa was a dual international athlete having been a member of the Australian Swim Team and represented Hong Kong at the International Rugby Sevens.
Kurt Fearnley AO
Kurt Fearnley AO is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
His incredible athletics career for Australia spanned five Paralympic Games campaigns, culminating with his wheelchair marathon victory at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
He has won more than 40 marathons, including New York, Chicago and London, and is the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year. In 2009 he crawled the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea to raise awareness of men’s health.
Mr Fearnley is an icon and advocate for people with disabilities in sport and the broader community. He is a board member of the Australian Paralympic Committee, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018, and the same year received an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University for his contribution to sport and disability advocacy. He has a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Human Movement from Charles Sturt University.
The Hon Hugh Delahunty
Hugh Delahunty is a former AFL player and politician with extensive experience in board governance, sport policy, professional and grassroots sport.
Mr Delahunty played for Essendon in the Victorian Football League in the 1970s and has played and coached sports included football, basketball, tennis, swimming and golf.
As Chairman of Commissioners at Mildura Rural City Council in 1995-1996 he oversaw the amalgamation of three councils, and was the first mayor of the restructured Horsham Rural City Council.
Mr Delahunty was elected a Member of the Victorian State Parliament from 1999 to 2014 and served as Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.
He served on the board of VicHealth from 2003 to 2010 and has a wide variety of experience and knowledge regarding regional and rural issues.
In 2017 he was appointed Administrator at Central Goldfields Shire Council to restore good governance and operations.