Fiona Notley – Chair of the Board

Fiona Notley is Curtin University’s Chief Operating Officer; an integral member of Curtin University’s leadership team whose portfolio includes human resources, health and safety, compliance and risk, information technology, facilities management, and property development.

Fiona has 21 years’ experience in the higher education sector; prior to joining Curtin University in 2018, Fiona held diverse roles at Murdoch University, including Academic Council and Senate terms. She is an active member of the Association for Tertiary Education Management, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Master of Business Administration.

Fiona’s passion for basketball began as a junior player and since 2012 has seen her involved in active committee membership, coaching and management for several domestic basketball clubs. Prior to joining Basketball WA, Fiona actively served on the Willetton Basketball Association Board, providing governance and strategy leadership.

Fiona has been a Director on the BWA Board since 2021.




Sandra Riches – Deputy Chair of the Board

Sandra Riches is a digital strategist with experience in digital strategy / governance.  Working with large corporates and government agencies.

Since 2000 in the UK and Perth Sandra has worked in Digital, including CEO of one of Perth’s most successful digital agencies. She has served on the BWA board since 2019, helping guide the alignment of strategies to objectives set out in the BWA strategic plans.

Sandra has taken on the role of Deputy Chair in 2022.

Cassandra Wright – Director

Cassandra Wright is a Senior In-House Counsel working across Australia and New Zealand for a global facility management services organisation and have practiced as a Lawyer for 19 years. She is experienced in commercial and contract law, litigation, dispute management and governance.

She has been a BWA Board Member since April 2020. Prior to that she was chairperson of the Combat Sports Commission for two and a half years. She is particularly focused on building healthier and safer sporting communities whilst making sports accessible to all members of the community.


Phil Nixon – Director

Phil Nixon has extensive experience in governance leadership roles at State and Regional association levels – and has also previously been on the BWA board 2001-2011.

He has served as Chair for 21 years of Willetton Basketball Associations (WBA) Board until 2020. During this period he held various other committee positions within WBA and developed a close understanding of national competitions through both Willetton teams and state teams.

He was also heavily involved in the 19-year pursuit of funding and the eventual construction process for the 4-court extension completed in 2020 at WBA. He has held senior management positions in commerce and industry over 30 years and is also the Owner of an agricultural consultancy business.

Phil has said he is inspired by the achievements of the huge number of volunteers across the sport of basketball and is pleased to build on his sports administration experience at Willetton Basketball Association, his business career experience and relationships with other basketball associations in Western Australia to advance the objects of Basketball WA.

Phil re-joined the BWA Board in 2021.



Cheryl Kickett-Tucker – Director

Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is a proud Wadjuk Noongar yorga and avid basketball player, coach, and administrator. Cheryl understands the social, economic, and emotional impact basketball has upon children, young people and their families. She is a professional academic researcher with expertise in community development, community thriving, Aboriginal identity, sense of self, belonging and self-esteem.

Cheryl has a PhD (Edith Cowan University), a Master of Science (University of Oregon), a Bachelor of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University) and an Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University).

Cheryl’s research strength has been the translation of her research to Aboriginal community development programs. Cheryl has extensive knowledge and experience in community development programs, in particular with Aboriginal communities which was identified as a skill gap on the current Board. She also brings knowledge of other areas of basketball pathways through her active participation in National and State basketball leagues as a coach and a player, we look forward to her involvement on the Board.



Lorraine Driscoll – Director

Lorraine Driscoll is an experienced Senior Executive and Chief Financial Officer whose background is in local government and state government organisations. Lorraine is a Certified Practising Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lorraine has extensive experience in finance, governance, strategic planning and business analysis, in addition her background in local government is a valuable skill gap identified at Board level, as all basketball is ultimately delivered in partnership with local government within the metro and country regions.

Lorraine has also had extensive experience with Lotterywest, which generates over $820 million in sales annually and unlike other lotteries, distributes the proceeds of sales directly to the community through its grant funding program. The Board identified finance as a skill gap and looks forward to working with Lorraine and the other board members to grow the sport of basketball and its operations.



Michael Quirk – Director

Michael Quirk is a Local Government executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate business planning and stakeholder engagement. In addition, Michael is highly experienced in community development with more than 25 years knowledge across local government and sporting sectors.

As the current Director of Community Development at the City of Stirling he is responsible for more than 400 employees and $80 million operation budget. Michael’s current and previous roles have seen him both identifying and effectively responding to diverse community needs and social challenges. Articulating community development opportunities, aligning action with strategic objectives, and establishing clear targets to effectively measure social impact outcomes.

We look forward utilising Michael’s knowledge in the social impact space where basketball is so valuable to the community