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, 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 board of the Veteran Community Business Chamber and is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Rowing Australia and GME and a trustee for the Commando Welfare Trust. She is also a member of The Hospital Research Foundation Group’s Technology and Cyber Committee. Alison has previously held appointments as Strategic Defence Adviser for the Queensland Government and was Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Committee for Veterans and their Families as well as 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 Australia War Memorial.

Alison is a Masters rower and coach.  She has worked with para athletes for  a number of years. She is an accredited 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.

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.

Curtis McGrath OAM PLY

Paralympics Australia Board Member Curtis McGrath.Curtis McGrath served in the Australian Army as a combat engineer for six years where he served with honour in East Timor, Indonesia, and Afghanistan.

On the 23 August 2012, Curtis was on a clearance patrol when he stepped right on an improvised explosive device (IED) which detonated beneath him taking both his legs. Only 20 minutes after the explosion, Curtis famously said that “I’ll be alright, I go to the Paralympics”. That set the stage for what was to come next.

Curtis has used sport to help him recover and go on to become a Paralympic champion, winning one gold medal in the 2012 Rio Paralympic Games and two at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. This is the reason he is an advocate for sport and its ability to bring communities and people together to live a healthy active lifestyle, as well as bridging societal gaps around the globe. He has truly lived the Invictus (Latin for unconquered) life.

Throughout his time in the military and as a Paralympian Curtis has been drawn to leadership positions and helping convey the athlete’s voice to boards and management, Curtis serves on advisory committees and athletes commissions for Paralympics Australia and is the chair of the Paddle Australia Athletes Commission. Curtis is passionate about the Paralympic movement and is keen to help guide Paralympics Australia towards Brisbane 2032 and beyond.

Ellie Cole AM PLY

Paralympics Australia Board Member Ellie Cole.

As Australia’s most decorated female Paralympian, Ellie competed at four Games (2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020). Over the course of her remarkable career, she secured 17 Paralympic medals, including six gold, five silver, and six bronze medals and was the Australian Paralympic Team flagbearer at the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony.

Ellie has a bachelors degree in Health and Exercise Science, and holds many leadership roles across sport including General Manager of the Australia Team for the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games, Brisbane 2032 Legacy Committee Member, Sport Integrity Australia Athlete Advisory Group Member, and Australian Swimmers Association Member.


Michael Bushell.

Michael has been a prominent figure in the Sports Marketing industry for over four decades, beginning his career with Speedo International as the Sports Promotions Manager, where he managed sponsorships for aquatic sports both in Australia and internationally.

In 1986, Michael became the founding CEO of Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM). Under his leadership, the company expanded and evolved over 37 years, known variously as SMAM, Lagardère Sport and Entertainment, and SportFive, with significant growth in Australia and abroad.

Michael is globally renowned for his expertise in the commercial aspects of the Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games. He led the commercial programs for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the last six Commonwealth Games since 2000, consistently achieving record revenues.

Throughout his tenure, the company has been the exclusive commercial representative for the Australian Olympic Committee since 1986 and Commonwealth Games Australia since 1988. Michael has also generated substantial revenue for Paralympics Australia, Swimming Australia, the Australian Rugby Union, Australian PGA Tour and numerous major international events and sports within Australia.

Internationally, Michael has represented the National Olympic Committees of Britain (creating the Team GB brand), France, New Zealand, and South Africa, and has consulted for the IOC, Discovery/EuroSport, UK Sport, British Athletics, and European and British Swimming.

Currently, Michael serves as a director of UK-based Commonwealth Games Federation Partnerships (since 2017) and the New South Wales Institute of Sport (since 2022). He is a former director of the Australian Sports Foundation.

Michael’s contributions to Australian sport have been widely recognized. In 2024, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to sports administration. He also received the Commonwealth Games Australia Order of Merit in 2024, the AOC Olympic Order of Merit in 2010, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and the IOC Golden Rings award in 2000.