After growing up in Perth playing sport and loving the beach Matt began his career as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Fitzroy Valley District High School. He next taught in the Mid-West community of Mount Magnet at the local District High School. It was there that he was introduced to Fair Game inspired by his first-hand experience of the team’s work. In 2012 Mattmoved back to Perth and started volunteering for Fair Game. He first started working on the Game On! program and soon took on the leadership role of Kimberley Regional Coordinator whilst also being a community contact for the Fair Game’s Mid-West regional outreach. Since that time Matt has planned and run our annual Fair Game Academy Training and in 2016 he joined the board as a Director. In 2018 Matt took on the role of Chair after our Founder and Chair – Dr John Van Bockxmeer transitioned into the role of Patron.
Matt currently works at Carine Senior High School and is constantly torn between his love for both Perth and Rural WA. Fair Game offers him the opportunity to revisit remote Western Australia multiple times a year. He is passionate about equality, health, wellbeing and sustainability. His favourite things about Fair Game is being able to visit his old students across WA and seeing the next generation of volunteers having positive experiences within Fair Game and taking those back to their communities.
Fair Gamer Since::2012
Paul joined the Board in 2017 to not only add age to the Board but to support the development of the Boards need to become more business focused and address the increasing demands placed on all NFP Boards. Paul appreciates how sport can connect all members of our communities and how Fair Game can empower young people to achieve great things and make a difference in our communities.
Governance | Director
Charlie is a corporate lawyer in one of Western Australia’s largest law firms and brings this experience into his governance role with Fair Game.
In his travels, Charlie has become more aware of the largely preventable health and social problems faced by underserviced communities throughout Australia, particularly in remote areas, and the evident disparity of standard everyday services provided in remote communities as compared to more populated regions.
He was attracted to Fair Game as it engages directly and personally with these under-serviced communities using sport as a basis to promote simple and highly effective health and lifestyle messages, the majority of which tend to be taken for granted in major cities and even regional centres.
Company Secretary | Director
Dolman is originally from Perth but living some of his childhood in Melbourne. Riley’s family are the Arrernte people of Central Australia. He is sports science and exercise and health major from UWA graduating in 2018. He has a great passion for sport, healthy living and giving back to the indigenous community.
Since joining Fair Game as a volunteer in 2017 Riley has visited the Mid West Region, the Pilbara and Karijini National Park so far and looks forward to exploring more of the country administering the Fair Game programs.
Riley is looking to continue studying into the future and make his way up the Kimberley and into the NT with Fair Game, bringing some recycled footies with him.
Sara has worked in senior marketing, project management and communications management roles for over 20 years across a diverse industry sector. She has worked in tourism, regional development, cultural services, professional services, agriculture, sporting bodies and manufacturing providing social media marketing, strategic planning, public relations and a range of communications services.
Sara brings to the Board of FairGame a diverse skill set with a particular strength in marketing, communications and regional development. As a mother of two teenage boys, Sara is passionate about helping FairGame deliver health education and sporting programs to remote and regional communities so that all kids can be assured of a healthier lifestyle.
Steve is a proven senior operational leader with over 20 years’ experience across minerals, mining, processing, rail, logistics, maintenance and utilities. His passion lies in people leadership, safety and culture change, leading large teams to achieve organisational and personal goals. Steve has an MBA and is a manager for mobile mining equipment maintenance for BHP Billiton in the Pilbara.
Nicki was raised in suburban Perth as part of a close family. Growing up, her family enjoyed many holidays to regional Western Australia, particularly in the South West, Wheatbelt and Goldfields.
After studying and working as a scientist, Nicki completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and through her two practicum placements she experienced the inequity within Perth. During a 4WD trip through the Kimberley and Pilbara regions in 2010, she fell in love with the rural life.
Having dabbled in community work for many years, Nicki was introduced to Fair Game in 2012. Through Fair Game, she found a way to merge her passion for volunteering and her love for Western Australia into a meaningful purpose – helping to provide healthy community messages to kids all over the state through physical activity.
In 2016, stepped away from her 11 year career as a research scientist with CSIRO to become Fair Game’s first full time staff member, CEO!
Fair Gamer Since::2012
Helen grew up in the outskirts of Perth and was an avid netballer from the get go. Upon leaving school her love of sport saw her complete a Health and Exercise Science degree and later a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations. After a stint overseas working at a summer camp just out of Chicago, Helen realised her passion for working with young people, particularly in teaching them the skills to lead a healthy life. On returning to Perth, Helen was lucky enough to land her first role in health promotion, working on and eventually managing Jump Rope for Heart (yes this girl can skip)!
