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Golf Australia CEO James Sutherland joins new sport integrity council

POSTED ON January 8, 2021 @ 9:40 am

GA's new CEOThe oversight and guidance for sport integrity matters in Australia has been further strengthened with the appointment of a highly experienced nine-member Sport Integrity Australia Advisory Council.

All areas of sport

The Advisory Council includes leaders from a wide cross section of sport, governance, government administration, law enforcement and child protection.

Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck, said each member of the council brought with them a breadth of experience that would reinforce the work of Sport Integrity Australia in strengthening the framework of sport across Australia.

“I am pleased to announce the nine member advisory council,” Minister Colbeck said. “Each member brings skills and knowledge to provide advice on all areas of sports integrity.

“It follows the Australian Government’s recent investment of $10.1 million to introduce an independent complaints handling process within Sport Integrity Australia.”

The nine members

Appointed members include World Sailing Vice President Sarah Kenny (Chair), Paralympics Australia CEO Lynne Anderson, Golf Australia CEO James Sutherland, former elite athlete and governance expert Margot Foster, former NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney, former senior public servant Peter Conran, sports consultant and former elite athlete Scott Draper, former National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and policy adviser Jason Marocchi.

Sport Integrity Australia commenced operations on 1 July 2020, and is the cornerstone of the Government’s sport integrity strategy.

The newly appointed Advisory Council will provide Strategic advice to both the CEO of Sport Integrity Australia as well as to the Minister for Sport.

“I am particularly pleased to announce Ms Sarah Kenny as Chair of the Advisory Council,” Minister Colbeck said. “Highly regarded for her national and international experience within the administration of Olympic sailing, Ms Kenny is a vice president of World Sailing, and represented Australia at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games in windsurfing.”

He said Ms Kenny also boasts an extensive legal career combining corporate law with a sports related practice including integrity matters.

“Experienced in the complex wagering regulatory regime in Australia, anti-money laundering, and complex integrity issues, her leadership will be invaluable to the success of the Advisory Council,” Minister Colbeck said.

Ms Kenny said it was an honour to be appointed.

“I am looking forward to working with the other highly respected Advisory Council members to bring together our combined experience and knowledge to advise on all aspects of sport integrity and to assist in safeguarding the integrity of Australian sport,” she said.

Great value to sport

Minister Colbeck said the highly qualified council members will bring enormous value to the consideration of sport integrity issues and the way they are addressed.

“The Government has invested heavily in protecting the integrity of Australian sport.

“By establishing Sport Integrity Australia and the National Sports Tribunal, increasing investment into independent compliant handling and forming the Sport Integrity Australia Advisory Council, Australians can be confident everything possible is being done to keep the sport they love clean, safe and fair.”

The inaugural Sport Integrity Australia Advisory Council will consist of the following members:

  • Ms Sarah Kenny (Chair)
  • Ms Lynne Anderson (Member)
  • Mr Peter Conran AM (Member)
  • Ms Margot Foster AM (Member)
  • Mr James Sutherland (Member)
  • Mr Scott Draper (Member)
  • Mr Ken Maroney AO APM (Member)
  • Ms Megan Mitchell (Member)
  • Mr Jason Marocchi (Member)

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