Board of Directors

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.

Since 2019
Liz Nicholl

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.

Since 2021
Shirley Hooper

Shirley Hooper was appointed as Vice President during Congress 2021. She was previously World Netball’s Further Director from 2017-2021. Shirley has vast experience in governance and administration – both in sport and corporate roles. She was on the New Zealand Board from 2009-2018, as the Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and was 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.

ann-todFinance Director
Since 2011
Ann Tod

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.

marva_bernardDirector (Americas)
Since 2019
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)

Director (Africa)
Since 2019
Cecilia Molokwane

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-hochbaumDirector (Asia)
Since 2015
Gaby Hochbaum

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.

Netball World Cup 2015, Sydney, Australia, 2015 - INF BOARDDirector (Europe)
Since 2019
Lyn Carpenter

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_bogidrauDirector (Oceania)
Since 2019
Wainikiti Bogidrau

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.

Independent Director
Since 2022
Rob Mills

Rob Mill was appointed as Independent Director at a Special Meeting of Congress in 2022. Mills is a founder of Tenka, a global sport and entertainment consultancy, and brings global expertise and organisational strategy experience with him to the World Netball Board, as well as over 20 years’ experience in the commercial sector. Through his earlier leadership roles at Gemba Group and Turnstile he led the project team responsible for the development of a commercial strategy for Netball Australia, and more recently, since relocating to London has worked with FIFA and World Rugby.

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