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Meet our Board of Directors

Athletics NSW is comprised of its affiliated clubs, who are its members as per the Constitution. There are currently 88 affiliated member clubs of Athletics NSW. An elected Board of Directors set policy and direction for the organisation, which is implemented by the management staff.


ACTING CEO & chair, dr Peter Higgins - UTS Northern Suburbs Athletics Club

  • Athletics NSW – Director since 2012; former member Officials Advisory Panel, Marketing Advisory Panel.  Chair Risk Committee, Chair Corporate Partnership Committee.  Previous iRun (Run NSW) Manager.  Current member of Finance, Audit, and Risk Management Committee.  Chair Remuneration and Nominations Committee.  Company Secetary for Athletics NSW Ltd.
  • OneSport – member and rotating Chair of One Sport Joint Working Party.  Member of Marketing Committee.
  • Athletics Australia - Technical Official including Commonwealth Games, Invictus Games, World Masters, IPC World Championships, and International Childrens Games; IAAF TOECS 1 accreditation and WPC Level 1 accreditation.  Previous member AA Facilities and Equipment Committee.  Currently observer on Athletics Australia Board of Directors. 
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, MBA, FAIM, FAICD, FAMI, JP
  • Director of RunWest Ltd, UTS Foundation Ltd, Expert Results Pty Ltd, and Australia Media Centre Pty Ltd.
  • Previous Director Australian Red Cross, Guide Dog Association, Sydney Media Centre (Olympics), TSE Foundation, Eyes of the World, Animal Welfare League.
  • Senior management and marketing roles with Nestlé, Mars, Commonwealth Bank, Encyclopaedia Britannica, NSW Government; Lecturer at The University of Sydney.
  • Rugby Union Referee for 20 years.  Previous President of Referees Association.
  • Current member Alumni Council of The University of Sydney.  Manager Hope St Clinic for homeless people.
  • Previous Vice President, UTS Northern Suburbs Athletic Club.
  • Athletics NSW – Director since 2016: Special Awards Committee
  • Bachelors of Sports Management (Marketing)
  • Worked as Competition Manager for ANSW 2011/12, Development Manager with Little Athletics NSW/Athletics NSW Joint Venture 12/13. Work in registration technology space for Major Endurance events (Charity Events to Major City Marathons) in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Assistant Coach of the Melbourne Track Club and Athlete Management (Sydney).
  • Former Elite athlete who represented Nike, Represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games 2006 (placed 6th), and Winner of 4 x National titles in the 800m.
  • Previous competition experience was as a member of UTS Norths and Sydney University Athletics Club’s throughout those years.



  • Athletics NSW director since 2018: Participation Advisory Panel, Womens Advisory Panel.
  • Bachelors of Arts/Laws, Masters Banking & Finance Regulation, currently: MBA (Sports Management)
  • Former Athletics NSW Participation Advisor, Membership Ambassador, Level 2 Recreational Running Coaching Facilitator. 
  • Previous professional experience includes Senior Analyst at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and various senior compliance roles in a number of large financial institutions including BT/Westpac, ING and Asteron.
  • Athletics Australia Accredited Coach.
  • Running Mums Australia Ambassador.
  • Distance runner (track, cross country, road events), Former NSW title holder (Novice XC), NSW Open medalist (10,000m), IAAF World Masters Champion (5,000m & 10,000m), NSW Representative in Australian Half Marathon and Cross Country Championships and enthusiastic fun runner.
  • Member of Randwick Botany Harriers and NSW Masters Association. Former member Sydney Striders. 

Director, jonathan fletcher - running science

  •  Athletics NSW director since 2018 
  • Athletics Australia Accredited Coach- Level 2 Recreational Running 
  • Director Fitter4Life PTY LTD (T/A Running Science)   
  • Background in business transformation, IT and operations strategy, and outsourcing strategy formulation and implementation.  
  • Senior Leadership roles across the Banking and Finance sector in Outsourcing, Operational Management and Dispute Resolution 
  • Avid distance runner and fitness enthusiast
  • Member of Running Science Club
Director, Andew Watson - Balmain Athletics Club

  • Athletics NSW – Director since 2013; Competition Advisory Panel

  • Bachelor of Commerce, CA

  • Currently leads Group Business Effectiveness at Westfield; formerly Head of Business Process (Asia Pacific) for Hewlett Packard Financial Services

  • Background in commercial finance, IT and operations strategy; experience leading operational transformations and strategy development, organisational change, business effectiveness improvements and commercial finance strategies

  • Current masters competitor and former decathlon competitor

  • Level 2 Club Coach

  • Age Manager, Balmain Little Athletics

Director, Matthew Whitbread - Bankstown Sports Athletic Club

  • Athletics NSW – Director since 2013; former member Winter Harriers Committee; Chairman, Sub-Committee for Winter Rules 2011-12

  • Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Social Inquiry), 2008-14; International Exchange Semester, Oxford Brookes University, Spring 2012

  • Solicitor, Stewart & Associates- August 2014- Present , Former Tipstaff to His Honour Judge WP Kearns SC, NSW District Court, NSW Dust diseases Tribunual

  • Bankstown Sports Senior Athletic Club Committee – currently Website and Social Media Manager, previously Executive Vice-President, Minute Secretary

  • NSW Half Marathon Championships Organising Committee 2009-2013

  • Bankstown Cancer Council Relay for Life Team Manager 2006-2010

director, Terry Manns - Campbelltown athletics club

Over 25 years in sport of Athletics
18 years on Campbelltown Committee 11 years as President and 17 years as Senior Division Delegate to ANSW
Life Member Campbelltown Collegians Athletics 
Life Member South West Metropolitan Zone Athletics
Club Administrator Award ANSW three times
Service Merit Award ANSW
Campbelltown City Council Community Service Award 2011
Nominated Citizen of Year 2012
Over 45 years in the Printing Trade
Current Athletics Australia Official Track and Technical