Netball WA is the governing body for netball in Western Australia, incorporating 11 affiliated Regions, 73 affiliated Associations, and ANZ Championship team, West Coast Fever. The organisaton has a clear vision to be ‘One Netball Community driving Western Australia’s leading sport.’
Underpinning this vision is a five-year strategic plan, developed in 2013, which outlines key outcomes, goals and strategies across three pillars of Netball WA – Our Netball Talent, One Netball Community and The Netball Energy. Netball WA is part-way through its five-year Strategic Plan 2013-2018. You can read or download the Strategic Plan here.
Netball is the highest female participation sport in Western Australia and played in every major city and town across the State. From the grassroots to the elite, Netball WA has a holistic approach to the growth and development of the sport of netball.
Deane Pieters – President
Deane, an accomplished sportsman and businessman, joined the Netball WA Board on June 10, 2013 and was appointed President on April 5, 2014.
A former freestyle swimmer who competed for Australia at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Deane is a former World Life Saving Champion (1990) and has won eight Australian Surf Life Saving Titles between 1990 to 1993. A graduate of the Stanford Executive Program as part of the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, California, USA, Deane is also a graduate member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and currently works as the General Manager of Business Strategy and Growth for the West Coast Eagles. His business and sporting knowledge are valuable assets he adds to the Netball WA Board.
Julie has 25 years experience as a business manager and marketing consultant. During her career, Julie has provided research and strategic advice to several major WA public and private sector organisations in areas such as branding, communications, product development, and customer, stakeholder and employee engagement. Since 2011, Julie has worked with Metrix Consulting guiding market research studies and delivering strategic advice to Metrix clients.
Julie was an inaugural WA Business News 40 under 40 recipient, a former WA Chair of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) and a former member of the UWA Convocation Council. In the not for profit sector, Julie has been a Board Member of Future Living Trust for 14 years, and was recently appointed Chair in July 2015.
Julie has also been a passionate supporter of community netball, as a player, team manager and association committee member over many years.
Having been welcome to the Netball WA Board at the 2014 AGM, Marita Somerford brings a wealth of netballing experience and a desire to make a difference.
Recently working professionally at Chevron as a Social Investment Analyst and Executive Officer for Australian Little Athletics, Marita was previously President of Perth Netball Association, a role she held for more than eight years, and currently runs Wembley Netball Club.
Darren Shillington joined the Netball WA Board in July 2014 and is a Senior Partner at PKF Mack & Co. Darren has over 27 years of experience in providing taxation and business consulting advice and is father to three girls who currently play netball at Perth Netball Association.
Emma Chinnery is a commercial lawyer at Jackson McDonald with almost 10 years experience working with a broad range of clients including corporate and government organisations, the not-for-profit sector, Indigenous trusts and corporations and private clients. A netballer herself for over 20 years, Chinnery is a life member of UWA Netball Club having played over 12 seasons, as well as contributing back to her club as a committee member, and is currently on the selection committee.Chinnery’s legal experience will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Netball WA Board and she spoke about her passion for the development of female leaders in sport as well as her experience across governance and commercial issues.
Jill Powell has had a long and varied sporting career having been a triple international representing England in netball, cricket and athletics. Since her playing days she has maintained an involvement in many sports having worked in the industry for the past 30 years. Jill has worked and volunteered for Netball WA for the past ten years including managing the Netball Development Unit coordinating all player, coach and umpiring development, and various roles for the event management team. She is the past President of the Leisure Institute of WA and has held positions on the Executive for a variety of organisations including Womensport West, YMCA, Healthway and Sports International WA.
Having served in senior positions within Ernst & Young since 2011, and as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, Clare brings considerable knowledge and experience from the finance sector to her position on the Board. She is also a passionate netball supporter, having started playing at the age of 10 and maintaining her involvement with the game through umpiring and a variety of administrative positions, including as President of the Attadale Netball Club and an Executive Committee Member with the Fremantle Netball Association.
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