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Rowing Australia Board

The day-to-day management of Rowing Australia is vested in a Board of up to seven Directors plus the Chief Executive Officer.

The current Company Directors are:

President and Chairman  
Rob Scott

Rob Scott is Managing Director, Financial Services at Wesfarmers and Chairman of the Management Board for Coles Liquor. He is also on the Leadership Team of Wesfarmers Limited. He has held a number of leadership roles with Wesfarmers including Finance Director of the Coles Group and Managing Director of Wesfarmers Insurance. He previously worked with Deutsche Bank in Asia and Australia in various investment banking roles. He is a member of the Mastercard Asia-Pacific Advisory Board and a past President of the Insurance Council of Australia.

Rob is a dual Olympian in rowing, having stroked the Eight at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and a silver medallist from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the Pair. He started his rowing career in Perth Western Australia and was a scholarship holder at the AIS for a number of years. He was the WA Sports Star of the Year in 1997.

Rob Scott holds a Master of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Rob currently lives in Sydney with his wife Liz (an Olympic Gold Medallist in Waterpolo) and two children.

Director, Deputy Chair  
Flavia Gobbo

Flavia Gobbo is a Director of WorkCover QLD. WorkCover is a government owned statutory body and is the main provider of workers' compensation insurance in Queensland.

Until recently Flavia was the Chairman of Q-COMP as well as part of the Senior Leadership team at Telstra Legal Services and held a number of senior roles during her thirteen plus years at Telstra. During her time at Telstra, Flavia's role included her lending her expertise in competition law and stakeholder management and in this role, Flavia managed a large team of over 30 lawyers as well as a significant external budget. Flavia also acted in the role of Assistant Company Secretary of Telstra with a focus on the Audit committee, management of the Shareholder Registry and Subsidiary requirements as well as being the Company Secretary of the Telstra Foundation.

Flavia has also worked in Finance & Strategy, Legal Services, at Telstra where she was involved in the areas of Corporate Governance and policy, Compliance and the Company Secretariat. She also worked in Treasury, advising on Telstra's Debt Issue Program and other capital management issues. These positions have given Flavia a valuable practical insight into a Director's regulatory and commercial responsibilities.

Previously Flavia was with Telstra Product Management and was responsible for providing commercially focused legal advice covering the product lifecycle from sourcing and vendor negotiations to product design, constructing customers terms and conditions, ongoing product legal compliance issues and product divestments and exits. In this role she was responsible for: providing commercially-focused constructive legal advice with extensive involvement in strategic and operational planning.

She is a Member of the Queensland Law Society and a Member and Mentor of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association. Flavia has been admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

On the water, Flavia was a successful rower at both State and National level and now competes at Masters level as a member of the University of Queensland Boat Club. She joined the Board of Rowing Australia in December 2012 and was appointed the Chairman of the Board on 15 September 2014.

Merrick Howes

Merrick Howes has recently been appointed (May 2014) as a director on the Rowing Australia Board. Mr Howes is also the Chairman of RA’s Audit and Risk Committee and has previously served on RA’s High Performance Oversight Committee.

Merrick is a highly experienced senior executive with significant financial experience who is currently Managing Director of ACPA Pty Ltd, a part of the global debt financing firm Anchorage Capital, and has previously founded and run Shearwater Capital, and held senior financial executive positions at Goldman Sachs JB Were, Merrill Lynch and Macquarie Bank.

In addition to his significant business expertise Merrick also enjoyed a successful rowing career including winning a Commonwealth Games silver medal, representing Australia at four World Championships and winning numerous Australian championship titles.

John Boultbee

John is currently the High Performance Director for Football Federation Australia. Formerly Solicitor and Barrister at the Sydney Bar, John was the Secretary General of FISA from 1989 – 1995 when he returned to Australia to take up the position of Director of the Australian Institute of Sport until 2001.

John has had a long association with rowing in Australia as a Cox, Coach, National Team Manager, State Councillor and Rowing Australia Director.

John is highly regarded around the world in rowing circles and currently holds the prestigious positions of FISA Executive Member and a Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta.

Andrew Rowley

Andrew Rowley has had a long involvement with rowing, having spent the last 24 years in the sport as a participant and administrator. Andrew’s service to the rowing community has included various roles on the Board of Rowing NSW over 11 years, including as a Board member, Deputy President and President. Following the conclusion of his time on the Rowing NSW Board, Andrew representing NSW as a Councilor to Rowing Australia, a role he held until his election to the RA Board.

In his professional career, Andrew has held a number of roles, including as CEO of the Steve Waugh Foundation and his current role as the Managing Director of Ability First Australia. A common theme throughout Andrew’s professional life has been his experience and relationships within the not for profit sector of which he has a very good understanding.

Carmen Wearne

Carmen beings a unique combination of rowing and corporate experience to the Board and her impressive credentials will further strengthen the skills mix of the RA Board in line with the ASC's mandatory governance principles.

Carmen (formerly Carmen Klomp) represented Australia at the 1996 Olympic Games and four World Championships between 1990 and 2000, winning 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals at International level during that time, including a World Championship Bronze medal.

Following her rowing career Carmen has forged an impressive career as a highly qualified marketing and business professional, predominantly in corporate finance. Carmen currently leads the corporate business development for Ashurst having previously held senior roles within Ernst & Young.

Carmen will also bring valuable event management experience to the Board having previously been the Venue Operations Manager for road events at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Sally Capp

Sally Capp possesses a wealth of experiences in both the corporate and sporting fields. Sally is currently Head of Markets in Victoria at KMPG Professional Services, and has previously held a number of influential corporate roles including as Agent-General for the Victorian Government in Europe and Israel, Managing Director of the Committee for Melbourne, Melbourne Regional Executive for ANZ, and managing director of Australian Heritage Group, an investment fund listed on the ASX.

In addition to these corporate roles Sally has practiced as a lawyer and held a number of high profile directorships, including at the Collingwood Football Club where she was the club’s first female director. She has also been a trustee for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and held directorships on the boards of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Commerce and the National Australia Day Council.

Andrew Guerin

Andrew is a life member of Mercantile Rowing Club with a long history of Club administration and coaching. He is a past Australian junior team member and a successful lightweight oarsman. He was an Australian team manager which included the 1992 & 1996 Olympic Games and numerous World Championships. He is a current international rowing umpire having officiated at 2000 Olympic Games and two World Championships. His current passion is for rowing history which he records on his website He has also served as President of Rowing Victoria and Victorian Councillor to RA, and is currently a trustee of the Bromley Trust and a life member of Rowing Australia.

In his non-rowing life, he is lawyer and also governance professional being a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Director, Athletes Representative
Cameron McKenzie McHarg

Cameron is highly respected amongst the athlete body, having recently been elected as Team Captain of the Australian Olympic Rowing Team. As an athlete Cameron was a member of the Australian Rowing Team between 2001 and 2012, including representing Australia at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Cameron achieved great success as an athlete, his career highlighted by a Olympic Silver medal in the Men’s Four in Beijing, and also including Silver and Bronze medals at World Championship level and 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze World Cup medals.

Off the water, Cameron has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Applied Finance from The University of Melbourne and extensive experience in the finance industry.

Cameron has a history of involvement with the RA Athletes’ Commission, including in the strategic planning and development of the athlete body.

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