Board of Bowls SA

President: Wayne Prosser

Wayne grew up on a fruit block in the small town of Mypolonga on the Murray River where, working with his father, he also learned about growing chickens and farm management. He put these skills to good use whilst owning and self-managing a sheep and cattle grazing property on Kangaroo Island and then with senior management roles with Ingham Enterprises, Manos Poultry and Steggles in Adelaide and Sydney. Wayne then went back into self-employment and successfully operated his own poultry business. 

Wayne had a great love of cricket and spent 15 years at the Kensington Cricket Club and during this time he led their District “A” Grade team to two Premierships as Captain/Coach. Lawn Bowls beckoned however, and Wayne has been a member of the Payneham Bowling Club for 12 years and, prior to that, the Burnside RSL and Toorak/Burnside Bowling Clubs. 

Wayne was President of the Burnside RSL Bowling Club when they merged with Toorak to become the Toorak Burnside Bowling Club. 

At the Bowls SA Annual General Meeting on September 3, 2012 Wayne was elected as Board Director – Metropolitan male for a two year term. At the Annual General Meeting on September 1, 2014 Wayne was subsequently elected as Vice-President for a one year term.

Wayne was elected President at the Annual General meeting on September 11, 2017.

 Vice President: Tim Dodds

Tim, like many, started his bowling career as a ‘nightowler’. Twenty years on, he finds himself a Director on the Board of BowlsSA.  

Tim is a Life Member and past President of Henley BowlingClub – a position he has held before in his 18 consecutive years on the Boardof Management at Henley. Fifteen of those years were as Greens Manager, duringwhich an eagerness to learn the craft led him to study turf management (notcomplete) and, together with the tutelage provided by respected green keeperPaul Harby, Tim has a sound knowledge of greens and green maintenance. 

Tim is a recently retired police officer, having served 31 years with the South Australian Police. His posting prior to retirement was with SAPOL’s Media and Public Engagement Section. Tim served 13 years in local government as a Ward Councillor with the former city of Henley &Grange and then amalgamated City of Charles Sturt. He remains heavily involvedin the community as a current Director on the Board of the West Beach and DistrictsCommunity (Bendigo) Bank and takes great pride in his role as Master ofCeremonies at the Henley & Grange RSL Dawn Service each year – a role hehas performed for over 20 years. 

Tim has a passion for the game of bowls and with a strong work ethic, he will ensure the member clubs and its members are well represented and consulted as they go about their chosen sport

Director: Isidoro Belluzzo

Isidoro (or Issy as he is better known) was elected onto the the Bowls SA Board for a two year term at the 2018 AGM. 

Issy is a qualified panel beater and former owner of a crash repair business. He purchased a farm in 1982, and to this day he continues to run farms in partnership with his son. Issy is a past Board member of the Bordertown Hospital, a past Board member of the SE Regional Development Board, a past Councillor of local government, and has served two terms as Chairman (Mayor).

Issy is a past Board member and President of Bordertown Bowling Club and a past President and Vice President of the Upper South East Association. He has been playing Bowls for 30 years and during that time has been a fours, triples and singles champion.

Issy’s aim as a Board Director of Bowls SA is to strengthen relationships between Bowls SA and regional clubs, to explore the benefits of a Country Bowls Association, to acknowledge the contribution of senior players to bowls, and to attract members that are unable to play more vigorous sports.

Director: Sandy Wallace

Sandra or “Sandy” as she is known around the greens, commenced her bowls career at the Murray Bridge Bowling Club in 1990. 

During her 18 years at the club she won numerous Club, Association and Regional Championships; was a regular representative in Country Round Robins and also became a State representative and played over 100 games for the State. 
In her first year of bowling Sandra became an umpire and is now a qualified International Technical Official which saw her officiate as a Marker for the World Bowls, Asia Pacific and Australian Opens finals. 

Sandra currently holds a position with Bowls Australia as the Mentor, Trainer and Assessor of Umpires and Markers at Bowls Australia events. She is also an accredited Coach, and is active in this field at club level. 

In 2008 she and her husband Bruce moved to Adelaide and she joined the Adelaide Bowling Club. Sandra was also a member of the Holdfast Bay Bowling and Croquet Club during this time which enabled her to play in the Thursday pennant competition. Sandra was elected as President when Holdfast Bay were co-hosts of World Bowls in 2012. 

In November 2014 Sandra was appointed as Board Director – Metropolitan female to fill a casual vacancy in 2015 was elected for a further 2 years. Sandra completed her term as Board Director – Metropolitan female and was voted in as Bowls SA Vice President for a one year term at the completion of the Annual General Meeting on September 11, 2017. 

At the 2018 AGM, Sandra continued her successful campaign and was re-elected as a Board Director by the Member Clubs and subsequently re-appointed as Vice President by the Board for a two year term. 

Director: Heather Cowden-Tonkes

Heather is a Marketing, Public Relations and Fundraising professional and is an accredited member of the Public relations Institute of Australia, and an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Fundraising. She is also a member of the Enterprising Women’s Association, the Executive Women’s Management Network (SA), has been a board member of the Southern Hill Community Foundation, the Blackwood and District Chamber of Commerce, was a State finalist for the Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year award, and recipient of the Rotary Community Achiever of the Year award.

