Rowing SA Board

The Board of Rowing South Australia is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organisation and overseeing its activities. The current position holders are:

President

Michael Harbison

Michael competed in the last Head of the River on the Torrens in 1968, winning the Under 16’s. He rowed in the St Peters College first eight, competing at the first Head of the River held at West Lakes.

Michael was very active as a rowing parent, supporting both Wilderness and St Peters College. He served as Rowing SA Chairman from 1998 to 2003 and Lord Mayor of Adelaide from 2003 to 2009.

Michael was appointed as President of Rowing SA in 2015

Chair (Appointed Director)

Philip Paterson

Philip was appointed to the Board in June 2015 to be the first “Appointed” Director under the new Constitution. The Board elected Philip as Chair in August 2015. A Chartered Accountant and partner with Grant Thornton for 30 years, Philip left the firm in 2012 to achieve a change of pace and to establish his own consultancy specializing in planning, problem solving and governance. Philip’s broad financial and commercial experience is valuable to the Rowing SA Board.

Philip has not rowed competitively but has connections to rowing that attracted him to Rowing SA, including many hours rowing dinghies around Goolwa and the Coorong as a child. Both Philip’s children rowed with Scotch College and Philip continues to be a supporter of the Scotch rowing program. In 2010 Philip was lucky enough to purchase an 18 foot Ken Basset “Liz” timber, sliding seat scull from its builder living on Scotland Island on the Hawkesbury River. Philip’s wife Sandra has recently taken to rowing. In support of that Philip purchased a Race 1 Wave-cutter single scull in 2015.

Three of the four family members are involved in recreational rowing. Philip looks forward to building the strength of Rowing SA in order to support everyone participating in rowing in South Australia.

Board Member (Elected Secretary)

Shannen Graham

Board Member (Appointed Director)

Anna Crowley

  • has a background as a corporate/commercial lawyer in the UK and holds an MBA from Adelaide University
  • manages a range of family business interests, predominantly in the agricultural sector
  • rowed for her College at the University of Cambridge and re-discovered her love of rowing when her daughter started coxing at Pembroke School in 2016
  • has active connections to rowing in South Australia through:
    • participation as a masters rower, including having competed for SA in the Interstate MW8 race at AMRC 2019 in Perth
    • assistant coaching for the Pembroke School rowing programme.

Board Member (Elected Director)

Jamie Grant

Jamie has a strong interest in rowing that has grown over the last five years, with the involvement of his son and his niece. He believes that if your children are participating in a sport, then the parents should contribute as well, and in Jamie’s case, the sport of rowing has become a passion for his whole family.

Jamie and his siblings operate three family businesses and have done so for the past 30 years. Operating his own business has taught him many skills, such as: financial management, effective communication, marketing & advertising, time management, logistics, corporate due diligence and event management. It is through these skills that Jamie can make a positive and effective contribution to the South Australian Rowing Community.

Jamie has previously held the positions of Vice President and President of the Prince Alfred College Rowing Club. The time spent in these roles led to his interest and successful nomination to the Board of Rowing SA in 2015, and Jamie has enjoyed carrying out the role with due diligence, for the betterment of rowing as a whole in South Australia.

Board Member (Elected Director)

Jarrad Schar

Board Member (Elected Director)

Andrew Hannon

Andrew is the Group Commercial Manager for Viterra and has general management experience in Australian and global business entities. With a Masters in Agribusiness and Diploma of Finance, Andrew has experience managing the requirements of a large scale organisation across multiple stakeholder groups.

Andrew is a Ministerial appointment to two agricultural industry consultative committees working with regulators and government departments at federal and state level. Through working with company Boards, corporate and industry bodies, Andrew has an excellent understanding of appropriate governance models to ensure the achievement of positive outcomes, supporting all participants.

As past-President of Saint Peters Girls Rowing, Andrew introduced a sustainable funding model and implemented the use of an innovative marketing and communications plan. This plan delivered significant program improvements for athletes and parents.

Andrew is a former national and state sailing representative, a competing member of the Adelaide Rowing Club and the current holder of the Moffat Le Page Masters Trophy. Andrew remains keen to deliver on the strategic development objectives of the Rowing SA Board.

Board Member (Elected Director)

Greg Melbourne

Greg has been involved in rowing for over 40 years, starting as a coxswain back in 1974 and progressing to being a reserve for a SA Kings Cup Crew. Over the years, Greg has actively been involved with the Riverside Rowing Club, at times being their Association delegate, Club Captain, President and is now a Life Member.

For the past 23 years Greg has been a State umpire, including 19 years as an Australian umpire at national regattas, and a FISA umpire for over 12 years at international regattas. Greg’s dedication to the rowing community includes assisting SASI with transporting their athletes to training camps and National regattas interstate.

Outside of rowing, Greg is self-employed and has previously worked in various legal firms in Adelaide for 14 years, and in the cleaning industry for over 12 years.

Greg brings to the Board a vast knowledge of rowing, as well as an unbiased and fair approach to all athletes and all members of the rowing community. Greg is the current chair of the Umpire and Volunteer Subcommittee.

Board Member (Elected Director)

VACANT POSITION