A match made to fly

There are no power games here. Our mentor relationships are built with a primary goal of supporting the mentee. We seek to match every athlete with a mentor who understands her personality and challenges. From there we build an ongoing relationship, offering incredible advice on short-term and long-term leadership, networking and financial goals. Ideally, we are building a network of athletes, and women leaders to ensure great diversity and inclusion.

Minerva Founders

CHRISTINE MCLOUGHLIN

CHAIRMAN and Co-Founder of the Minerva Network with a passion for sport and community inclusion. Christine is also Chairman of Venues NSW which is committed to supporting the health, fitness and wellbeing of every Australian.

READ BIO

SAM MOSTYN

Sam is a Co-Founder of the Minerva Network and is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser, with a long history of sports governance.

READ BIO

RAELENE CASTLE

Raelene is a Co-Founder of the Minerva Network and was recently appointed as CEO of Rugby Australia at the beginning of 2018.

READ BIO

SUE CATO

Sue is a Co-Founder of the Minerva Network. Sue has worked on business-critical issues and corporate activity for Australian and international corporations and entities for almost three decades.

READ BIO

ROMILLY MADEW

Romilly Madew AO is a Co-Founder of the Minerva Network. Romilly commenced as Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia, the Federal Governments independent infrastructure advisor, in April 2019.

READ BIO

KATE AITKEN

Kate is a Co-Founder of the Minerva Network.  She is the General Manager, Human Resources for Westpac Institutional Bank and has a lifetime involvement in all levels of mens' and womens' mixed sports.

READ BIO
Minerva Stars

ELLIE CARPENTER - FOOTBALL

Ellie Carpenter has been a vital part of Australia's outstanding women's football team, the Matildas.

READ BIO

ALICIA QUIRK - RUGBY 7S

Alicia Quirk, an inaugural Minerva Star, is an Olympic Gold medallist in Rugby Sevens, and a team member of both a Sevens World Series Title, and a Touch World Cup.

READ BIO

RACHAEL HAYNES - CRICKET

Rachael continues to flourish on the cricket field successfully leading the team as Australian captain.

READ BIO

ALYSSA HEALY - CRICKET

Alyssa is a wicket-keeper/batter and has enjoyed an astonishing amount of success in her career thus far.

READ BIO

KEZIE APPS - RUGBY LEAGUE

Kezie Apps is an Australian Rugby League player, Dally M Medal winner, who currently plays for Helensburgh Tiger Lillies. Apps is a Dragons Ambassador and works part-time with the Dragons and NRL in community and development.

READ BIO

JADA WHYMAN - FOOTBALL

Jada Whyman, a young Indigenous Australian with ancestors from the Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta peoples.

READ BIO

EMMA TONEGATO - RUGBY 7S

Emma grew up in Wollongong in NSW, playing many sports but found her niche with touch football. She started playing at the age of 6 and found a love for ‘footy’.

READ BIO

DOMINIQUE DU TOIT - RUGBY 7S

Dominique is a current member of the Australian Women Rugby Sevens team competing on the World Sevens Series.

READ BIO

CHARLOTTE CASLICK – RUGBY 7S

Charlotte Caslick, a new addition to the Minerva Network is an outstanding player in the world of Women's Rugby Sevens.

READ BIO

ELANA WITHNALL - ATHLETICS

Elana Withnall (Lani) is a former Australian Athletics Team Captain and Flag Bearer. One of Australia’s most dynamic athletes, Elana was the IAAF Oceania Heptathlon Champion in 2013/14 and remains an internationally ranked Heptathlete.

READ BIO

CAITLIN FOORD - FOOTBALL

Already boasting 60 caps for her country at 23, Caitlin Foord is one of Australian football’s brightest talents. Caitlin shot to fame in 2011 when she represented The Matildas at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup aged just 16.

READ BIO

SOPHIE GARBIN – NETBALL

Sophie Garbin is a Western Australian-born netballer who made her National Netball League debut with the NSW Swifts in 2018.

READ BIO

HANNAH BUCKLING - WATER POLO

Sydney born and bred, Hannah Buckling debuted for the Aussie Stingers in 2011. In the same year Buckling was named Water Polo Australia's Junior Female Player of the Year signalling that she was a future name to watch.

READ BIO

MADDY PROUD - NETBALL

Maddy Proud is a current member of the NSW Swifts netball team competing in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.

READ BIO

SAMANTHA POOLMAN - NETBALL

A proud product of the Netball NSW player pathways, Sam Poolman started as a junior netballer at West Leagues Netball Club in Newcastle.

