The Australian Lacrosse Association Board

Board Members

President and Coaching  Glenn Morley
Administration & Finance  Caroline McLuckie
Vice President and Competition Jan Jackson
High Performance Paul Mollison
Officiating Mark Polden
Business Development Alex Pellerano
Growth & Development TBC

 

Glenn was born into lacrosse with his mother, father and sister all being heavily involved as successful players and administrators. Beginning at the age of nine and playing State League today, he has represented Western Australia on many occasions, and was a member of the 2010 Australian Team. Glenn was recently awarded Life Membership to the Bayswater Lacrosse Club where he has served on the committee for fourteen years (including seven as President) coached for over ten years and has played State League for eighteen seasons. Glenn has also coached professionally in the USA where he also served the role of Program Director for the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club.

Glenn’s educational and professional experience is in Sports Management, where he currently works for the West Australian Football Commission and previous roles with the Australian Sports Commission and Football West. Glenn brings a strong passion for both lacrosse and Coaching to the board.

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Caroline McLuckie - Administration & Finance

Picking up lacrosse at University in Scotland, Caroline has now been involved in the sport for over 10 years as a player, official and as a Board member in NSW.

In NSW, Caroline was part of the Board from 2015 taking on the portfolios of High Performance (2015-2018) and Finance (2015-2017), as well as encouraging members to consider becoming officials to help develop the sport in the State. She has been team manager to all the State teams in NSW: Women’s and Men’s field and Men’s Indoor up until the 2018 Indoor National Championships, seeing a huge level of development in the skill level of each over a 3-year period, on the national level.

Professionally, Caroline is a qualified accountant being a Fellow of the Chartered and Certified Accountants. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer and HR Manager at Basketball NSW and has previously been part of the SportAus Women Leader’s in Sport program. She has financial experience in Australia, the UK, and much of South East Asia from previous professional roles. Caroline’s strengths are in strategic financial management and sports governance. In her current role at Basketball NSW Caroline drives the financial and HR elements of the SSO’s strategic plan, and assists the member associations with their financial governance all in the aim to grow the sport. All of these strengths she hopes to utilise in helping drive the progress of lacrosse in Australia.

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Jan Jackson - Vice President & Competition

Jan became involved with lacrosse as a spectator watching her boyfriend play with Camberwell Glen Iris late 1950s. Jan’s daughter and sons, granddaughters and grandsons play lacrosse.

She became an inaugural Committee Member of Camberwell Women’s Lacrosse in 1979 and was an Office Bearer with Camberwell (1980-2007), Women’s Lacrosse Victoria (1984-2008), Director of Lacrosse Victoria (1996-2008) and Women’s Lacrosse Australia (1989-2009). Jan was elected to the Australian Lacrosse Association Ltd Board in 2009-current and was International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) Women’s Rules Chair 2012-2019.

Jan has umpired women’s games at Australian National Championships and Tournaments since 1986. In 1989 she gained International Umpiring Accreditation and umpired at IFWLA World Cups 1993 (Scotland), 1997 (Japan) and 2001 (England) and 1997 European Championship (Sweden). She was Technical Delegate at 1989 IFWLA World Cup (Perth), 1995 U19 World Championship (Haverford, USA), 2009 World Cup (Prague), 2011 U19 World Championship (Hannover, Germany), 2013 World Cup (Oshawa, Canada), 2015 U19 World Championship (Edinburgh), Leadership Team 2017 World Cup (Guildford, England), 2017 World Games (Wroclaw, Poland), and Assessor 2019 European Championship (Netanya, Israel) and 2019 World Lacrosse U19 World Championship (Peterborough, Canada).

Awards received include a150th Anniversary Award (City of Camberwell), 1986 and 2010 Nell Rawlins’ Award (Victoria Lacrosse), 2000 Australian Sports Medal, Janet Jackson Honour Board (Camberwell Lacrosse Club), Life Memberships of Victorian Women’s Lacrosse Association, Australian Women’s Lacrosse Council and Camberwell Lacrosse Club, IFWLA International Emeritus Umpire Award and World Lacrosse Service Award.

