Chief Executive Officer
Maria is at the helm of Basketball NSW as our Chief Executive Officer. She has over 25 years’ experience as a Business leader, sales professional, and board member.
For the past 18 years, she has worked as a senior executive with a proven track record in successfully and consistently building high performing organisations and cultures. She achieved this through the use of both standard and innovative leadership methodologies, developing and leading high performing individuals and teams.
Her leadership style fosters a culture of trust and empowerment, resulting in improved staff retention and engagement. While Maria uses proven techniques for leadership and coaching, her work is anchored in the reality of day-to-day business demands and challenges.
Maria has extensive expertise in organisational and sales strategy development and execution consistently, delivering solid financial management, effective sales planning and execution, people and performance management and tactical marketing.
Maria’s signature leadership style drives transformation and change, whilst creating a culture of innovation and creativity.
Maria spends her free time on horse back or hiking through the hills, practising yoga and spending time with her family.
Chief Financial Officer / HR Manager
Caroline refers to herself as a stereotypical Scot, she is tight when it comes to cash and will keep a close eye on the $$$ being spent, from staples to apparel. Fair to say that Caroline is not your normal accountant, she always looks for ways to explain numbers to non-numbers people. Usually, in the forms of graphs and gifs and using basic language – not everyone knows what a provision is!
With a solid background in community sport, Caroline can sympathise with the challenges and frustrations faced by small committees and boards who would rather just develop their sport rather than spend hours understanding and working on admin. Just ask and Caroline can create tools to make sports administration easier.
Outside of work, Caroline can be usually seen on a sporting field and she loves to play and also officiate lacrosse.
General Manager Growth & Marketing
With more than 20 years experience in basketball as a administrator, Geoff has been involved at levels of the game from starting as a referee at the Shoalhaven Basketball Stadium right through to work at both the State and National levels of the sport.
Geoff returned back to Basketball NSW in 2014 and now leads our Community Growth and Marketing Team, he strives to establish and maintain honest and meaningful interpersonal relationships with our associations. He believes in empowering his team to achieve and focuses on a philosophy of no one is bigger than the game and that basketball is everyone’s game!
Better known as the Trip Advisor, Geoff’s other loves include photography and drinking coffee!
General Manager Coaching and Development
Senior Manager of Competitions & Leagues
Chanelle also works in our competitions department, during the season you’ll find her working with all of our country associations or going cross eyes, from the numerous court grids and draws that need to be completed for the five country junior leagues.
It’s fair to say that Chanelle has a competitive streak, but keeps it on the the down low so naturally competition (off court) arises between the competition department with Country v Metro.
In the off season Chanelle loves venturing out and exploring the world of ours, trying new things and always planning the next getaway. Always on the hunt for a last minute deal when it comes to getaways.
Officials and Competitions Administrator
High Performance Coach
Curtis has been coaching for 11 years as a Representative Coach & Development Officer, he has also coached NSW State Teams.
His family consists of his wife and five children- a modern day brady bunch.
Curtis is one of our newest members of staff and is excited to be apart of Basketball NSW and to be working as a full-time coach.
Coach Development Manager
Jarrod is passionate about Australia, basketball and people. Hope to see the game one-day grow into a sustainable and well-oiled machine in Australia.
High Performance Coach
Coaching & Development Administrator
Antonio joins basketball NSW in the role of Coaching & Development Administrator after completing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Sports Management abroad in the United States.
A lover of all things Sydney Roosters, Manchester United, Western Sydney Wanderers and or anyone else who rivals a team Jaylee supports.
When not at work Antonio is always found somewhere near a football (soccer) field as either a coach, a player, or just a spectator enjoying the game. Antonio is also a strong believer that it should be called football across Australia.
Member Protection Officer & Disciplinary Tribunal Manager
David has been involved with the sport of basketball at various times over the past 35 years. David joined the Basketball NSW ‘family’ after an lengthy and highly decorated career with the NSW Police.
Elite Referee Program
Debbie is a self-confessed basketball junkie, she absolutely loves the game! With over 20 years experience in developing officials, her knowledge of the game is exceptional and is skilled right across all the technical elements of our game.
An effective and creative communicator, Debbie plays an integral and collaborative role in developing the game, her ethos of continuous learning is a perfect fit here at Basketball NSW.
Debbie is also the owner of the office mascot Charlie.
Luisa joined the Basketball NSW family in 2021 and heads up the grants, philanthropy and sponsorship area.
She has over a decade of experience in the Philanthropic sector and a passion for helping great ideas come to life. Luisa believes in building partnerships based on trust, common goals and a little bit of magic.
When she’s not flicking through the thesaurus looking for the perfect word for the perfect proposal you’ll find her supporting her three girls in a variety of creative and sporting activities.
Luisa loves all things food and has a flare for sorting a messy cupboard.
Technical Officials Development Officer
Adam has been a basketball referee for over 10 years, he has played the game for over 20 years and is now working on developing the game as on our of Technical Officials Development Officers.
Fait to say his life revolves around basketball!
On the court, everyone listens to him, at home…. Adam tells us NOBODY listens to him!
Away from basketball, he is the king of Golf Clash! (Just don’t ask the kids)
Digital and Database Coordinator
Program Manager Women and Girls
Rachel is currently on maternity leave.
Meet Rachel, our Program Manager Women and Girls here at Basketball NSW.
Rachel is a great ambassador for the game of basketball, she has played at an elite level in Australia’s national competition for women, called the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) where she played for numerous clubs from the AIS, Adelaide, Bendigo and Sydney Uni.
