Male Champions of Change in Sport

Sport, as with many other environments, is not an industry shared equally between men and women. Gender inequality remains firmly entrenched, particularly at the leadership and governance level of most organisations, despite the fact that women are significant consumers of and participants in sports across the country.  Given the accessibility of sport and its ability to “talk” to Australians in a different way, the Male Champions of Change Sport group is in a unique position to influence the discourse on the issue of gender equality in the industry and more broadly. 

The members of the MCC Sport group represent diverse experience, have a deep personal commitment to gender equality and have extensive reach in Australian sport in both their organisations and the community. They also represent the key sports (in terms of economic contribution) in the Australian landscape. The group is chaired by Elizabeth Broderick.

Who are the Male Champions of Change Sport?

  • Mark Anderson – CEO, Swimming Australia
  • Matt Finnis – CEO, St Kilda Football Club

  • Kate Palmer (Special Advisor) – CEO, Australian Sports Commission

  • Marne Fechner (Special Advisor) – CEO, Netball Australia 
  • Brendon Gale – CEO, Richmond Football Club

  • David Gallop – CEO, Football Federation Australia
  • Todd Greenberg – CEO, National Rugby League
  • Anthony Moore – CEO, Basketball Australia

  • Gary Pert – CEO, Collingwood Football Club

  • Bill Pulver – CEO, Australian Rugby Union

  • Dominic Remond – CEO, Sydney Sixers

  • Giles Thompson – CEO, Racing Victoria

  • James Sutherland – CEO, Cricket Australia
  • Craig Tiley – CEO, Tennis Australia

  • Steven Trigg – CEO, Carlton Football Club


MCC Sport is a major collaborative effort to advance the involvement of women in all aspects of sport. The Champions lead within their organisations and collectively externally with a specific focus on the following priorities:

Advancing more women into leadership positions

  • Enhancing an industry sponsorship program for high-potential women in sports management
  • Securing a sustainable increase in women in high performance roles
  • Enabling more flexible approaches to careers in sport within organisations.

Developing more inclusive sporting cultures

  • Increasing women’s participation in all aspects of sport
  • Developing more diverse and inclusive ‘public faces’ for sporting organisations, particularly through communication with our combined 6m+ social media followers
  • Supporting a ‘Panel Pledge’ to only speak on industry panels where women are represented and able to participate in a meaningful way.


  • Achieving pay equity in sports management and administration
  • Working with key stakeholders such as players’ associations, media, funding bodies and sponsors on pathways to pay equity for women athletes in sport.

For further information please contact the MCC Sport Program Director, Julie Bissinella at

Recent news & announcements

December 2016 – Male Champions of Change Sport have released their first public report – Progress Report 2016.
Click here to download the report. Click here to download the media release

May 2016 The Sponsorship of Talent action group launch the MCCS Sponsorship Across Sport program to connect high potential female leaders with sponsors from different organisations and codes. The first round of the program has matched over 40 pairs, with a first event planned in Sydney in July to bring the full network together.

February 2016 Richmond Football Club and the Australian Sports Commission become the first SMCC organisations to launch pilots of All Roles Flex, making flexible working options the default for employees. They will be sharing lessons learned with the full MCCS group in May.