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New MA Directors Elected at AGM

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Motorcycling Australia have announced that four new Directors have been elected by the MA Council (the State Controlling Bodies‰Ûª representatives) that has also made recommendations to the new MA Board on quality candidates those new MA Directors may consider for the three remaining appointments.

The newly elected Directors are:
John Bolitho (VIC)
Leanne Knowles (VIC)
Tania Lawrence (WA)
Michael Strano (NSW)

The MA Council has also delivered a list of recommendations to the new MA Board on some matters crucial for the ongoing reform of the MA Federation:

That the new MA Board is authorised to implement the recommendations of the Whole of Sport Review Panel report subject to the comments made by each SCB on those recommendations.

That the SCB‰Ûªs all support an alliance model as the basis upon which MA and SCB‰Ûªs will work together in the future.

That the SCB‰Ûªs and MA, in a principle-based alliance, will work towards the following: Integrating the management personnel of the SCB‰Ûªs and MA.

Developing a flexible financial model that ensures the ongoing sustainability and success of MA and every SCB.

The 2015 MA Annual General Meeting has presented the MA Federation with the most exciting opportunity for the cooperative development of motorcycle sport in the history of the federation.

Whilst there is still much work to do, all SCB‰Ûªs and the new MA Board look forward to tackling that work in a collaborative and productive way that make clubs and competitors our highest priority.

The New Directors:

John Bolitho - John is an experienced lawyer who has practiced in Australia and South Africa, with expertise in personal injury compensation, compensation scheme design, insurance law and litigation. He also has a disability law and human rights law focus.

John has been passionate about motorcycles since childhood.

He has attended motorcycle race meetings all over the world. In his work as a lawyer, John has done his best to influence motorcycle road safety challenges positively for motorcyclists.

John is passionate about road safety and accident prevention. Where that is unachievable, he strives to ensure that those who are severely affected by road trauma are able to return to a dignified and independent existence supported by the best compensation systems countries can afford.

Leanne Knowles - Leanne has 25 years‰Ûª experience in business communications.

Since establishing Headswitch in January 2000, Leanne has worked with major brands such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, APCO Service Stations, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Telstra Shop, AFL EJ Whitten Legends Game, Skandia Geelong Week, Jon Dee‰Ûªs Do Something!, Hawthorn Football Club, Price Attack, Priceline, Beacon Lighting, Gasmate, Playcorp and World Games.

Leanne has served as an Independent Director on Motorcycling Victoria‰Ûªs Board and has spent 12 years as a recreational rider, in track days and road racing.
Tania Lawrence - Tania currently works at Woodside Energy Ltd , focusing on Business Development & Growth.

Tania has been riding for 25 years and, until recently, held her motorcycle race license competing in local competitions at Barbagallo Raceway.

She also supported her partner for 10 years with running the Western Australian chapter of the Honda Riders Club.

Tania has been an active contributor to motorcycle safety initiatives with the State Government through the Office of Road Safety.

She continues to ride on track at Eastern Creek and Philip Island, and recreationally both on road and off-road participating in Trail and Enduro events as well.

Michael Strano - Michael is the Senior Producer of Motorsport, Fox Sports Australia.

He has been the producer of On Air Broadcasts for V8 Supercars, Moto GP, World Superbike Championships, Speedway GP, Speedway World Cup and the Troy Bayliss Classic over the past 5 years.

He has a total of 30 years in television production, and is an avid rider and passionate supporter of all two-wheeled racing.

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