Our Board

Michael Pilbrow – Chairperson 

Michael PilbrowMichael Pilbrow has been working in international development for 20 years. For over 10 years, he worked for the Australian Government's official aid agency, AusAID, in key policy, multilateral and Southeast Asian program roles. He was the senior Australian aid representative in Thailand, and also worked in the office of the Australian Minister for Development Cooperation and Pacific Island Affairs. Since 2003, he has been a consultant providing advice and leading projects for clients in Australia and overseas, focused on strategic planning, project development and relationship-building. Michael has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Monash University.  He is currently the Chairman of the West Belconnen Health Cooperative, Founder and past Coordinator of the Charnwood Community Carnival and has had long involvement with junior sport as a coach, manager, umpire and committee member (across AFL, soccer, cricket and athletics). Michael is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Council of Small Business of Australia, and an ACT Finalist for the Australian of the Year Local Hero Award in 2012. Michael lives near Canberra and has offices in Canberra and Yass.

 

Jackie Lauff – Co-founder & CEO

Jackie LauffJackie Lauff is a sport and development practitioner who has worked in various roles within local, national and international sport organisations in Australia, Fiji, Germany and China. Jackie has an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University and a Master of Adapted Physical Activity with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. She has coordinated international seminars on Sport in Post-Disaster Intervention and Sport Leadership, and also lectured at the Australian College of Physical Education in Inclusive Coaching. Jackie is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium, Immediate Past President of the Rotary e-Club of Greater Sydney and a reviewer for the International Journal of Sport and Development. Currently, Jackie is CEO of Sport Matters and is based in Sydney.

 

Jade Dixon – Non-Executive Director

Belinda BarnierJade Dixon is a Director in the Outsourced CFO team at PwC. Her previous positions include Chief Financial Officer of the Riversdale Group and Tax Manager of the Ports Business at Asciano Limited. Jade is a graduate of the Australian School of Business at the University of NSW and is a Chartered Accountant. She currently Chairs the Sydney Societal Relevance Executive at PwC. Jade is passionate about all sport - whether it be watching it, playing it or talking about it. She is a huge rugby league fan, and based in Sydney's Northern Beaches, has been a Manly Warringah Sea Eagles fan since she can remember.
 


Christine Walton - Non-Executive Director

Christine WaltonChristine Walton is a professional in the Disability and Community sector with over forty years’ experience in Australia and overseas. From 2008 to 2013, Christine was the Executive Officer of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC). Within this role she led a coalition of organisations in advocacy, leadership and capacity building in disability inclusive development and was amongst the first members of the Australian Disability Reference Group. Christine then managed the Disability Inclusive Development Department of CBM Australia and is now a Subject Matter Expert within the Partnership and Business Development Department of a for profit organisation. She holds a Masters of Health Science (Disability Services), a Graduate Diploma in Education, is a Registered Nurse and has almost completed a Doctorate in Business Administration. She is a life-long fan and member of the Collingwood Football Club and has volunteered as a Race Administrator for the Portsea Swim Classic for almost fifteen years. Christine has been a supporter of Sport Matters since its inception and lives on the fringe of the Yarra Valley on the outskirts of Melbourne.
 

 

Our Board Committees

Martin Scully – Committee member 

 

Jackie LauffMartin Scully is a Partner of the Global Consulting firm PwC in their People & Organisation team with particular a specialism in expatriate tax matters. He has been with PwC for over 30 years, currently situated in Melbourne with previous stints in Sydney (twice) and a 10 year period in Singapore during the 90’s. He is a Macquarie University graduate, fully qualified Chartered Accountant and Lawyer. He has an absolute passion for many sports, has competitively played rugby, tennis and golf since a young age and has a hunger to utilise his corporate and legal expertise to the benefit of our community.

 

Peter Forwood – Committee member 

 

Jackie LauffPeter Forwood is a Director in PwC's Forensic Services team with national responsibility for the Australian firm’s Financial Crime practice (which specialises in anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing, sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption and fraud). He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Sydney. Pete has long held both a professional and personal interest in sport, having made this the focus of his research while at university and having worked with a number of national sporting organisations while at PwC. His key interests are following a variety of sporting teams, playing football, skiing and spending time with his young family.             

 

Chris Franks – Committee member 

 

Chris Franks (M.Mgt, B.A (Statistics), FAICD) is a company director with over 14 years governance experience; currently serving as Chair of Habitat for Humanity Australia, Chair of RESULTS International Australia, director of Family Planning NSW and a Council member of NSW Kids & Families. She is also a member of several audit & risk, governance and international advisory committees. Chris has worked as a director and Chair of a number of financial services, personal insurance and health insurance boards including CUA, CUA Health, and Credicorp Insurance.
 
Chris has a keen interest in international aid and development resulting in thirty-five years of hands on volunteering. She chaired the NSW Charities Ministerial Advisory Committee and the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee, receiving the inaugural ACFID Award for Outstanding Service to the Aid and Development Sector in 2006.
 
Chris has extensive executive experience in sales, marketing, fundraising, consumer research and customer service in both commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.