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Badminton Australia has a six member Board of Directors, each serving a two year term. The BA Members, the State and Territory Associations elect Board members at the annual meeting in November each year. Board members bring a range of knowledge, skills and expertise to the Board and each has a particular area of interest they support within the management and development of the sport.

Andrew Greenway

President

Andrew Greenway was elected as President December 4th 2018. Andrew is from Brisbane and is a HR Business Manager with the Queensland Government. He manages teams delivering HR activities to a group of Queensland Government Departments. He brings to the Board significant experience at management levels in the HR and payroll finance area as well as a significant background experience in badminton at all levels of the sport. Andrew is a coach and has coached and managed State senior and junior teams and junior National teams – most recently Andrew was a coach of the Australia Green Team at the 2007 AYOF in Sydney. Andrew has been a national selector and tournament director for international badminton events. Andrew has been President of Brisbane Badminton Association since 1996.

Geraldine Brown

Geraldine is from Launceston, and was a Training Consultant for Skills Tasmania and has now retired. Geraldine has been on the Board since 1997 and was BA President from 2008 – 2018. She has been an Australian representative player (as well as a Tasmanian and Victorian representative), an administrator of the sport in Tasmania and Nationally, a coach (Level 3) at junior and senior levels and a Team Manager of various Australian Teams including the Olympic Badminton Team (2004), Thomas Cup & Uber Cup Teams (2002 and 04), Commonwealth Games Team (2002). Geraldine currently holds the positions of President for Oceania Badminton Confederation, Vice President for BWF, Chair of BWF Women In Badminton.

Paul Kern

Paul Kern was elected to the Board at the November 2016 Annual General Meeting. Paul is from Melbourne and runs a successful IT Computer Consultancy and Systems Integration business. He has been actively playing badminton since the age of 17, representing WA as an Under-21 and Senior for many years before moving to Melbourne for work in 2000. Since then he has been an active competitor in senior tournaments, moving into the competitive social and veterans badminton arena’s as the years rolled on. Paul served on the committee of the Mountain Districts Badminton Association in Kilsyth for many years before taking a Board Member role at Badminton Victoria in 2010. In 2015 he became the President of Badminton Victoria and oversaw a major overhaul in affiliation and participation, leading to a significant increase in membership in 2016. Paul has also held the role of Chairman of Senior State Selectors for Badminton Victoria since 2010, and is keenly interested in elite player development.

Julie McDonald

Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting & Business law, Diploma of International Marketing & Economics, and is a member of CPA Australia Ltd.  Julie is currently employed as Senior Business Manager – Western Victoria Primary Health Network limited (WVPHN) Geelong Victoria. Prior to that Julie has held Accountancy positions, and will bring strong accounting and audit and risk management skills to our organisation. Julie also has strong ties to sport, specifically Badminton, having represented Australia and played internationally, coached, and chaired several committees.

Sophia Varelas

Sophia is a Partner at PwC and a Legal practitioner practicing in Victoria. Sophia holds a Masters of Law (LLM), Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws. Sophia currently sits on the Football Federation Victoria (FFV) Disciplinary Tribunal and Appeals Board, and has a strong passion for all things sport. Sophia will bring legal expertise along with governance and broad commercial experience. She currently works with a broad range of private and public companies and is also experienced in working with government, charities and not for profit organisations.

Loke Poh Wong

Loke Poh Wong is from Victoria and has been involved in badminton for more than 40 years as a player and administrator. Loke Poh has been on the Board of Badminton Victoria holding to the post of Treasurer for four years and was elected President . Loke Poh also has had a long association with the Monash University Badminton Club and key administrator there since 1977 and is the past President and current Public Officer of the Club. He also has involvement with the Oceania Badminton Confederation (OBC) and Badminton World Federation (BWF). He is an active badminton player and won three gold medals and one bronze at the 2002 World Masters Games in Melbourne. Both his children are keen badminton players and State representatives. Born in Malaysia, Loke Poh came to Monash University in the late seventies to complete a civil engineering degree. He undertook further studies in environmental sciences from Victorian University and Deakin University. He is a civil / environmental engineer managing his own environmental consulting business and has held over the years a range of positions on professional bodies including past President of the Engineers Australia – Environmental Branch, Board of Australian Water Association and current Chief Judge for Engineering Australia Excellence Awards.