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Board

Chair

Michael has extensive experience in the corporate and elite sports management sectors as a Chief Executive, mentor, leader and facilitator. Michael’s impressive work resume includes roles as CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club (1998-2002), CEO AFC Asian Cup in 2015 and Rugby League World Cup 2017.  Michael was Deputy CEO/General Manager of Cricket at Cricket Australia 2002-2012. Michael is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and at Deakin University where he chairs the prestigious Sports Advisory Board.

Michael is Chair of Bastion Collective, an internationally recognized marketing agency and Business and Strategy consultant at Ticketmaster Australia and NZ. Michael is a Justice of the Peace, and he also played more than 150 VFA games with Williamstown and Brunswick and was a member of Williamstown’s 1976 Premiership team.

Reclink Australia Director Peter Cullen
Director

The Founder of Reclink Australia, Peter has served as a Director since 1990. Having initially trained for Catholic Priesthood and working for the Sacred Heart Mission for over 15 years, Peter has always been passionate about improving the lives of people experieicing disadvantage through sport and arts.

An avid Geelong supporter, Peter is married with three children and has been a recipient of numerous awards, including an Order of Australia Medal (2000), Centenary Medal (2003), Sports Chaplaincy Australia Award for Compassion in Sport (2011), Sports Star of the Year (Southern Region Services to Sport (2001) and Tattersall’s Award for Enterprise and Achievement (1997).

 

Director

Master of Enterprise (Business), Associate Diploma Valuations, Certificate of Business Studies in Real Estate                                                          

Scott joined the Reclink Australia Board in May 2016 and has served more than 35 years in the commercial property industry, fulfilling a wide range of business operations and management roles.

For the last 8 years Scott has been responsible for the property investment and asset management activities of the Bennelong and Taverners groups, two private family interests that have extensive philanthropic Foundation activities. Scott is the father of 4 children, the immediate past President of Yachting Victoria, and a former State President of the Property Council of Australia.

Director

Bachelor of Business, Economics and Finance, with Distinction and a Master of Applied Finance.

Karla Harman is a financial services professional with over thirteen years of experience.   Karla is a currently a Consultant with Frontier Advisors, having joined in 2007.  Her responsibilities include providing investment advice to superannuation funds, not-for-profits and endowments; undertaking manager and investment research; as well as leading the retirement solutions group. 

Karla has previously held positions with the Institutional Sales Team at Macquarie Services (Australia), Nimico Capital Ltd (London) and W.I.N. Pty Ltd financial planning. 

Director

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons)

Laura brings substantive experience and leadership as a qualified lawyer with 2 years of legal practice and as head coach of various (AFL) teams across Victoria. In 2013 Laura was an Australian of the Year Nominee for her leadership, volunteer commitment and involvement in community football.

In 2016 Laura was appointed Manager, Women's Football and Talent Pathways, North Melbourne Football Club and in 2017 she was promoted to the position of Football Operations Manager, North Melbourne Football Club (AFL).

Director

Masters of Laws, Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics. Bachelor of Business, Accounting. Diploma of Financial Services, Financial Planning. 

Theresa has served a community member of the Victorian Adult Parole Board for seven years from 2000 to 2007. 

In 2003 Theresa was awarded the Centenary Medal for voluntary services to the community via active participation in community organisations addressing issues of socio-economic disadvantage, access to justice, community safety and commence.

Theresa brings substantive knowledge of Reclink Australia having previously served as a Board member and Treasurer.

Director

Master of Human Resource Management, Bachelor of English, Graduate Diploma in Business

Marnie Gibson has built her professional career in Human Resources Management across many sectors including FMCG, retail, financial services and government. Marnie currently holds a strategic global HR role in the chemicals and mining industry with Incite Pivot Ltd. Having studied at both Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Victorian College of the Arts she also holds a huge passion for the arts and continues her dedication in this area through industry participation and her role on the board at Reclink. Marnie has previous experience as a Board member of arts organisations.

Director

Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, LIV Accredited Special in Criminal Law

Cameron joined the Board of Reclink in February 2020.

Cameron has practiced as a solicitor in Victoria for 19 years. In that time he has had a broad range of experience having worked extensively as a solicitor advocate for several criminal law firms before employment as a Senior Associate with Deacons lawyers, in-house counsel at Telstra and now as Special Counsel with Lander & Rogers. Throughout the entirety of his career, he has practiced almost exclusively in the area of criminal law and, since 2007, he has focussed on occupational health and safety law.

Cameron is married with three children and is an avid member of the Essendon Football Club.

Director

Grant Hansen is best known as the creative genius behind the three times Logie nominated show for Best Sports Program, The Marngrook Footy Show, broadcasted nationally on NITV and SBS. He has not only been the creative writer, Executive Producer and Host of the cult popular football show since 2007 but a pioneer in Indigenous media production, historical Aboriginal rights’ movements and the creator of the only nationally broadcasted AFL show.

Grant is also on the national Dreamtime Awards selection panel, that acknowledges excellence in Indigenous Arts around the nation, a board member of the First Australians Media Enterprises (formerly known as SEIMA), with past and ongoing associations on the Australian Council Indigenous Arts board, National Indigenous Television (NITV) board, City of Melbourne Indigenous Arts board and was the former Chair, CEO and founding member of Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation.