Corporate governance

Corporate governance

Under section 23 of the Association’s Constitution, the general control and management of the administration of Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association is by a Board of six – President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and two other members.

Board members are elected by Association members for two years, with President, Secretary and one ordinary Board member elected in alternate years to Vice-President, Treasurer and the other ordinary Board member.

An Advisory Council of Queensland business and community leaders meets on a regular basis to advise and assist the Board in the development of Association strategy and policies.

The Board is committed to providing good governance to its members and is constantly reviewing the environment within which the Association operates.

Photo of President of the Association Board Amanda Boland

Amanda Boland


Amanda has more than 15 years’ board experience in the private and community sectors, as well as senior executive leadership experience in the private sector, not-for-profit organisations and government.

She is the founder and principal of Amanda Boland and Associates, an independent consultancy providing corporate governance services, strategic business advice, and executive and board coaching to private-sector companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Amanda also develops and presents professional development workshops and master classes through her consultancy, and is a regular presenter for the Governance Institute of Australia. She holds a degree in Business majoring in Communication and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Photo of Vice President of the Association Board Jeremy Synot

Jeremy Synot


A national and state wheelchair basketball player and coach, Jeremy has more than eight years’ experience in the disability sport and recreation field in Queensland and Victoria.

He worked as an inclusion officer for wheelchair basketball in the education sector in Melbourne, and later as a senior project officer funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria to foster inclusive practices in local sports clubs.

He was a member of the Australian Rollers wheelchair basketball squad and following his move to Queensland, he played for the RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets in 2012. He coached the team to a silver medal in the 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) and was named NWBL Coach of the Year.

He is currently teaching English at secondary school level and has a Bachelor of Health Science and Graduate Diploma in Education.

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Susan Lambe


Susan has extensive experience in corporate communication, working across a range of sectors including not-for-profit organisations, research, resources and financial services.

Her expertise incorporates a mix of marketing; employee, stakeholder and change communication; technical and copy writing and editing.  Having worked closely with senior executives for a number of years, she has developed a sound commercial acumen and an astute ability to connect strategy with tactical execution.

Susan has previously worked for the Association and has served on the Board since 2002.  She holds a Bachelor and Master of Education.

Photo of Treasurer of the Association Board Tony Stapleton

Tony Stapleton


Tony has 30 years’ financial and management experience and has worked for major national and global companies across the insurance, resources, construction and environment sectors.

He has been involved in improving the cultural, strategic and operational effectiveness of organisations to deliver strong earnings growth and has extensive experience in strategy development, investment evaluation practices, acquisitions and business development, operational process improvement and change management.

He has a Bachelor of Business and Certificate IV in Financial Services.  He is a member of the Australian Society of CPA’s and the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia.

Photo of Association Board Member Melissa Prentice

Melissa Prentice

Board Member

Melissa is an experienced business transformation specialist, supporting businesses as they reform, rebuild and realign.

With over 20 years’ experience in the field, Melissa’s work is focused on achieving strategic and operational organisational effectiveness, strategic HR delivery, business improvement analysis, changing organisational behaviours and attitudes, performance management and change management.

She has worked with major public and private sector clients across a range of sectors including government and government-owned corporations, professional services, education, health, defence, energy and utilities, financial services/banking and mining.

She has a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) and is a former Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Photo of Association Board Member Gary Linton

Gary Linton

Board Member

Gary is a professional CEO/Managing Director with over 30 years’ experience successfully managing and growing a diverse range of companies in Professional Services and Systems Integration. In addition to leading and running companies, he also has extensive consulting experience across a range of sectors, particularly in the areas of governance, strategy, organisational culture and people.  

He is the founder and Managing Director of WillowMA a consulting company dedicated to improving the performance of private sector companies. He holds a Master of Business Administration in addition to a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education. In recent years he has been a Non-Executive Director/Chairman of companies in the education, IT, financial services and construction sectors.


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