Connecting people with their communities

The Leisure Networks Board members bring a diverse range of skills and industry knowledge to lead the governance and strategic direction of the organisation. The Boards meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.

  • Brian Woodford
    Bryan Woodford OAM


    In the early 1980s, Bryan joined the Spastic Society of Victoria (now Scope Victoria), rising to the position of Deputy Chief Executive.  Bryan also served as CEO of the ACT Koomarri Association and Managing Director of Yooralla. 

    Following his 2008 retirement, Bryan was appointed Chairman of the Victorian National Disability Insurance Scheme Implementation Taskforce in 2011 and in 2013 was a Ministerial appointment to the Board of the Victorian Disability Services Commission. 

    A Board Member with NDS for 14 years and its National President for three, Bryan was awarded Life Membership of the organisation in 2010.  He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 and an Order of Australia Medal in 2011.  Both awards were for services to people with a disability.

    Having served on a number of Boards over the last thirty years, Bryan brings a strong governance background and understanding of not-for-profit management to Leisure Networks.  His knowledge of disability services in Australia has been particularly useful, as Leisure Networks has adapted to meet the challenges of being a National Disability Insurance Scheme service provider.

  • Shannon Short
    Shannon Landers


    Shannon is a Company Lawyer for the Cotton On group, a global fashion retailer with over 1,300 stores trading in 18 countries.

    Shannon previously worked in private practice at Harwood Andrews lawyers in Geelong and specialises in corporate/commercial, structuring and tax, property and not-for-profit law.

    Shannon loves sport and being physically active, in particular running and netball.

    Shannon has always been heavily involved in her local community and also serves as on the board of the Barwon Region Special Olympics.

  • Clive Fitts
    Clive Fitts


    In 2008, Clive retired from Quiksilver, an international surf life style company founded in Torquay, Victoria, bringing to a close 20 years of employment with the company. For the last 5 of these years he was President Asia Pacific, responsible for the entire wholesale and retail operations for this region.

    He began with Quiksilver as Accountant, following some years spent in large corporate companies, including Carlton United Breweries and Containers Packaging. His career path with Quiksilver saw him move from Accountant to Managing Director, to Director and Board Member, prior to becoming President.

    In 2002, he led the development of a strategic plan that merged Quiksilver Asia Pacific operations under one umbrella with Quiksilver Inc. In 2004, he was instrumental in positioning the company into China as member of a Joint Venture Board.

    For the last few years, he has mentored various young companies, and been a member of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee.

    He lives near Torquay with his wife and has two adult daughters.

    His interests include snowboarding, cycling, outrigger canoeing, surfing and golf.

  • Damian Poel
    Damian Poel


    Damian is a reflective and highly capable leader with a passion for designing, implementing and leading strategies that add maximum value for clients, the organisation and the community.

    He is currently responsible for leading the Supported Recovery Division at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) - supporting clients to get their lives back on track following a transport accident. The Supported Recovery Division accounts for more than 67% of the TACs's annual claims costs for compensation including Common Law Payments. Damian's previous experience includes leading the Claims branch that supports the life time needs of TAC's seriously injured clients.

    Claims management strategy
    Personal Injury
    Leading major cultural change programs
    Stakeholder engagement and system change
    Scheme design
    Continual improvement (Lean methodology)

  • Kate Russell
    Kate Russell


    Kate is Director and co-founder of Russell Resources and Russell Services Group supporting efficiencies in the health and philanthropic sectors.

    Her expertise comes from over 30 years of diverse business/functional experience, building a consulting company and managing comprehensive client relationships delivering complex safety, health, leadership and culture interventions. Kate initially specialized in health, completing General and Oncology Nursing and post-graduate qualifications in Occupational Health.

    More recently, Kate has focused on executive and non-executive leadership, gaining experience as a member of the Board of Russell Consulting International. She is currently on the Board Development Committee of Menzies School of Health Research and is an Ambassador for Bridging The Gap Foundation and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors program.

  • Howard Randall
    Howard Randall

    Deputy Chair 

    Qualifications include a Masters of Education (Business Education and Training) in addition to Diploma of workplace training and Assessment and others.

    Current role as founding director of Quay Focus which has a focus on people and systems.  This includes assisting organisations to implement automated systems and provide learning and development to fully utilise these systems and other to develop other skills including Microsoft Office, Mentoring, problem solving and others.

    Previous work experience includes being a Director and CEO of a Registered Training Organisation for 26 years. Extensive experience and knowledge of learning & development (face to face, online and blended); end user application of IT systems (particular cloud); innovation and change, leadership, and governance.

    Community volunteer work with Rotary International for many years.  Current experience includes role as district chair of Learning and Development and district chair of Rotary Leadership Institute.  These also include advisory role of leadership, governance and IT systems.

  • Vanessa Schernickau
    Vanessa Schernickau


    VANESSA Schernickau is the chief executive officer of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC).

    She brings a wealth of business, local government, human resources, community development and Crown land management experience.

    Ms Schernickau holds a Masters in Business Management, an Associate Degree in Business Studies, a Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Development and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    A resident of Aireys Inlet, her previous positions include manager of Vibrant and Creative City at the City of Port Phillip; manager of Corporate and Customer Services, Geelong Regional Library Corporation; and manager of Organisational Support and Development at the Colac Otway Shire.

    She was also a GORCC committee member from 2007 to 2010, and chair of its coastal reserves subcommittee.

  • Adrian Hart


    An experienced senior executive, large project manager and consultant, Adrian brings a diverse commercial and not for profit background to the Director role.

    Adrian has experience and expertise in business strategy, program/project management, operational performance, risk management and procurement across a range industries including Health, Financial Services and Retail

    Adrian holds a Master in Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Simone Bellears


    Simone Is the Women's Football Strategy and Pathways Manager for the Geelong Cats Football Club, responsible for leading and cohesively integrating Women’s Football Programs in line with club values across the organisation.

    This includes leading the execution of the AFLW preparation strategy across the club, with the Cats set to enter the AFLW in 2019. Prior to this, Simone utilised her knowledge and previous experience working in the community sector to provide leadership in the establishment of the Cats' community programs. Simone has held senior roles at Give Where you Live; Karingal and Bethany Community Support and has the personal belief that sport is a great conduit for young people to connect to community.  


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