Michelle Nolland

Executive Director

Industry Roles: Non-Executive Board Director/Deputy Chair for the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Australia/NZ, Executive Officer Parks Leisure Australia (PLA) NSW/ACT

Qualifications: GAICD, IAP2 Certificate of Engagement, Bachelor Exercise Science Major in Sports Management, Bachelor Human Nutrition Major in Journalism, Certificate Aquatic and Pool Operations, Fitness for Seniors certification

Skills and Experience:

  • Michelle has spent 20 years in the Recreation, Aquatics, and sports sectors in a range of operational, leadership, strategic and executive roles. Michelle commenced in the industry as a teenage lifeguard working her way up to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer roles.
  • Michelle has managed some of Australia’s iconic aquatic and leisure centres and has partnered and built strong stakeholder relations with over 20 NSW local councils and the ACT Government.
  • Strong skill sets within strategic planning, increasing participation through innovative programming and service delivery, enhancing quality in highly regulated environments, creating positive client experience, improving financial viability, and driving improved performance.
  • Michelle has led a number of large-scale community consultation processes including individual community members, sports clubs, government agencies and regional networks.
  • In her capacity working in executive leadership roles, Michelle has undertaken large and complex funding proposals on capital projects for national recreation organisations and bodies to ensure a sustainable asset portfolio for multiple communities.
  • Through her extensive operational experience, Michelle has the ability to build strategies to improve budget performance and activation of community assets such as the QueensPark Swimming Pool. She can combine her leisure planning experience with her operational knowledge to create a valuable outcome for Council and the community.
  • Michelle is an experienced corporate speaker who has spoken on a range of community, physical activity, sport, and health related topics at various Australian and International conferences including: The National Sports Convention, Parks Leisure Australia, Local Government NSW and The Aquatic and Recreation Institute.

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