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Paul Mollison - High Performance

Paul has been involved with lacrosse as a player from the age of nine, including representing Victoria and Australia. He has coached 74 club teams over 41 years of boys, girls, men's and women's, 29 state teams over 26 years and 4 national teams of men's indoor and women's field lacrosse.

He has served lacrosse administration roles for over 40 years; club for 37 years, state for 29 years and national for 21 years and has also served on the international committee for women’s rules for 11 years.

Paul was awarded the Lacrosse Australia Certificate of Merit in 1987, Life Member of Footscray Lacrosse Club in 1990 and Life Member of Lacrosse Victoria in 2008. 

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Mark Polden - Officiating

Currently serving his second term on the ALA Board, he has previously served on the Lacrosse SA Board as their Director Officiating and Deputy President.

He has also held roles in Lacrosse in South Australia as Presidents of the Brighton Lacrosse Club and the Australian Lacrosse Referees Association, both of which he is a Life Member, and SA Chief Referee on the ALA Men’s National Technical Committee.

In 2019 he was appointed to the position of Chair of the World Lacrosse Men’s Officiating Sub-Committee. This involves working with lacrosse officials from around the world to provide men’s officials a development and progression pathway to participate at World Lacrosse Championship events.

Mark played for the Brighton Lacrosse Club from 1970, with his last game in 1996. With a total of 754 goals in 365 senior games and won three A Grade/State League Premierships in 1978, 79 and 1987.

He started refereeing in 1995. Has won the SA Golden Whistle Award 9 times and has refereed numerous SA Club Championship finals and Australian National Championships. He has officiated at four World Championships (2003 U19 Towson Maryland, 2006 London Ontario, 2010 Manchester England), and Assessed referees in 2018 in Netanya, Israel.

When not refereeing games of Men’s Field Lacrosse in SA (and occasionally Box Lacrosse), Mark mentors referees in SA, plays Golf (currently 6 Handicap), and participates in multiple teleconferences per month in ALA Board meetings, chairing the ALA Officiating National Technical Committees, and with World Lacrosse Officiating and Rules committees.

Mark is a retired Power Station Operations Shift Supervisor, married to Suzanne (Registered Nurse) and father to Tom 21 and Erin 17.

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Alex Pellerano - Business Development

Alex comes to ALA with over 15 years of professional sporting experience in the commercial and marketing sectors. Having worked with Major League Baseball International and MLB Advanced Media, Alex moved to Australia in 2010 for the launch of the Australian Baseball League.

Following a successful 9-year run with baseball, Alex founded the commercial and marketing agency Innovative Prophets in 2019 where he currently serves as company director. Alex's experience with developing secondary sports and start up businesses across various international markets makes him an ideal fit for the ALA board.

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Abbie Burgess - Portfolio to be confirmed 

Abbie has been involved in lacrosse for more than two decades. She is a member of Footscray Lacrosse Club and continues to represent Australia, having done so since 2007.  Abbie is one of two Australian women to have played in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League in the USA.

Abbie is the global Head of People & Culture at ASX listed Redbubble. Abbie holds qualifications in Human Resources Management, Business Management and Training & Assessment.  

Abbie brings to the board a combination of skills and experience including but not limited to, lacrosse playing experience, employee engagement, people strategy, change management and Diversity, Equality & Inclusion.

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Board Meetings 2020

Schedule - TBC

Planning Meeting - 22 & 23/02/2020

Board meeting - 25/03/2020

Board Meeting - 7/04/2020

Board Meeting - 8/06/2020

Board Meeting - 29/07/2020

Board Meeting - 26/08/2020

Board Meeting - 30/09/2020

Board meeting - 20/10/2020

2020 AGM - 27/10/2020

Please Note:

These dates, other than the ALA AGM, are subject to change should Director availability affect the effective holding of any meeting with all Director positions being of a voluntary nature. The 2-day agenda comprised of two main sections; 1) Operational and 2) Stragetic and Implementation