Board of Directors
Scott Derwin (Chair)
Before his successful career in Sports Administration, Scott Derwin enjoyed great success in the area of Law, where he was a founder, senior partner and owner of a respected law firm based in Newcastle. Starting the company in 1978, Derwin helped build it to a medium sized practice, employing 20 staff members before he sold the practice in 1992 to move his career into the area of Sports Administration. He successfully served as the CEO of Basketball Australia from 1999-2009 which saw him drive the unification of the sport under the Basketball Australia banner. He was also the leader in the implementation of the Aussie Hoops program and he was also instrumental in progressing Basketball Australia's relationship with both FIBA, the international governing body of the sport, along with the Chinese and USA basketball federations among others. Prior to this, Derwin was the CEO of the Australian Paralympic Committee, a role he performed following the successes he achieved as the CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia. Derwin’s passion for the sport of basketball is further evidence by his serving as the Chairman of Basketball Queensland for the last two years before taking up his current position on the Basketball Australia Board. Scott Derwin is Chair of Basketball Australia’s Competition Commission and is Chair of the WNBL Task Force.
Justin Milne joined the Board of BA as a non-executive Director in July 2010. Milne’s career combines unique experience in the international telecommunications and media arenas which will be important to basketball as the sport aims to increase its profile in the media landscape, among others, in Australia. Milne was a Group Managing Director at Telstra from 2000-2010 and has been the Chief Executive Officer of a number of telecommunications related companies including OzEmail, InfoBox, Globe Media and Film and Television Associates Ltd. He is a Director of TabCorp Holdings Limited, pieNETWORKS Limited and Quickflix Limited. He is Chair of Basketball Australia’s NBL Commission and is also Chair of Basketball Australia’s People, Performance and Remuneration Committee and is Chair of the Nominations Committee.
Highly respected businessperson Gillian McFee joined the Board of Basketball Australia in March 2010. She was Director of UnitingCare Ageing, which is the single largest provider of aged and community care services in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, from June 2005 to 2011. McFee led governance changes in UnitingCare Ageing, which saw the organisation move from around 52 separate boards in 2005 to become one unified organisation which in 2009 had a turnover in excess of $370m and included 6,000 employees. As a result of these changes in corporate structure, many internal stakeholders have now become unified around the UnitingCare Ageing INSPIRE Strategy 2006-2011, which has led to significant growth in the organisation’s services. Prior to her role with UnitingCare, McFee held senior executive positions in the NSW Government. She has university qualifications in Social Work, Urban Planning and a Masters of Business Administration. McFee currently runs a successful consultancy company, Gillian McFee and Assoc. McFee has also been involved in basketball at the grassroots level through her two children who played at a state level. She is Chair of Basketball Australia’s Associations Commission and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Nominations Commission.
Andrew 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. He 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 on 12 May 2005 after having played a league record 612 games. He 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. He joined the Board of Basketball Australia in July 2008 and is a member of Basketball Australia’s Competitions Commission as well as the High Performance Commission.
Martin Cleaver joins the Basketball Australia board with a great deal of experience in the finance and banking sectors as well as in the area of recruitment. Martin is the General Manager Group Finance with the Chandler Macleod Group having joined the organisation following a 13-year career with the ANZ Banking Group in various Group and Divisional finance roles, predominantly in the Institutional Banking division. This led to his appointment in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer and 2IC of ANZ’s Americas operations based in New York with a broader focus on business strategy, operations, compliance and project delivery. Prior to joining ANZ, Martin had a successful career with KPMG in Melbourne. Martin Cleaver is Chair of Basketball Australia’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the NBL Commission.
Rob has a MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern University, Chicago) with majors in strategy, finance and organisation. He also has 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 international. 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.