Queensland Academy of Sport Board members

The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Board is responsible for developing QAS policy and overseeing the overall direction of the Academy.

The Board includes former elite athletes and leaders in the Queensland sporting community.

Ms Robinson has been reappointed as Chairperson and Member of the Board. Paula is not only a highly credentialed lawyer, she is also heavily involved in sport being the Vice President of Football Queensland and the Chairperson of Tennis Australia’s National Gender Equity Taskforce. Paula was also Head of Legal and Brand Protection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and implemented a similar function for the 2018 Invictus Games. Paula has been heavily involved in the legal aspects of the 2032 Games bid. Paula has been a wonderful professional and is a strong advocate and vocal cheerleader for QAS. The QAS is delighted that Paula will continue to provide wise counsel as the QAS embarks on its 2032 journey.

Ms Gerard has a professional background in the financial services industry and has a long involvement in elite sport. She is a dual Olympic gold medallist, having been a member of the Australia Women’s Hockey team from 1993 to 2000. Her elite athlete background will help with the QAS 2032 Strategic Pillar of ‘Athlete Journey’s’, and how best to support athletes as both people and performers. Off the field, Ms Gerard has fulfilled board roles with both the International Hockey Federation and Hockey Australia. Ms Gerard was appointed as an independent director for the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) Board in 2017. She was the inaugural Chair of the QRL's People and Culture Committee and is currently the Chair of the QRL Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr Kean is a two-time Paralympian, competing in wheelchair basketball. In 2012, she captained the Paralympic Silver Medallist team, the Australian Gliders, at the Paralympic Games in London. Dr Kean later took up canoeing and won gold at the IVF Va’a World Elite and Club Sprints Championships. Bridie’s extensive Paralympic expertise both academically and as a successful Paralympic Athlete, will help the QAS to supercharge their Paralympic support offering to sports in particularly the areas of Elite Coach Education and Performance services. Dr Kean is also a public health academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast and focuses her research and practice on creating equitable access to all levels of sport and physical activity for people with a disability.

Ms Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Accountancy, a CPA and a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Accounting. She has held senior finance and risk management roles at large companies such as Flight Centre Travel Group and is a Board member of St Vincent De Paul Housing Queensland. Additionally, Ms Ryan has experience as a member of the Queensland and Australian Equestrian Endurance teams in both a competitor, chef de quip and coach. Ms Ryan was appointed Chair of Equestrian Australia’s Endurance Committee in 2020. Ms Ryan has also worked at the QAS as the Corporate Director.

Mr Gilbert is a Senior Investment Manager at Shaw and Partners Limited and a founding Board Member of Share the Dignity. Mr Gilbert is a passionate rugby, athletics and cricket coach, a father of four children and a former teacher. He was also the Vice President of Parkinson's Queensland from 2013 to 2015. Mr Gilbert has extensive experience working in the financial services industry and his expertise will be important as the QAS ensures its increased funding is invested wisely, but also explores new sources of funding.

Mr Malone is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder at VALD Performance. VALD Performance is a Brisbane based company that is leading the way globally in human measurement technology. VALD Performance provides innovative human-measurement technology to over 1,000 of the world's most elite sporting teams (including the QAS) but also universities and defence departments. With technology playing an increasingly important role in elite sport, Mr Malone will bring great insight and connection to the QAS and help explore new innovative solutions.

Mr Blanch brings over 30 years of elite sport experience to provide guidance and expertise in Sport Science, Medicine and Health and Performance Ethics. Most recently, Peter was the Head of Medical Services at the Brisbane Lions where he oversaw all medical services provided to the playing group. Peter has worked with and across a range of high performance and elite sporting organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia and multiple AFL clubs. Along with his clinical work he has been involved in research with over fifty peer-reviewed papers and is an Associate Professor at Griffith University. With an extensive background in Sports Medicine, Peter will ensure the QAS adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards whilst training elite athletes for world-class success.

Chelsea is an experienced leader in driving transformational change within high performance sporting industries. Joining the QAS 12 months ago, Chelsea has worked with over 450 state, national and international stakeholders to develop the QAS 2032 High Performance Sport Strategy. This three horizon strategy with a vision of Inspiring Extraordinary Sporting Success will place our state at the global forefront of sporting success and inspire generations of Queenslanders and Australians. Prior to her position at QAS, she held the position Director of Performance for the Great Britain High Performance system. Over the 20 year period she played a number of pivotal leadership roles enabling Team GB and Paralympics GB to progress from 36th on the medal table in Atlanta 1996, to second in the world by Rio 2016.Chelsea hopes her leadership skills, international high performance experience and expertise can play a significant role in supporting Queensland to become a sporting powerhouse, especially within the context of a transformational 2032 Queensland Home Games.