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Patron-in-Chief
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Patron
The Honourable Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia

CGA BOARD

 

President

Ben Houston

With over 20 years’ experience as a commercial and sports lawyer, Ben has negotiated, managed and implemented major commercial sponsorship and digital sports rights deals with national and international athletes and sporting bodies, movie studios and television broadcasters. He has extensive corporate and sports governance experience having been a Director and President of Triathlon Australia, a Director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers and Company Secretary for a number of Telstra Corporation Ltd subsidiaries.

Ben was elected as President of Commonwealth Games Australia Ltd at its first AGM in November 2018 for a four year term. He is currently the CEO of Australian Sailing.

Vice President

Leeanne Grantham

Leeanne is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Director with over 25 years of experience and knowledge in the Sport and Major Event industries, with extensive skills in all areas of business and management. Some of her past roles include CEO of the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL), CEO of the World Masters Games (2002 Melbourne), General Manager of Events SA, Head of Women's Football with FFA, CEO Adelaide 36ers and CEO Community Football (SA).

Leeanne is a former Victorian State winner of the Telstra Business Woman of the Year and represented Australia in Basketball. She is CGA's Vice President (four year term to 2022) and is also a Director of Cycling Australia, Netball SA and Disability Sports Australia and on the UCI Women's Commission. Leeanne runs her own Consultancy business with a focus on global executive recruitment and is the Chair of CGA's Nominations & Remuneration Committee.

Director

Darryl Clout

Darryl has had a long and distinguished career in sports management both in a professional and voluntary capacity. He spent 25 years serving on the personal staff of NSW Government Ministers (including two Ministers for Sport) and was the General Manager of NSW Sport and Recreation for six years. Darryl has been the President of two National Sporting Associations (Softball and currently Bowls) and was Vice President of the International Softball Federation. Darryl is currently a Board Member of the Hunter Academy of Sport and has also been a Director of NSWIS and a Trustee of the NSW State Sport Centre.

Darryl has been intimately involved in the creation of a number of strategic plans for sporting organisations, including the four-year plan for the International Softball Federation. Darryl was elected to the CGA Board for a one year term from November 2018.

Director

Marlene Elliott

Having held senior executive and leadership roles with KPMG and Bendigo Adelaide Bank for over 30 years, Marlene was elected to the CGA Board in November 2018 for a two year term. She is passionate about sport and represented South Australia in Netball, as well as playing in the Australian National Super League. Marlene is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also currently a Director of Netball Victoria. She has previously been a non-executive Director of Netball South Australia and the Asia Pacific Professional Marketing Association. Marlene is expert in client experience and analysis and translation of client feedback to increase client retention, diversify revenue and enable organisational change.

Marlene’s experience extends to stakeholder management, marketing, sponsorship and community engagement, where she has developed and led strategic partnerships and sponsorships across the public and private sectors.

Director

Jayne Ferguson

Jayne’s business career spans over 30 years with extensive experience as a General Manager, Marketing Director and Digital Director. She was previously the General Manager Women’s Lifestyle and Entertainment at Bauer Media for six years and led brands such as the Australian Women’s Weekly. She is currently a Partner in a consultancy practice providing specialist advice in brand strategy and development, content planning, website review and development, social media planning and marketing plans.

Jayne is currently a member of the Media Advisory Board for the Stay Kind Foundation and also a member of the Business Advisory Board for EmpoWEr. She is currently CGA’s only appointed Director and has been appointed for one year.

Director

Grant Harrison

Grant has been involved with CGA since his appointment to the previous Board of Management in 2011 and was elected to the new Board of CGA in November 2018 for a one year term. Grant has extensive experience in business management and finance, having been General Manager of the SA TAB for almost ten years. He has held many Board positions throughout sport, including current roles as the Vice President of the CGA SA State Division, Director of Thoroughbred Racing SA and Member of the SA Olympic Appeal Committee. Previously, Grant was Director and then President of Gymnastics Australia, Vice President of the Commonwealth Gymnastics Confederation, President of Gymnastics South Australia and Chair of many committees and working groups.

Grant is a member of CGA’s Finance & Audit Committee and is on the Investment Committee for the Australian Commonwealth Games Foundation.

Director

David Mandel

David is an experienced Board Director with considerable business acumen gained from executive leadership roles and a portfolio of non-executive appointments in both ASX listed, private and not-for-profit organisations. Following a successful career in general management and finance and a current appreciation of corporate governance requirements, David has made valuable contributions to Boards across the health service, medical therapy and devices, biotech, software and FMCG sectors, and more recently the sport sector. He is currently the President of Squash Australia and also sits on the Boards of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Health & Patient Services Pty Ltd, the ANDAAT Foundation and Oculo, and the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust.

David was elected to the CGA Board in 2018 for a two year term, is Chair of the CGA Finance & Audit Committee and a member of the Investment Committee for the Australian Commonwealth Games Foundation.

Director

Steve Moneghetti AM

Steve has a long association with the Commonwealth Games and as a professional athlete he competed at four Commonwealth Games winning one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal in the marathon and a Bronze for the 10,000 metres on the track. He was Mayor of the Athletes’ Village at the Melbourne 2006 Games and subsequently held the position of Chef de Mission for the Australian team at three Games (2010, 2014 & 2018). Steve also competed at four Olympic Games and six World Championships throughout his athletics career, which included a number of top 10 finishes.

Since retiring from professional athletics, Steve has held a number of prominent governance roles in the sports industry including Chair of the Victorian Institution of Sport, Vice President of the Victorian Olympic Council and he is currently Deputy Chair of Sport Australia. He is the Race Director for the ‘Run for the Kids’ Fun Run and operates his own sports consultancy business focussing on event management, mentoring, ambassadorial roles, training programs and professional development.

Steve was elected to the CGA Board in 2018 for a four year term.