Netball SA welcomes new Board members


The start of the new year has seen two new faces join the Netball SA Board.

Michelle Pole and Caroline Phillips have been elected to the Board, replacing Tanya Denning and Ali Clarke, who after six and four years, respectively, did not seek re-election.


Caroline, who lives in regional South Australia, has been involved in the Karoonda Districts Netball Club for the past 10 years.

“I have a passion for building and developing local communities and believe sport is a major component of the social fabric in these areas,” she said.

“Netball has played a huge part in my life and I have an absolute passion for the game.

“I’ve been heavily involved in the Karoonda club holding numerous roles including President, Vice President and Executive Member, and this has provided me a thorough understanding of clubs and associations at a regional level.”

Caroline is currently the Deputy Mayor of the District Council of Karoonda East Murray and has served as an elected member for the past seven years.

She has extensive experience in regional tourism in South Australia and over 14 years’ experience in marketing and communications in both the public and private sector. Caroline is currently employed as the General Manager of Destination Riverland.


Michelle, the Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel of OZ Minerals, is an experienced advisor on legal, commercial and strategic aspects of business operations, together with corporate governance, risk management and compliance.

Along with her skills in business, Michelle is a strong advocate for women’s sport and is thrilled to see the continual growth of netball.

“When I attend the Adelaide Thunderbirds home games, the passion and enthusiasm of the fans at Priceline Stadium is electric,” she said.

“I am excited to now be a part of that passion as the sport continues to grow. I am honoured to take on the responsibility this new role brings and to contribute to helping Netball SA pursue its strategic goals.”

Michelle first played netball for her local club, Golden Grove at the SA Districts Netball Association and now gets her netball fix from supporting the Adelaide Thunderbirds.


Netball SA President Graeme Gilbert welcomed Michelle and Caroline to the Board, and acknowledged the contributions of Ali and Tanya.

“Michelle and Caroline bring new skills and perspectives, and I look forward to working and collaborating with them.

“Ali and Tanya both made a significant contribution, which has no doubt placed Netball SA and our sport in a stronger position. They both had a great passion to see the game grow.

“I wish them all the best in the future, and know they won’t be lost to netball.”

To see the full bios on all Netball SA Board Members, click here.