Bowls SA Board

Current Bowls SA Board Members

Tim Dodds – President

Tim, like many, started his bowling career as a ‘night-owler’.

Tim is a Life Member of the Henley Bowling Club and recently completed 20 years of continuous service to the club as a board member – the majority as greens manager and two stints as president. As greens manager, Tim developed an eagerness to learn the craft from respected green keeper Paul Harby and built a sound knowledge of greens and green maintenance. Ironically, this has led to him to be currently looking after the greens at the Lockleys Bowling Club, under the watchful eye of Paul.
Tim is a 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 the amalgamated City of Charles Sturt. He remains heavily involved in the community as a current director on the board of the West Beach and Districts Community (Bendigo) Bank.

Tim is married to Vicki and they are proud grandparents to four future bowlers!

Tim joined the board of Bowls SA in 2016 as an independent director and with a passion for the game of bowls and 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.

Isidoro Belluzzo – Director

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 Bowling 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.

Sandy Wallace – Director

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 where she played over 100 games for SA. 
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, and 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. 

Heather Cowden-Tonkes – Director

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’s sports administration background is vast. She is a 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. 

Karen Gatto – Director

Karen Gatto joins the Bowls SA Board with a lengthy list of achievements and accomplishments both on and off the green.

A member at West Lakes, Karen won their 2019/20 women’s singles and pairs club championships, while she is a current member of the state women’s squad.

Karen has also been part of the SA Super League and was named winner of the 2018/19 South Australian State Women’s Player of the Year.

She was secretary of the Hindmarsh Bowling Club in 2014 and is a current member of the Bowls SA Events Committee.

Karen is an accredited lawn bowls marker, measurer and umpire.

Throughout her 30 years of employment with Department of Human Services Karen has successfully completed numerous relevant training courses and programs, included but not limited to the following:

  • McKinsey & Company – Critical thinking, analysis and decision making
  • McKinsey & Company – Transformational Change Management
  • Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP) – training
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) Senior Leadership program
  • Creating Mentally Healthy Workplace training
  • Managing for Team Wellbeing – Black Dog Institute
  • Delivering Staff Coaching & Performance program
  • Strategic Planning course
  • Learn to Lead program
  • Mentor Program – ICT Mentee placement
  • Human Resource Management – Early Intervention program/portfolio

Karen has a strong passion for the game and believes her experience/insights can be a valuable source of knowledge and utilised by the board in understanding and addressing issues arising from a player/sporting perspective.

Kay Matthias – Director

Kay has been involved with sport almost all her life as a player, coach, umpire and administrator.

She was secretary/manager of the Mount Gambier Basketball Stadium, secretary of the Kensington Gardens Tennis Club and president and secretary of a number of other clubs throughout regional and metropolitan SA.

She was a netball, tennis, softball and basketball player, and is now a bowler with the Watervale Bowling Club and prior to that while working in Adelaide, was a member of both the Payneham and Kensington Gardens Bowling Clubs.

Kay has a keen interest in governance and is currently a director of four boards and committees.

While she has been a sports administrator, as a CEO of a company over the past few years, she had to restrict her board involvement.

However, now that she is semi-retired, she would like to become involved in sports administration again; particularly now that she has gained significant experience in governance principle and practices over the years.

Kay was recently reappointed to the Energy and Water Ombudsman board (where she represents country consumers) for a fourth term.

She has considerable experience in working with communities and multi stakeholders and understands the challenges involved in the governance of sport.

Kay is a qualified journalist and has a Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling), while she is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian James – Director

Ian has been involved in bowls for the past 16 years both in Melbourne and here in Adelaide. He has been an active member of the Happy Valley Bowling club for the last 15 years, both as a player and carrying out various Board positions, the last 4 years as the Club Secretary / Manager.

Prior to retiring (3 years ago) Ian spent 5 years working for Bowls SA and Bowls Australia in roles of Commercial Manager and Regional Bowls Manager, both positions gave him great insight into the management of Bowls Clubs / Associations.

The majority of his working life was spent working for Cadbury Schweppes (25 years) both here in Adelaide and in the corporate office in Melbourne. During those years he held a number of positions, mainly in Sales and Business Management roles. During his time at Cadbury Schweppes, he attended many Senior Sales Management and Business Management training courses including an extensive Senior Leadership Development Program.

Ian brings to the Board a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience to help provide strategic direction to the organization and to help administer and achieve the organizations strategies and objectives.

Ian is married to Julie, has 3 married daughters and 3 grandkids.

Pia Bentick – Independent Director

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 Luxembourg, 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 the 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.

Colin Davies – Independent Director

Colin joined the Bowls SA Board as an Independent Director in January 2022

Colin is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in finance, governance, risk management and community engagement. Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants (UK). Colin has recently retired after 18 years in local government as both CEO and CFO and now has a part time consulting practice.

Colin has sat on many association boards and is currently Deputy Chair & Treasurer of RDA Far North based in Port Augusta. Colin is also a Justice of the Peace and has sat on regional boards of Justices Groups and the state board of Royal Association of Justices SA.

Colin is currently a member of the Lyndoch Bowling Club having recently moved to Lyndoch. He has previously been a member of Peterborough Bowling Club, Quorn Bowling Club, Jamestown Bowling Club and Happy Valley Bowling Club. Colin was secretary, Public Officer and selector at the Peterborough Bowling Club until his move to Lyndoch, and was treasurer at Jamestown Bowling Club whilst there.

Colin has been appointed to provide financial and governance support to both the Board and staff of Bowls SA.

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