Heather’ sports administration background is vast. She is the Past President and current Board member of Club Holdfast, and has been a Senior State Selector and Chair of the Women’s Committee for Tennis SA, National President and National Executive Director for the Sportswomen’s Association of Australia, President of the SA Women’s Sports Association, and was a member of the Women’s Consultative Council on National Agenda Program for Women in Sport (Prime Minister’s Department – Hawke Administration). Her playing background is equally as impressive as Heather is a qualified tennis coach and has played State, National and International level tennis, State 1 level Squash, and in lawns Bowls has achieved Ladies Premier, and Open Gender level 3-4.

During her tenure as President of Club Holdfast, Heather was able to gather much insight into the business of running a bowls club and now considers it a privilege to have been given the opportunity to make further a contribution to the game of bowls through her position as Bowls SA Board Director. 

Director: Patrick Lynch

Patrick has been actively involved with sport and its administration in the South East of South Australia for many years.  He has played Cricket and Golf at Penola, Naracoorte, Millicent and Robe, often representing the Association in regional and country carnival events. 

He joined the Robe Bowling Club in 2011 where he plays pennants and participates in the Country Carnival, as well as a wide range of other Country events and competitions. He is also an accredited Coach and Umpire. 

Patrick’s experience in sports administration has been extensive and includes the roles of President of the Naracoorte Cricket Club and Board Membership of the Naracoorte Cricket Association. He was awarded Life Membership of the Naracoorte Cricket Club. 

He has been Vice-Captain of the Naracoorte Golf Club and was an active member on the club’s Match Committee. He also held the executive position of Treasurer of the Robe Golf Club and made a significant contribution to a wide variety of club initiatives whilst on the committee.

Patrick’s other recent community involvement includes Board Member and Treasurer of Friends of Robe Institute and Board Member and Treasurer of Robe Probus Club. 

Patrick is currently the Secretary of the Robe Bowling Club and is passionate about making the game enjoyable for all current and potential club members. 

Patrick was appointed to the Board of Bowls SA in January 2018 for a one year term and was re-elected at the 2018 AGM for a further 2 year term. Partick is committed to making Bowls an inclusive sport for everyone.

Director: Paul Zerella

Paul has an impressive understanding of governance and legal requirements within the sporting environment and has been involved as a player and administrator of Adelaide High Old Scholars Cricket, Football and Bowls Clubs for 35 years, including holding roles as President and Treasurer. In addition, Paul has been involved with Adelaide Bowling Club as a Board Member, and has been involved with the Forestville Basketball Club for 10 years, including holding junior and senior coaching positions, as well as being a member of their Operations Committee for 6 years. 

Paul has played Saturday pennant bowls for 10 years and also fits in a Wednesday game when time allows. He has a strong understanding of the structure and management of pennant competition and is fully conversant with the laws of Lawn Bowls.

Paul has a strong business background and is the Managing Director of Project Wine, a state of the art Grape Processing, Winemaking and storage facility, specialising in bulk wine supply.

Paul joined the Bowls SA Board as Independent Director in April 2017 and was elected as a Director at the AGM on September 11, 2017.

Director: Matthew Romaine

Matthew Romaine also joined the Board of Bowls SA in November 2018.

Matthew has a successful career in Local Government, having held several senior management roles across a number of Councils of varying sizes and his skill set includes forward thinking, idea creation, innovation and execution,and working with numerous stakeholders, including Government Agencies, community groups, Elected Members, CEOs and Executive teams. His colleagues describe him as a change agent and risk taker who is highly driven, determined and results focused.

Matthew has a keen interest in the role of open space and recreation in a social planning sense, which has developed on the back of trends toward social disconnection, and where places for people to connect face-to-face as humans are becoming more and more important. He hopes to add a different perspective in relation to the strategic development of the sport, particularly the manner in which it evolves and adapts to a community that is changing at an unprecedented pace. Matt believes that the responsibility of any governing administrative body is to help connect people to the future, as practically as possible and looks forward to his involvement on the Bowls SA Board.

Director: Pia Bentick

Pia joined the Bowls SA Board as an Independent Director in January 2020.

A Company Secretary with extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management, legal and regulatory compliance in public listed, private and not-for profit organisations in the UK and in Australia, Pia is also a Barrister (np) and currently employed with Energy and Water Ombudsmen (SA) Limited as a Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel.

Born in Finland, Pia studied and spent her early career in the UK, qualifying as a Chartered Secretary in London, becoming an associate member of the Chartered Governance Institute in 1992, and a Fellow from 2000.  Pia went on to hold senior company secretarial roles across London and Luxemborg including Kleinwort Benson Group plc and Guinness Brewing Worldwide Ltd and Elders Limited, Internode Systems Pty Ltd and AGL in Australia.

Pia has always held a keen interest in sports including swimming, golf and lawn bowls after being first introduced to the sport while in Tocumwal, NSW.  She played occasionally over the years until joining a Night Owls team at Sturt Bowling Club in 2017 and was attracted to the Independent Director position with Bowls SA as a move toward a future career as a Non Executive Director.

Pia’s aim is to contribute to the governance of Bowls SA, by sharing her experience and knowledge, while also learning more about and increasing her involvement in the bowls community.

Board Minutes 2019-20

Board Meeting August 2019

Board Teleconference Meeting August 2019

Board Meeting 9 September 2019

Board Meeting 23 September 2019

Board Meeting 4 November 2019

Board Meeting 9 December 2019

Board Meeting 24 February 2020

Board Meeting 23 March 2020

Board Meeting 27 April 2020