Message from the President – CEO Announcement


After an extensive planning process, the Board has adopted the Bowls SA Strategic Plan 2022-25, to be published shortly. With both the Strategic Plan and the majority of the 65 Bowls SA Review recommendations now complete, the Board is confident that the governance of the body is commensurate with current legislative requirements and today’s best practice.  With an enormous amount of foundation work now complete and a comprehensive planning structure and forward agenda in place, the Nominations Committee has been working hard on considering the recruitment of the next CEO, noting the recruitment of candidates through a reputable HR recruitment firm would incur significant costs to the Association.  

Acutely aware of the cost involved and having seen first-hand Taryn Sexton’s passion, dedication and commitment to the service of Bowls SA, the Board believed it appropriate to simply put the question to Taryn, being, would she accept the role of CEO to take full ownership of her Review and the newly developed Bowls SA Strategic Plan 2022-25 so as to lead the delivery of both.  It was clear to the Board that the right person was right under their eyes and having developed a rapport with Bowls Australia, Bowls SA staff, outside agencies, member clubs and the membership, it was sensible to ask the question. The Board, on recommendation from the Nominations Committee, did so and has offered the role to Taryn.  In what is a significant coup for Bowls SA and the membership, it is with great pleasure that I announce that Taryn Sexton has accepted and been officially appointed as CEO of Bowls SA for the next three years in line with the Strategic Plan. 

Taryn brings 15 years’ experience as a not-for-profit membership Association CEO.  She was the CEO of LG Professionals SA from 2010-2020 and prior to that was the State Manager for Girl Guides South Australia for three years where she worked with the Board and over 400 volunteers.  She was a Director on the YMCA Board 2013-2017 including a term as Vice President.  Across these organisations, she has played instrumental roles in ensuring long term sustainability by leading several strategic, organisational, governance and membership model reviews resulting in the development of new business plans, restructures and re-brands which she has then successfully implemented.  Passionate about supporting and developing leaders to tackle the complex issues we face in a rapidly changing future, she is also an Alumni of the Transformative Leadership Program (2016), a collaboration between the University of Adelaide and the Lyndon B Johnson School of Government at the University of Texas and a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation (2009).  Taryn was also a Finalist in the 2013 Telstra Business Woman’s Award Community and Government Category.  She has also worked in several universities supporting doctoral, masters and research programs and teaching leadership and marketing. 

On accepting the role, Taryn says, ‘I look forward to working with the Board, staff and our hundreds of volunteers to deliver on the Bowls SA Strategic Plan 2022-25 and to serve the bowls community throughout South Australia, from the smallest club to the largest, from the country to the city, from the first-time bowler to those who play on the national and world stages, in order to connect more people to bowls in more ways more often.’