Our Board

Honorary President

Alison Creagh AM CSC

Paralympics Australia Board Member Alison Creagh

Alison Creagh was appointed to the Paralympics Australia board in June 2022.

Alison is a chair, non-executive director and strategic adviser. Her experience spans government, private and not-for-profit sectors in sport, health research, cyber security, veteran community support and defence industry with a focus on strategy and governance. She retired from the Australian Regular Army as a Brigadier in March 2015 after a 30-year career and she continues to serve in the Army Reserve.

Alison chairs the boards of the Veteran Community Business Chamber and is a Non-Executive Director for Rowing Australia, GME and The Hospital Research Foundation Group and a trustee for the Commando Welfare Trust. Alison has previously held appointments as Strategic Defence Adviser for the Queensland Government and was Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for Veterans and Their Families as well as a Defence Ambassador for the ACT Government. Alison was also President of Rowing ACT and ACT Councillor for Rowing Australia and a Council Member for the Australian War Memorial.

Alison is a Masters rower and coach. She has worked with Para-athletes for a number of years and is a national and international Para-rowing classifier for Rowing Australia and World Rowing.

Board Members

Grant Mizens OAM PLY – Vice President

Grant Mizens is a three-time Paralympian, having competed in wheelchair basketball at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, and in a coaching role at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

He is a Portfolio Manager employed by one of Australia’s largest wealth managers, and also sits on both the Sargood Foundation Board and the Sargood Centre Board.

Mr Mizens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois USA, and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Hon. Tim Carmody AM KC

Tim Carmody has a varied judicial, law enforcement and academic career including practicing criminal law at both trial and appeal levels and prosecuting police, political and other official corruption cases for the state of Queensland.

He was appointed as a Senior Counsel in 1999 and as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel in 2013.

Mr Carmody was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for distinguished service to the law and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology.

From 2003 until 2008, he was appointed a judge of the Family Court of Australia and acted as a member of the Court’s Law Reform Committee and the Policy Advisory Committee. He also chaired the Court’s Case Management Process and Procedures Committee before returning to a specialist mediation practice at the private bar.

Between 2011– 2012 Mr Carmody was the Chairman of the landmark Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. His recommendations for reforming the public system have all been or are being implemented by successive LNP and Labor governments.

From 2013 until 2014 Mr Carmody was the Chief Magistrate of Queensland and a District Court judge.

Appointed Chief Justice of Queensland in 2014 he resigned that post in 2015 but remained sitting as a Justice of the Supreme Court principally in the appeal division of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal until retiring in September 2019.

Rebecca Frizelle OAM

Rebecca Frizelle, OAM, is a highly accomplished leader with a profound commitment to business growth, education, sport, and philanthropy. Over 31 years of service she drove significant expansion and nurtured talent development, resigning as the Chief Operating Officer in 2021, prior to the family company’s initial public offering.

In the sporting world, Ms. Frizelle broke barriers as the first female Chairperson of a national sporting organisation, the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans, in 2014. She escalated her involvement by becoming a 50% Co-owner & Board Member in 2017.

This commitment to business, sport and community engagement extends to her board positions with her appointment to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games Organising Committee, and her Directorship with Paralympics Australia.

Her passion for education is evident in her service to Griffith University, where she held various roles, culminating in her appointment as Deputy Chancellor in October 2022.

Ms. Frizelle’s directorial experience includes a four-year term with the ASX-listed Sunland Development Group. She serves as a director of LifeFlight Australia, a world-leading Aeromedical Emergency service, and the Audi Foundation, while also contributing to the BizRebuild community initiative.

In July 2023, she joined the board of Experience Gold Coast, an organisation charged with cementing the Gold Coast as Australia’s premier tourism and events destination, a city that celebrates arts & culture and is the preferred place to study.

With academic credentials including a Master of Laws (LLB) in Enterprise Governance she is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms. Frizelle was honoured with an Order of Australia (OAM) for her significant contributions to the motor industry and rugby league. She remains a tireless advocate for the Gold Coast and Queensland. Throughout, she remains steadfast in her dedication to philanthropic endeavours across health, education, and sport sectors.

John Hartigan AO

John Hartigan, Chairman Prime Media Group, for media reform story. Wednesday 1st July 2015 photo Louie DouvisJohn Hartigan was appointed as Chairman of Destination NSW in March 2014.  He is also former Chairman of the Prime Media Group.

With more than four decades in the media industry, John previously headed the Australian operations of News Corporation as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Limited.  He is a former Director of FOXTEL and a former chairman of the Australian News Channel, which owns and operates Sky News.

John has been an advisor to the Australian Government, sat on the Independent Steering Committee for the Australia 2020 Summit and co-chaired The Future of Australian Governance stream at that conference.  In addition, he was appointed to a business advisory group to advise the Australian Government on new workplace legislation.  He has worked in advisory positions for the American Australian Association and the NSW Export and Investment Advisory Board.

Among his external board and community responsibilities, John was a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and is a former Director and Lifetime Member of The Bradman Foundation.  John is also a Patron of the Indigenous Marathon Project and Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Kate Jones

Paralympics Australia Board Member Kate Jones

Kate Jones has more than 20 years experience in senior government and leadership positions. Kate served as a Minister in the Queensland Government for more than eight years in a range of portfolios including State Development, Education, Tourism and Major Events and Innovation and Climate Change.

Kate was also the Minister for the Commonwealth Games working closely with key industry partners and all levels of government to successfully deliver Queensland’s largest ever event, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Throughout 2020, Kate was instrumental in working with many national sporting codes to ensure they could continue to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and she led the government’s economic response for the tourism and events industries.

Kate is a member of the National Rugby League Commission having been appointed in November 2020.

Kate has also served as a member of the Cabinet Budget Review Committee developing and implementing Queensland’s state budget and overarching economic strategy for the state. Kate has a Masters in Environmental Law (ANU) and a Bachelor of Arts, Journalism Major (QUT).

Throughout her career Kate has also served on a number of government and non-government boards at both a state and national level. Kate has strong skills in strategy development and partnerships, crisis management, media relations and communications.