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Webcast: Australian sports - opportunities for good governance


Tuesday, 23 June 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm


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Cost (Inc GST)

$35.00 Member
$45.00 Subscriber
$55.00 Non-member

Frameworks for culture, leadership, ethics and accountability

Australia is a sporting nation for whom sport is both a passion and big business.

In recent years however, sport has often been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Much of it goes back to failures in culture and governance. National sporting organisations, clubs and leagues are working to reboot and strengthen their governance frameworks at all levels. Now, COVID-19 has added an additional layer of complexity. It has thrown into disarray the 2020-2021 calendar across sports  derailing operations and revenue and challenging sustainability at every level of sport.

Join some of Australia’s leading sports professionals for a timely briefing that will

  • unpack good governance

  • how it can be embedded at all layers of sport from grass roots to the major leagues and national and state sports bodies

  • and what Australian sports must do to recover from the hard stop imposed by COVID-19.

Our panel of leaders will discuss:

  • current challenges for sports governance

  • commercialisation of sport and the impact on culture

  • the pillars of sports governance – leadership, accountability, ethics and performance

  • driving performance, strategy and direction – from grass-roots to the national leagues

  • keeping stakeholder engagement at the core of responsible decision-making

  • how Australian sport can reframe and recover from the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic – implications for players, operations, workforce.


Rob Dalton, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Sport Australia

Rob recently retired after 25 years as a Partner at Ernst and Young Chartered Accountants. During his time Rob ran complex organisations as well as managed a large professional services practice over Oceania and Asia.

Rob has been an independent member of Australian Sports Commission Finance, Audit and Risk Committee as the Independent member for over 8 years and was Finance Director of Richmond AFL Club from 2002 – 2019. He was also been the Chair of Hockey Victoria for the last 11 years, which is the Sport he played many years ago.

Andrew Wellington, Chairman, Brisbane Lions Club

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and has been a Partner of PwC Australia since 2003. He is a member of the Brisbane firms Leadership Group of Partners and is a member of the Australian Board of Partners. He provides Corporate Advisory services to a range of large public and private clients.

He is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Masters of Accounting. A long term supporter of the club, Andrew has been a member of the Brisbane Bears and then Brisbane Lions since 1995. His direct involvement in football includes playing Under 19’s in the WAFL, amateur football and more recently involvement in junior football in Brisbane. Andrew has coached junior football with Wests Juniors, a Brisbane juniors club and was Treasurer of the club for a number of years.

In 2013, Andrew approached and worked with the Brisbane Lions. In 2017 he was named to take on the role of chairman.

Jodie Fields, previous Australian Women's Cricket Captain           

Jodie was the first Queensland woman to captain the Australian Women's Cricket Team, leading the team to double World Cup wins in 2012 and 2013. Shortly after, she was named Queensland Sportswoman of the Year in 2013. She has overcome adversity such as potentially career ending injuries and has a mindset of never giving up. Jodie is an advocate for change in the corporate world too. She helped instate the first-ever agreement for male and female elite cricketers to move towards equality. In 2014 she set up a personal scholarship program to support young regional cricketers in Queensland to further their education and cricket goals. She is currently an ambassador for the Billion Steps Challenge for Health and Wellbeing Queensland, alongside other pursuits with cricket and sport administration.

Chair: Glenn Vassallo, Managing Director of GRT Lawyers

Glenn is a co-founder of GRT Lawyers and the GRT Foundation. As the managing director of GRT Lawyers and chair of the GRT Foundation, Glenn is passionate about working with his highly sophisticated national and international clients to implement their corporate strategy and solve their complex problems.

Glenn is often invited to speak on global topics such as, capital markets, board governance, initial public offerings, takeovers and more recently was invited to New York University to speak at its global conference about social entrepreneurship. Glenn runs regular educational workshops for listed and unlisted boards and executive teams.

Glenn holds a Bachelor Degree of Law (LLB) and a Bachelor Degree of Commerce. He has been a long-standing member of the Law Council of Australia Company Law Committee and the Queensland Law Society Company Law Committee and has significant ASX listed board experience.

Who should attend?

  • Board directors of sports bodies at all levels

  • C-suite and management

  • Directors for performance

  • Coaches

  • Anyone who loves their sport should attend!