Australian Sports Foundation Bolstered by New Appointments

Australian Sports Foundation Bolstered by New Appointments

November 27, 2023


Today, the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is thrilled to announce the appointment of three new Directors to our Board, as well as the re-appointment of an existing Director.

Following an open national recruitment process, an independent panel recommended several suitable candidates to the Minister for Sport Anika Wells MP, with the Minister making the final appointments for three-year terms.

We welcome Lisa Cotton, David Lemphers and Jason Titman as new Directors, who bring a wealth of expertise in philanthropy, technology, and digital innovation. With the three new additions joining our current Chair Grant O’Brien, Director Kim Brennan AM OLY, Director Andrew Baildon OLY and our re-appointed Director Samantha Pearce, the ASF’s Board has expanded to seven members and will meet for the first time at the end of November.

ASF Chair Grant O’Brien said he was thrilled with the new appointments to the board at such a critical time for Australian sport.

“The appointment of Lisa Cotton, David Lemphers and Jason Titman to the board will add exceptional new skills, experience and ideas as we support and advise the ASF with its continued work to increase philanthropic giving to clubs, athletes and sporting organisations,” O’Brien said. 

After joining our Board as a Director in 2018, we would also like to say farewell to Olympic gold medallist Gail Miller OAM, and extend our sincere gratitude for her contributions to the ASF. On the news of Miller’s departure, O’Brien also added: “Her representation of athlete interests both at the grassroots and elite level, and her deep understanding of the sport sector when combined with outstanding business expertise and experience have played an important role in the growth and success of the ASF.”




  • Chief Executive Officer of Ideology Group, advising the areas of philanthropy, social enterprise, and impact investment.

  • Has extensive governance experience and worked in executive roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors with organisations such as WA Tourism Commission (Eventscorp) and Social Ventures Australia.

  • Established award-winning The Funding Network, a national live collective giving and capacity building model for grassroots social enterprises.



  • Computer Scientist and Software Engineer with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Law.

  • Former senior executive at Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

  • Has significant experience across technology, start-up investment, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and digital marketing.

  • Has developed four US Patents on AI.



  • Founder and Executive Director of integr8 Investment Group, a private investment company.

  • Chief Operating Officer of Swyftx, crypto exchange.

  • Non-Executive Director of Findi Limited, ASX listed financial services company, with extensive investments in India.

  • Chairman of Reshop, an eCommerce company based in New York.

  • Significant expertise in digital and technology enhancement, as well as having a strong connection with sport and philanthropy.

  • Has extensive experience in Board and governance positions.



  • Head of Marketing at Liquid Interactive.

  • Marketing and Digital Advisor at 300 North, an investment business.

  • Has significant expertise in digital strategy, digital product development and marketing.

  • Has considerable executive management experience and knowledge of building a sustainable business.

  • Ms Pearce was first appointed to the ASF Board in December 2016 and her digital transformation capabilities have been of great value to the ASF.


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