Office Bearers


CARRACHER

President: 
Craig Carracher

Craig has previously been a director of Volleyball Australia from 1996 to 1999 and was CEO during that period ahead of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. During his time with volleyball Australia he was also the promoter of the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour from 1999 to 2001 and has been involved with the Northern Beaches Volleyball Association based at Manly Beach since 1990. Craig rejoined the board in 2011 and is now President of Oceania Volleyball, Executive Vice President Asian Volleyball Confederation and a director of FIVB, International Volleyball Federation. Craig is also on the Board of the Australian Olympic Committee. Craig obtained an LLB with first class honours and the University Medal from Sydney University Law School and a first class honours degree and the University Blue from Magdalen College, Oxford University.

Palm

Vice President:
Anita Palm

Anita has extensive experience of multi-sport events through involvement at both event, planning and bidding stages of previous Olympics in Beijing and Sydney and the bid stages of London and Rio. This consultative work has included work on both the Olympics and Paralympics and has been crucial to the department planning, especially in the areas of sport from scheduling, through to entries, sport production, organisational integration and results. She is herself an Olympian. Anita is currently Head of Sport – Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.

Borgeaud

Vice President:
Malcolm H Borgeaud B Com (with Distinction) FCPA MAICD

Malcolm has over a decade of experience in middle and senior management roles with an international sales and marketing company and twenty years experience in public accounting practice, with 14 as a principal. He brings to the Board a wealth of not-for-profit-governance and financial experience having been involved either at Board level, in tax and accounting advisory or audit roles for numerous not-for-profits, including charities and sporting bodies. He has served as Chairman on State and National Committees for CPA Australia and currently serves on their Environmental, Social and Governance Centre of Excellence providing CPA Australia and its 180,000 members with advice and direction on current environmental, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance issues. He also currently serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organisations. Malcolm loves Volleyball, having played in the U20’s for Australia in the Pac Rim Tournament in 1978. 

TAYEH

Finance Director:
Riad Tayeh

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia Riad has been the VA Finance Director since 1999. He is a member of both the FIVB Finance Commission and AVC Finance Commission.

POTTHARST

Director:
Kerri Pottharst

Kerri Pottharst is one of Australia’s most well known and well-loved athletes – a triple Olympian with two Olympic medals. Kerri wore the Green and Gold for Australia for an incredible 22 years! She competed with the Indoor National Team for 10 years and then on the World Tour of Beach Volleyball until her retirement in 2005. She is one of our sports most decorated players.  She has been inducted into the the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, been awarded Team of the Decade by the FIVB and is also a member of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.  Kerri has written a book about her journey in Volleyball – The Business of Being an Athlete – and uses this to help athletes all over the world.  Since retiring, Kerri now divides her time between coaching and mentoring elite-level athletes, inspiring people from all walks of life to achieve excellence through her keynote presentations and motivational workshops and also gives her time freely to support many different charities each year.  Kerri is passionate about Health and Wellness and believes that sport is an essential ingredient in the lives of healthy kids and adults.

 

HOLMES

Director:
Tracey Holmes

For the past 25 years Tracey Holmes has worked in journalism and communications, working with some of the world’s most respected media platforms – CNN International, Dubai Eye, CCTV China, Foxtel, SBS and the ABC. One of Tracey’s first tours of duty following her sports broadcasting cadetship at the ABC was to anchor ABC TV's coverage of the Australian World Series Beach Volleyball Tour. An award-winning interviewer, Tracey has sat down and drawn the best out of a collection of the world's most interesting people - from Prime Ministers to Presidents, Kings and Sheikhs, from awe inspiring athletes to challenging and thought provoking academics, from legendary entertainers to the most ordinary men and women in the street. Tracey's passion for sport has seen her cover 10 Olympic Games. She's been a broadcast mentor for the IOC's Young Reporter Program at each of the three editions of the Youth Olympic Games. Currently Tracey is an ABC presenter and senior reporter, host of The Ticket on ABC News Radio, and frequent writer for The Drum.

SCOTFORD

Director:
Andrew Scotford

Andrew has spent the past 20 years in various roles in sport including over 7 years as the General Manager of Volleyball Australia from 2000 to 2007. This period has seen him in leadership roles and national, state and local across a variety of sports including Cricket, AFL and Basketball. He also has a passion about sports officiating and continues to both officiate and coach others in numerous sports including Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. Outside of his sports interest he currently works as a Student Support Manager with the Canberra Institute of Technology Student Association and is also a board member of the Tertiary Access Group, a cooperative buying group in the tertiary education sector.

MERIAUX

Secretary General (ex oficio):
Mathieu Meriaux - VA Chief Executive Officer

Mathieu joined VA in March 2013 as the Competitions and Events Manager and was appointed CEO in April 2014. Mat has a strong background in the management of diverse and complex projects and events. Mat was previously General Manager for Triathlon ACT and was an event planner for the London Olympic and Paralympics Games. He holds a degree in Sports Science and is completing a double Masters in Business Administration and Politics.