Board of Directors

Rob Marcolina (Chair)

Joining the Basketball Australia Board in October 2012, Rob was appointed Deputy Chair in August 2014. Rob has a MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern University, Chicago) with majors in strategy, finance and organisation as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University with majors in econometrics and accounting. Rob is currently running Group Strategy at Qantas, where he focuses on maximising shareholder value across the Qantas group businesses in Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Qantas, Rob was a Partner with Bain & Company, where he spent 13 years working with clients in the media, technology and telecom industries. Rob lived and worked in the USA for most of the last 16 years, returning home to Australia in January 2012. As an MBA student, Rob led a trip to China where he completed a consulting project for the NBA about how to grow the NBA brand in China. Rob is an avid fan of basketball having played most of his life both in Australia and the USA. Rob lives in Sydney with his husband and daughter.

Rob is Chair of Basketball Australia’s Associations Commission and also sits on the Performance & Remuneration Committee.

Ned Coten (Deputy Chair)

Ned CotenNed Coten boasts extensive experience across all levels of basketball – as a participant, administrator and Board Director (Basketball Victoria and BigV) in both professional and volunteer capacities across the past 35 years. An MBA holder, Ned has built a number of businesses from the ground up and continues to work with a range of clients from multinational to start-up in Australia, Asia, US and Europe. Ned’s expertise in brand and business strategy, marketing and client acquisition has seen him engage clients at all levels of business in a number of industries and environments. He has written a book on marketing and brand development and was responsible for implementing the current branding for Australian basketball. Elected to the Basketball Australia Board in March 2014, Ned’s key interests in basketball include improved communication with grassroots participants, driving a comprehensive National Registration Database to facilitate better industry knowledge and promotion and stronger commercialisation to bolster growth and revenue diversification in the sport.

Ned sits on Basketball Australia’s High Performance and Associations Commissions.

Brian Delaney

Delaney copyBrian has had an executive career in the financial services sector for over 30 years, working for global companies such as AMP Capital and was responsible for strategy, finance and business growth.

Brian has had extensive board experience across a variety of industries and associations including private and public groups.

He has previously chaired a Global Joint Venture Funds Management company in funds management across three continents. He is currently the Executive Director for Strategy and Global Business growth for QIC.

Brian is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and a fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

He has a long association with basketball, having played in the NBL in addition to coaching at senior levels in Queensland and NSW. He is also a former advisory board member for the Sydney Uni Flames. His wife, Gail Henderson, is a WNBL life member having played over 270 games in the WNBL.

He also has two daughters Alex and Bree and lives in Sydney.

Andrew Gaze

Andrew GazeAndrew Gaze is Australia’s best known basketball player, having played in five Olympic Games, four World Championships and 307 international games. He was afforded the ultimate honour of carrying the Australian flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He is the scoring record holder in Olympic competition, and second-highest scorer of all-time in World Championship play. Andrew started playing in the National Basketball League in 1984 at the age of eighteen, and led the Melbourne Tigers to two titles while playing under his father, the legendary Lindsay Gaze. He retired from the NBL in May 2005 after having played a league record 612 games, and was the all-time leading scorer in NBL history (18,908 points) at an incredible average of 30.9 points per game. He won the NBL Most Valuable Player trophy a record seven times, and the award has since been named in his honour. From 1986–1999 he was named to the All-NBL First Team an amazing 14 times and was voted as the NBL’s greatest ever player in 2003. Gaze also played college basketball in the US at Seton Hall University, leading his team to the 1989 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship Game. After a brief stint with the NBA’s Washington Bullets, Gaze won an NBA Championship ring with the San Antonio Spurs in 1998-1999 and he has also played in Europe. Andrew joined the Board of Basketball Australia in July 2008.

Andrew is Chair of Basketball Australia’s High Performance and Competitions Commissions.

David Reid

David Reid

David Reid has practiced law for more than 20 years, bringing a strong background in commercial and accounting law, the Corporations Act and regulatory matters. Previously partner at a large practice specialising in commercial and governmental legal work, David is now a national corporate partner of Sparke Helmore Lawyers. David boasts substantial directorial experience, having served on the Boards of Newcastle Basketball, Basketball New South Wales and various other companies across manufacturing, private investment and mining. David also has significant experience in playing and coaching basketball, having represented NSW, Newcastle, Manly-Warringah and Port Macquarie as a player, coach and manager. David was elected to the Basketball Australia Board in March 2014.

 

 

 

David is Chair of Basketball Australia’s Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and sits on the Competitions Commission.

Elizabeth Woods

 

Libby_Wood_BWElizabeth joined the Council of Basketball WA in 1992 and remained a Council member until 2006. She was elected to the Basketball WA Executive Committee in 1996 and served as Vice President between 1997 and 2002. Elizabeth served as President from 2002 until 2011, at which time under the new Constitution, she was appointed to the position of Chair of the new Board – a position she held until August 2014. She was awarded life membership to Basketball WA in 1999, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and Basketball WA Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002. Elizabeth has been a FIBA Technical Commissioner since 2005, having officiated at the Sydney Olympic Games and also at previous Commonwealth Games. Elizabeth holds memberships to a number of professional groups, has been on the Board of Wheelchair Sports since 2005 and is a member of the Fisheries Review Group IFAAC. She is a former member of the WA Sports Federation (2006-08) and Department of Sport and Recreation Officials Reference Panel (1996-2005). Elizabeth previously served on the BA Board between 2006 and 2008, and was re-appointed in August 2014.

 

Libby sits on Basketball Australia’s WNBL Commission.

Anna Cicognani

Dr Anna

Anna is currently the CEO of NZAX listed Company GeoOp (GEO). She has served as CEO and other C-level roles in public and private Companies, such as APN, PMP, Telstra and Fairfax while also being involved in digital media and technology projects of all sizes as an operator and an investor. She has accumulated valuable experience in using technology to operate efficiently and grow sales and customer engagement. Her passion for all things digital and innovation have driven successful outcomes in the businesses she has operated in. Anna was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney, is an Honorary Professor at the University of Wollongong in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and a Director on the Board of Basketball Australia.

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