Richelle was appointed as President in 2017 and was elected as a full member of the Board of Directors in 2008. With experience working as a Director for two companies and the responsibility of their financial management, Richelle’s finance background has been instrumental for Netball Victoria in a number of ways.
Richelle’s background in netball is extensive, a Head Coach of Knox State League, a former manager of the Melbourne Phoenix from 1999-2003 in the National Netball League, a Victorian state coach as well as a Head Coach of Zone Academy programs, she has also acted as a Regional Coaching Coordinator and course presenter for many years.
Associate Director – Jenny Sanchez
Jenny is an experienced secondary Physical Education, Science and Health teacher, working within the public education sector. Jenny has held leadership positions in Student Management, Curriculum, Program for Students with Disabilities and Student Welfare and is currently the Manager of Student Wellbeing at Glen Eira College.
Jenny’s involvement in netball includes working as State League Commissioner, Convener of the State League Umpire Management Committee, Victorian Coaching and Development Committee, State League Coach, Melbourne Kestrels Assistant Coach and Victorian Open and Under 21 representative player. Elected to the Board in 2000 and President since 2005, Jenny has served as a Victorian delegate at the National Council and Strategic Forum since 2002.
Kirrily was first elected onto the Netball Victoria Board in 2008. Bringing a wealth of financial experience to the Board having worked as a qualified CPA for over 10 years, Kirrily has a long history of involvement with many aspects of netball and has a wide-ranging experience as a player, coach, umpire and administrator.
Elected Director – Wendy Frost
Wendy returns to the Netball Victoria Board after serving for two years from 2007-2009. With a Bachelor of Economics, Wendy is currently a Relieving Business Manager with the Department of Education and Training.
A former South Australian representative netballer and 1982 Australian squad member, Wendy’s passion for the growth of the sport is evident in her coaching background having worked within Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland, as well as her administrative endeavors with local clubs and committees.
Elected Director – Shane O’Sullivan
Shane was elected to the Netball Victoria board in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience from grass roots through to high performance. Shane has spent the past 34 years in the sporting arena with broad experiences across all areas of the industry and is presently the Football Administration Manager for the Carlton Football Club. Stepping away from AFL, Shane has been the President of the Monash Netball Club for the past eight years, working diligently to sustain and secure sponsorship, develop strategic governance and establish itself as one of Victoria’s premier amateur sporting clubs.
A former Melbourne Kestrels player and Victorian State Captain, Whitaker was involved in the Netball Victoria athlete pathway system from a young age and is eager to contribute to the sport that helped shape the person she is today.
Recognised as a leading strategic change expert, Whitaker is currently a Partner in Human Capital Consulting at Deloitte and has more than 12 years of consulting experience working with leaders and executives across a variety of industries, including energy and resources, life sciences, financial services and the public sector. Natalie joined the Netball Victoria Board in 2013 as an Appointed Director.
Elected Director – Marlene Elliott
Marlene Elliott joined the Netball Victoria Board in 2013 when appointed to a casual vacancy position and was elected to a three year term in mid-2014.
Marlene brings extensive experience in all aspects of strategic planning, project management, stakeholder engagement, business development, marketing and communications.
Currently working as Associate Director Client and Market Insights for KPMG Australia, Marlene has worked with senior executives of public listed companies, private companies and partnerships for over 20 years, gaining a valuable understanding of the dynamics of professional services, multiple stakeholders, governance, risk and the value of delivering results. Previously, Marlene was involved with netball in South Australia as a player, coach and board member.
Elected Director – Gayle Lambert
Gayle Lambert joins the Netball Victoria Board with over 30 years’ experience in netball across a variety of levels, as not only a player and coach, but also an umpire, administrator, selector and committee member.
A recipient of the 2013 Netball Victoria Service Award, Lambert has worked tirelessly in her local netball community and across Victoria to help raise and develop the profile of netball across the state.
Appointed Director – Mary Bluett
Mary began her career as a secondary Mathematics, Science and Biology teacher at Camberwell High School. Her passion for teaching and public education led to her 31-year career as an education union leader.
As President of the Australia Education Union (AEU) Victorian Branch and Deputy President of the Federal AEU, Mary developed a method of campaigning that engaged the community to lobby political parties to better invest in public education. She has served on a number of boards and has represented the AEU in international forums, whilst also developing extensive networks across governments, the business sector and community groups thoughout her career.
A lifelong passionate netballer she plays social and Masters netball, as well as umpiring in women’s, mixed and football league competitions.
Elected Director – Jan Fitzgerald
Jan brings a broad range of experience to the Netball Victoria Board, including expertise in accounting, finance, tax, risk management, corporate sustainability, operations and change management. She is a CPA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with commerce and environmental management qualifications.
Jan is an experienced non-executive director with expertise in assisting organisations deliver on their strategic, commercial, and community outcomes. She is passionate about organisations having a culture of good governance, strong values, and a clear and engaging vision for all stakeholders.
Jan has spent most of her life involved with sport: playing, administering and spectating a variety of sports, particularly at the junior level, and has been closely involved with junior netball for over ten years. Jan is a passionate advocate for the benefits that playing sport has for young people, and is particularly supportive of Netball Victoria’s commitment to growing participation opportunities for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds.