The Board

The Board of Directors is made up of Members of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, three Independent Directors and a representative from each of the Australian Sports Commission, the Confederation of Australian Sport, and the Australian Olympic Committee. 

John Bertrand AO - Chairman

John Bertrand is an international sportsman, businessman and philanthropist.

He skippered the winged keel Australia 11 to victory over Dennis Connor’s Liberty to win the 1983 America's Cup, breaking 132 years of American domination and in the process, breaking the longest-running record in the history of modern sport. The Confederation of Australian Sport voted the Australia 11 victory as the “greatest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport”. A World champion and Olympic bronze medallist (Finn class, Montreal), John represented Australia in five America’s Cups and two Olympic Games.

 John is both a businessman and philanthropist. In his business career, he successfully built companies in the marine industry, property development and the digital media industries.

He is chairman of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Since 2001, John has been chairman of the Prime Minister's Alannah and Madeline children’s Foundation. The Alannah and Madeline foundation is a world leader in anti-bullying and cyber-safety programs within Australian schools. The foundation has helped over 1.5 million Australian children in its 19 years of existence.

In September 2013, John was appointed chairman and president of  of Swimming Australia. 

John continues to be a mentor to many young aspiring Olympians.

He is a Vice Chancellor Professorial Fellow at Monash University. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Monash University, a Master of Science from MIT in Boston and an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in April 2004
Appointed Chairman of the SAHOF Board in May 2005
Elevated to 'Legend' status in SAHOF in October 2013



Layne Beachley AO - Director

Layne is the most successful female surfer in history and the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive World Titles. She recently achieved yet another first in Australian sport by becoming Surfing Australia's Chairperson. She is the first former female World Champion of any sport to take on the role in a National Sporting organisation.

Layne brings an undisputed level of credibility as both a competitive surfer and a social entrepreneur. With seven ASP World Titles and a total of 29 tour victories her competitive record is unmatched. Layne has also given so much back to the sport of surfing through her public profile, 15 years of active service on the ASP board and staging the richest ASP Women’s World Tour event for seven consecutive years.

Outside of surfing through her own charity, Aim for the Stars, girls and women across Australia have received over $850,000 in financial grants to assist them with pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals. In 2012, Layne was hand picked by the AOC to be an Athlete Liaison Officer for the Australian Olympic team, mentoring, inspiring and supporting our athletes during the London Olympic Games. Prior to the games Layne managed her surf wear and clothing line, Blue Kiss by Layne Beachley, sold nationally through Rebel Sports and Myers stores.

On Australia Day 2015, Layne was awarded with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community through support for a wide range of charitable organisations, as a mentor for women in sport and as a world champion surfer.

Now in 2016, Layne continues to be a highly sought after motivational speaker and media commentator travelling the world inspiring and showing others how to be unbeatable through her delivery of workshops and keynote presentations. Layne also offers her time as an ambassador for Wyndham Vacations, Waterline Challenge, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Planet Ark, Surf For Life, 1 Million Women and more.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in October 2012



Rob Bradley - Director (Representative for Confederation of Australian Sport)

Rob Bradley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) an organisation dedicated to promoting the importance of community sport and advocating the contribution that it makes to Australia from health, social and economic perspectives. 

From 1996-2013 Rob was CEO of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia leading drowning prevention advocacy, water safety public education and aquatic risk management.  He was chair of the Australian Water Safety Council from its inception in 1998 through until 2013 working to achieve a cooperative and coordinated approach to water safety involving government and water safety agencies. In 2012 the International Lifesaving Federation made Rob a Grand Knight in the Order of Lifesaving having held numerous senior roles including as President of the ILS Asia Pacific Region.

In addition to serving on the Board of the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) from 2009 he also served as a Director of the Australian Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA) for ten years from 2003.

CAS has recently released three research reports ‘Maximising the Potential of Australian Sport’, ‘Assessing the benefits of reducing physical inactivity by 15% by 2018’ and ‘Maintaining the membership of women in sport’ in order to gain greater understanding and support for using sport as an effective weapon for preventative health. 


Appointed to the SAHOF Board in March 2015



Sally Capp - Independent Director 

Sally Capp has extensive experience in CEO and executive leadership roles in both government and large corporations. She is currently Chief Operating Officer at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI); prior to that Sally was the Head of Markets, Victoria at KPMG.

Sally has acted on a number of Boards for a range of companies and not-for-profit organisations. Sally is currently a Board Member of Rowing Australia, an Advisory Board Member of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, a Board Member of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, and Trustee of the Mary Jane Lewis Trust.


Appointed to the SAHOF Board in November 2015


Robert de Castella AO MBE - Director

Robert won the world champion in 1983 and was a world record holder in the marathon from 1981 to 1984. He represented Australia at four Olympic Games (1980, 1984, 1988 & 1992) and won gold at two Commonwealth Games (1982 & 1986).

He is a former Board Member of the Australian Sports Commission and former Director of the Australian Institute of Sport. He is an outspoken advocate for community health targeting child obesity through his SmartStart for Kids! charity.

In 2009 he launched the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), a health promotion charity that uses the marathon and running to address health and social issues by celebrating resilience and the achievement of our Indigenous people. He is a Founding Director of Deeks Health Foods, a grain and gluten free food business.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1997
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in May 1997
Chairman of SAHOF Selection Committee  



Catherine Harris AO PSM - Independent Director 

Catherine Harris is the chair and joint-owner of Australia's largest independent produce retailer, Harris Farm Markets and is a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League.

She has a wealth of experience in business, government, social justice and change management. Catherine currently holds board positions at Harris Farm Markets, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian Ballet, the University of New South Wales Foundation and the Australian School of Business Advisory Board and has previously held a wide range of board positions including Deputy Chancellor at UNSW, the Australian Defence Force Academy, St Margaret’s Public and Private Hospitals and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.


Appointed to the SAHOF Board in November 2015


Geoffrey Henke AO - Director

Geoff occupies a unique place in the history of Australia Winter Sports. He is often referred to as “the Godfather” of Winter Sports. Henke is an instrumental figure behind the development of the Icehouse, Australia’s National Ice Sports Centre. He was also involved in the development of the ski resorts in Falls Creek and Dinner Plain within Victoria.

After a distinguished ice hockey playing career, Geoff moved to sports administration, rising to become President of the Australia Ski Federation, Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Winter Games Team for a record six times (1976-1994), International Ski Federation (FIS) Council Member for 14 years, and was Australia’s first FIS Executive Board Member to be made a life member in 2008.

In 1998, Henke became the Foundation Chairman of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. In a nation focused on summer sports, Henke has worked tirelessly to grow an Australian winter sports culture that has led to Olympic medals, World Championships and World Cup glory.

Henke was an Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Executive Member from 1985- 2001, attaining the position of Senior Vice President. He was recognised with AOC Life Membership and awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee in 2000. He was also heavily involved in the Olympic Bids for Melbourne 1996 and the successful Sydney 2000 Games. He was an Executive Member of the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS)from 1979 -1984. Awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999.


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General Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1993
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in 1997



Kate Palmer - Director (Australian Sports Commission CEO)

Kate Palmer started as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in January 2017. Prior to this she spent ten years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia. During this time, netball has grown to be among the largest participation sports in Australia, the Diamonds have remained on top of their sport worldwide, Netball Australia's revenue has more than tripled in seven years and the national netball competition has been re-imagined twice and now has a major free-to-air media partner. 

As well as being CEO of Netball Australia, Kate has been Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, CEO of Netball Victoria, a coach, a regional coordinator, a volunteer and a participant. Kate has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management. 

In her leadership positions in Australian sport, Kate has created high performing organisations which have excelled in high performance and growing community participation, with good governance and people management. She has a successful track record of leading transformative organisational change. 


Appointed to the SAHOF Board in 2017



The Hon. Rod Kemp - Director (Independent)

The Hon. Rod Kemp was one of the longest serving Federal Ministers of Sport. During the period of 2001 to 2007, he worked closely with Sporting Organisations. He was awarded the Order of Merit by the Australian Olympic Committee for his work in "the areas of anti-doping, funding for Olympic athletes, high performance and community sport, a major upgrade of the AIS and management reform".

The AOC also highlighted the "far reaching review of Australian football [soccer] which he initiated has had a profound effect on the development of that sport." The Australian Paralympic Committee awarded Rod the Australian Paralympic Medal "for his support of Australian sport and, in particular, Paralympic sport". Rod Kemp also chairs a non-profit organisation and is a trustee of a major philanthropic fund.


Appointed to the SAHOF Board as an Independent in October 2012 


Michael McKay OAM - Director

Michael McKay is considered one of Australia's most successful oarsmen over the long history of the sport, as can be demonstrated by his results. He competed in five successive Olympics from 1988 to 2004, was a finalist in all and won medals at four of them. He won gold with the "Oarsome Foursome" at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, silver with the eight in Sydney and bronze with the eight in Athens. He was a finalist, finishing fifth, with the eight in Seoul.

Mike was awarded an OAM for service to sport in 1987 and was recognized as the Australian Rower of the Year in 1999. He served as a Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee from 1997-2000, and was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000. In July 2007, Mike was awarded the prestigious Thomas Keller medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rowing as a competitor and sports personality, and to this day he is esteemed as a sportsman of great note to our aspiring champions.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2007
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in February 2009



John O'Neill AO - Director 

John O'Neill was formally Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Rugby Union LImited, Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the State Bank of New South Wales and Chairman of the Australian Wool Exchange Limited. Mr O'Neill was also formally a Director of Tabcorp Holdings Limited and Rugby World Cup Limited.

Mr O’Neill was also the inaugural Chairman of Events New South Wales, which followed from the independent reviews he conducted into events strategy, convention and exhibition space, and tourism on behalf of the New South Wales Government.


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General Bio

Appointed to the SAHOF Board in November 2015


Kieren Perkins OAM - Director

With 11 world records, 2 Olympic Gold, 2 Olympic Silver and more than a dozen Commonwealth and World Championship swimming medals, Kieren's sporting achievements are legendary. Kieren was also an integral member of the Australian delegation sent to Monaco in 1993 to bid for the 2000 Olympics.

Since his retirement from swimming in 2000, Kieren has acted as a former Partner of Performance Global Pty Ltd and former Partner of RogenSi, a global consulting and training company. Upon returning home to Brisbane, Kieren has taken on the role Head of Private Clients and Business Development for NAB Private Wealth in Queensland. Kieren is currently General Manager of National Australia Bank Private Client Experience.

For 15 years up until 2015 he was a Board Member of the Starlight Children’s’ Foundation.  Kieren was made an honorary Doctor of Philosophy by Queensland University in 2001.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in 2013



Zali Steggall OAM - Director

Zali is a former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist alpine skier. She represented Australia at four Olympic Games (1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002), winning the bronze in the woman’s alpine slalom in Nagano, Japan in 1998 making Australian sporting history as the first ever individual medal for Australia at the Winter Olympic Games. She is also the only ever World Alpine Skiing Champion from the Southern hemisphere, winning the gold medal in the women’s slalom in Vail, USA, in 1999.

Zali was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her contributions to sport and charities in 2007.  Admitted to practice as a barrister since 2008, Zali has enjoyed converting her competitive experience to litigation, practicing in commercial, sports and family law. Zali has been appointed to as an Arbitrator to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to the Australian Olympic Committee Olympic selection appeal’s tribunal, the Football NSW Appeals Tribunals and is a director of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and member of the Anti Doping Rule Violation Panel for ASADA. 

Married with 5 children, Zali is bilingual in French and continues enjoying participating in many sports. She was inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2004 and was appointed to the Board in 2015.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2004
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in March 2015



Nicole Livingstone OAM - Director (Australian Olympic Committee)

Nicole Livingstone is a triple Olympic swimmer – silver and dual bronze medallist, member of the Australian swim team from 1985 to 1996, and a Member of the Order of Australia. After dreaming of being an Olympic swimmer as a child, Nicole went on to represent Australia at three Olympic Games. She was a member of the Australian swimming team for twelve consecutive years from 1985 - 1996.

She holds the longest winning sequence of any Australian swimmer in history at the national titles, winning ten consecutive 100m Backstroke titles between 1987 and 1996. With career achievement’s including a silver medal and two bronze medals from three Olympic appearances; six gold, two silver and a bronze from three Commonwealth Games and competing in six Pan Pacific Championships winning four gold, two silver and one bronze medal. She also broke a world record in the 200m backstroke (short course) in 1992.

With a career in media beaconing, she retired in 1996 and has gone on to broadcast and host with Channel Nine, Channel Ten, Macquarie Radio Network, SEN Radio and writing for News Limited.

Nicole is Deputy Chair of Vichealth, a member of the Executive of the Australian Olympic Committee, Victorian Olympic Council Vice President, as well as a Director of Swimming Australia. Nicole is the CEO of Melbourne Vicentre, a television host and sports broadcaster, and a Life Member of Swimming Australia.


Appointed to the SAHOF Board in May 2016


Graeme Willersdorf - Ambassador

Graeme had been on the business end of Australian sport for over 20 years in his capacity as a Senior Executive during his distinguished career with the Fosters Group. Supervising Fosters involvement at Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Graeme has been an equally familiar figure at Australian cricket played here and abroad, AFL,  Americas Cups, and at all of the nation's major horse races not to mention  ten years of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Graeme graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Melbourne and worked on construction  projects in North America before returning to Australia.
He joined  Foster’s in 1984 and was initially employed by CUB to establish their logistics function and from there became Regional Director for New South Wales before joining the Foster’s Executive Team.

Graeme is a mentor, Consultant to the International Center for Alcohol Policies in Washington DC,  Advisory Board Chairman of a start up technology company and past Chairman of Victorian Opera.


Appointed to the SAHOF Board as an Ambassador in 2005

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