The Board of Rowing Australia is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organisation and overseeing its activities.
The current Company Directors are:
President and Chairman
Rob was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers in November 2017 following his appointment as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in February 2017. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the Wesfarmers Industrials division from August 2015 until August 2017. He has held a number of leadership roles with Wesfarmers including Finance Director of the Coles Group and Managing Director of Wesfarmers Insurance. He previously worked with Deutsche Bank in Asia and Australia in various investment banking roles and is a past President of the Insurance Council of Australia.
Rob is a dual Olympian in rowing, having stroked the Eight at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and a silver medallist from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the Pair. He started his rowing career in Perth Western Australia and was a scholarship holder at the AIS for a number of years. He was the WA Sports Star of the Year in 1997.
Rob holds a Master of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Rob currently lives in Perth with his wife Liz (an Olympic gold medallist in water polo) and two children.
Director, Deputy Chair
Flavia Gobbo is a Director of WorkCover QLD. WorkCover is a government owned statutory body and is the main provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Queensland.
Until recently Flavia was the Chairman of Q-COMP as well as part of the Senior Leadership team at Telstra Legal Services and held a number of senior roles during her thirteen plus years at Telstra. During her time at Telstra, Flavia’s role included her lending her expertise in competition law and stakeholder management and in this role, Flavia managed a large team of over 30 lawyers as well as a significant external budget. Flavia also acted in the role of Assistant Company Secretary of Telstra with a focus on the Audit committee, management of the Shareholder Registry and Subsidiary requirements as well as being the Company Secretary of the Telstra Foundation.
Flavia has also worked in Finance & Strategy, Legal Services, at Telstra where she was involved in the areas of Corporate Governance and policy, Compliance and the Company Secretariat. She also worked in Treasury, advising on Telstra’s Debt Issue Program and other capital management issues. These positions have given Flavia a valuable practical insight into a Director’s regulatory and commercial responsibilities.
Previously Flavia was with Telstra Product Management and was responsible for providing commercially focused legal advice covering the product lifecycle from sourcing and vendor negotiations to product design, constructing customers terms and conditions, ongoing product legal compliance issues and product divestments and exits. In this role she was responsible for: providing commercially-focused constructive legal advice with extensive involvement in strategic and operational planning.
She is a Member of the Queensland Law Society and a Member and Mentor of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association. Flavia has been admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
On the water, Flavia was a successful rower at both State and National level and now competes at Masters level as a member of Melbourne University Boat Club. She joined the Board of Rowing Australia in December 2012 and was appointed the Vice-Chairman of the Board in October 2014. Flavia is also the Chair of the High Performance Commission.
Merrick Howes has recently been appointed (May 2014) as a director on the Rowing Australia Board. He is also the Chairman of RA’s Audit and Risk Committee and has previously served on RA’s High Performance Oversight Committee.
Merrick is a highly experienced senior executive with significant financial experience who is currently Managing Director of ACPA Pty Ltd, a part of the global debt financing firm Anchorage Capital, and has previously founded and run Shearwater Capital, and held senior financial executive positions at Goldman Sachs JB Were, Merrill Lynch and Macquarie Bank.
In addition to his significant business expertise Merrick also enjoyed a successful rowing career including winning a Commonwealth Games silver medal, representing Australia at four World Championships and winning numerous Australian championship titles.
Bryan Weir was elected to the Rowing Australia Board in May of 2015. An accomplished rower, Weir represented Australia in the Men’s Coxless Pair in the World Rowing Championships in Lucerne in 1974 and was part of the New South Wales King’s Cup Eight in 1976. At an rowing administration level, prior to his role with Rowing Australia, he has held the positions of Deputy President of Rowing New South Wales, Board Member of the Syndey International Rowing Regatta and President of Mosman Rowing Club.
Weir graduated from the University of New South Wales with degrees in Law and Commerce in 1976. He joined the law firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Freehills), becoming a partner in 1980. In 1993, he left Freehills to become a divisional director of Macquarie Bank, where he remained until 1998. Since then he has (with a business partner) established and operated a private investment and advisory group, while he is also a Director of L.J. Hooker Ltd, a position he has held since 2014.
Andrew Rowley has had a long involvement with rowing, having spent the last 24 years in the sport as a participant and administrator. Andrew’s service to the rowing community has included various roles on the Board of Rowing NSW over 11 years, including as a Board member, Deputy President and President. Following the conclusion of his time on the Rowing NSW Board, Andrew representing NSW as a Councillor to Rowing Australia, a role he held until his election to the RA Board.
In his professional career, Andrew has held a number of roles, including as CEO of the Steve Waugh Foundation and his current role as the Managing Director of Ability First Australia. A common theme throughout Andrew’s professional life has been his experience and relationships within the not for profit sector of which he has a very good understanding.
Carmen Wearne (nee Klomp) beings a unique combination of rowing and corporate experience to the Board and her impressive credentials will further strengthen the skills mix of the RA Board in line with the ASC’s mandatory governance principles.
Carmen represented Australia at the 1996 Olympic Games and four World Championships between 1990 and 2000, winning 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals at International level during that time, including a World Championship Bronze medal.
Following her rowing career, she has forged an impressive career as a highly qualified marketing and business professional, predominantly in corporate finance. Carmen currently works at Deloitte and has previously led corporate business development for Ashurst having previously held senior roles within Ernst & Young.
Carmen will also bring valuable event management experience to the Board having previously been the Venue Operations Manager for road events at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.
Ben Dodwell brings a vast amount of corporate experience to the Rowing Australia Board and is the current Head of Real Estate at Folkestone Limited an ASX listed real estate development and funds management business with funds under management in excess of $1.2 Billion. He is a member of the Folkestone Executive Committee and a Director and Board member of Folkestone subsidiary companies and has held membership number of Boards and Committees in the not for profit sector. Previously, he has held a number of senior executive roles at Stockland and Lend Lease where he has been responsible for the business operations and profitability of real estate investment portfolios and development pipelines.
Mr Dodwell is an Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth rowing medallist having attended three Olympics, six World Championships, and three Commonwealth Regattas and is also the winner of seven Kings Cup medals. He is McVilly-Pearce rower number 481.
Andrew has over 35 years’ of experience in the metal and mining industry working both in Australia and overseas. He is a former CEO of MMG Limited, who own and operate a portfolio of world-class base metal mining operations, development projects and exploration fields. Andrew also worked for many years with Western Mining Cooperation (WMC) holding several senior roles in the company, including the role of CEO.
He is currently the Chairman of the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health, a non-for-profit organisation providing important services for women from adolescence to mid-life and beyond. He is also the Chairman of the Council of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne and also chairs the Board of Century Aluminum Co.
Andrew represented Australia at three World Rowing Championships (’74, ’75 and ’79), winning gold in the Lightweight Men’s Four in 1974 and bronze in the same boat class the following year. He is a member of Melbourne University Boat Club, is a former President of Oxford University Boat Club and stroked the winning crews for the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race in 1977 and 1978.
Andrew holds a First Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in the UK.
Andrew currently lives in Melbourne with his wife Janet and has two adult children.
Director, Athletes’ Representative
As an athlete, Hannah Every-Hall first competed for Australia at the Nations Cup in 1999 in Hamburg, Germany where she won the U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls. She went on to represent Australia at seven World Rowing Cups and multiple World Championships, as well as representing Australia in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Off the water, Every-Hall has a degree in Human Movement, as well as a Masters’ Degree in Dietetics from Deakin University. She is also a member of FISA’s Athletes’ Commission, representing the Asia-Pacific region.
Hannah is the current Chair of the RA Athletes’ Commission, a role she assumed in November 2016.