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Bond forms Sports Management Industry Advisory Board

The Bond University Sports Management program has recently formed its Industry Advisory Board, which includes some of the top professionals in the Australian sporting industry.

Committee Chairman, Associate Professor Danny O’Brien was delighted with the outcome of the inaugural meeting, held at the end of last year.  “The vision in the formation of this Board is to ensure we deliver the best student learning outcomes,” he said.  “We are privileged to have members on the Board who are vastly experienced in the management of sport and represent the diversity of the sports sector.”

Two board members, Fiona De Jong, Director of Sport for the Australian Olympic Committee and Matt Burgess, Director of Burgess Sport and Entertainment Law are also alumni of Bond University.  “It’s great to see Bondies giving back!”  said Danny.

Members of the board include internal and external stakeholders from both public and private sectors, and professional disciplines which have an affinity with the Sport Management program’s educational interests and aspirations. 

“Some individuals on our Board already have an established relationship with the Sports Management program by way of hosting student internships, participating in lectures or providing ongoing advice and consultation.  By also becoming members of the Board, we will have ongoing expert industry and professional advice on the strategic direction of the program with all members contributing to the advancement of the industry as a whole.

We also appreciate that these in-demand professionals are dedicating their time to Bond, and their willingness to travel from around Australia to contribute to our program.” 


Representative Industry Organisation Matt Burgess Director, Burgess Sport and Entertainment Law (Bond alumnus) Fiona De Jong Director of Sport, Australian Olympic Committee (Bond alumna) Scott Gillies Chief Executive Officer, Surfing Queensland Michael Groom Oceania Operations Manager, International Rugby Board    Liz Hepple Athlete Career and Education Senior Advisor, Queensland Academy of Sport   Liz Muenchow Senior Development Officer Recreation Services for the Chief Executive Officer, Gold Coast City Council   Clare Ramsay Economic Development and Major Projects  Business Development Manager,  Gold Coast City Council Donna Spethman National Programs Manager, Australian University Sport Andrew Thomas Corporate Development Manager, Gold Coast Suns                 Matt Wilson Senior Vice President of International Event Operations, Association of Surfing Professionals; and Bond Adjunct Assistant Professor Bond University   Danny O’Brien Program Leader; Associate Professor of Sport Management Mike Raybould Associate Professor of Tourism Management Lisa Gowthorp Assistant Professor of Sport Management Glen Tunks Academic Lead, Professional Internships, Senior Teaching Fellow Andrew Lovis Faculty Business Director, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine Holly Naughton Sports Management Student Representative


For more information, please contact:
Nikki Kay
Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Bond University
P:  +61 75595 2177   E:   [email protected]

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