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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ROMILLY MADEW

MENTOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR. Romilly has been the CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia since 2006 and is a vocal advocate of diversity, Indigenous issues, flexibility in the workplace, and women in sport.

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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.

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Minerva Stars

ELLIE CARPENTER - FOOTBALL

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

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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.

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RACHAEL HAYNES - CRICKET

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

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ALYSSA HEALY - CRICKET

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

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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.

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JADA WHYMAN - FOOTBALL

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

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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’.

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DOMINIQUE DU TOIT - RUGBY 7S

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SOPHIE GARBIN – NETBALL

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

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Minerva Mentors

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.

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AMANDA BUCKLEY

Mentoring young athletes is a passion, so I am delighted to have joined the Minerva Foundation as a mentor.

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SALLY LOANE

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

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SUSAN HORWITZ

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

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ROBI STANTON

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

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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.

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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.

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AMANDA MOSTYN

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

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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.

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DEBRA ECKERSLEY

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

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CAROLYN MCCANN

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ROMILLY MADEW

MENTOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR. Romilly has been the CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia since 2006 and is a vocal advocate of diversity, Indigenous issues, flexibility in the workplace, and women in sport.

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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.

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ANNETTE WARGON

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

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Minerva Champions

ANNETTE WARGON

OPERATIONS & GOVERNANCE CHAMPION. Annette recently retired after a 33 year career as a global Legal, Compliance and Regulatory professional.

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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.

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CAROLINE TUNG

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

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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.

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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.

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LIZ ELLIS

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

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