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 Scott 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.
Mr Scott 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. He is McVilly-Pearce pin number 447.
Mr Scott 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.
Mr Scott 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 WorkSafe Victoria.
Until recently Ms Gobbo 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, Ms Gobbo’s role included her lending her expertise in competition law and stakeholder management and in this role, Ms Gobbo managed a large team of over 30 lawyers as well as a significant external budget. Ms Gobbo 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.
Ms Gobbo 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 Secretary. She also worked in Treasury, advising on Telstra’s Debt Issue Program and other capital management issues. These positions have given Ms Gobbo a valuable practical insight into a Director’s regulatory and commercial responsibilities.
Previously Ms Gobbo 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. Ms Gobbo 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, Ms Gobbo 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. Ms Gobbo is also the Chair of the High Performance Commission.
Merrick Howes is the Chairman of RA’s Audit and Risk Committee and has previously served on RA’s High Performance Oversight Committee.
Mr Howes 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 Mr Howes 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. Mr Howes is McVilly-Pearce pin number 354.
Rachael Kininmonth at age 26 was inspired to row for her country in September 1993, at the announcement of Sydney hosting the games for the XXVII Olympiad in 2000. She started as a novice at Thames Rowing Club in London, moved back to Melbourne and realised her dream representing Australia for three consecutive years in the Women’s 8+: 1998 World Championships Cologne, Germany, 1999 World Championship St Catherine’s, Canada and 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She is McVilly Pearce pin number 459.
Rachael then retired and over the next four years had four children with husband and fellow rower Brad Kininmonth.
Rachael started her career in sports administration and event management at the Amy Gillett Foundation and spent 10 years in the cycling world. She moved to Brisbane in 2015 and is the Executive Officer of the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA), Board member at UQBC, Committee member on the Queensland RowUnion event, and involved in many rowing initiatives to engage rowers and the rowing community in a range of competitive experiences to add variety to the sport at the grass roots level endeavouring to grow numbers.
Rachael has found her tribe in the rowing community and is honoured by this opportunity to work on the Rowing Australia Board with such distinguished company in a very exciting time for the progress of the Brisbane bid for 2032.
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 Sydney 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.
Georgia Beattie is CEO of Bulla Park, Australia’s largest organic mushroom farm.
She is a modern farmer embracing the use of technology to achieve fast growth, she specialises as a turnaround CEO in agriculture, manufacturing and FMCG businesses. She began her career in the startup space Founding wine packaging business Lupé Wines in 2010. The company created innovative IP to manufacture a single serve glass of wine and raised venture capital to expand quickly into events, hotel minibars and airlines across Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. The company was acquired in 2016.
Ms Beattie spent a period in the tech industry as CEO of Realestate.com’s new venture Spacely as well as CEO of Startup Victoria before moving into agriculture. She has now fulfilled long time aspiration to get into farming as CEO of Australia’s largest organic mushroom farm Bulla Park.
Ms Beattie also contributes a significant amount of pro bono time on boards; Second Bite, Law Squared and the Australian Federal Government Accelerating Commercialisation Programme.
Ben Dodwell brings a vast amount of corporate experience to the Rowing Australia Board and is the current Head of Diversified Development at Charter Hall and ASX listed real estate funds management business with funds under management in excess of $38 Billion. Ben joined Charter Hall following the acquisition of Folkestone in November 2018, and was Head of Real Estate at Folkestone since 2011.
Previously he has held a number of senior executive roles at Stockland and Lend Lease where he has been responsible for the operations and profitability of significant real estate investment portfolios and development pipelines.
Ben is an Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games rowing medallist having attended three Olympics, six World Championships, and three Commonwealth Regattas and is also the winner of seven Kings Cup medals. Ben’s service to the rowing community includes his membership to the Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of the Renumerations and Nominations Committee. Ben is McVilly-Pearce rower number 481.
Andrew Michelmore AO
Andrew Michelmore 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. Mr Michelmore 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.
Mr Michelmore 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. He is McVilly-Pearce pin number 224.
Mr Michelmore 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.
He currently lives in Melbourne with his wife Janet and has two adult children.
Director, Athletes’ Representative
David Crawshay OAM
David Crawshay is the Chair of the RA Athletes’ Commission, a role he assumed in October 2020.
Mr Crawshay first competed for Australia at the Nations Cup in the U23 Men’s Quadruple Sculls at Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000, where he finished with a silver medal. The next year he competed in his first Senior team at the World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. He has represented Australia at 10 World Championships, finishing with three medals in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. In 2008, he partnered with Scott Brennan to win gold at the Beijing Olympics Games in the Men’s Double Sculls. Mr Crawshay has also competed in another two Olympics – Athens in 2004 and London in 2012. He is McVilly-Pearce pin number 599.
Away from rowing, Mr Crawshay graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Charles Darwin University, having studied remotely during his last years of rowing, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. He previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He worked at Melbourne law firm JRT Partnership before being appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 2019, where he currently hears appeals in the Migration Division.
Mr Crawshay lives in Melbourne with his wife Siobhan, a sports dietitian. They have a daughter and two sons.