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The Executive

ASC Chief Executive Officer — Kate Palmer

Kate Palmer started as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in January 2017. Prior to this, she spent ten years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia. During this time, netball has grown to be among the largest participation sports in Australia, the Diamonds have remained on top of their sport worldwide, Netball Australia’s revenue has more than tripled in seven years and the national netball competition has been re-imagined twice and now has a major free-to-air media partner.

As well as being CEO of Netball Australia, Kate has been Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, CEO of Netball Victoria, a coach, a regional coordinator, a volunteer and a participant. Kate has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management.

In her leadership positions in Australian sport, Kate has created high performing organisations which have excelled in high performance and growing community participation, with good governance and people management. She has a successful track record of leading transformative organisational change.

AIS Director - Matthew Favier

Since becoming Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Director in March 2012, Matthew Favier has been instrumental in the development and implementation Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022, our game plan for moving from world class to world best.

The AIS is Australia’s high-performance sport agency with responsibility and accountability for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success.  Matt has a key role in aligning the high-performance responsibilities of the AIS with national sport organisations (NSOs) and state-based institutes of sport to deliver on the targets outlined in Australia’s Winning Edge.  

Matt oversees the five branches of the AIS including: Performance Investment; Performance Excellence; Athletes, Coaching and Leadership; Performance Science and Innovation; and Performance Preparation.

Matt has a degree in physical education, an MBA from the University of Technology Sydney, and has over 20 years of experience in high-performance sport.  His previous roles include working with the Queensland Academy of Sport, NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, Athletics Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee. He also has international experience with UK Athletics and most recently UK Sport, where he oversaw the programs of Olympic medal-winning athletes and their coaches with integrated support service delivery.

Matt is a former Australian international 800m runner and scholarship holder at the AIS (1983–86). He has also coached athletics successfully in Australia and the UK, most notably the 2006 World Junior 100m Champion, Britain's Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

Acting General Manager, Participation and Sustainable Sport - Geoff Howes

Geoff Howes has been at the ASC for more than 13 years, following a career change from the Information Technology sector.

He has filled a diverse range of roles in that time, ranging from managing International Relations which involved consultancies in the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific as well as working with the United Nations, to major sport reviews including the Smith Review of Swimming and the Buchanan Review of Athletics. Mr Howes has been received recognition through the Australia Day Awards for his contribution to the development of the ASC’s strategic direction.

Mr Howes worked in the IT sector as a consultant, project manager and business development manager. As a senior manager in Australia’s largest privately owned IT company, Mr Howes was involved in projects for the Australian Government, various state and territory governments and the New Zealand Parliament. Mr Howes was responsible for some of the largest fixed-price system developments undertaken by the company at the time.

Mr Howes has studied law and several science disciplines, and has qualifications in sports management and project management.

Acting General Manager, Corporate Operations Division - Carolyn Brassil

Carolyn Brassil was appointed the Acting General Manager, Corporate Operations Division, in June 2016 following an extensive period as Deputy General Manager of the ASC’s People, Capability and Communication section.

Ms Brassil’s extensive executive background has included the management of human resources, communication, governance, compliance, performance and risk and Board committees for Finance,Risk and Audit and Governance and Executive Performance.

Over recent years, Ms Brassil has led significant structural change to align operations with a revised strategic direction. This has involved the creation of new structures, the definition of new roles and transition of many staff and stabilisation of the new environment.

With a career spanning more than 15 years in the public sector, with agencies such as the Australian Sports Drug Agency, Centrelink, Department of Climate Change and now the ASC, Ms Brassil contributes an acute understanding of strategic business planning, Government relations, auditing and human services requirements to the ASC.

Ms Brassil is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Human Resources Institute and has a Bachelor of Business Administration. She is a member of the ASC’s Future Female Leaders Program which is part of the Elite Male Champions of Change campaign.

Carolyn’s enthusiasm for sport has been a key driver to pursue her executive career in the sports industry.

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11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.