by BOWLSSA7 on January 11, 2021

Three new members of Bowls SA board

Bowls SA would like to officially welcome three new members to its board as we head into 2021.

Jeff Krebbekx (board director), Karen Gatto (board director), and Kay Matthias (independent board member) have all joined the board.

Kay Matthias

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.


Jeff Krebbekx

Jeff joins the Bowls SA Board with a well-respected list of achievements on and off the green.

Jeff is a member of the Adelaide Bowling Club, where he is a former club singles champion, he also played Premier 1 for West Lakes  and has won the Taylors Cup Gold twice and currently plays for the  Eastern Raiders in the SA Super League.

Jeff also enjoys motor racing and is a 6x South Australian, Victorian and  twice Australian Champion in Kart Racing and won the 1991 F1 Grand Prix in Adelaide in Formula Ford, while he also finished third at multiple World Karting Championship events.

His history in previous sports administration roles includes being General Manager of Speedway Australia.

Jeff has also previously been a member of the Advisory Equity Board, Advisory Executive Board, Bentley SA/NT Equity Board, Bentleys Executive Board , Speedway Australia Board and Company Secretary, Shearer & Elliss Financial Strategies Board, Shearer & Elliss Chartered Accountants and Service to Youth Council Board.

When it comes to education, Jeff has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Diploma Business Administration, Graduate Certificate Business Administration, Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training, Cert III in Project Management and a Mandatory Notification Certificate.


Karen Gatto

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.