READ BIO

NICOLA BARR - AFL

Nicola has been a part of the GWS Giants AFLW team over the last three years, and was selected as the number one draft pick in the inaugural 2016 AFLW draft.

READ BIO

ELLIA GREEN - RUGBY 7S

Ellia Green OAM is a professional rugby union player and represents Australia in Rugby Sevens. She is an Olympic Gold Medallist as a member of Australia’s victorious Rugby Sevens team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

READ BIO

JACQUI BELL - ULTRA RUNNING

In 2018 Jacqui Bell at 23 years of age became The Youngest Female in The World to complete Racing Planets 4 Desert Grand Slam.

READ BIO

PHILIPA SETH - AFLW

Philipa Seth plays in the AFLW for the Fremantle Dockers. She was drafted at pick 28 as a mature aged recruit at the age of 25.

READ BIO

ASHLEIGH DOBLE - INDOOR CRICKET

Queensland born and bred, Ashleigh grew up in Rockhampton playing sports like Hockey, Cricket and Swimming.

READ BIO

EMMA MOFFATT - TRIATHLON

Beijing bronze medallist Emma Moffatt made Australian Olympic history by becoming the first triathlete to compete at three Olympic Games.

READ BIO

LUCY STIRLING - SPORT CLIMBING

Lucy is currently the highest ranked female climber in Oceanic lead sport climbing competitions. She has been competing in sport climbing since 2007, and is part of the Australian Open Climbing team.

READ BIO

PAIGE HADLEY - NETBALL

A Penrith District Netball Association junior, Paige signed with the NSW Swifts for the 2013 Trans-Tasman Netball League (TTNL).

READ BIO

GEORGINA ROWE - ROWING

Georgie Rowe grew up on Sydney's Northern Beaches where she competed in surf boat rowing for her local surf club, Collaroy.

READ BIO

BRONWEN KNOX - WATER POLO

Triple Olympian, Bronwen Knox first debuted for the Aussie Stingers (Women’s Water Polo team) on the Olympic stage at Beijing 2008 where she scored 12 goals to be the tournament’s third highest goal scorer.

READ BIO

ROWIE WEBSTER

Rowie Webster is a dual Olympian collecting a Bronze at the London Olympics and then proved herself a natural leader at the Rio Olympics four years later.

READ BIO

ELLA CONNOLLY

Ella Connolly is a young lady on the move - and doing it quickly! Ella is an extremely talented young Australian athlete.

READ BIO

HOLLY FERLING - CRICKET

Holly Ferling made her debut for the Australian women’s cricket team at age 17 while she was still in high school and based in the rural town of Kingaroy.

READ BIO

JESS WUETSCHNER - AFL

Jess Wuetschner plays for Brisbane Lions in the AFLW competition, having been recruited in the inaugural draft at pick 34.

READ BIO
Minerva Mentors

ANNETTE WARGON

Annette is a Minerva Champion with a passion for sport and advancing opportunities for young women.

READ BIO

CHRISTINA MATTHEWS

Christina Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and a former Australian cricketer.

READ BIO

LUCILLE BAILIE

Lucille successfully combined semi professional Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) commitments with roles in property and sponsorship management over almost two decades.

READ BIO

KERRY CHIKAROVSKI

Kerry Chikarovski is a former NSW Liberal Leader and first woman to lead a major political party in New South Wales.

READ BIO

JANE SPRING

Jane Spring has had positions at the Department of Industry with Regional Development, Jobs for NSW and Industry Development and Business Services and is the Department’s Disability Champion.

READ BIO

CECILE WAKE

Cecile is Vice-President Commercial & NBD at Shell Australia, with accountability for portfolio management and the commercial arrangements that underpin Shell's oil & gas investments in Australia.

READ BIO

SALLY LOANE

Sally Loane joined the Financial Services Council as Chief Executive Officer in December 2014.

READ BIO

SUSAN HORWITZ

Susan is a Director of Sport NSW, an independent peak body representing New South Wales sport and the active recreation sector.

READ BIO

ROBI STANTON

Robi Stanton is a respected and experienced media executive having held senior roles across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.

READ BIO

SELINA SHORT

Selina is a Minerva Mentor and is passionate about communities and cities that will be liveable, sustainable, human hubs of economic prosperity for diverse societies.

READ BIO

HOLLY KRAMER

Holly Kramer a Minerva Mentor and is the Deputy Chairman of Australia Post and a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Woolworths and 2XU.

READ BIO

AMANDA MOSTYN

Amanda is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and is currently a Co-Director of the CEW Leaders Program.

