Board of Directors
David Piper OAM – Chair
David was first introduced to WS NSW through his role as National Manager CTP Product NRMA Insurance, championing the company’s six year corporate sponsorship for wheelchair sporting programs in NSW. David is passionate about helping and encouraging people with a disability and the youth of our community, and joined the WS NSW Board in 2008. In 2006, David was inducted as a WS NSW Champion in appreciation of his service and advocacy for the WS NSW cause. David is also a Board member of Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney and an immediate past president of the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club, and Life member.
Craig Jarvis – Vice Chair
Craig has a long and distinguished involvement in wheelchair sports in NSW through his role as Sport and Recreation Officer at The Prince of Wales Spinal Cord Injuries Unit. Craig is passionate about introducing newly injured people into sport. Craig became a member of WS NSW in 1980 and subsequently joined the board in 1990. In 1999, Craig was inducted as a WS NSW Life Member, in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports Medal and in 2012, awarded a Distinguished Long Service Award from NSW Sports Federation. Craig has held many staff and management positions for both junior and senior Wheelchair Sport NSW teams and several Australian Teams including 5 Paralympic Games.
Angela Ballard – Director
Angie has been involved with WS NSW and its programs for 22 years, attending her first Christmas Camp as a 9 year old in 1991. Angie started participating in the junior ranks in track and road before transitioning into senior competition where she has competed internationally since 2000, (including Paralympics – 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), most recently winning two Silver and one Bronze at the 2012 London Games. Angie is incredibly passionate about wheelchair sport – involved in events as a guest speaker, as a member of the Summer Down Under Racing Committee and since 2011 has been coaching wheelchair racing for beginners. Angie also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and is currently completing Honours in Psychology. In 2004, Angie joined the WS NSW Board as an opportunity to share her experiences and help to ensure that everyone in a wheelchair has access to the physical, social and confidence building benefits of sport.
Brendon Talbott – Director
Brendon has been involved with WS NSW for the past 28 years, where as a junior he competed in Junior National Games, including the inaugural Games in 1981 and as NSW Team Captain in 1985. Brendon also played in senior basketball and tennis competitions. Brendon currently works for the WS NSW Basketball Roadshow as a senior presenter of the program. Brendon regularly volunteers at WS NSW events including the Junior Wheelie Christmas Camp and the Annual Dinner Committee. Brendon is a passionate believer in providing sporting opportunities for all our juniors and newer members. He has been on the Board at WS NSW for the past 12 years.
Chris Nicholls – Director
In 2000, Chris acquired a spinal cord injury as a result of a motorbike accident and underwent rehabilitation at Princes of Wales Hospital where he met Craig Jarvis who introduced him to the sport of wheelchair basketball. Following his accident, rather than return to the corporate field, Chris became more involved with the disability and not-for-profit sector. Chris currently works as Operations Manager, Transitional Services for Spinal Cord Injuries Australia whilst also running his own consultancy, Total Access which provides Access Consultancy and Occupational Therapy. Chris is extremely driven, with a diverse background in the British Army and IT Project & Systems management. He is incredibly passionate about the great work WS NSW undertakes for people with a disability and over the past 13 years has been extensively involved in wheelchair basketball in NSW. Chris has been an active member of the WS NSW Board since 2004, he has also been very involved with managing, coaching and playing wheelchair basketball (including the National League), before recently retiring to spend more time with his young family.
Di Pass – Director
Di has been an advocate for disability sport for many years and a great supporter of WS NSW and our athletes. This support lead her to a position on the Board in 2011. Di is a senior executive and business owner with 20 years’ national and international experience in human resources, sales and marketing and professional association industries. Di has demonstrated a focus on people development, profitability and creative management of large and complex projects. A career highlight was leading the team that placed more than 10,000 individuals into Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic jobs!
Jason Preston – Director
Jason has practiced as a Chartered Accountant for over thirteen years and for the last five years has been a Partner in the corporate restructuring and advisory firm McGrathNicol. Jason provides financial and restructuring advice to many of Australia’s large financial institutions, ASX listed corporates and Government clients. Jason’s initial contact with WS NSW was as a Director with KPMG when he was engaged by the NSW Motor Accidents Authority to assist WS NSW to consider their stadium redevelopment. On a personal level, Jason also experienced the services of WS NSW through the support they provided to a family member. Due to this first hand exposure of the tangible benefits of supporting wheelchair athletes, Jason was very pleased to join the WS NSW Board in 2011.
Colin Roden – Director
Colin Roden is Managing Director, Group Treasury at Westpac. He has held that position since 2000. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Colin is a Macquarie University graduate in Economics and Accounting. He serves on a Board for Indigenous youth from remote areas and is a great sponsor of the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation that supports many of WS NSW’s young members. He is also a sponsor of a project for Homeless Women in Byron Bay. Colin in a keen marathon runner, and being a good friend of Kurt Fearnley OAM, Colin has run marathons where Kurt competed. Colin has been a long term donor of Wheelchair Sports NSW.
Jim O’Brien – CEO
Jim has a wide and diverse background in sports management (both disability and able bodied sport) having worked at national, state and club level in full time professional roles for both non-government and government sectors. Jim previously served on the Board of the NSW Sports Council for the Disabled and D Sport. As well he was on the original Board of the NSW Sports Federation. Jim continues to serve on other government committees representing disability sport. Jim has been CEO of Wheelchair Sports NSW since 1998 and he is proud of the organisation’s many and varied achievements in that time. Jim has a high level of satisfaction working in the charitable section and making a difference to the lives of those with a disability. Jim has a Diploma of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education with Majors, in Physical Education and Sports Management.