Since then, Helen has gained experience across the government and not for profit sectors, managing healthy lifestyle programs, advocating for the importance of sport and recreation, and coordinating small and large scale community campaigns and events including Mental Health Week. Helen is really excited to join the Fair Game team and be a part of such an amazing organisation helping to change the lives of young people across WA.
Location: :Perth, WA
Funding & Partnerships
Recycle & Donate Coordinator
Zoe has a Curtin Physiotherapy degree and Master of Business Administration from UWA. She has worked in clinical and injury management roles across public and private sectors.
Zoe is passionate about health and education and she enjoys running, yoga and is an avid beach goer. In 2014 Zoe was a City to Surf Ambassador for the WA series that spans across four regional towns in the lead up to the Perth event. Travelling across Western Australia and participating in regional events and experiencing the local communities was a highlight for Zoe.
Zoe is a strong advocate for the importance of exercise in maintaining good physical and mental health. She is excited to be working with Fair Game in 2018 to give children access to the benefits of sport through the Recycle and Donate program.
Fair Gamer Since::2018
Location: :Port Hedland, WA
Fair Gamer Since::2017
Healthy Communities Coordinator
Volunteering, playing sport and leading a healthy lifestyle developed to become some of Beth’s core interests throughout her upbringing in Perth, WA. Whilst searching for an avenue to donate old equipment from her netball club, Beth stumbled on Fair Game and couldn’t believe her luck that such an organisation exists that aligns so strongly with many of her own values.
In 2010, on a student speech pathology placement in Kununurra, Beth was exposed to the challenges of providing and receiving health care in rural and remote areas. Since that experience, Beth has been itching to return to the Kimberley and recently fulfilled this dream by securing a Speech Pathologist job in Broome. Beth and her partner Dylan relocated to Broome in September 2017 and are thoroughly enjoying all that remote living has to offer.
Beth is the Healthy Communities Coordinator at Fair Game and enjoys the chance to inspire all Fair Game volunteers to develop confidence in delivering simple healthy lifestyle messages through sports and fun activities. Beth believes that some of the best moments are chatting with kids in communities about what healthy living means to them!
Beth is a netball enthusiast as well as enjoying being crafty and going camping. One day she would like to own an adventurous cat that could go hiking with her!
Location: :Broome, WA
Fair Gamer Since::2015
Dylan grew up in England but has called Western Australia home for half his life. He is passionate about education, and a career as a Primary School teacher has taken him around the state, exposing him to Indigenous cultures, stunning landscapes and great people. With experience teaching in remote communities and regional towns throughout the Midwest (Yulga Jinna, Meekatharra, Cue, Carnarvon), Goldfields (Kalgoorlie, Wiluna) and Pilbara (Nullagine, South Hedland), as well as Perth and London, Dylan wanted to contribute more to long-term change for children facing disadvantage. He completed a Masters of Indigenous Education with Macquarie University (NSW) and joined Fair Game in 2013.
Now teaching in Perth, his role as a Senior Fair Gamer and Mid-west Regional Coordinator provides Dylan with challenges and opportunities, continuing his love affair with Remote Australia and crucially, affording him access to the grassroots of health, education and youth engagement.
Dylan grew up in England but spent many summers visiting family in South Africa which fostered his passion for cultural diversity. He moved to Perth where he completed a Bachelor in Primary School teaching specialising in working with EAL/D students (English an an Additional Language/Dialect). In four years his work has taken him through the Mid West with a year apiece in Yulga Jinna RC and Meekatharra, followed by short term employment in London, South Hedland, Carnarvon and Cue. Dylan was also able to volunteer briefly in Kenya and Zimbabwe. He now teaches in Kalgoorlie and wishes for Fair Game to continue his love affair with regional Australia, in particular in remote Aboriginal communities.
Location: :Perth, WA
Fair Gamer Since::2013
Claire grew up in Perth and has been living in Geraldton since mid-2012. She completed a Bachelor of Science at UWA and then went on to study a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine at the same university. Claire works for a private podiatry practice based in Geraldton and also with the Geradlton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service as part of the Chronic Disease Mobile Clinic Team, a role which has her travelling throughout the Mid-West and Murchison regions to remote Aboriginal communities. Claire has a passion for rural health and a keen interest in the interplay of culture and social determinants of health on wellbeing outcomes.
Location: :Perth, WA
Website and Marketing Support
James has over 16 years’ experience in IT and Digital Marketing and operates his own business. He is passionate about helping other businesses put together the tools they need to succeed – no matter what the industry. In his spare time his other passion is basketball and along with playing in several competitions James has recently started coaching, umpiring and volunteering his time to get “at risk” kids into this fantastic sport.
Fair Game provides an opportunity for James to combine his love of health, fitness and sport in general as well as his IT & Marketing skills. James is excited to contribute to the Fair Game cause in these areas and help inspire healthier individuals and communities.