Softball Victoria Announces Board Changes

Softball Victoria Announces Board Changes

-Jenny Holliday resigns after an amazing contribution to the sport
-Bron Madigan appointed as new Softball Victoria President
-Four new members appointed to Softball Victoria Board 

Softball Victoria (SV) would like to announce that Jenny Holliday AM has resigned from her role as President and Director of Softball Victoria, effective from the 30th April 2018. Former Softball Australia CEO and SV Director Sue Noble has also resigned due to her change in employment and other commitments.

An Olympian and former Chair of Softball Australia, Jenny has had a profound impact on softball at both a National and State level through a decorated playing and administrative career spanning several decades.

Softball Victoria would like to acknowledge the contributions of Jenny and Sue to Victorian Softball.

Outgoing President Jenny Holiday said “I’m very pleased to have been a part of a team that has helped to turn the tide for softball in Victoria.  The staff is now a group of sports professionals who are working with our members to improve the sport at all levels.”

“We have both elected and appointed board members who have the skills and knowledge to tackle the ongoing challenges that are faced by many sports in at this time and are well positioned to lead softball through the next five years.”

Following a thorough process SV is pleased to announce that Bron Madigan has accepted the board appointment as Softball Victoria President, voted in unanimously and unopposed. Bron has a strong history in softball, having started playing at the age of 13, representing Sale at numerous State Championships, and continued her involvement playing social softball as an adult.

In her professional career Bron has worked in the sports sector for over 20 years, currently as Managing Director of Dynamix Sport Projects, a Melbourne-based project management company focused on partnering with sports organisations across Australia to deliver high quality events.

“Jenny has played an integral role in leading Softball in Australia and in Victoria. We are very grateful for her commitment and we’ll miss her experience. However, we’re fortunate that she is not lost to the game and we will be able to call on her when needed.” Bron said

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Softball Victoria in to the future. I look forward to working with the Board and staff to create a new strategic plan to grow the game for our softball community.”

Jenny has been an exceptional contributor to Softball at all levels.  Some notable acheivements of Softball Victoria under the guidance of Jenny include:

  •  Softball Victoria has grown the numbers of participants by 12% over the course of the 2014/18 Strategic Plan.
  • Resourced the Sporting Schools Program to maximise the opportunities to recruit at club and association level with over 10,000 students participating in Softball Victoria programs in the past 18 months.
  • Invested in resourcing to develop our coaches and coach educators to increase our trainers from 1 to 17.
  • Strong governance in place to ensure oversight of the work of the board and the organisation, including the appointment of Finance and Governance Committees.
  • Recovered financially to achieve a secure financial position through development of financial systems and tracking against budget including securing $425,000 in government, agency and other financial support for Softball Victoria, programs and individuals.

The SV Board have also appointed Ruth Caldwell as Chair of the Board. Ruth is a life-long softball participant having started her journey with the Northwood Falcons as a young girl, and most recently has established herself as a coach and Masters competitor.

Ruth is currently employed by the Melbourne City Council as Program Controller of the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program and brings a wealth of experience in project management, governance and procurement.

Whilst recruiting to fill two casual vacancy positions on the Board, seven high quality candidates came forward from the softball community and further afield.  A thorough recruitment and selection process focused on attracting the best possible candidates for the vacant positions which was concentrated on attracting people with IT, social media, marketing and communications skills.

With such high calibre candidates, both Jenny and Sue felt that it was the perfect time to give four new board members the opportunity to finalise the strategic planning process that commenced in January and work with the existing directors to stamp their mark on the sport.

It is with pleasure that Softball Victoria announces the appointment of the following to the Softball Victoria Board:

  • Anthony Bradstreet
    • Former President of Northern District Softball Association
    • Systems Transformation Manager, National Australia Bank
  • Michelle Clyne
    • Publicity and Promotions Manager, Australian Football League
    • Member of Northwood Falcons Softball Club
  • Mike Billing
    • Former Marketing Director, Melbourne Storm.
    • Director, Captura Marketing
  • Troy Buntine
    • Former Senior Sponsorship Manager, ANZ
    • Current Commercial Sport Consultant