World Netball has a Board of Directors comprising of a President, Vice President, Finance Director, a Further Director and five elected regional representatives. The Board is responsible for the key decisions regarding the business of the Federation in between Congress, held every two years. The Board presides over the activity of the World Netball Secretariat and currently meets three times a year, usually outside the UK. Minutes and reports of meetings are lodged at the registered office of INF Ltd in the Isle of Man.
The World Netball Board works for netball and netballers around the world. The Board members share a passion for netball and have a huge depth and range of experience, in netball, sport and business. The President and Financial Director were elected at the 2019 Congress / Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. The Vice President and Further Director will serve until Congress/Netball World Cup 2021. The Regional Directors are elected by their regional federations. The term of office for each of the Directors is four years.
Liz Nicholl CBE was elected as President at the World Netball Congress in 2019. Liz played netball for Wales and then transitioned into sports administration.
Over the last 40 years, Liz has held a number of senior executive roles in sport including CEO of England Netball, Championship Director for the 1995 World Netball Championships and most recently CEO of UK Sport. During Liz’s career, she has played an integral part in transforming the prospects and achievements of British athletes on the world stage.
Liz has extensive experience and knowledge of performance, major events, international relations and governance in the national and international sporting arena.
Sue Taylor AM
Netball Australia Director Sue Taylor was appointed to the World Netball Board in 2007 as the Independent Director. She was Australia's delegate to the INF Congress from 1989 to 2007.
Sue has an extensive background in sports law and administration and is a former Director of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
In 2000 Sue was honoured for services to netball and women's sport with the award of Member of the Order of Australia. One of only a few Australian women to represent their sport in a leadership position internationally, Sue is also a former President and Chair of the Netball Australia Board.
In 2018, Sue was awarded the Order of Merit by the Commonwealth Games Federation, for services to Commonwealth sport.
Ann is an Audit Partner of KPMG in New Zealand where she has worked since 1980. Her client portfolio includes not-for-profit entities and sporting bodies including Netball New Zealand. She is honorary auditor of the Oceania Netball Federation.
Ann has a BA in Business Studies, Accounting & Finance. She is currently a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Public Practice Advisory Group.
A passionate netball supporter with over 20 years’ grassroots netball experience, Ann is a member of the Netball North Harbour Umpires Association and holds a regional qualification.
Shirley Hooper was appointed as a Further Director during Congress 2017, in Gaborone.
Shirley has vast experience in governance and administration – both in sport and corporate roles. She has been on the New Zealand Board from 2009-2018, as the Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Chair of Netball New Zealand/Netball Australia’s joint venture, the ANZ Championships for 3 years.
Between 1995-98, as General Manager - Marketing of state broadcaster, Television New Zealand, Shirley was a driving force behind airing netball on Free to Air television - a world first at the time.
Prior to this in her role as Marketing Manager at Bendon, Shirley oversaw a sponsorship deal for the National Netball League in New Zealand, which at the time was the biggest sponsorship deal for any female sport in New Zealand.
Shirley played netball from the age of 7, and at 18 became a New Zealand Umpire
Marva Bernard OD
Marva Bernard was appointed Director of Americas region at Congress 2019. She is currently President of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA).
Marva has vast experience in the world of sport and netball with roles including manager for Jamaica’s National Netball teams for over 10 years, manager of Air Jamaica Netball Team for 21 years, Director of Finance for the INF from 1999-2011 and President of Netball Jamaica from 2006 - 2015.
Marva also has extensive experience in business and accounting and is a certified public accountant (CPA).
Marva has received many awards throughout the years including the Government of Jamaica Order of Distinction (2007), International Netball Federation Service Award (2013) and the Caribbean Development for the Arts Sports & Culture Foundation in Association with the Carribbean Community & UNESCO (2016)
Cecilia Molokwane is currently President of Netball South Africa (NSA) after being elected in 2017 and has previously been the Director of Selection in the NSA National Executive set up.
Gaby Hochbaum was appointed Director of Asia region in 2015. Gaby is a former international player, representing Singapore from 1994 to 2003, and appointed national captain from 2000 to 2003. Her netballing career saw her compete in several world class events, including the 1996 World Youth Championships, the 1999 World Championships, and the 2001 SE Asia Games. Gaby graduated from University of Wales with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business Computing in 1998. She joined the Netball Singapore Board in 2009 and has been Honorary Secretary since 2011. An active businesswoman, Gaby has run a family restaurant, bakery and retail business since 1999.
Lyn Carpenter was appointed Director of Europe region at Congress 2019. Lyn is an England Netball volunteer administrator and former National representative player.
Lyn was an England Under-18 and Under-21 player and became a senior international in 1997. During her senior international career Lyn amassed 33 international caps winning bronze medals at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 1999 Netball World Championships in New Zealand.
Lyn has served on the Board of England Netball from 2003, latterly as Vice Chairman until August 2014 and held the role of Chairman of Netball Europe from 2004-2019. With over 40 years’ involvement in netball Lyn has contributed as a player, coach, administrator and volunteer.
In September 2011, Lyn was appointed to a new Biborough Executive Director role that also included the Royal Borough managing a range of complex universal services. In September 2015, Carpenter was appointed Chief Executive of Thurrock Council.
Wainikiti was appointed Director of Oceania region at Congress 2019. Wainikiti has a vast experience in netball administration having served in various capacities in district and national level over the last 20 years. She has been President of Netball Fiji since 2010.
Wainikiti holds a BA in Population Studies and Demography (University of the South Pacific), a MA in Pacific Island Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (both from the University of Hawaii at Manoa). She is the head of research and product development with the National Provident Fund, the only superannuation fund and largest financial institution in Fiji. She is also a director of several corporate/charitable/provincial organisations and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors.
She played netball from primary/secondary school through to club competition and continues to play social netball through the masters and business house competitions.