Rules Advisory Panel

The Panel is responsible for advising the CEO and the Board and working with them to support the development and implementation of agreed priorities in the Strategic Plan, particularly in relation to supporting the development of the Rules of Netball.

Terms of Reference

In relation to International Netball the panel shall:

  • Consider requests for interpretation of the Rules from a Member Association or Regional Federation submitted through the Secretariat.
  • Review proposals to change the Rules.
  • Propose changes to the Rules.
  • Prepare presentation/evidence relating to above proposals.
  • Work in conjunction with the Secretariat in the production and distribution of the official Rules text.
  • Work in conjunction with other Committees and Panels in the broader context of INF’s strategic development objectives.

For full terms of reference for the Board Committees, Working Groups and Panels click here.

The members of the panel

Cheryl Danson (Reappointed from April 1st, 2018)

Cheryl is currently the Chair of the World Netball Rules Advisory panel and an ITP. She was an international umpire for 11 years and officiated at World championships, World Games and International test series. She is a qualified tutor and assessor and undertakes these roles at National, European and International levels.

Her leadership and administration roles include previous EN Board director and Chair, current Director of Officiating for Europe Netball and six times delegate at INF congress.

In 2015 she was awarded the World Netball service award and in 2009 she received an OBE in the Queens New year’s honours for services to Netball. Her other awards include Europe Netball Life member and Long Service award, England Netball Honorary Life member, inductee in EN Hall of fame and EN long service award.

Yvette Smith (Reappointed from April 1st, 2018)

Yvette Smith is a current member of the International Testing Panel (ITP) and is a former international umpire with over ten years of experience. She has been a member of the Rules Advisory Panel since its inception. Yvette is also a sports administrator who served as the 1st Vice President of the Jamaica Netball Association for a number of years.

Yvette is a recipient of the INF Service Award as well as a recipient of the Caribbean Netball Association and Jamaica Netball Association Service Awards. Radio Jamaica Sports Foundation also honoured Yvette by awarding her with a Certificate of Merit for her contribution to the sport of netball.

Yvette also was a former Jamaica international and has captained the side at under 21s level.

Jono Bredin

Jono is a current International Umpire and has officiated over 70 test matches including three Commonwealth Games and two Netball World Cups since obtaining his IUA in 2009. He is New Zealand's most capped umpire, having officiated 107 ANZ Championship matches including four Grand Finals.

Jono is also an International Testing Panel Cadet with significant experience in Umpire Development. He has held roles as a Netball New Zealand theory tutor since 2003 and was the theory examiner, writer and marker from 2012 until 2015. Jono is currently the Convenor of the Netball New Zealand Rules Panel and officiated the first test series played worldwide following both the 2016 and 2018 rule changes.

Jono has received a number of officiating accolades and was a Netball New Zealand Service Award recipient in 2016. He is also a high performance Rugby Union referee.

Michelle Phippard

Michelle is one of Australia's most experienced high performance netball umpires. She received the All Australia Umpires Award in 1998 and the International Umpires Award in 2001. Her umpiring appointments include Commonwealth Games in 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2018; World Netball Championships in 2003, 2007 and 2015; World Youth Netball Championships in 2009, and numerous test series in locations around the world. To date, she has umpired a total of 95 international test matches, and approximately 150 matches in Australia's elite domestic competitions, including Grand Finals in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2016 and 2017.

Michelle has been actively involved in umpire education and testing, both in Australia and internationally. She is an International Testing Panel cadet and served on the International Netball Federation's Match Advisory Panel from 2009-2013. She was also made an Honourary Life Member of Swiss Netball in 2011, in recognition of her contribution to the sport's development in that country. Michelle is an accredited Netball Australia Advanced Coach and, since 2014, has been the Head Coach of Netball Australia’s Emerging Talent Umpire Program, where she is responsible for providing high-level technical feedback to identified umpires, and involved in planning and guiding their holistic development towards the elite level.

Off the court, Michelle is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in international administrative law, and has worked for the United Nations in New York and the World Health Organization in Geneva. She is currently postgraduate studies in Sport Integrity at Victoria University. Michelle is married with three children and lives in Sydney, Australia.

Waimarama Taumaunu

The former Silver Ferns captain and coach has carved out a strong netball pedigree across all facets of the game over the last 30 years and now turns her hand to supporting game development internationally on the Rules Advisory Panel.

Wai has twice been honoured for her services to netball, receiving a MBE in 1992 and an ONZM last year. She was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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