Basketball Australia welcomes new additions to Board

Basketball Australia welcomes new additions to Board

Following the recent Annual General Meeting, Basketball Australia has welcomed two new additions to its Board, as the sport moves into the final stage of the unification process that began back in November 2008, which will see the Basketball Australia Board operating as an independent governing body.

Former Basketball Australia CEO Scott Derwin and Malcolm James were announced as the new members who will replace Seamus McPeake and John Maddock, who stepped down in accordance with the unification succession plan and did not seek re-election.

Derwin and James join current Board Members Gillian McFee, Andrew Gaze, Justin Milne and also Martin Cleaver, who was additionally appointed to the Board recently.

After almost three years of successfully steering a unified Basketball Australia through its new structure and governance processes, Chair, Diane Smith-Gander also stepped down and did not seek re-election at the AGM. The six current members will consider the position of Interim Chair at an upcoming Board meeting, before a decision is made on a permanent replacement for Smith-Gander in the near future.  

Both Derwin and James join an exciting new-look Basketball Australia Board that boasts a diverse array of skills, knowledge and experience across numerous sectors and who will guide the sport into an exciting and important period of growth and development.    


Gillian McFee

Andrew Gaze

Justin Milne

Malcolm James

Martin Cleaver

Scott Derwin

Scott Derwin

Before his successful career in Sports Administration, Scott Derwin enjoyed great success in the area of Law, where he was a founder, senior partner and owner of a respected law firm based in Newcastle.

He served as the CEO of Basketball Australia from 1999-2009. Prior to this, Derwin was the CEO of the Australian Paralympic Committee, a role he performed following the successes he achieved as the CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia. Derwin’s passion for the sport of basketball is further evidence by his serving as the Chairman of Basketball Queensland for the last two years.

Malcolm James

Malcolm James comes to the Basketball Australia board with a great deal of experience, leading a number of companies which include charity organisations such as Australian Children’s Trust, a large philanthropic organisation that assists disadvantaged Australians, especially children in the area of health, education, employment and community activities.

James was also a former CEO of the Australian Employment Covenant, a national, industry-led initiative to secure 50,000 sustainable jobs for indigenous Australians.