Corporate Profile

Established in 1920, ClubsNSW is the peak representational body for the NSW club industry.

ClubsNSW represents more than 1200 member clubs, and makes an important contribution to state and national policy direction, including the development for industry-specific legislation relating to alcohol, gambling, taxation, and industrial relations. In addition to these services, ClubsNSW executes media and PR communications, tailored training solutions, financial services, events, and responsible gambling services.

The Association’s purpose is to lead a sustainable industry that makes a growing contribution to the NSW community, seeks to strengthen conditions for those working within the industry, and to support the local communities they serve.

To view the Board Charter, which covers purpose, values, responsibilities and structure, please click here

In 2018, the Board established a Remuneration & Nominations Committee to assist and advise the Board on matters relating to the remuneration of directors and staff, as well as matters relating to the structure and composition of the Board.

The current members of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee are Sallianne Faulkner, Paul Barnett and Ron Coskerie. To review the Remuneration & Nominations Committee Charter, which outlines its terms of reference and other matters, please click here.

Board of Directors

George Peponis
Dr George Peponis OAM was elected as Chairman of the ClubsNSW Board after Peter Newell resigned his position in June 2019. He previously served as a Director of the Canterbury League Club and is a Life Member of both the Bulldogs Football Club and the registered club. He has been Chairman of the NSW Rugby League since 2012. Dr Peponis was elected as a Director of ClubsNSW at the 2017 AGM, and was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair in 2018. Dr Peponis graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1976 and has since worked as a general medical practitioner. In 2013, he received an OAM for services to rugby league. 

Dr. George Peponis OAM; MBBS

ClubsNSW Chairman
Sallianne Faulkner
Sallianne Faulkner was elected Deputy Chair of the ClubsNSW Board in June 2019.  She joined the ClubsNSW Board after filling the casual vacancy created by the retirement of Deputy Chairman Michael Fraser in May 2018. Sallianne is a member of AICD, Women On Boards and serves on a not for profit board, St George Children with Disabilities Fund. Sallianne was elected as President of the Ramsgate RSL Memorial Club in 2014 after joining the club  board in 2012, and has been instrumental in driving its process of governance reform. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the ClubsNSW Southern Metropolitan Region, commencing in that role in 2015. 

Sallianne Faulkner

ClubsNSW Deputy Chairperson
Paul Barnett
Paul is the CEO of the Mingara Leisure Group, which includes Mingara Recreation Club, The Westport Club, Lantern Club, and Springwood Sports Club. Paul brings 25 years of  industry operational experience. He became a Graduate of the AICD in 2014. Prior to his appointment to the ClubsNSW Board in 2010, Paul was the State Councillor for the Central Coast Region and in 2014, was appointed to the Board of ClubBIZ, then appointed chair in 2018. Also, in 2018 Paul was appointed to the ClubsNSW Nominations and Remunerations Committee. In February 2019 Paul was appointed a Director of the Australian Turf Club.

Paul Barnett

ClubsNSW Board Member
Christina Curry
Dr Christina Curry is a Director of The Randwick Club, Randwick Bowling Club and Coogee Beach Club. In 2016, Christina became the first female to be elected to the ClubsNSW Board. She is a CDI and AICD member. Widely engaged with the community, Christina is the Chair of Bayside Women’s Shelter, Patron of a women and children’s centre and a local government councillor. Holding a PhD, a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Physical Education, Christina is currently employed with Western Sydney University as the Director, Academic Program – Secondary Education. With 20 years’ experience in education, she was previously a lecturer and tutor at the University of Sydney. 

Dr. Christina Curry

ClubsNSW Board Member
Keith Gomes
Keith was elected to the ClubsNSW board in 2009 and is a member of the Digital Advisory and Diversity & Inclusion committees. An experienced non-executive director and corporate advisor, his experience covers 20 years on boards and advisory bodies in the public and private sectors in financial services, hospitality, IT, professional services, tech start-ups, telecommunications and vocational education. His experience in governance, strategy, risk management, innovation, digital technologies, ecosystems and global business with Oracle, KPMG, Optus, Singapore Telecom and IBM. He served 12 years on a large Western Sydney club board. He is a fellow of the AICD. 

Keith Gomes FAICD

ClubsNSW Board Member
Ron Coskerie
Ron Coskerie was appointed by the ClubsNSW Board in June 2019, filling the casual vacancy following the departure of long-term Chairman Peter Newell OAM. Ron is the Deputy President of St Marys Rugby League Club and has been on their board since 2007. He has worked in the financial sector for 30 years, currently the Regional General Manager of Commercial and Business Banking for Greater Western Sydney with Westpac. He holds a Masters in Accounting and Finance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Ron Coskerie

ClubsNSW Board Member

Executive Team

Brandon Punter

Brandon Punter

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

State Council

Paul Cousins

Paul Cousins

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Newcastle & Hunter Valley Region
Lindsay Howard-Smith - State Councillor - Far North Coast

Lindsay Howard-Smith

CLUBSNSW STATE COUNCILLOR - FAR NORTH COAST REGION
Owen Walker - ClubsNSW State Councillor

Owen Walker

ClubsNSW State Councillor - New England Tablelands & North West
Bill Greenwood

William (Bill) Greenwood

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Central West
Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell JP

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Riverina & South West
Toni Mitchell

Toni Mitchell

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Southern Tablelands & Far South Coast
Matt O'Hara

Matt O'Hara

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Illawarra & Shoalhaven
Michael Free

Michael Free

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Southern Metropolitan
Michael Lavorato

Michael Lavorato

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Western Metropolitan
Ken Murray

Ken Murray

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Eastern Metropolitan
Toby Williams - State Councillor - Northern Metro

Toby Williams

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Northern Metropolitan
Jim Buckley

Jim (James) Buckley

ClubsNSW State Councillor - North Western Metropolitan
Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson

ClubsNSW State Councillor - Central Coast

Life Members

The Commercial Travellers Club Mr Peter Bracher Mr David Doyle OAM
Mr Robert (Bob) J. Ferris Mr Jack Stewart Mr Jon Chin
Mr Len Ainsworth AM Mr Rod Desborough Mr Peter Newell OAM

 

Deceased

Mr Robert (BOB) M. Cook Mr Brian O’Donnell Mr John C. Whittle OAM
Mr Roger Cowan OAM Mr Ron Pearson MBE Mr John (Mo) Wilson
Mr Charles Eason OAM Mr Pat Rogan OAM Mr Jack Ball AM
Mr Bernard Harley OAM Mr W. (Wally) Ward