A skillful strategist with wide-ranging experience, particularly in the military and in sport, Alison Creagh
is a graduate of our WOBSX program. She is joining fellow new member and former Queensland Government minister Kate Jones on the board.
The two new members will help lead the organisation’s strategic direction for the Paris 2024 Paralympics and towards Brisbane 2032.
“I’m proud to be joining the board of Paralympics Australia and making a contribution to para sport in Australia,” said Alison.
Paralympics Australia President Jock O’Callaghan said Kate and Alison bring “experience and expertise of the highest calibre which will be enormously valuable to Paralympics Australia as we set our course towards the Brisbane Paralympics in 10 years’ time”.
Alison is a strong leader and decision-maker with expertise in strategic planning, analysis and policy development. Across 30 years in the Australian Defence Force, she has supported operations in Cambodia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, worked on disaster relief operations and on domestic projects including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She retired with the rank of Brigadier in 2015 and remains an Army Reservist.
Among Alison’s current roles, she is a board member of Rowing Australia, a certified Para-rowing classifier at national and international level and is a strategic defence advisor to the Queensland Government. She previously served as President of Rowing ACT.
“Alison brings a wealth of expertise in government, private and not-for-profit sectors in sport, defence and cyber security,” O’Callaghan said. “She is a highly respected leader who brings vision and direction to the organisations she leads and supports.
Kate was the youngest minister in Queensland’s history and after resigning from politics in 2020 became an Australian Rugby League Commissioner and Executive Director for the Tech Council of Australia.
“It’s truly an honour to welcome Alison and Kate to the Paralympics Australia board. Their talent and competence, along with their demonstrated desire to advance Para-sport and the ideals of the Paralympic movement in Australia, make them each a wonderful addition to our organisation,” said O’Callaghan.
- Listen to Alison Creagh in conversation with WOB’s Claire Braund in this podcast
- Read our list of other WOB Members' board appointments HERE