READ BIO

GABRIELLE CURTIN

Gabrielle holds the position of Group Executive Safety, People, Community & Services at Snowy Hydro. Her experience spans a diverse range of businesses including listed, unlisted and start-up entities across a number of industry sectors such as oil, energy, retail, health & safety, aviation and not-for-profit.

READ BIO

DEBRA ECKERSLEY

Debra is a Minerva Mentor and Group Executive - People & Culture at Bank of Queensland.

READ BIO

CAROLYN MCCANN

BBus (Com), BA, GradDipAppFin, GAICD Group Executive, Customer & Corporate Relations

READ BIO

ALEXANDRA GOODFELLOW

Alexandra Goodfellow has 25 years’ experience in executive search and consulting. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and Australia and has executed key mandates in other major global regions.

READ BIO

KRISTINA STERN

Kristina Stern graduated in law from Melbourne University (first class Honours) in 1987. She then worked as a solicitor before completing a PhD from Cambridge University (where she was a Tapp Scholar) and lecturing in law at King’s College and University College London.

READ BIO

SHARRON FLAHIVE

Dr Sharron Flahive is the current Chief Medical Officer for the Waratahs. Sharron is the longest serving member of the Waratahs staff looking after the team for more than 15 years!

READ BIO

KIRSTIN FERGUSON

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Kirstin has a PhD in leadership, culture and governance as well as degrees in Law and History.

READ BIO

KATE AITKEN

Kate is a Co-Founder of the Minerva Network.  She is the General Manager, Human Resources for Westpac Institutional Bank and has a lifetime involvement in all levels of mens' and womens' mixed sports.

READ BIO

ROMILLY MADEW

Romilly Madew AO is a Co-Founder of the Minerva Network. Romilly commenced as Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia, the Federal Governments independent infrastructure advisor, in April 2019.

READ BIO

CHRISTINE MCLOUGHLIN

CHAIRMAN and Co-Founder of the Minerva Network with a passion for sport and community inclusion. Christine is also Chairman of Venues NSW which is committed to supporting the health, fitness and wellbeing of every Australian.

READ BIO
Minerva Champions

LISA SUTTON GARDNER

Lisa has over 30-years of building brands and marketing strategies with a firm grounding in business development and unflinching commitment to clients and staff.

READ BIO

GLENN JACKSON

Glenn has been instrumental in structuring a Career Development framework for our Minerva Stars and Minerva Mentors to work with as our athletes focus on their broader ambitions beyond the field of play.

READ BIO

ANNETTE WARGON

Annette is a Minerva Champion with a passion for sport and advancing opportunities for young women.

READ BIO

ARTHUR STANLEY

Arthur Stanley is one of Sydney's most experienced media professionals, having spent over 40 years in mainstream media and corporate communications roles.

READ BIO

KATE ARGENT

Kate Argent has a passion for driving positive community change through sport. She has built a successful career in sports strategy and management and is now the Acting COO for Minerva.

READ BIO

CAROLINE TUNG

Caroline is a young journalist from Melbourne completing a Master of Journalism degree at Monash University.

READ BIO

KERRY O'SULLIVAN

Kerry O’Sullivan is motivated by giving back to the community and using sport as a mechanism for social change. She has built a successful career in developing and delivering strategy in the sport and not-for-profit sectors and is particularly driven by a desire for achieving gender equity in sport and business.

READ BIO
Minerva Legends

JANE FLEMMING

Jane Flemming is managing director and proprietor of the sponsorship and marketing company, Flemming Promotions (“FP”), which provides marketing advice to corporations in Australia and the UK, its clients include Cadbury’s, Samsung, British Airways and Coates Hire.

READ BIO

ALEX BLACKWELL

Alex is a former Australian cricket captain who led her country to World Cup and Ashes victories. She is the first woman elected director to Cricket NSW, and head cricket coach with Lancashire in the KIA Women’s Super League.

READ BIO

LIZ ELLIS AO

Liz Ellis AO is one of Australia’s highest profile elite athletes and most successfulnetballersever. She was captain of the Australian Netball Team and Sydney Swifts, and surpassed the record for most test matches played for Australia.

READ BIO

LAURA GEITZ

Laura Geitz is one of the most recognised and regarded female role models in Australian sport. Laura retired from netball in 2018, having established herself as one of Australia’s greatest players.

READ BIO

JODIE FIELDS

Arguably one of Queensland’s greatest female cricket players, former Australian Captain Jodie Fields is a leader and advocate for women and girls.

READ BIO