Netball WA is the governing body for netball in Western Australia. The organisation has a clear vision to be the sport of choice in Western Australia.
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.
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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.
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.
Grant joins the Netball WA Board boasting a wealth of experience across a range of industries, including working as a Senior Partner at KPMG for more than 30 years.
Grant is currently the Deputy Chairman and Audit Committee Member at the Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority, Board Member, Chair of Finance Committee and Member of Audit & Risk Committee, North Metropolitan Health Services, and is a Board Member and Finance, Risk & Audit Committee Chair at the Perth Festival.