Local Organising Committee
PROFESSOR HANS WESTERBEEK
Professor Hans Westerbeek is the Dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science, and of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) at Victoria University, in Melbourne, Australia. He is Professor of Sport Business at Victoria University and holds a visiting Chair position at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and at the Real Madrid Graduate School in Madrid, Spain. Professor Westerbeek also sits on numerous academic advisory boards for institutions in several countries. He has published 23 books and more than 200 articles in sport management, sport business, sport marketing and sport policy and his work has been translated in Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese and Greek.
Professor Westerbeek is an international consultant to more than 50 organisations including the FIFA, IMG London, Giro D’Italia, Royal Dutch Football Association, Australian Football League (AFL), Cricket Australia, the Dutch Olympic Committee, the Al Jazira Sport and Cultural Club (Abu Dhabi) and the Saujana Golf and Country Club (Kuala Lumpur) and to governments in India (Kerala, current), New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Belgium to name a few. He is currently working with Sportcal in London on the validation and rollout of the GSI (Global Sport Impact) project, creating several indices that measure and track the impact of major sporting events on cities, nations and organisations. He has also been proudly involved in SPLISS2.0 since its inception.
Professor Westerbeek has received several professional awards including the Henry Fong Award for contributions to global citizenship, and he is a founding board member of both the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) and the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ). He was recently made an Honorary Life member of EASM for his contributions to the association. He is frequently approached by international media and has delivered presentations and keynote addresses at over 120 conferences in more than 20 nations around the world.
DR CAMILLA BROCKETT
Doctor Camilla Brockett is a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Sport Consultant at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) where she manages projects and partnerships with key university partners.
Dr Brockett’s most recent projects include collaboration with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to identify sport policy factors that impact Australia’s sporting success, which was part of the SPLISS study. In addition, Dr Brockett as been working on sport development initiatives with a State Government in India, as well as leading multiple projects with the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) for research and develop into improved sport engagement and athlete development pathways.
Prior to joining Victoria University in 2011, Dr Brockett worked at the AIS for almost 10 years. She managed projects that identified world’s best practice in areas such as service delivery, operating practices and sport management, and benchmarked them against current practices at the AIS and other Australian sports organisations.
Dr Brockett has also consulted on high performance sport management and strategic planning for various national and international sporting organisations, including – the New Zealand Academy of Sport, Auckland University Millennium Centre for Sport & Health, Sony Ericsson Women’s Tennis Association Tour, Canoeing Australia, Australian Rugby Union, Swimming Australia, Triathlon Australia, Fremantle Football Club and the Western Bulldogs Football Club.
In addition to gaining a PhD in Muscle Physiology, Dr Brockett is also a qualified Level 2 Gymnastics Coach and has over 10 years coaching experience including four years at the Victorian Institute of Gymnastics.
PROFESSOR DAMIAN FARROW
Damian Farrow is a Professor of Sports Science with the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL). Professor Farrow holds a joint appointment within the College of Sport & Exercise Science, ISEAL, and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
In 2002 he was appointed the inaugural AIS Skill Acquisition Specialist, then became the Discipline Head of Psychology and Skill Acquisition in 2009. In this position he was responsible for research and support of coaches seeking to develop the skills of Australian athletes.
He has worked with a range of National sports programs including the Australian Football League (AFL), Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Netball Australia, Swimming Australia and the Australian Rugby Union.
Damian publishes and presents extensively on his research interests, centred on understanding the factors critical to sport expertise and talent/skill development, with a specific focus on perceptual and decision-making skill and practice methodology.
Damian is passionate about community engagement through the translation of theory into practice via coach education and the publication of general interest sports science books including; “Run Like You Stole Something”, “Why Dick Fosbury Flopped” and “It’s True: Sport Stinks”.
Michael Clayton is the Manager, Industry and Community Engagement for Victoria University’s College of Sport and Exercise Science. With 25 years’ experience in the sport and education industries, Michael is a strong believer in empowering individuals to make positive change in their lives.
Since studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information and Promotional Services), public and private sector roles in partnership management, teaching and sports coaching have allowed him to follow this passion for developing an individual's capacity through increased knowledge and skills and improved health and well-being.
Michael’s role is central in the implementation of the Knowledge Development Strategy in the University’s Sport, Exercise and Active Living Distinctive Specialisation and he will be a driving force behind SPLISS2015.