Board of Directors

Peter Newell, OAM

ClubsNSW Chairman

Peter Newell is a retired newspaper editor and CEO who has been associated with registered clubs since he was “old enough to join a bush golf club as a kid”.

He has been a Director on the board of the Illawarra District Rugby League Football Club (The Steelers) since 1989. When Peter Newell was appointed the Chairman of ClubsNSW in 2004, he was also appointed as the Chairman of ClubKENO Holdings and a Director of the NSW Institute of Sport.

In October 2007, Peter was elected as the Chairman of Clubs Australia, the club industry’s national representative body. In 2009, he was elected as the Patron of the NSW Academies of Sport, and as the Employer Representative Director of Club Plus Superannuation in 2011. Peter Newell has held a myriad of other committee positions within the community over the last 35 years.

In 2003, Peter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal, for the role he played in the merger of the Steelers and St George to form the St George Illawarra Dragons and for service to the community.

Paul Barnett

ClubsNSW Board Member

Elected to the Board of ClubsNSW in 2010, to serve the remaining 12-month term of the late Charlie Gibson, and subsequently re-elected in 2011, Paul Barnett brings with him more than 28 years’ industry experience backed by post-graduate qualifications from the University of Newcastle.

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mingara Leisure Group, which includes a number of successful clubs: the Mingara Recreation Club on the Central Coast, The Westport Club in Port Macquarie, the Lantern Club in Roselands, Pearl Club Chatswood at Chatswood and Springwood Sports Club at Springwood. 

Having held various roles within the industry, including the Castle Hill RSL Club and Parramatta Leagues Club, Paul brings extensive practical experience to the role and in 2014 became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Paul Barnett served as the State Councillor for the Central Coast Region for five years and was appointed to the Board of ClubBIZ in 2014. Previously Paul was a member of The Salvation Army Central Coast Advisory Board for several years.

Dr. George Peponis OAM; MBBS

ClubsNSW Board Member

Dr. George Peponis OAM;MBBS comes to our Board as a person with extensive club and sporting experience – on and off the field – as well as broad community involvement. He currently is a Director of the Canterbury League Club in Belmore, Sydney, as well as being Chairman of the NSW Rugby League and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Dr. Peponis was elected to the ClubsNSW Board in October 2017.

Dr Peponis has served on the Canterbury League Club Board since 2003, holding the position of Chairman since 2010. He was the Bulldogs Football Club Chairman from 2002-9, after a distinguished playing career which covered 11 consecutive years from 1974, five of them as captain on 71 occasions. A hooker, he represented NSW seven times between 1976-80 and played eight Test Internationals, five of them as captain, between 1978-80. He led the 1979 touring Kangaroos in their three-nil Ashes series whitewash of Great Britain, before leading the Bulldogs to their first premiership in 38 years, defeating the Roosters the next year. He is a Life Member of the Bulldogs Club and has served as the NSW Rugby League Chairman since 2012.

Dr Peponis graduated from the University of NSW as a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1976 and has treated patients as a general medical practitioner in the Five Dock area for most of the time since and continues to do so. In the 2013 Australia Day Honours Awards he received an OAM in recognition of services to rugby league and the community.

Christina Curry

ClubsNSW Board Member

Christina Curry is a Director of The Randwick Club and Randwick Bowling Club in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and a member of the Club Directors’ Institute. She is widely engaged in the community, serving as a local government councillor and is the Patron of a women and children’s centre in the Eastern Suburbs.

In addition she has 20 years’ experience in the education sector, and is currently employed in a senior academic leadership role with Western Sydney University as the Director, Academic Program – Secondary Education. Prior to this role Christina served as a lecturer and tutor at the University of Sydney and was a high school teacher.

She is a former board member of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and has undertaken numerous club-related studies ranging from risk management and procurement to strategic planning and market profiling. Christina holds a PhD, a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Physical Education.

When she was appointed in 2016, Christina became the first female to serve on the Board of ClubsNSW. 

Keith Gomes FAICD

ClubsNSW Board Member

Keith was elected to the Board of ClubsNSW and ClubKENO Holdings as a Non-Executive Director in 2009.

Previously, Keith has served on several private, public sector boards and advisory bodies as a Non-Executive Director. His experience spans a range of industry sectors including financial services, hospitality, information technology, telecommunications, vocational education and professional services in both Australia and Asia. Keith was also a Non-Executive Director for twelve years on the board of a large club in Western Sydney.

As an experienced senior executive, Keith has broad commercial expertise, with a particular focus in the areas of financial discipline, risk management, innovation, digital technology, and strategy execution. He gained his experience from working at Oracle Corporation, KPMG, Optus, Singapore Telecom and IBM both in Australia and Asia. He is currently Executive Director at Sqreem Technologies.

Keith is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).