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Skate Australia welcomes three new Directors

The Board of Skate Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Directors, Phil Hamdorf, Lyndelle Zuccolin and Jo Banning.

The appointments were made by the Skate Australia Board, with the support of its Nominations Committee, following a robust and competitive process focused on establishing diverse skills and experience within the seven person Board, in line with contemporary governance practices.

Two of the positions are Appointed Director roles able to be appointed directly by the Board, while the third is a casual vacancy in an Elected Director role, following the resignation earlier this year of Aleisha Hurley to focus on her appointment to the World Skate Asia Oceania Rink Hockey Technical Committee.

The Skate Australia Board, supported by its inaugural Nominations Committee, advertised a criteria for the positions to be filled, based on the desired skills-mix of the Board to lead the future development of the organisation.

Following applications and candidate interviews, the Board has appointed:

  • Phil Hamdorf and Lyndelle Zuccolin as Appointed Directors, each for a 3-year-term; and

  • Jo Banning, to fill a casual vacancy until the 2022 Annual General Meeting.

Phil Hamdorf is a highly experienced executive across the sport, government and education sectors with roles including Executive Director of the Office for Sport in NSW, CEO of the Australian College of Physical Education, and Executive Director at the Office of Recreation and Sport in South Australia. Further, he brings to the Board strong governance skills and experience as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lyndelle Zuccolin has an accumulation of strategic skills that transcend traditional management portfolios. She is a former marketing, brand and consumer business executive, former CFO, and former IT, systems development and people and culture executive, with 20 years experience across sport, consumer business, professional services and not for profit organisations. Her passion for strategy and creative thinking led her to establish Just Add Colour Management Consulting which specialises in corporate strategy and advisory, helping organisations navigate the complexities of a changing business environment. Lyndelle lives in Victoria where she is also a Director of the Barwon Sports Academy.

Jo Banning is a senior communications professional who is currently the Public Affairs Manager at Surf Life Saving Australia. She has previously held senior communications roles with the St George Illawarra Dragon’s rugby league team, the Australian Olympic Committee and Manchester United. She also has previous Director experience on the Board of Triathlon NSW. With experience in elite sport as a former Hockeyroo, combined with engagement as a culture consultant with Basketball Australia and Hockey Australia in their high-performance programs, Banning will add further depth and perspective to the Skate Australia’s outlook on elite performance.

The Skate Australia Board wishes to thank all individuals who expressed interest in becoming a Director. The calibre of candidates was extremely high, and we hope to be able to offer other governance opportunities within our organisation in the future through Board sub-committees being established, or via renewed Technical Committees for our sporting disciplines.

The Board sincerely thanks its Nominations Committee for their work in interviewing and assessing candidates, led by Independent Chair Maree Taylor, member representative David Guest and Director Tim McGrath.

The full Board of Skate Australia is:

  • Karen Doyle, Director

  • Kathryn Davies, Director

  • John Lane, Director

  • Tim McGrath, Director

  • Phil Hamdorf, Director

  • Lyndelle Zuccolin, Director

  • Jo Banning, Director


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