Patron

OUR PATRON - The Honourable Warwick L. Smith AO LLB

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Mr. Smith was appointed the Inaugural Patron of Disability Sports Australia in July 2018.

Chairman of the Advisory Board of Australian Capital Equity Limited, holders of interests in Seven Group Holdings Limited and Coates Hire Limited, on which Boards he is also a Director; Chairman of the Flagship Property Group; Director of Estia Health Limited.

Chairman of ANZ Thailand and Director, ANZ China, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.

He is Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Society in Australia and Global Trustee, Asia Society.

Formerly, Senior Managing Director and Chairman, New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory, ANZ; National President of the Australia China Business Council; Chairman of E*TRADE Limited and an Executive Director with Macquarie Bank.

He was a Federal Government Minister with a parliamentary career spanning 15 years; including as Minister for Family Services with responsibility for Disabilities; Minister of Sport, Territories and Local Government and a former Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission.

Mr. Smith has completed reviews into both Football and Swimming in Australia, commissioned by the Federal Government post the London Olympic Games.

He was Australia's first Telecommunications Ombudsman and has received a Centenary Medal and an Order of Australia.


Ambassador

Youth Ambassador - Emily Prior

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Emily is the first addition to DSA’s ambassador portfolio. Emily was born with Cerebral Palsy and has since become one of Australia’s most recognisable advocates for people with a disability, despite her tender age of 13 years. The engagement of Emily is a ground-breaking step forward for our organisation, with her infectious will to participate in sport and high-profile sure to increase awareness and promote adaptive sport and active leisure opportunities available to Australian’s living with physical disability.

Already one of the most recognisable faces of Target Kids recent advertising campaign, Emily is changing the way people in Australia view, perceive and react to people with a disability. We are delighted to welcome Emily to the DSA family!


Board

John CrolL AM - CHAIRMAN

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John has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years and is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Truescope, a media intelligence technology company. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Media Monitors in 1999, which subsequently became Isentia. He led the company through private ownership, private equity with Quadrant Private Equity and finally an Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2014.

John is a Life Fellow of the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communications (AMEC), a Life Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John was previously the Vice President of the Australian Paralympic Committee. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for his services to people with a disability.


STEVE LOADER - B. BUS, GAICD - DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

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Steve has worked in sport for over 25 years and is currently the Deputy Chair of DSA. Steve was the Chief Executive Office of Sport NSW and provides sport and major event-related consultancy in Australia and overseas including the ongoing facilitation of courses to international sporting federations and governments. Steve is Chair of the DSA Governance Committee and the Advisory Board of Wheelchair Rugby Australia. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation and Football NSW.

Steve is a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal and has served on the Boards of Paralympics Australia, Snow Australia and Rowing Australia.


LEEANNE GRANTHAM

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Leeanne has over 25-years' experience as a CEO and senior executive in the sport and major event industries and four (4) years as a global sports recruitment consultant.  Leeanne’s career includes roles as Chief Executive Officer, Women's National Basketball League; World Masters Games 2002 in Melbourne; Australian Major Events (Events S.A.); The Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame; Adelaide 36ers (NBL) and Community Football (SA) and Head of Women's Football for Football Federation Australia.

Leeanne led successful bids for significant major events in South Australia including: Rugby 7's; Australian Masters Games; World Cycling and BMX events; international football (soccer) and oversaw significant events owned by the SA Government including the UCI Tour Down Under, Tasting Australia, the Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive and others.

Leeanne is a currently a Non Executive Director with Cycling Australia, Table Tennis Australia, Netball SA, FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup LOC 2022 and Vice President Commonwealth Games Australia.


Michael Lane - B. Sc. (Microbiology)

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Michael has over 30 years’ experience in both retail and the commercial property industry having worked for organisations such as Coles Myer, Lend Lease and DEXUS Property Group. Michael is currently General Manager – Developments at Vinta Property Group. Michael has held positions on various property committees at both State and National level and has previously held senior roles in Corporate Responsibility, has been a member of the City of Sydney Better Buildings Partnership Leadership Panel and continues to lead corporate stakeholder and community engagement.

Michael has completed various management courses with the Australian Graduate School of Management. 


dR. ElizABETH Rushbrook

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Dr. Liz Rushbrook is a registered Medical Practitioner as a specialist Medical Administrator. Her medical interests include sports medicine, clinical governance, disaster response and operational management. With 25 years of experience in the Navy and Australian Defence Force, she reached the rank of Commodore and has provided services in the areas of Navy Operations, Sports Medicine and Disaster Management. Liz transitioned from Defence in 2016 and currently works within Queensland Health as the Executive Director of Medical Services at Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

Liz is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. She is also the Chair of Disaster Relief Australia. Her passions include Medicine, Sport and Governance.


