Address Applications to: The Secretary, East Gippsland Sports Foundation, P.O. Box 1253 Bairnsdale, Vic 3875 -

Board of Directors

Alan Cross

Managing Director of Bairnsdale based engineering consultancy Crossco Consulting Pty Ltd. Alan was born in Bairnsdale and educated in regional and metropolitan Victoria. He returned to his home town in 1981 to raise his family with wife Anne.
Alan lead the successful campaign for an indoor aquatic centre for Bairnsdale and was a foundation member of the East Gippsland YMCA representing the Association at State Board level. A one-time tennis and golf enthusiast, Alan continues to chase, but never catch his youth by participating in triathlon and cycling as well as sea and flat water kayaking.
Through his membership and support of the Riviera Triathlon Club and East Gippsland Water Dragons Swimming Club, Alan is always keen to create opportunities for East Gippsland’s sporting youngsters to participate and enjoy success in their chosen pursuits.

Harvey Bates MBE, Patron & Founder

Former East Gippsland Shire Councillor and Mayor, Harvey was born and bred in Lakes Entrance. He spent 39 years working for the Federal Government in customs service, including 20 years as a senior officer. In 1968 at only 34 years of age, he received an MBE for outstanding public service in the field of enforcement. Harvey has had a long time interest in sport and youth development, is responsible for the creation of the East Gippsland Sports Foundation and is its Chairman.

Sharron Collins, Secretary

A parent of a former Sports Foundation athlete, Sharron understands the hard work and commitment the athletes and their families living in East Gippsland put in to compete at a high level.  She was on the committee for the swim club for 10 years including being Secretary and President.  Sharron works in the disability field focusing on communication and enabling people to reach their full potential.

Scott Ashley

Principal with Bairnsdale accountancy firm, WHK Scott undertakes the role of treasurer with the East Gippsland Sports Foundation. The Foundation is important to Scott who was a member of state-level cricket and basketball teams and understands the logistical and financial difficulties faced by young sportspeople in our area.walking.

Frank Strini

Frank and his wife Mary have four boys, all living in Bairnsdale. An energetic businessman and sporting competitor, Frank believes the trade off for living a clean country life should not be an obstacle for junior sporting achievement and personal development at a State or National level. After competing at State levels in swimming and triathlons, Frank is acutely aware of the financial and physical strains that activity puts on families when they sometimes choose to let their children compete at a State or National level in sport.

John Morton

Luke Robinson

Born and bred in Orbost, sport was always a constant growing up for Luke. It was this passion for sport, which led to a cadet reporter's role with East Gippsland Newspapers. Some 18 years on, Luke is now editor and believes sport, and junior sport, is the backbone of a healthy community. Luke is a former East Gippsland Football Netball League president, is involved with the Gippstar (senior and junior) sports awards program, enjoys road cycling, a game of squash and helping out the youngsters at Auskick.

Nicole Chila

Ian Campbell

A long time resident of East Gippsland and a lawyer by occupation. Ian’s particular sporting interests are Australian Rules football and tennis but he is keenly interested in all sports and creating the opportunity for people to participate.

Frank McShane

Executive Manager Operations East Gippsland Water. Frank McShane moved from Scotland with his family in 2005. He has been involved in competitive sport, coaching, and committees for over 30 years. Frank's sports included in the early years, boxing and tae kwon do, running his own clubs, then became involved in athletics, swimming and triathlon, where he has coached juniors to national level in the UK and Australia. Some of the juniors Frank coached and encouraged went on to becoming full time professional athletes. He now enjoys being less competitive, with a little swimming, mountain biking, running and kayaking. Frank is a member of Riviera triathlon club, Riviera cycling club and Traralgon harriers.

John Stephenson, OAM

Managing Director of Gippsland Secured Investment (GSI) John was the company’s first manager and was appointed a director in 1975 and has many years' experience in business and finance. John is a former Mayor of the Town of Bairnsdale, a past-President of the Victorian Eastern Development Association, is currently President of the East Gippsland Institute of TAFE and past-President of the Victorian TAFE Association. He enjoys snow skiing, windsurfing and sailing. John was granted the Order of Australia for Services to Vocational Education in 2007.

Bob Yeates

Managing Director of East Gippsland Newspapers. Bob is a fourth generation newspaperman running a local family business who is proud and passionate about East Gippsland. Born in Southern Tasmania, he moved to Bairnsdale at an early age, spent eight years in Melbourne and one year travelling, having fun and playing tennis, before moving back to Bairnsdale with his wife, Lorraine. Bob's sporting ability enabled him to enjoy a reasonable game of tennis, coaching for 15 years, as well as being involved in local football, golf, tennis, lake kayaking, table tennis, go-karting and cycling on the rail trail.

Peter Dullard

Managing Director, Peter Dullard Motor Group P/L. Peter moved his family from Melbourne to East Gippsland in 1984 after spending 16 years working for Ford Motor Company throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.Having been involved in junior sport over a number of years with his four children he understands the additional financial burden borne by junior athletes and their parents in pursuing suitable coaching, training and competition. Peter has been a member of a number of Boards in East Gippsland and enjoys boating, bush walking, cycling and the occasional game of golf.