Lao Biesbroek President

Lao is currently the Managing Director of HR DNA, a Human Resources  Consultancy.

Lao’s past  roles have included Human Resources Director for an international Not- For-Profit, State Training Manager for Coles Myer in Victoria, and State HR Manager and Senior Store Manager for Target Australia.

He has had a long involvement with squash as (an ok but not great) pennant player in VSL, SSL and Masters, and have quite recently started playing (and enjoying) racquetball.

Lao’s contributions to the wider squash and racquetball community include:

  • Current President of the Mountain District Squash & Racquetball Club
  • Past President of the Maroondah Squash and Racquetball Club
  • Past President of the Victorian Squash League
  • Club Level Coach

 

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Lee-Anne Carpenter Vice President

Lee-Anne has played squash competitively for over 40 years and currently plays Masters and Midweek.

Lee-Anne has been a referee for many years and when the Referees Association moved under the umbrella of S&RV, she became the Board liaison to the Referee Committee. 

She has coached for a number of years and is currently thoroughly enjoying coaching as part of S&RV’s "Hits & Giggles” women’s learn to play program.

 

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Angela Burton Director

Angela has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, holding senior management positions across business sectors such as Superannuation, Business and Life Insurance, and Statutory Insurance, with a career focus on client servicing. She was directly involved in several key strategic projects including mergers, restructures, change management, and broader business analysis during her various tenure ships.

Angela has been playing squash for over 30 years and is currently playing in the VMSA. She also played in the North West league for many years and was the tribunal chair from 2015 to 2017.

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Olivia Coles Director

Olivia is the owner operator of Westerfolds Templestowe and a partner with Westerfolds Bayswater and the Westerfolds Albert Park Club. 

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Kal Desai Appointed Director

Kal is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.In addition to being a Board Member at S&RV, Kal is the CFO for BEAK Engineering. Previously Kal has held senior financial positions across various sectors both in Australia and Internationally.

Kal is also on the Finance & Risk Committee of S&RV. 

Kal has been playing squash on a social level for over 30 years and sees the game as a great way to improve fitness and also as a way to catch up with friends.

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Teesha Melville Director

Teesha currently works in the corporate sector on large scale transformation programs and prior to this spent several years in major events, sports administration and marketing roles.

 From a passionate tennis family in country NZ, Teesha and her brother defected to squash as youngsters after a late-night adventure to discover what was on the other side of the combined facilities, which lead to many years of travelling up and down NZ for junior and school tournaments.  She has also played in London, Sydney and has recently picked up her racquet again in Melbourne after a 3-children-imposed break. 

Teesha is a passionate advocate for strong and modern governance across the sport and not-for profit sectors and brings previous Board and governance experience to S&RV.

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Gavin Murphy Director

Although Gavin has been involved in squash and racquetball both on and off the court for the past 39 years, his passion for both sports has never waned.

Gavin’s history in both sports includes but is not limited to:

  • Commenced playing squash in 1975 and racquetball in 1983; still playing competitively in both
  • Current Finance Committee member and Vice President of Squash & Racquetball Victoria
  • Manager Lower Plenty Squash Centre 1985-88
  • Past member of the VSF and Squash & Racquetball Victoria Disciplinary Panels since 1984
  • An accredited Level 1 squash coach, currently a coach of the MDSRC Junior Squash and Senior Racquetball Programs
  • Inaugural President of the former Victorian Racquetball Association (VRA)
  • Member of the VRA Rules Committee since 1984 and its Chairman since 1987
  • Involved in the management of numerous racquetball events, including the Australian, Victorian and Mt District Open Championships

 

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Kevin Quick Director

Kevin is now retired after a 35 year career  in I.T.,  which included a successful technical and sales career at IBM, followed by  launching and managing his own company which supplied business systems to the Clothing, Footwear and Textile Industries.

Kevin’s squash career began in 1965 and he has played in several countries around the world, including extensive stints in the UK and Mauritius. Most domestic experience has been in Sydney and Melbourne until the last ten years in the country (Albury).

Over the years, Kevin has served on several club committees. More recently he founded the North East Victoria regional association – SARNEVA Inc . He is a Level 1 coach and actively involved in individual coaching as well as schools outreach.

Kevin headed the committee which organised the new bi-state Inter – Town squash competition (The Geoff Hunt Shield). He is currently Team Manager for the Southern Region Green Shield Junior Team.  

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Geoff Schoenberg Appointed Director

Geoff is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Sport Research at Deakin University. His research and teaching focus is on sport governance. He is currently working on a three year project focused on sport governance in India. Prior to taking on this role, Geoff completed a PhD in sport governance at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, a Masters of Commerce at Deakin University, and a bachelor degree in sport management at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada; his hometown.

Geoff joined the Squash and Racquetball Victoria board in August 2017 as an appointed director. His background and knowledge of sport governance as well as his outsider perspective on the sport of squash. This combination of skills can help the organisation continue its successful pursuit of improved governance while providing a different perspective on the sport and the organisation.

Geoff has been engaged in a range of other governance roles such as the founding President of the Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates, President and Secretary of Toastmaster clubs, and as a board member for the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Originally from Canada, Geoff brought his squash racquet with him when he moved to Australia in 2009 but, as of writing, has yet to actually use it. He is looking forward to revisiting his recreational pursuit of the sport.

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