WOB Webinars: How to get on Sports Boards
Date Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Time 29 May 12:00 - 05 Jun 13:00
Venue Webinar Webinar Webinar
Note Prices below are early bird prices. These prices will end on 01 May 1:00
Pricing Subscribed Member
$ 60 Per Subscribed Member
Corporate Member
$ 60 Per Corporate Member
Global Member
$ 60 Per Global Member
$ 60 Per Champion
$ 125 Per non Subscriber
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Interested in gaining a position on a sports board?

Join WOB directors, Ruth Medd and Claire Braund, and panellists Elizabeth Nankivell and Merrin Armour in two one-hour webinars which will include practical information on how and where to access sports board roles, how to pitch and what to do when you gain a role.

This is a great way to increase your knowledge of the sports sector from the comfort of your home or office and increase your opportunities to be successful for selection to sports boards.

The registration fee of $90 for WOB subscribers and $125 for non-subscribers covers the two webinars, with all broadcasts available to participants after the event.

What the two part webinar series covers:

Session One: Wednesday 29 May @ 12noon (AEST) with Ruth Medd and Claire Braund

  • Why serve on a sports board?
  • Governance structures of sporting bodies.
  • Challenges in the sports sector.
  • What skills are in demand for sports boards.
  • The process by which you obtain a sports board role.
  • What you can bring to the table.
  • Starter due diligence.
  • Tips when applying for vacancies.

Session Two: Wednesday 5 June @ 12noon (AEST) with guest panellists: Elizabeth (Libby) Nankivell and Merren Armour

  • Libby and Merren will speak about how they came to be on their sports boards, what to be prepared for in the interview and at the first few meetings.


Libby Nankivell - Non Executive Director, Australian Schools Rugby Union

With a motto of "No grit. No pearl." there is fair chance Libby Nankivell has what it takes to be the first woman on the board of Australian School Rugby Union. A marine biologist who morphed into the world of heavy industry & transport as a Business Improvement Manager at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Libby describes herself as: Champion Communicator, Strategic Advisor, Director, Rugby Tragic, GAICD, Traveller, www.cuttingalap.blogspot.com with specialties in community and stakeholder engagement, strategy and communications. 

Merren Armour - Finance, Risk & Audit Committee, Water Polo Australia

Senior executive and lawyer for large and complex organisations, most recently for Telstra, where she was a member of many cross-company governance and steering committees. Before joining Telstra, Merren worked as a lawyer for leading international law firms, Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) in Sydney and Canberra, and Slaughter and May in London, where she advised some of the largest private and public-sector organisations in Australia and Europe.

She is passionate about sport and particularly well suited to organisations that are looking for a director with strategic, commercial, and legal expertise across a broad range of areas including technology, IT, retail, operations, product development, employment, communications, media, marketing, entertainment, sport, consumer protection, and privacy. 

Merren is a former elite basketballer, having played for the Canberra Capitals in the Women’s National Basketball League and the University of Miami Hurricanes (on scholarship) in the Women's NCAA Division 1 Championships.  Both her professional and sporting experiences have taught her the value of teamwork and collective decision-making - essential elements for board success.