APC Board

President

Glenn Tasker

Glenn Tasker was elected President of the Australian Paralympic Committee in 2013 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2008.

With more than 23 years experience in sports administration, Glenn's involvement in Paralympic sport began during his time as Executive Director of Swimming NSW (1990-98). He was instrumental in the introduction of events for swimmers with disabilities into the NSW Age Swimming Championships, the first state championships in Australia to do so.

He went on to become the Swimming Competition Manager at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games (1998-2000), before serving as Chief Executive Officer of Swimming Australia (2001-2008).

During his time at Swimming Australia, he assisted with establishing the swimming Paralympic Preparation Program, working with both the APC and the International Paralympic Committee to achieve better outcomes for swimmers with a disability.

The Swimming Paralympic Preparation Program is one of Swimming Australia’s flagship programs and sees many Paralympic Preparation Program activities integrated into the National Team Program, including training camps and competitions.

Internationally, Mr Tasker was elected to the International Paralympic Committee’s Sport Technical Committee for Swimming in 2009, and currently serves as its Vice Chair.

 

Vice Presidents

John Croll

John Croll is the Chief Executive Officer of iSentia. Since he became CEO in 1999, the company has grown from an east coast Australian company with 180 employees to a company that services more than 5,000 clients in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China with more than 690 employees across the region. 

John is also one of the Vice Presidents of the International Industry Association that represents companies with global revenues in the billions. 

He also sits on the Boards of The Australian Science Media Centre and The Salvation Army Media Advisory Board. 

In regard to sport, John and iSentia have been supporters of the APC and Rowing Australia for many years. John has attended a number of Paralympic Games and assisted APC senior staff in media and marketing planning. He has served on the APC Board since 2008 and was elected Vice President in 2013.

 

Joyce Parszos

Joyce is a marketing and communications consultant with a extensive background in bringing arts, medical science and sports projects successfully into the national and international public arena.
 
Joyce has provided marketing and communications services to academics, journalists, medical scientific research professionals, corporate entities and universities, as well as local, state, federal and international governments.

The first Public Relations and Development Manager of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Joyce has also worked as a public servant, directing several key Public Affairs programs with the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW.

Joyce currently serves as a director on the boards of Disabled Winter Sport Australia, Viscopy Ltd (Australian visual arts copyright collections agency), the Music and Opera Singers Trust Ltd and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2000, Joyce was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.

 

Board Members

Paul Bird

Two-time Paralympian (1980 and 1984) Paul Bird has been a member of the Australian Paralympic Committee Board since 1993.
 
As a Paralympian, Paul was appointed Australian Team Captain in 1984 and won gold and silver medals in swimming. He was appointed to the Australian Paralympic Team staff as a Section Manager in Seoul (1988) and held the positions of Assistant Chef de Mission in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Beijing (2008).

Paul was appointed Chef de Mission for the Australian Paralympic Teams in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) as well as the FESPIC Games in Bangkok (1999), Pusan (2002) and Assistant Chef de Mission in Kuala Lumpur (2006). Paul was elected President of the Oceania Paralympic Committee in December 2005.

In 2010, Paul was awarded the APC’s highest honour, the Paralympic Medal, for his leadership roles with Australian Teams and his contribution to the development of the Australian Paralympic Committee over the past 30 years.

Outside of sport, Paul is a lifelong educator who currently owns a childcare centre. His career with Education Queensland began in 1976 and saw him recognised as a leading school principal in country and metropolitan Queensland for 21 years. He is currently undertaking a research PhD in the area of Early Literacy and is a consultant in early intervention services.

 

Nick Dean

Nick Dean is a former Vice President of the APC Board and has been a Board member since 1996. 

Nick’s commitment to sport for people with a disability grew from his background as a ski instructor in Thredbo. Since then he has developed an interest in elite competition and participation for all athletes with a disability. This has had practical application in his appointment to successive winter Paralympic Teams since 1992 and to the Athens 2004 Team. Nick was a Deputy Chef de Mission of the 2008 and 2010 Paralympic Team.

Nick was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and is a past President of DWA (Disabled WinterSport Australia).  Nick was awarded the APC’s highest honour, the Paralympic Medal in 2005 for his commitment to sport for people with a disability.

Nick lives and works in Adelaide as Colliers International’s consultant to the Australian Wine Industry; a role which complements the Dean family’s business as a major supplier of grapes to Petaluma Wines (Lion Nathan Ltd)

 

David BakerDavid Baker

David Baker is one of the stockbroking industry's most experienced full-service practitioners and is the joint Founder and Managing Director of Baker Young Stockbrokers.

