People

 

AU Sport Governance

Established in 1896, Adelaide University Sport is directly affiliated with the University of Adelaide and has been incorporated in its own right since 1979.

It is administratively autonomous, with its own constitution and has full control of the allocation of expenditure from its budget. AU Sport is governed by the Sports Council, which is comprised of designated representatives from each of the affiliated and financial clubs. The Council meets at least three times a year.

AU Sport Patron

Professor Peter Rathjen

Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide



Board of Management

Responsibility for the conduct of AU Sport's business is vested in the Board of Management (BoM), which meets monthly on at least nine occasions annually. The BoM is elected annually (four members retire each year on rotation) by the Sports Council. The purpose of the BoM is to oversee and manage the distribution of funds, provide direction to the staff and make strategic decisions pertaining to the operations of AU Sport. The General Manager is a non-voting ex officio member of the Board. 
 

The 2017 - 2018 BoM comprises:

 
David Penn

David Penn

Cricket - President

David is an Economics, Commerce and  Master of Business Administration graduate with 20 years experience in state government sector finance and administration.  David has over 25 years continuous involvement with the AU Cricket Club as player, committee member and coach, and is passionate about assisting the Adelaide University community with quality opportunities to participate in sport and recreation.
 

Chris McMichael

Chris McMichael

Basketball - Deputy President

Chris is a Mechanical Engineering graduate who is currently working on Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer project. Whilst studying, Chris maintained regular involvement in the AU Basketball Club management, University Games Team and local club competitions. He continues to be involved in Adelaide University Sport through the Basketball and Football clubs. Chris' experience with club competition and management provides useful insight for the Board.

Noelle Smit

Noelle Smit

Netball

Noelle is a Bachelor of Environmental Studies graduate with strong skills in technology sales and growth, including eight years’ experience as a Financial Controller. Noelle has played netball since she was seven years old and has been a member of the University of Adelaide Netball Club since 2002. In that time, she has been a player, selector, umpire, general committee member, served as Secretary for two years and President for two years. She has also been awarded club life membership.

 
Luke Johnson

Luke Johnston

Cricket

Luke has been a long standing member of the Cricket Club, including five years as the Club Administrator and Secretary. This has given Luke a good understanding of the challenges and competitive advantages that University Clubs face in competing at the highest amateur level.

Crispin Painter

Crispin Paintner

Sailing

Crispin is a University of Adelaide Law/Commerce graduate with first hand experience in sports club administration. He applies his academic knowledge and experience gained from serving on club Committees to his work on the Board

Patrick Ey

Patrick Ey

Boat

Patrick has been a Boat Club member since 2011 and is the current Boat Club Captain. A current Bachelor of Health Sciences student, Patrick first became involved with the Club's committee in 2012 and has held a variety of positions over the years. Patrick follows several other Boat Club members, who have held Board positions, and takes a keen interest in developing Club administration skills and 'good governance' principles.

Hugo Burgin

Hugo Burgin

Boat

Hugo is a Geology PhD Student at the Australian School of Petroleum. As a previous Captain of Adelaide University Boat Club and State Team Athlete, he brings experiences as both a student-athlete and manager to the Board. His main interest is the expansion of the elite athlete program within the AU Sports community.

Ali Lawrence

Ali Lawrence

Snow Ski

Ali is an enthusiastic sports person who is committed to promoting and advocating for equality across all aspects of sports and society. She is a passionate and experienced administrator with key experience in the university sports sector.

Michael Physick

Michael Physick

University Representative

Michael is the University nominee on the Board of Adelaide University Sport.  Having joined the Board in 2004, he is also the independent Chair of the Morgan Users Group.  Michael is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and also represents the University on the Boards of the Adelaide University Union (AUU), the Fitness Hub and St Mark’s College.  In his substantive role, Michael is Manager, Student Affairs at the University of Adelaide.  While he is not part of any Adelaide University Sport clubs, he is a keen Crows supporter.



AU Sport Staff

Mike Daws

Mike Daws

General Manager
generalmanager@theblacks.com.au

Overall responsibility for the successful management of AU Sport, including for example, Board and University relations, financial reporting, strategic business plan formulation, facility development and staff coordination

Charlie-Ann Keen

Charlie-Ann Keen

Administration Officer
adminofficer@theblacks.com.au

Field bookings, club reports/finances, club membership committee lists, insurance and general enquiries

Organisation of special events, including annual Blues Awards

Sara Lane

Sara Lane

Sports Development Officer (SDO)
sdo@theblacks.com.au

Provides assistance to clubs with grants, sponsorships/scholarships, marketing, club and policy development, succession planning and committee management

Marketing and Events, including IV Football, City to Bay and club stalls/BBQs

Thomas Sharpe

Thomas Sharpe

Sports Development Officer (SDO)
sdo@theblacks.com.au

Marketing, Social Media and Events, including O Week, Sports on the Green, Australian University Sport events, Inter-Faculty Active Recreation (IFAR) Week, the Vice-Chancellor's Cup and club stalls/BBQs

Provides assistance to clubs with grants, sponsorships/scholarships, marketing, club and policy development, succession planning and committee management

James O Keefe

James O'Keefe

Head Coach, Roma's Rugby women's sevens program and club development support to SDOs 
james.okeefe@adelaide.edu.au or supportstaff@theblacks.com.au

Leadership of Rugby women's sevens program from coaching and operational perspectives

Assistance to SDOs mainly in areas of club development including risk management and club committee liaison