Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2023


Lucy Coggan – President since 2021 and Board Director since September 2016

Key areas of focus:

  • Strategy & Governance
  • Communication & Stakeholder Engagement
  • Brand, Marketing, and Sponsorship

About:

  • Lucy has broad experience across professional marketing and communications leadership roles across agency and in-house environments in private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Lucy's experience managing major sponsorships with some of Australia’s premier sporting organisations brings valuable insights to VNSW as the sport experiences rapid growth and change.
  • Lucy’s love of volleyball started in High School when she finally attended a training session following a year of daily persistence from one of her teachers; "You're tall. You should play volleyball."
  • Since then, the sport has been a continuous source of pure joy and friendship. Lucy's driven to 'give back' to the sport that has given her so much, and to help others discover the very special magic of Volleyball.
  • Lucy is a proud member of Hunter Volleyball and previously served as a Board Director for Sydney North Volleyball Club between 2013-2020.
  • Lucy has two awesome kids who are passionate balloon volleyballers! When she's not on court, you can find her hanging out at one of the Hunter’s beautiful beaches.


Stuart Mackay – Board Director since June 2015
 

Key areas of focus:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Staff Training
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Coach and Devil’s advocate.

About:

  • Stuart has been playing volleyball for 11 years, since moving to Australia from his native United Kingdom.
  • An avid member of the sport, Stuart has participated in local, state, interstate, and even international competitions. He’s a passionate Referee, sitting his state-level indoor as well as participating in the National Level outdoor course.
  • Stuart served previously as Vice President of the Freezone Volleyball Club and as President of Team Sydney, the NSW Association for all sporting clubs that play under the LGBTIQ banner, roughly 40 sporting clubs, and 4000+ athletes.
  • Stuart brings over 20 years of experience and dedication to his role as head coach in both our U15 and U17 women’s youth championship programs.
  • If you can’t find Stuart on the volleyball court, then try the nearest pool with his kids or on the water sailing the harbour. He hates sitting still and his ideal holiday is skiing down a new slope in some remote mountain or jet skiing in the sun.


Matthew O'Connor – Board Director since June 2021

Key areas of focus:

  • Community
  • Participation
  • Facility planning

About:

  • Matt is driven to provide more opportunities for the community to participate in volleyball.
  • Delivering sport and recreation outcomes with the community for nearly 20 years, Matt currently has the privilege of serving the community as Blacktown City Council’s Manager of Recreation Planning and Design. In recent years, Matt and his team received national recognition for planning the open space and sports facilities required to meet the needs of the Blacktown City community as it grows from 370,000 to over 550,000 – larger than Tasmania and Malta!
  • Matt is humbled and excited to work with the volleyball community across NSW to increase opportunities for all to play and participate in this beautiful game more often.
  • Believing in the power of sports, community, and government collaborating to improve public life, Matt welcomes the opportunity to bring to the Volleyball NSW Board his knowledge of navigating into, through, and with local councils to maximise outcomes for all.


Julien Prosser – Board Director since June 2021

 


Key areas of focus:

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Leadership and Sales
  • Elite Team and People Performance

About:

  • Julien has worked in a business performance consulting role since 2007, having worked for Australia’s leading, non-tertiary professional development consultancy for ten years
  • His experience in business is focused on leadership development, sales effectiveness, building high-calibre teams, and a performance mindset
  • Julien started playing indoor volleyball at one of W.A.’s dominant volleyball high schools, Rossmoyne SHS at age 13, discovering the beach game on Cottesloe Beach in 1988
  • Julien was fortunate to turn his love of the game into a profession, representing Australia for 15 years on the FIVB World Tour, competing in three consecutive Olympic Games, and winning 14 National Beach Titles along the way
  • He is married with two teenage boys who he forces to play volleyball in between their basketball commitments
  • His commitment to sport in NSW is to help volleyball (indoor and beach) become more widely known, played, and respected as a truly global, diverse, equitable and athletic sport.

Geraldine Magarey – Board Director since February 2023

Key areas of focus:

  • Accounting and Audit
  • ESG and Risk
  • Strategy and Governance

About

  • Geraldine is an experienced finance professional, having held roles in Big 4 accounting firms, major corporates, and government.
  • Geraldine has experience across a number of sports and has held a number of volunteer roles for over 15 years, including finance.
  • She is very passionate about the power of sport to build communities and the benefits of participation no matter what your ability.
  • While Geraldine has not played volleyball for a long time, she spends a lot of time courtside cheering on her son or as a volleyball taxi.

Keith Suckling – Board Director since June 2012

Key areas of focus:

  • Strategic Planning & Future Scoping
  • Understanding Performance
  • Data & Systems
  • Constitution

About:

  • When Keith isn't playing coaching or refereeing volleyball, he works in a Market Insights and Analysis role for Cochlear, as well as his consulting business.
  • Keith continues to try to keep retirement at bay, holding onto his playing career with UTS Volleyball Club. He has also played in the National League for many years.
  • Keith's partner Jo is also heavily involved with UTS volleyball club. He is yet to get his daughter Emma to take up volleyball but continues to try.