David has been at the industry forefront for many years, helping change the face of broking in Australia. David's professional accreditations and memberships include: Master Stockbroker and Practitioner of The Stockbrokers Association of Australia (SDIA), Financial Planning Association of Australia member, Australian Institute of Company Directors member, Australia – Israel Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong – Australia Business Association

David is past Chairperson of the APC’s South Australian Branch and retains an active and prominent role as an advocate for the Paralympic movement in South Australia. He is a board member of the Games Appeal Committee (incorporating the Australian Olympic Council, Australian Paralympic Committee and Australian Commonwealth Games) which raises funds for the Australian Paralympic Committee.

David has been a passionate supporter of the Paralympics since the Sydney Games. He has attended the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, Vancouver and London Games as a member of the APC VIP program. David has a history as a generous patron of Paralympic fundraising events. He was elected to the APC Board in 2013.

 

Steve Loader

Steve Loader has been an APC Board member since 2004 and is Chair of the APC’s Awards Committee.

Steve has been engaged in sports marketing and sponsorship for over 18 years including significant involvement with many Australian and international sporting federations and major sporting events.  He has also been a Board Member of Skiing Australia and Rowing Australia.

Steve is currently working in consultancy roles including with the World Academy of Sport and is a Visiting Fellow with the Manchester Business School through the Manchester University providing lectures on various sports and event related topics including corporate sponsorship. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Sports Management and was a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.

Steve was the Transport and Logistics Manager for the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team in Beijing and attended the 2004 Athens, 2006 Torino and 2012 London Paralympic Games as part of the APC Sponsors and Supporters Team.

 

Darren PetersDarren Peters

Darren Peters is a former elite athlete and coach who represented Australia in Surf Life Saving.

Darren is presently the Director of Campus Wellbeing & Support Services at Macquarie University responsible for the strategic leadership of student advocacy, medical, counselling, welfare, disability, careers services and social exchange programs for 38,500 students.

Following a stint in banking (Wales & Westpac), Darren left the financial sector to pursue undergraduate and post graduate studies in Sport Science, Education and Psychology.

In 1990, Darren was appointed as the National Coaching Director of Surf Life Saving Australia, and became General Manager in 1995. Darren became the CEO of Rowing Australia during the Sydney 2000 Games and was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Paralympic Committee between 2002 and 2008. He was elected to the APC Board in 2013.

 

Troy Sachs, OAM, ASM

Troy Sachs is five time Paralympian (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008) in men’s wheelchair basketball and has also played professional wheelchair basketball in Italy and Germany. 

Troy has extensive experience in international and domestic sport as well as in the corporate sector in communications and client management. He is the Founder and Director of Team Sachs, which he established in 1997. 

Troy is a motivational and corporate speaker within Team Sachs, as well as providing individuals and organisations with fitness programs and dietary knowledge. 

Troy was elected to the APC Board in 2008.

 

Jason Hellwig, Chief Executive Officer

Jason has previously served the Australian Paralympic Committee as a Director of the Board from 2002-2003 and as Head of Sport from 2003-2009. 

Jason's sport administration and Paralympic experience are appropriate credentials to lead the Australian Paralympic Committee in its future development and promotion through well executed sport and competition related programs and commercial agreements.

Jason's sport administration experience commenced in Darwin when he was appointed the General Manager of Northern Territory Athletics, where he was responsible for the management and delivery of sport within the Northern Territory.

Jason moved from Darwin to Victoria in 1995 to take up the role of National Development Officer at Athletics Australia.  In 1995, he was promoted to Athletics Australia's National Development Manager where he was responsible for the management of the national development program and Athletics Australia's overall business planning processes. In consultation with stakeholders he produced and commenced the delivery of the Athletics Australia strategic plan "Change 1996-2000" that aimed to reinvigorate the organisation and position it for sustained success.

In 1999, Jason was appointed to the role of General Manager, Athletics Australia and in that role was responsible for establishing and managing a partnership framework with state associations and key stakeholder groups, as well as managing the relationship with the Australian Sports Commission and management of the organisation's national development program and associated commercial and government partnerships.

From 2003-2010, Jason served as the Director of Sport for the Australian Paralympic Committee. In this role, he managed the APC's sports business and created a number of new operations in the areas of talent identification and development, education, events, classification and member services.

Jason was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the APC in 2010, and was Chef de Mission of the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team for the London Paralympic Games.