Committee Update

Following the AGM and SGM in November, the Committee have been working on a restructure to better support the growth experienced by the Club. This has include a review of Committee roles and functions, as well as the structure of paid and volunteer roles to support the Club.

The Committee is working on a strategic plan that will be shared with members early this year. The plan is based on the feedback collected from members late 2022 through our member survey and will shape the direction of the Club and priorities for the coming year. In order to support this work, the Banyule Hawks Committee Members will be taking on the following roles and functions.

PresidentBrendan FlightThe role of the President is to provide the principle leadership and responsibility for the organisation and the Committee, and to ensures the club achieves its purpose and vision.
Vice PresidentElissa McKenzieSets the strategic direction and governance models, performs annual reviews and provides oversight on club operations.
SecretaryAndrew MeiliunasEnsures statutory compliance and implementation of the constitution and manages contracts.
TreasurerAlison FoaleEnsures the club maintains its financial position and manages all financial processes and legal obligations.
Director, Business DevelopmentDavid MakinManages business development and oversees the clubs marketing, merchandise and sponsorship.
Director, CompetitionLisa StricklandManages the Club’s participation in the EDJBA competition.
Director, Coaching & Player DevelopmentLeigh CassidyEnsures players and coaches have appropriate development pathways and manages the clubs suite of alternative programs to support development and participation in basketball.
Director, Community & BelongingCarrie RichterProvides strategic leadership to foster diversity and inclusion and build a sense of community and connection within the Club’s existing membership. This will include oversight of the Club’s member communication and special events.

The Club would like to thank Natalie Gowen who is stepping down from the Committee to take on a very important volunteer role as Manager, Female Participation. Throughout 2023, Natalie will be working with the Committee to implement initiatives aimed at boosting female participation in coaching and playing across our Club. Currently, female members account for 33% of our playing members and only 25% of our coaches. We aim to increase this ratio over the next few years and will share more information about these strategies throughout the year.

As we move into 2023, we are welcoming two new staff members:

  • Allison Bogle – Manager, Club Operations
  • Andrew Wright – Administration Officer

Allison will manage team planning, venues, resources and member communication to ensure efficient running of club programs and competitions.

Andrew will manage member data and Club records and information, as well as communication channels, purchasing and general administrative support.

We are also in the process of recruiting a new Manager, Coach Development & Special Programs.

Our other paid roles within the club are our Mini Hawks facilitators who continue to do a fantastic job nurturing our young talent and introducing kids to basketball.

See the full planned Club Structure below.

The Committee would like to extend a thank you to Samantha Windebank and Melinda Barton who are leaving their roles with Banyule Hawks. Both have provided a tremendous service and supported our members. The Committee would like to share their appreciation for Melinda who acted as a point of contact for members for four years.

To bring our plan to life, the Club is also seeking a range of volunteers who can help out. Volunteering can be as little as a few hours a year. If you would like to get involved, please contact to discuss options.