Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia Board Director secures exclusive leadership grant

March 23, 2017

Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia would like to congratulate Board Director Emma Chinnery on being awarded a scholarship through the Australian Sports Commission’s 2017 Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program.

The WLIS program is an Australian Government initiative that is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in partnership with the Office for Women.

Emma is one of 92 successful candidates from a highly competitive pool, with more than 300 applications submitted as part of this year’s grant process.

The individual development grant supports women to gain skills, knowledge and qualifications to progress on their leadership pathway.  

Emma expressed her appreciation for being presented the opportunity to grow and develop in an area for which she possesses great passion.

“I feel privileged to be participating in the WLIS program, amongst so many capable and ambitious female leaders across the Australian sport sector,” Chinnery said.

“The program presents a unique opportunity to tap into the diverse experiences of peers at all levels of sport – from grassroots to high performance.”

“I would encourage emerging leaders from our netball community to apply for the 2018 WLIS program.”

The grant program incorporates two aspects; firstly, up to $3,000 for training courses and fees and, in addition to the funding, all applicants are to attend one of the 2017 WLIS leadership workshops.

Emma travelled to Adelaide last weekend to complete her workshop which focused on developing leadership capabilities, effectively managing the challenges within the sporting environment and networking with, and seeking invaluable support from like-minded women.

Additionally, as Chair of Netball WA’s Governance and Risk Committee, Emma has sought funding for the Governance Institute’s Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits course, which she will complete across the course of 2017.

“Corporate governance for not-for-profits is a constantly developing area and I am confident that my chosen course will bring new best-practice learnings to netball in WA,” Chinnery said.

Emma is a commercial lawyer at Jackson McDonald with over 10 years’ experience, working with a broad range of clients including corporate and government organisations, the not-for-profit sector, Indigenous trusts and corporations and private clients.

Emma has been a member of the Netball WA Board since 2014, and the Glass Jar Australia Board since its inception in 2015, including a six-month term as the entity’s inaugural Chair.