Congratulations to our newly appointed Chair of Basketball New South Wales, Jennifer Dean.

Jenny has presided on the Basketball NSW board for the past five years as a Director and comes into the Chair position as the first female to Chair the Board in Basketball New South Wales’ history.

In her time as a Director, Dean worked closely with previous Chair Bob Elphinston and aided in the appointment of Basketball NSW’s first female CEO, Maria Nordstrom and CFO, Caroline McLuckie.

Outside of her responsibilities as BNSW Chair, Dean is a Partner of global firm Aon where she is Head of smartMonday Solutions responsible for overseeing the operations and growth strategy of the superannuation solutions branded smartMonday by Aon, including investments and insurance, governance, actuarial, product design and regulatory compliance. She has also been a Director on several superannuation trustee boards.

Basketball New South Wales, CEO, Maria Nordstrom said she is pleased with the direction that Dean will lead the board towards over the next three-five years especially in the direction of female participation, inclusion and governance.

“Jenny is a very highly motivated individual, and we are lucky as a sport and as a state sporting organisation to have someone like her wanting to contribute their time and knowledge to continue the great work of our board and management team,” Nordstrom said.

“While our sport has achieved many great things over the past few years with previous Chair Bob Elphinston leading from the front and Jenny on the Board, there is still so much to do as we continue the journey to be the number one sport in NSW.”

“The work of our Board, staff and volunteers in the past few years has been nothing short of exceptional, both on and off the court, and it has been a joy to watch that unfold and I truly believe with the appointment of Jenny as our new Chair, we can continue and improve at all levels in the organisation as well as our broader sporting community,” Nordstrom said.

Dean has also led the Board in recent years in financial management as former chair and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and advised on governance and risk issues. She will now Chair the Board Governance Committee and continue to strengthen the governance in and around our sport, echoed Nordstrom’s comments.

 “The vision, commitment and overall focus of the Board is to build upon and continue our previous success at all levels of our organisation and it is truly a privilege to have this opportunity to make a higher contribution into our next chapter,” Dean said.

 “A key part of this journey is stability, unity and inclusion across all levels of our business ranging from our Board, Staff, volunteers, officials and athletes. I wish to inspire and further develop more female opportunities in all areas of the game along with supporting our current volunteers whilst developing the next generation. In particular, I am interested in helping the volunteer Directors around our state who govern our member associations and drive participation growth at the grass roots.”

On behalf of BNSW, we wish Jenny all the best of luck and thank her for her continued dedication to our sport.