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Board of Directors


Ben Houston    PRESIDENT 
Ben Houston  

Ben is a qualified Lawyer, holding a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Bond University. As a Corporate Counsel for Telstra for over 8 years, Ben has been responsible for providing legal support to Telstra’s Media, Brand, Advertising and Sponsorships teams and also has commercial experience managing Telstra’s sports and arts sponsorship portfolio.

Prior to joining Telstra, Ben was a Senior Associate at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst Lawyers). In his current role as the Supervising Counsel for Telstra’s Digital Media Group, Ben provides legal advice on IP, IT, consumer protection and privacy issues including acquisition of Digital Media Sports content rights. Ben is a keen triathlete having represented Triathlon Australia at the 2007 Hamburg World Championships. 

Michelle Cooper     Vice-President
michelle cooper  

An accomplished keynote and motivational speaker, Michelle takes her professional background in behavioural change and delivers powerful personal examples of successfully navigating change, for individuals and organisations. Michelle is a professional coach and mentor and has a passion for connection at all levels of an organisation. Recently Michelle’s professional focus has been on the national merger integration of a professional membership association where she was driven by a strong desire to ensure value for all. 

Michelle has previously held the position of Independent Director on the Triathlon Queensland board. Michelle is an age-group athlete, club owner and coach and whilst having conquered the full gamete of triathlon distances many times over including Ironman, she is yet to tackle an enticer!  

Michael Maroney 

Michael Maroney


Mick has been involved in the sport of Triathlon for 31 years as a professional athlete, age group competitor, coach, race director, volunteer, and held administrative and executive positions. Mick is a Life Member of Cronulla triathlon Club, and an active member of Engadine Triathlon club.

As an athlete Mick represented Australia in 1990 at the Auckland Commonwealth Games and won the Noosa Triathlon in 1989. Mick has  won 3 world titles as an age group competitor. Mick holds six University degrees and including a doctorate in education.  ​

Natalie Edwards    
Natalie Edwards1

Natalie is a qualified chartered accountant and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has over 20 years financial and risk management expertise and previously held the position of Interested Director on the Triathlon New South Wales Board.

Natalie is passionate about triathlon in particular given the opportunity, challenge, achievement and belonging that the sport can provide. From having been ‘conscripted’ into a corporate triathlon as an absolute beginner 10 years ago, she is now a very active competitor across all distances from sprint to Ironman, and has represented both Great Britain and Australia at age group level. 

Liz Savage      
Liz Savage   

Liz passionately believes that great organisations – those with loyal, satisfied members, effective teams and respected brands – are guided by a strong sense of purpose. She applies this thinking to her work as a Board Director and Business Advisor, helping leaders to develop clear strategy, lead lasting change and inspire their people to do great work.

Liz’s experience combines current Board Director roles at economic development agency, Brisbane Marketing and award-winning tech & ideas developer, Appster, with a solid track record in senior leadership roles growing easyJet in Europe and transforming Virgin in Australia. A competitive club sailor for much of her life, Liz is a ‘newbie’ age group triathlete, bitten by the bug and enjoying the intense challenge and strong camaraderie our great sport offers.

Nicole Donegan     
Nicole Donegan 2   

Nicole has been the Principal & Director of StrategyCo for more than thirteen years, where she has extensively advised prominent organisations, institutions, associations and government in the areas of member satisfaction, client & stakeholder research, corporate governance, marketing, branding and strategic planning. Nicole currently also serves as Marketing Director for START Foundation and was a founding Director of Men’s Health Australia (Foundation49) from 2008-2013.

Since becoming involved with triathlon and joining a club three years ago, Nicole and one of her sons have developed a great love for the sport and all that it brings, competing mainly in OD and 70.3 events.  Certainly not a natural or fast athlete, Nicole sees herself as a true representative for late starter age-groupers and believes that if she can do it, anyone can. 

Dr Mike Allan     
Dr Mike Allan   

Mike is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist with a Doctorate from the University of London and is the Director Organisational Development of a national consultancy firm. He has extensive experience as an internal and external consultant in the aviation, not-for-profit and utilities sectors, with a focus on high performing teams and leaders.

Mike started his working life as a professional equestrian and later changed over to the winter sport of luge, competing for his country in both sports internationally. Eight years as a chief magistrate highlighted the importance of process and fairness and has carried over into his interest in the adjudication of sport. With a teenage son who is a World Champion AG triathlete, Rather than stand around waiting at the finish he and his wife have volunteered for nearly a decade as technical officials, regularly volunteering locally and around Australia. 

Stuart Corbishley 

Stuart Corbishley

Stuart is an experienced sports lawyer and administrator who advises state, national and international governing bodies on a range of legal, commercial, governance and integrity matters.  Stuart headed up the legal teams at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and at AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, and was involved in establishing the men’s and women’s Big Bash Leagues, the new Australian national netball league and Nitro Athletics.

Stuart is also a director of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and a member of Athletics Australia’s Ethics & Integrity Committee.

Stuart regularly swims, runs and rides but, having never put them all together on the same day before, he recently joined the Warringah Triathlon Club and intends to put that right in 2017!