Ian Phipps (B.Bus, GradDipCSP, CPA, ACIS, AGIA, AIMM)
Ian brings a wealth of broad experience to the Board gained from 23 years in senior management roles in listed / non-listed public and privately held corporations operating in local, national and international arenas and from multiple industry sectors.
Ian currently holds multiple Directorships held with companies focused on land syndication and is currently the Managing Partner of the Retraite Partnership. Ian has a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice, and is an associate member of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Management.
An avid volleyball player since his early 20’s and strong contributor at club level for many years, Ian still competes in the West Australia’s Volleyball League and World Masters events and is passionately focused towards using his business acumen to assist the extremely dedicated volleyball WA staff team to continue to strategically advance the great sport of Volleyball in WA
Susan has extensive sport and event experience having organised and delivered National and International sporting events for 10 years, with three years as the National Events Manager at Volleyball Australia during this period. A number of these roles have included senior leaderships roles covering organisational and event governance, strategic and operational planning, government grants and stakeholder relations.
From events, she moved into a Governance Manager role with the Australian Taxation Office. Her roles at the ATO have been varied including organisational performance reporting, complaints and individual taxpayer obligations.
Susan have been involved with Volleyball WA since moving to Perth from the East Coast in 2013, running numerous Alcohol Think Again Beach Volleyball events as Tournament Director, Head of Delegation for the AJBVC in Adelaide (2016) and Perth (2017) and she is currently a member of the VWA Beach Committee (since 2016) and Beach Handbook Sub-Committee (since 2015).
Ben joined the Board of VWA in January 2018 but has been involved in the broarder volleyball family for over 10 years. Ben fell in love with volleyball when he started playing indoor beach volleyball in high school and never looked back. Since then, Ben has dabbled in all forms of the sport and appreciates the subtle differences between each code. Ben has a Bachelor of Engineering degree and recently completed his Masters of Business Administration. Ben looks forward to contributing to the further development of all elements of the sport across Western Australia.
Paul has been a member on the VWA Board since December 2011. The qualifications and experience that Paul brings to the Board include:
- Representative of WA State Junior and Senior Teams 2000 – 2010 and Captain of the WA Hornets 2005 – 2010.
- Coach of WA State Junior Teams 2004 – 2010 (excluding 2008)
- Member of the Australian Volleyball Junior Program 2000 – 2003
- Member of Balcatta Volleyball Club 2001 – 2011
- Committee Member of Balcatta Volleyball Club 2003 – 2007
- VWA Coaching Committee 2012 – present
- VWA Coaching Committee Chairperson 2014-present
- Bachelor of Business Degree with a Major in Finance
- Ten years experience in the Finance Industry
Sophie commenced on the Board in December 2016 bringing over 25 years of experience gained internationally within the sporting sector. Sophie’s broad range of skills include strategic planning, marketing, communications, sponsorship, promotions, events and administration. These skills have developed from roles working with sportswear giant, Puma in the UK, Germany and the US and over the past 10 years as a consultant at community sports level in both paid and voluntary capacities. Sophie’s passions lie in the improvement of club culture and the development of grassroots sports, ensuring sport is fun and available to all, regardless of age, ability or background. Sophie’s expertise in marketing and sponsorship will be used in her role leading the Marketing and Sponsorship Sub-committee.
Beth first joined the board in February 2017. After a pause while living abroad in 2018 she re-joined in February 2019. She has been involved with Volleyball WA since 2005 when she began playing as a junior, representing WA in both indoor and beach from under 17’s to under 23’s. Beth was a member of the senior indoor women’s team, the WA Pearls, in 2017.
At club level Beth has played for Perth Coastal Volleyball Club (PCVC) and Balcatta Volleyball club and served on the committee of PCVC from 2008 to 2016, including as club president for two years. Beth has coached teams in WAVL, WAVL Junior League and in the Independent Girls School Sporting Association interschool competition. She is also a regular participant on the ATABT beach tour and was a VWA Beach Committee member from 2014-2017
Outside of volleyball Beth works as an engineer specialising in commercial building efficiency and renewable energy
Matt Hodges joined the VWA Board in October 2018. His journey in volleyball began in 1999 through the then specialist volleyball program at Balcatta SHS. Matt progressed through the state junior programs through under 16’s to under 21’s in both indoor and beach volleyball before returning to state junior volleyball in a coaching capacity. Following junior representative volleyball, Matt played several seasons for the WA senior indoor men’s team (Hornets) and travelled around Australia playing in national beach volleyball events.
Off the court, Matt joins the board in an administrative capacity following previous stints as President of Perth Coastal Volleyball Club. Outside of volleyball, Matt is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 10 years working in tax accounting in a public practice setting.
Volleyball WA CEO
Robyn commenced employment with Volleyball WA in January 2013. Having worked previously with Gymnastics WA as their Executive Director, at Hockey in the United Kingdom (World Class Hockey for the British & English Hockey National teams) as the Managing Director, and the Department of Sport and Recreation as Organisational Development Team Leader, Robyn brings to Volleyball WA extensive knowledge and experience in the field of sports management and administration.