Rachel leads a number of our participation programs from I Am A Girl, I Can Do Anything! Wheelchair Basketball, Walking basketball, Basketball for Players with an Intellectual Disability, Rachel strongly believes and lives that basketball is a game for everyone.
Away from the office Rachel also volunteers her time as a freelance commentator and calls the home games for the Sydney Uni Flames in the WNBL.
Community Growth Programs Administrator
While not having played basketball since school PE, Amy knows how to throw and catch a ball from her involvement in netball. Don’t hesitate to remind her that she can dribble and move with the ball in Basketball if she forgets. Having started playing sport at a young age she will give anything a go and is just a ‘bit’ competitive…
Amy’s passions, however, lie in having fun and increasing participation. She wants as many people to be active and get involved in the sport as possible. With her involvement as a player, coach and umpire in numerous other sports you never know what hybrid activity she will throw at you on the court.
I Am A Girl Program Coordinator
Karen (better known as Kaz) joined Basketball NSW in 2021 and is our coordinator for all of our I AM A GIRL activations, Kaz has been involved in basketball for many years and is passionate about kids having fun, kids making friendships through basketball and empowering your girls to chase their dreams.
Kaz’s laugh is certainly infectious!
When she is not smiling, which is pretty rare, she is on the lookout for ways to improve women and girls experiences in basketball.
Indigenous, Cultural & Linguistically Diverse Programs Manager
Jacqui is another lover of basketball; she has been playing basketball for 16 years and turning to officiating 6 years ago; Jacqui is definitely an advocate for everything Basketball.
Combining this with her experience working within the WNBL, NRL and local AFL back in North Queensland.
Jacqui will be a very asset to the team here at Basketball NSW as she assists the growth of basketball across the State.
When not out at a stadium on the floor or working with officials, you’ll most likely find Jacqui with a coffee or napping wherever I stop.
Communications and Digital Media Officer
Jaylee undertakes the role of Communications and Digital Media Officer, hailing from the University of Canberra Capitals WNBL media team.
A graduate a Bachelor of Sports Media from the University of Canberra, Jaylee is another staff member that lives and breathes sport and is a firm believer in equally for all female athletes.
She is the self-confessed ‘social media whizz’ and always has her phone no more than 30 centimetres away from her at all times in order to continuously update our members by tweeting or Instagramming all the latest news, events, pictures and everything else basketball.
You’ll find Jaylee in the winter months trying to stay warm as she cheers on her beloved NRL team, the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at all their home and away games before the Sydney Kings & Sydney Sixers kick off their season in summer.
Accounts Receivable & Payable
Ruth is our master of accounts receivable and payable; a super organised individual who is dedicated to her role. A team player within the office and loves nothing better to ensuring that timelines are met and that all of our associations are treated with the utmost respect.
You’ll also find that Ruth is a fan of coloured folders, and loves her filing, her indexing methods range from simply writing names on folder tabs to computer-generated strip labels complete with names, numbers, color codes and much more.
I am a mother of two young children (3 if you include the husband) who has recently completed my CPA (certified practising accountant) studies.
I enjoy the challenge of complex reconciliations & continuous learning of different aspects of accounting.
In my downtime, I love keeping fit by heading to the gym where I love to smash out a HIIT class or outdoors with the family exploring wildlife on a bushwalk.
In the NRL season, you can find me either at Jubilee oval or WIN stadium cheering on my beloved St George Illawarra Dragons.
Regional Development Officer - Far North
Lauren is our Regional Development Officer covering the Far North Region. Based in Lennox Head Lauren’s area runs primarily between Grafton and the NSW / QLD border.
Lauren grew up playing basketball in the Far North where the basketball community nurtured her love and enjoyment for the game. Lauren loved watching the Sydney Flames in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) on television as a kid, dreaming of one day playing for the Flames-her dream came true some years later, along with playing over 250 games in the WNBL.
When Lauren isn’t coaching or playing in her local basketball comp she loves to get out in the sun and enjoy the great beaches and food in the area with her family.
Regional Development Officer - Northern
Cristi is our Regional Development Officer for Northern NSW. She is a local Coffs Harbour resident with a love for basketball in her blood.
Cristi has continued to play, coach and raise her family to play the sport.
As somebody who grew up living and breathing basketball, Cristi is really passionate about promoting the sport to young people. Her own children all play (from domestic comp, to state level) and she can often be seen driving them up and down the highway taking them to their next tournament.
She believes that basketball has so many benefits and opens so many doorways for kids…. not just for their physical fitness.
Cristi is excited to be able to work with Basketball NSW to grow the sport from grass-roots level, and encourage more kids from all walks of life, into the sport that she loves.
Regional Development Officer - Southern
Ben spent nearly ten years in the underground mining industry while coaching various teams around the Illawarra. Now he has accepted the role of Regional Development Officers Southern Region.
He is looking forward to helping the southern region of NSW develop in all aspects of the sport and making basketball assessable for all in southern NSW.
Ben is a proud Dad of two girls who keep him nice busy when he is not on the floor coaching.
Regional Development Officer - Riverina
Hi I’m Charlie, the office mascot…
I don’t know much about basketball but I am the self-declared king on tipping winners, Paul the Octopus, may he rest in peace, he is my tipping spirit guide.
I have a wide range of interests, including eating cheese, chasing a ball, eating cheese, napping, running in wet grass and did I mention I like to eat cheese.
My idols include Grumpy Cat, Goofy and Simba, and Matt Dellavedova.