Our Board

Honorary President

Jock O’Callaghan

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Jock O’Callaghan was elected President of Paralympics Australia in August 2018 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. He also served as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee from 2016 – 2019.

Jock is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience. He was a partner at PwC for twenty years where he was the firm’s Global Mining Leader and Global Metals Leader. Prior to this Jock held a range of senior roles within PwC, and led submissions to ASIC, the ASX , the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and the Australian Professional & Ethical Standards Board.

Jock was a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the International Paralympic Committee from 2018 to 2022.

In relation to Paralympic sport, Jock is a long time supporter of winter sports and has assisted Paralympics Australia staff with a variety of fundraising initiatives. He is passionate about the development of pathways for young athletes in Para-sport

Board Members

Grant Mizens OAM – Vice President

Grant is a Sydney-based investment professional employed by one of Australia’s largest wealth managers, responsible for research and implementation of sophisticated investment portfolios.

A three-time Paralympian, having competed in wheelchair basketball at the 2004 (silver), 2008 (gold) and 2012 (silver) Paralympics.  Grant is currently involved with the Australian Men’s wheelchair basketball team as they prepare for Tokyo 2020.  Prior to representing Australia at the Paralympics, Grant studied economics and played wheelchair basketball under scholarship at the University of Illinois USA.

Grant also sits on the Sargood Foundation Board, an organisation committed to providing people living with spinal cord injuries with the opportunities to live life to the fullest.
In 2009 Grant was awarded the Order of Australia medal.

Alison Creagh AM CSC – Vice President

Paralympics Australia Board Member Alison CreaghAlison 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 SME Gateway and the Veteran Community Business Chamber and is a Strategic Defence Adviser for the Queensland Government. Alison is also a Non-Executive Director for GME, The Hospital Research Foundation Group and a trustee for the Commando Welfare Trust. Alison was elected to the Rowing Australia Board in May 2022. Alison has previously held appointments as President of Rowing ACT and ACT Councillor for Rowing Australia. Council Member for the Australian War Memorial and Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for Veterans and Their Families along with other advisory roles.

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.

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 is the Chief Operating Officer of Frizelle Prestige and a key shareholder in Frizelle Sunshine Automotive and Peter Warren Automotive. In 2014, she was appointed to the Board of the Titans and became the first female Chair in the NRL code.

She stepped down from the role in September 2017 to pursue a personal ownership stake in the Club. She is a Director of the publicly listed Sunland Group Ltd since January 2018 and is also a Director of the Audi Australia Foundation Board, and LifeFlight Australia Ltd and a Member of the AICD. More recently, she was approached to join the Community Rebuilding Initiative (BizRebuild) Board chaired by General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove (Retd), to support businesses and communities affected by the bushfires and to assist in the rebuild.

Known for her strong advocacy for the city of Gold Coast, she is also one of the largest employers on the Coast with over 900+ people now under the Frizelle Sunshine group, presenting 24 global franchises.

She’s a proud Mother of three, and a loyal supporter of women in leadership roles.

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 is 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.