Board of Directors

Peter Newell, OAM

ClubsNSW Chairman

Peter Newell is a retired newspaper editor and CEO who has been associated with registered clubs since he was “old enough to join a bush golf club as a kid”.

He has been a Director on the board of the Illawarra District Rugby League Football Club (The Steelers) since 1989. When Peter Newell was appointed the Chairman of ClubsNSW in 2004, he was also appointed as the Chairman of ClubKENO Holdings and a Director of the NSW Institute of Sport.

In October 2007, Peter was elected as the Chairman of Clubs Australia, the club industry’s national representative body. In 2009, he was elected as the Patron of the NSW Academies of Sport, and as the Employer Representative Director of Club Plus Superannuation in 2011. Peter Newell has held a myriad of other committee positions within the community over the last 35 years.

In 2003, Peter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal, for the role he played in the merger of the Steelers and St George to form the St George Illawarra Dragons and for service to the community.

Michael Fraser

ClubsNSW Deputy Chairman 

Michael Fraser was first appointed to the Board of ClubsNSW in June 2009, fulfilling the vacancy left by retiring board member Charles Eason. Prior to this he owned and operated his own real estate business on the NSW North Coast for 10 years.

Through his first hand experiences, Michael brings a clear understanding of opportunities for the industry, and the array of challenges facing clubs. Michael's re-election to the Board in 2009 and 2012, is well defined by his passion and commitment to the industry long term.

For the last six years he has also held the position of Chairman at Twin Towns Services Club. Prior to this he served as Director for the club for 30 years.



Paul Barnett

ClubsNSW Board Member

Elected to the Board of ClubsNSW in 2010, to serve the remaining 12-month term of the late Charlie Gibson, and subsequently re-elected in 2011, Paul Barnett brings with him more than 28 years’ industry experience backed by post-graduate qualifications from the University of Newcastle.

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mingara Leisure Group, which includes a number of successful clubs: the Mingara Recreation Club on the Central Coast, The Westport Club in Port Macquarie, the Lantern Club in Roselands, Pearl Club Chatswood at Chatswood and Springwood Sports Club at Springwood. 

Having held various roles within the industry, including the Castle Hill RSL Club and Parramatta Leagues Club, Paul brings extensive practical experience to the role and in 2014 became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Paul Barnett served as the State Councillor for the Central Coast Region for five years and was appointed to the Board of ClubBIZ in 2014. Previously Paul was a member of The Salvation Army Central Coast Advisory Board for several years.

Martin Bullock

ClubsNSW Board Member

Martin has been a Director of Wests League Club Campbelltown for seven years and since his election has acted as the Club’s Sports Secretary, managing relationships with a wide variety of local sporting groups. He Chair’s the Club’s Sports Management Committee and has also served on the Club’s membership and finance committees.

Martin has some 20 years of senior management experience in both the public and private sectors, including roles as Regional Manager, Southern NSW, for the Maritime Services Board, CEO of Western Suburbs DRLFC (Magpies) and Wests Tigers, General Manager of the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board and ultimately CEO of the Western Sydney Academy of Sport – which he established in 2004 – for the past 10 years.

He has a Master’s degree in International Sport Management (Southern Cross University). His work and personal interests include roles as Chairman of the Regional Academies of Sport (NSW) body, Director of the St Gregory’s College Foundation and many past volunteer administrator roles in rugby league, cricket, touch football and athletics.


Christina Curry

ClubsNSW Board Member

Christina Curry is a Director of The Randwick Club and Randwick Bowling Club in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and a member of the Club Directors’ Institute. She is widely engaged in the community, serving as a local government councillor and is the Patron of a women and children’s centre in the Eastern Suburbs.

In addition she has 20 years’ experience in the education sector, and is currently employed in a senior academic leadership role with Western Sydney University as the Director, Academic Program – Secondary Education. Prior to this role Christina served as a lecturer and tutor at the University of Sydney and was a high school teacher.

She is a former board member of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and has undertaken numerous club-related studies ranging from risk management and procurement to strategic planning and market profiling. Christina holds a PhD, a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Physical Education.

When she was appointed in 2016, Christina became the first female to serve on the Board of ClubsNSW. 

Keith Gomes

ClubsNSW Board Member

Keith was elected in 2009, 2012 and 2015 as a Non-Executive Director, he is also on the Boards of ClubKeno Holdings and the Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club.

During the last fifteen years, Keith has served on several private, public sector boards and advisory bodies as a non-executive director with experience gained across a range of industry sectors including: digital/IT, education, financial services, hospitality, professional services and public sector in Australia. 

Past board roles include: Chair, Australian Information Industry Association-NSW, Chair, Advisory Council, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFENSW and Board member of the Telecommunications Universal Services Management Agency.

Keith has been an independent advisor to several ASX companies, government agencies and is currently a coach and mentor to several CEO’s and non-executive directors.

As an experienced senior executive, Keith has broad commercial expertise, with a particular focus in the areas of corporate governance, financial discipline, risk management, managing change and digital. He gained his experience from working at IBM, Singapore Telecom, Optus, KPMG and Oracle Corporation both in Australia and Asia.

Keith has completed the University of New South Wales Business School's, Executive Leadership program, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Public Administration.