Volleyball WA Board

President

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Ian Phipps (B.Bus, GradDipCSP, CPA, ACIS, AGIA, AIMM)

Ian brings a wealth of broad experience to the Board gained from 23 years in senior management roles in listed / non-listed public and privately held corporations operating in local, national and international arenas and from multiple industry sectors.

Ian currently holds multiple Directorships held with companies focused on land syndication and is currently the Managing Partner of the Retraite Partnership. Ian has a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice, and is an associate member of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Management.

An avid volleyball player since his early 20’s and strong contributor at club level for many years, Ian still competes in the West Australia’s Volleyball League and World Masters events and is passionately focused towards using his business acumen to assist the extremely dedicated volleyball WA staff team to continue to strategically advance the great sport of Volleyball in WA

ELECTED DIRECTORS

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Mitchell Collins

Mitchell joined the board in April 2019 and has been involved with the sport for more than a decade. Working as the Development Manager for Gymnastics WA, Mitchell brings a depth of sport administration and strategic deliver experience to the board. In addition to his time at Gymnastics WA, Mitchell previously worked for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries as a Sports Consultant where he worked with over 14 sports mainly consisting of ballistic sports.

As the Balcatta Volleyball Club President from 2010 to 2017, Mitchell spent his time promoting the club, improving the governance and financial state of the club.

With an interest in coaching Mitchell has spent the last eight years coaching Greenwood College and has travelled to the Australian Schools Cup in December each year. As a Level 3 Volleyball Coach and with success in coaching state teams at the Australian Volleyball Junior Championships, Mitchell was appointed as the inaugural senior Men’s state coach for the Volleyball WA Steel in 2018.

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Ben McRobb

Ben joined the Board of VWA in January 2018 but has been involved in the broader volleyball family for over 10 years. Ben fell in love with volleyball when he started playing indoor beach volleyball in high school and never looked back. Since then, Ben has dabbled in all forms of the sport and appreciates the subtle differences between each code. Ben has a Bachelor of Engineering degree and recently completed his Masters of Business Administration. Ben looks forward to contributing to the further development of all elements of the sport across Western Australia.

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Beth Morris

Beth first joined the board in February 2017. After a pause while living abroad in 2018 she re-joined in February 2019. She has been involved with Volleyball WA since 2005 when she began playing as a junior, representing WA in both indoor and beach from under 17’s to under 23’s. Beth was a member of the senior indoor women’s team, the WA Pearls, in 2017.

At club level Beth has played for Perth Coastal Volleyball Club (PCVC) and Balcatta Volleyball club and served on the committee of PCVC from 2008 to 2016, including as club president for two years. Beth has coached teams in WAVL, WAVL Junior League and in the Independent Girls School Sporting Association interschool competition. She is also a regular participant on the ATABT beach tour and was a VWA Beach Committee member from 2014-2017

Outside of volleyball Beth works as an engineer specialising in commercial building efficiency and renewable energy

Appointed DIRECTORS

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Joanne Fitzpatrick

Joanne Fitzpatrick joined the VWA Board in January 2020. She brings a fresh perspective having not played Volleyball and twenty years in marketing, public relations and sponsorship. She has worked for many iconic WA brands including Crown Resorts, Perth Racing and The Sunday Times. She joined the board to provide some strategic marketing and sponsorship insights and help the sport grow in profile and commercial viability in WA

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Matt Hodges

Matt Hodges joined the VWA Board in October 2018. His journey in volleyball began in 1999 through the then specialist volleyball program at Balcatta SHS. Matt progressed through the state junior programs through under 16’s to under 21’s in both indoor and beach volleyball before returning to state junior volleyball in a coaching capacity. Following junior representative volleyball, Matt played several seasons for the WA senior indoor men’s team (Hornets) and travelled around Australia playing in national beach volleyball events.

Off the court, Matt joins the board in an administrative capacity following previous stints as President of Perth Coastal Volleyball Club. Outside of volleyball, Matt is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 10 years working in tax accounting in a public practice setting.

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Rachael Funch

Rachael joined the board in 2021.  She has been in the Sport and Recreation industry in a professional capacity for 25 years and has a Bachelor degree in Social Science - Leisure Science and Master of Business Administration. During this time Rachael has managed and coordinated community facilities, projects and events for local government and the YMCA  of Perth. Rachael also brings regional sporting experience having lived in the great southern/central wheatbelt where she sourced federal funding to deliver gymnastics to regional schools and trained teachers in level 1 coaching. Rachael has spent the past five years working in strategic community planning in local government, coordinating and implementing disability access and inclusion and reconciliation plans. It is this recent work that Rachael particularly looks forward to collaborating with Volleyball WA to fulfil its vision and mission.

When Rachael is not working she enjoys cycling and singing with the Madjitil Moorna Noongar Choir.

VOLLEYBALL WA CEO

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Robyn Kuhl

Robyn commenced employment with Volleyball WA in January 2013.  Having worked previously with Gymnastics WA as their Executive Director, at Hockey in the United Kingdom (World Class Hockey for the British & English Hockey National teams) as the Managing Director, and the Department of Sport and Recreation as Organisational Development Team Leader, Robyn brings to Volleyball WA extensive  knowledge and experience in the field of sports management and administration.