Golf Australia

GA Board

John Hopkins OAM (Chairman)
was re-elected as Chairman of Golf Australia in November 2016. John has been a professional company director in recent years and has served as Chairman and Director of a significant number of publicly listed companies over the past 25 years.

Richard Allen
was elected to the board in November 2017. Richard spent more than 20 years as a journalist with BRW magazine and Channel Nine and currently operates a communications consultancy. He has an extensive background in golf, including serving as the captain of Royal Melbourne Golf Club and authoring a number of golf books.

Peter Castrisos
was elected to the Board in November, 2016. A qualified pharmacist and small business owner, Peter has been on the board of Club Super since 2010 and chairman of its investment committee since 2013. He was a board member of Golf Queensland from 2007 and its chairman from 2012 until his election.

Sarah Chia
was elected to the board in November 2017. Sarah is a Director at Kain Lawyers, working predominantly in mergers and acquisitions and was a board member of Golf SA from 2015 until her election.

Robert Crosby
was elected to the Board in November 2012. Bob spent more than 30 years at the National Australia Bank in a variety of senior management positions.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley
was appointed as a Director to the Board in April 2013. Kerri-Anne is a familiar face to many Australians with more than 30 years’ experience in television, entertainment and business.

Andrew Newbold
was appointed as a Director to the Board in February 2018. Andrew, a lawyer and businessman, joined the Hawthorn Football Club board in 2003 and was President from 2012 to 2015.

Peter Ritchie AO
was appointed to the Board in August 2015. Currently the Chairman of Mortgage Choice Australia Limited, Chairman of Reverse Corp Limited, and Advisory Board Member of QSA Group Pty Ltd. Peter was the first employee of McDonald’s Australia and the first employee of the McDonald’s system outside North America. 

Jill Spargo
was elected to the Board in November 2012. Jill is a general medical practitioner based in Melbourne and has been a board member of Women’s Golf Victoria and Golf Victoria.

Golf Australia has in place a Nominations Committee, which is in line with the Australian Sports Commission's mandatory governance principles for National Sporting Organisations. 

The Nominations Committee is designed to undertake a range of important roles within the governance of Australian golf including: developing a skills matrix and best fit for Golf Australia directors; providing guidance to Member Associations about potential candidates going up for election; helping to identify potential appointed directors; and providing guidance to the Golf Australia Chairman and Board regarding potential appointed directors.

Mr Kevin Chandler (CEO of Chandler HR) is the Chair of the Nominations Committee, which also includes Dr David Cherry (Former Golf Australia Director), Dr Jill Spargo (Current Golf Australia Director) and Peter Castrisos (Current Golf Australia Director).

Golf Australia is very appreciative of the expertise, knowledge and time being contributed by the members of the Nominations Committee and believes the committee will play a very positive role in the ongoing regeneration of the Golf Australia Board.

Click here to view the Nominations committee guidelines

Click here to view the Nominations committee charter

Click here to view the Director Nomination 2017

Click here to view the Information Memorandum 2017

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