Michael Pilbrow – Chairperson
Michael 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.
Liesl Tesch – Co-founder & Deputy Chairperson
Liesl Tesch is a Paralympian, a high school teacher and is passionate about the benefits of creating sporting opportunities for people with disabilities. Liesl played professional wheelchair basketball in Spain, Italy and France, and continues to support the development of women's wheelchair basketball in Australia and around the world. Liesl has coached wheelchair basketball and worked to develop sport for people with disabilities in a number of international communities. Liesl has Bachelor of Science, with a major interest in Human Development Geography, Diploma in Education and works as a motivational speaker. Liesl recently retired from the Australian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team, the Gliders (with two Silver and one Bronze Medal) and won a Gold Medal in Paralympic Sailing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Liesl lives and works on the Central Coast of NSW.
Jackie 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
Jade 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.
Our Board Committees
Martin Scully – Committee member
Martin 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
Peter 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.