The Netball Victoria Board, led by President Jenny Sanchez, undertook a thorough external search and selection process culminating in the successful appointment of all three directors effective 27 August 2015.
“Mary, Jan and Wendy bring a diverse mix of professional experience and competencies to the Netball Victoria Board. All have had extensive involvement with the netball community in a range of roles,” Sanchez said.
“This provides a dynamic combination of professional expertise with a demonstrated commitment to and passion for netball.”
“We look forward to the contribution they will make in driving the strategic agenda for netball in Victoria.”
With more than 30 years in the education sector, Bluett joins the Netball Victoria Board as an Appointed Director formally holding the title of President of the Australia Education Union (AEU) Victorian Branch, and brings extensive knowledge and networks across government and business sectors.
Fitzgerald brings a broad range of experience, including expertise in accounting, finance, tax, risk management, corporate sustainability, operations and change management, filling the role of Casual Director on the Board.
Frost returns to the Board in an Associate Director role after previous service from 2007-2009, and is currently a Relieving Business Manager with the Department of Education and Training, with strong ties to education and community.
Netball Victoria wishes to congratulate all three candidates and thanks them for their commitment to netball. We look forward to working with them to support Netball Victoria continuing to deliver on its strategic priorities.
Mary Bluett – Appointed Director
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 though out her career.
A lifelong passionate netballer she plays social and Masters netball, as well as umpiring in women’s, mixed and football league competitions.
Jan Fitzgerald – Casual Director
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.
Wendy Frost – Associate Director
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 endeavours with local clubs and committees.