Professional Profile

My career has focused on the inclusion and integrity issues in sport, particularly in relation to people with disability. I am strategic yet outcome focused. I believe that well thought out and planned actions, that have a human rights based approach, can impact positively in the lives of people who are most disadvantaged. In my career I have always believed in the power of networks and on empowering others to make a difference. I have recently founded The Inclusion Club – a not-for-profit health promotion charity that shares best practice models on inclusive sport and active recreation to a world wide network of practitioners. I am also a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship to study models of best practice in inclusive sport in the US, UK and Finland.

Employment / Work History

Australian Sports Commission

Manager - Play by the Rules/November 2013 - present

Responsible for the management of Play by the Rules, a national multi-partner initiative that promotes safe, fair and inclusive sport. Strategic partners include the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Human Rights Commission, all state/territory departments of sport and recreation, equal opportunity commissions, the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and the Office of Childrens Guardian. Play by the Rules addresses issues around child protection, harassment and discrimination, complain handling, inclusion and policy development through media campaigns, production of online resources and information sources, webinars and social media awareness.

Australian Sports Commission

International Sport for Development Consultant (p/t)/June 2013 - October 2013

Responsible for the management of the Australian Sports Outreach Program in Fiji, focusing on the development of inclusive sport for development outcomes.

The Inclusion Club

Founding Director/May 2011 - present

The Inclusion Club is a not-for-profit health promotion charity registered in Australia and the UK that aims to share models of good practice in sport and active recreation for people with disability. I am responsible for the strategic and operational activities of The Inclusion Club, including the development and maintenance of website content, including audio-visual articles, podcasts and webinars. I design and maintain the national database of 1,400 subscribers from 34 countries. I am also jointly responsible for marketing, sponsorship and funding initiatives. The Inclusion Club also has a ‘sister’ site – that provides a webinar service for the sport and not-for-profit sectors.

Australian Sports Commission

Assistant Director - Integrity/January 2011 - December 2012

Responsible for management and delivery of the ASCs key priority initiatives concerned with safeguarding the integrity of sport. Specifically, providing support for the implementation of Play by the Rules, Member Protection Policy template support for NSOs, the management and development of Member Protection Information Officer face-to-face and online training, the development and delivery of training, education and networking resources including webinars, forums and key meetings. Also involved in section planning, including the design of evaluation and monitoring systems that meet key section and branch priorities.

Australian Sports Commission

Manager - Disability Sport Unit/April 1994 - December 2010
  • Established extensive set of education and training resources concerned with the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity.
  • Developed the Disability Education Program – a national professional development program for teachers, coaches and community leaders providing training for over 50,000 people, delivered by a network of state/territory coordinators based in department of sport and recreation.
  • Developed and managed Sports CONNECT – a program to assist national sports organisations plan for the inclusion of people with a disability in sport. Includes the development of a national inclusive sport framework based on supply-demand principles and implemented by all partners, including 25 national sports organisations and all state departments of sport and recreation.
  • Development of Sports Ability – a national inclusive sports program for young people with high support needs attached to the 2006 Commonwealth Games, targeting 150 Special Schools and 20 Indigenous Communities across Australia. Currently there are around 700 Sports Ability sites around Australia.
  • Designed and implemented national research project investigating the constraints and opportunities people with disability in sport and active recreation.

Australian Sports Commission

Sports Management Consultant/April 1993 - April 1994

Managing a portfolio of National Sports Organisations (NSOs). Responsible for delivery of Government funding requirements and priorities, NSO strategic and operational plan development and strategic outcomes for targeted NSOs.

PGL Young Adventure

Sports Instructor/June - August in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

Sports instructor for young people participating in summer vacation camps in the UK and learning English as a second language, specialising in cricket, squash and tennis.

BBC Children In Need Appeal and Comic Relief

Administrator/April 1984 - February 1987 (p/t)

Responsible for the assessment and administration of funds raised through national BBC Children in Need Appeal and Comic Relief telethons that raised over $90m annually for not-for-profits and charities throughout the UK and Africa.

Metropolitan Police (UK)

Law Clerk/August 1979 - August 1980

New Scotland Yard Appeals Department for the Metropolitan Police preparing Crown Court briefs for Metropolitan Police solicitors.


Surrey University (UK)

BSc Sports Studies / Business Studies/1986 - 1989

Loughborough University (UK)

European Masters Degree in Adapted Physical Activity/1990 - 1992

Master Thesis – Student Attitudes Toward the Integration of Young People with Disabilities in Activity Settings: A European Comparison

Awards / Certificates

  • Recipient of a Churchill Fellowship 2013 from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to study models of best practice in inclusive sport and active recreation for people with disability, particularly people with high support needs, in the US, UK and Finland.
  • Nominated for the position as Vice President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 2013.
  • Nominated by Disability Services ACT for National Inclusion Awards 2013.
  • Finalist in the  2012 ACT Chief Ministers Margaret Spalding Individual Inclusion Awards
  • Nominated and included in the NSW Who’s Who publication 2009.
  • Nominated and included in the top 10 sport category of the Bulletin Magazine’s SMART 100 national awards 2007
  • Vice President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 2001-2005
  • Recognised for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Sports Commission in 1998.
  • Australian Sports Medal 2000 – for contributions to Australian sport.
  • Workplace Assessor Training 1999
  • Harassment-Free Sport Contact Officer 2000
  • Protective Behaviours Certificate 2000
  • Planning and Managing Program Evaluations1997


Paul Oliver
Senior Consultant
Bluestone Edge
61 (0) 408 469 347
Ken Black
Independent Sports Adviser and Director – The Inclusion Club