New SAMMNA Board Structure - 2024 Update

Published Sat 04 May 2024

At SAMMNA's recent Special General Meeting (SGM), members cast their votes in favor of adopting the new constitution, which encompasses a revised structure for the SAMMNA Board. This forward-thinking initiative is poised to offer enhanced flexibility, empowering the board to effectively navigate an ever-changing landscape.

We are pleased to announce our seven elected directors who will form the SAMMNA Board for the next 2 years.

Beginning with the esteemed Steven McInnes, a revered figure in Men’s and Mixed Netball across South Australia for over a decade. Serving as SAMMNA's president for the past ten years, Steve's unwavering dedication to advancing our sport has been truly inspiring. Without his expertise, commitment, and boundless enthusiasm, SAMMNA wouldn't be where it is today. Steve remains an integral part of the SAMMNA Board, spearheading our strategy into this next promising chapter. As part of the board's restructured framework outlined in our new constitution, Steve will transition into the role of Director of Strategy and Integrity.

We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to Lisa Wilson as she officially joins the SAMMNA Board. With an impressive background as a former state league/premier league athlete and coach, coupled with extensive leadership experience in her professional endeavours, Lisa brings a wealth of netball expertise to our board. Stepping into the Chair position, we have full confidence that Lisa, alongside our dedicated board members, will excel in this role. Additionally, Lisa will also oversee our Financial strategy.

Caleb Barnden assumes the Director of Administration role on the SAMMNA Board. With a longstanding tenure as a board member, Caleb brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team. His unwavering commitment and passion for advancing our sport are invaluable assets that we are eager to leverage as we move forward.

Jake Taylor has been head of our elite programs for the past 2 years. Since stepping into this role, we have seen remarkable growth within our Southern Dragons program, as evidenced by the caliber of coaches who have joined our ranks and the notable success our state representative teams have achieved at the last two AMMNA Championships. Jake will now transition into the role of Director of High Performance, where he will maintain oversight of our Southern Dragons product and development/academy initiatives.

The introduction of the SAMMNA Super League stands out as one of the most exciting initiatives our association has undertaken to date. Alexa Austin, who has been instrumental in leading our competitions, will now transition into a restructured role as Director of Pre-Elite Competitions. We extend our sincere gratitude to Alexa for her unwavering commitment and passion thus far. With her expert guidance, we eagerly anticipate the continued growth and success of the Super League in the future.

Clayton Wells transitions into the restructured role as the SAMMNA Director of Brand and Marketing. With three years of dedicated leadership in shaping our brand, promotions, and events, Clayton is poised to further elevate our SAMMNA products. His focus will be on fostering ongoing engagement with our community through dynamic social media strategies, captivating events, and a compelling brand identity.

Lachlan Coppick embarks on an exciting new role within the SAMMNA Board, dedicated to enhancing participation and engagement. Recognising the potential for ongoing growth in male involvement, the board has prioritised this area. As Director of Participation and Engagement, Lachlan will spearhead initiatives aimed at increasing participation levels among boys and girls, spanning from grassroots to pre-elite and elite tiers of Netball.

The SAMMNA board are committed to building a strong future for Men’s and Mixed Netball in South Australia.