The Directors elected to the Academy Board, under the provisions of the Academy’s Constitution, represent a broad cross section of State and Local Government, as well business, sporting and community interests from within the western Sydney region.
Director, Data Centre Operations, Australia
Julie Fitzgerald AM
Head Coach, Giants Netball
Head Coach, Australian Netball Development Squad
Interested Partner Director
Director, Engagement Marketing
Western Sydney University
Peter Threlkeld OAM
Former Deputy Chair, Greater West Sports Foundation
Former President, NSW Bus & Coach Association
Manager of Destination & Events
Senior Client Director
Kelly + Partners Chartered Accountants
Clr Brad Bunting
Councillor, Blacktown City Council
Electorate Officer, Ed Husic MP for Chifley
Director, Blacktown Venue Management
Chairman, Blacktown City Council Sports Advisory Committee
Life Member, Tallawong Park Little Athletics Centre
Clr Peter Gangemi
Councillor, The Hills Shire Council
PhD in Mechanical Engineering
Senior Acoustic Engineer for a Leading Environmental Consultancy
WSAS Council Advisory Committee 2012 – Present
Facilities Manager, Penrith City Council
Chief Executive Officer
The Academy’s founding CEO, Martin brings extensive management and sports administration experience to the role, having been previously employed as the CEO of NRL Clubs Wests Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies. Previous roles also included General Manager of the Western Sydney Economic Development Board, and Regional Manager for the Waterways Authority. Martin has played at a competitive level, coached and administered a wide range of sports, including rugby league, cricket, basketball and touch football.
Athlete Program Manager
Steve continues a long career in sports management formerly working with NWSRL both regionally and in metro areas. Steve is currently a member of the Wheelchair Rugby League board and the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League board. Steve has extensive coaching experience and is currently the coach of the Australian Wheelchair Rugby League team, the Weel-a-roos.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
The Academy’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Natalie is passionate about the world of sport and holds a Bachelor of Business with majors in event management. While having a wide interest in sport her main passion growing up was on the Netball court where she focused on developing herself as a team player, umpiring and coaching/mentoring young netball players.