Kevin Reinert - B. Comm (Honours), CA (SA) (Honours)

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Kevin is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in strategic finance and business development as well as being responsible for financial and investment management topics across the real estate industry. Before being the Chief Financial Officer for Central Element, Kevin worked with the publicly-listed DEXUS Property Group in a range of senior roles.

He is also a former Chief Financial Officer for DNW Group, Senior Financial Reporting Manager with Stockland and a Director of Deloitte. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Disability Sports Australia.


ILONA Meyer  - LLM, LLB, GRADDIPLEGPRAC, GAICD

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Ilona has over twenty years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, having held a number of senior leadership positions in publicly listed organisations such as 3M, ResMed, Medtronic, Ruralco Holdings Ltd and Computer Associates, providing advice on legal matters, compliance, corporate governance and industrial relations throughout Asia Pacific. Ilona is currently the General Counsel & Company Secretary – Head of Legal & Compliance (ANZ) for the pharmaceutical Boehringer Ingelheim Group of companies in Australia & New Zealand.

Ilona holds a Bachelor of Laws, Masters in Law and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology, a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  IIona is also Chair and Non-Executive Director of Karting (New South Wales) Inc  - the State Sporting Organisation (SSO) for the sport of karting in New South Wales as well as the President and Non-Executive Director of Hoxton Industries Limited.  Ilona also joins the Governance Committee for Disability Sports Australia. 


CHRIS BOND OAM

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Chris has been a member of the Queensland and Australian Wheelchair Rugby team since 2011 and has tasted success with gold medals at the national championships, world championships and the Paralympic Games.

For the last 5 years Chris has worked as a partnership manager with the Australian Sports Foundation to support in raising funds for Australian sport.

Chris has previously served as a director on the board of CanTeen and is currently a member of the Sport Integrity Australia athlete advisory group.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his partner Bridie and young daughter on the Sunshine Coast and lends himself to various causes in an ambassador role to promote living an active life.


Staff

Murray Elbourn | Chief Executive Officer

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Murray has over 30 years experience in the disability sports sector as an athlete, coach and sports administrator. He previously held the position of Disability Inclusion Manager at Sport NSW, CEO of Blind Sports NSW and Chair of Goalball Australia. In all three roles, Elbourn lead significant programs for people with a range of disabilities, increasing participation, revenue and advocacy of the sector.

Prior to his roles at Sport NSW and Blind Sports NSW, Elbourn served as National Client Services Manager at Energy Action and Internal Business Manager at E Utility and Konica Minolta in the United States. Murray has most recently also sat on the NSW Office of Sport Covid-19 sport recovery group as the representative across the disability sports sector.


CHRIS NAY | General Manager - Wheelchair Rugby

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Chris’ professional career began at a leading Sydney Event Management Company, seeing him manage some of Australia’s most iconic events by the end of his three-year tenure as a Project Manager. Chris has been operating as the Marketing Executive for Realise Business and has also owned and operated his own small business, which has seen him implement leading rugby coaching programs in Western Sydney and Regional NSW areas and create one of NSW’s largest Rugby Sevens Tournament’s in the Blue Mountains.

Sport is in his DNA. In his spare time you can find Chris running around the rugby field in the Shute Shield for his beloved Southern Districts. He loves the industry and the opportunities that sport provides an individual at any level. He is looking forward to being a part of the solution to help DSA grow further programs and initiatives. He is excited to be a part of a movement which heightens opportunities for individuals in this area.


KELSEY SINGH | General Manager - Sport

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Kelsey is a motivated sports and events professional. Having been at DSA since 2016, Kelsey has been a firsthand witness to the physical, emotional and social benefits sport has for people with a disability and their families while also being able to see the benefit of raising the awareness and profile of sport and active recreation for people with a disability. Over the years Kelsey has been afforded many opportunities to utilise her sport and events background with the highlight being managing operations for the GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship. 

A sporting tragic herself, Kelsey loves to watch and immerse herself in as many sports as she can and has been known to occasionally geek out on results and statistics. Kelsey hopes to bring this love of sport into the disability sports sector and is committed to assisting DSA with their mission of changing lives through sport. 


Joanne Hajjar | Manager - partnerships & operations

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Jo has a background in International Studies and strong Indonesian language ability, which she utilised to work for 2 years within the Indonesian Government. During that time, Jo was also volunteering on the Development Committee of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF), where she gained valuable insight into the disability sport industry and a love for Wheelchair Rugby.

In her personal life, Jo keeps fit and healthy by running around the trails of the Blue Mountains where she lives and is always encouraging her friends and family to be active as well. In the future, Jo would love to combine her Indonesian language skill with her new-found passion for encouraging people with a physical disability to participate in sport. Jo has experienced firsthand the benefits and joy it can bring and in particular would love to take this to Asia where the disability sport industry is developing.