Board ChairDonna is a member-elected Director with experience playing water polo at various levels. She now plays as a social player for Phantoms Water Polo Club but played for City Beach in her youth. Donna has been involved in WA Water Polo as manager of state schoolgirls’ teams and as a club coach. She has a son who plays with UWA.
Dr Barwood is an Australian Award-winning lecturer for Health and Physical Education (HPE) at Edith Cowan University, completing her doctorate in 2015. She has extensive experience as an educator: primary; secondary and tertiary education and is internationally recognised as a conference presenter. In 2018 Donna was recognised for her contributions to Australian teachers of HPE with the national award of ACHPER Fellow. She is the writer of the Australian Curriculum for HPE and has held many positions on Boards and Committees.
She is the immediate past President of the Health and Physical Education teachers’ association in Western Australia, where her strength in governance, strategic planning and leadership were at the fore, improving the reach, significance and financial position of the organisation. Donna brings experience, networks and executive skills to the Board.
Board Deputy ChairKirsty has over five years’ experience in sport administration, her dedication to promoting fairness and inclusiveness has made her a respected figure in WA’s Sporting community. Currently General Manager of Participation & Member Services at Swimming WA, Kirsty is dedicated to breaking down barriers and enhancing access to swimming and Water Polo in Western Australia. Kirsty strives to create a welcoming environment where everyone can enjoy the benefits of aquatic sport. Her empathetic nature and determination to achieve equity make Kirsty an inspiring force in the sport administration field.
DirectorAnthony brings to the Board 35 years’ experience in establishing and managing multi-skilled teams to develop long term community projects, generally in partnership with Governments, and funded by third parties. These projects are heavily reliant on community development, engagement and infrastructure deliverables. Anthony’s current position as General Manager Development for Lendlease is to lead the business in WA. He heads up strategy and delivery, political engagement and EHS and leads a team of 60.
Paul has been engaged within water polo as a player and official since he escaped from swimming in the late ’80s for a decade till having a break to raise a family, returning to the sport in 2006 with his wife and 4 children experiencing water polo at all levels the sport can offer. This not only involved playing but coaching, managing and serving on the committee of city beach/UWA in the roles of vice president and senior men’s delegate on the last 8 seasons. In the last 2 seasons, he has also been a member of the water polo WA competition advisory committee. He also volunteers for the UWA Torpedo’s AWL teams home matches and has had the experience of Playing in masters world championships tournaments in Budapest and recently Gwangju, South Korea.
Paul professionally has been in the ICT industry for over 30 years, but in the last 12 years focused on building engagement strategies across government and commercial organisations in WA while working with Telstra/Kaz, Hewlett Packard and recently his own consulting business Outerbox43. The main focus is on business development and understanding transformation strategies, ICT maturity and organisational risk levels leading to innovative road maps and solutions. This also includes proving risk assessment services for senior leadership and Board consumption. Paul has a Bachelor of Applied Science (information science) from Edith Cowan University.
Rebecca is a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Deputy Chair of DevelopmentWA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Over her 24 year career Rebecca has developed strong commercial, strategic thinking and risk management skills which she employs when advising clients and making decisions. Rebecca has been very fortunate to learn how to apply governance principles from very well-regarded and experienced directors.
DirectorEmily is an experienced senior leader focusing in areas such as corporate partnerships, governance, strategic planning and organisational change management. An experienced Industry Association CEO, Emily holds an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
WPWAI Committee Structure and Membership currently under review
Audit and Finance
Competition Advisory Group
Masters Advisory Group
Governance and Risk
Officials Advisory Group
Regional Advisory Group
Representatives of the following clubs:
Karratha WPC, Port Hedland WPC, Geraldton WPC, Peel WPC and Bunbury WPC