Our Trust

The Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust was established on 5 October 1995 in accordance with the provisions of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Act 1985 (as amended).

It was created by the merger of the National Tennis Centre Trust (established 13 November 1985) and the Olympic Park Committee of Management (formed originally in 1909).

Under the Act, the relevant Minister is the Honourable Martin Pakula MP, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events.

Patrick Flannigan - Trust Chairman

Patrick brings more than 25 years experience in infrastructure services and has held senior roles in both private and publicly listed companies.

Patrick established his own business, Integrated Maintenance Services in 2000 and was the founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Service Stream Ltd for six years from 2003.

He then managed network construction as nbn’s Head of Construction from 2009 to early 2011.

In 2011, Patrick founded Utility Services Group and served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director until 30 June 2015 when the company was acquired by an ASX listed company.

Patrick was appointed as Managing Director of Urban Maintenance Systems Pty Ltd, an Australian provider of facilities and; infrastructure management services to Government, Private and Not-for-Profit organisations from August 2016 to mid 2019.

Patrick has a business degree from Victoria University, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and until late July 2016, held a Board position at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

Jacinda Dixon

Jacinda is a Senior Adviser at JBWere with extensive experience in managing the financial affairs of major family groups and philanthropic organisations.

Her background in taxation, coupled with her experience in financial markets and investment management, provide Jacinda with a unique financial services pedigree.

Jacinda has considerable experience in developing tax efficient strategies to grow and protect wealth for corpuses ranging from individuals and family offices to scholarship / building funds and charities.

Having a solid track record in the not-for-profit sector, Jacinda's core skills extend to financial and investment policy development, risk management, compliance and governance.

Catherine Friday

Catherine leads EY’s Risk Transformation practice across Oceania, which includes governance, risk and compliance services at both the organisational, business unit, and project/program level.

One of her team's specialist areas is in running risk management and analytics as a managed service.

Her particular industry focus is Government and Public Sector, and she led the Canberra Risk Practice for 5 years, delivering risk consulting, internal audit, corporate governance, P3 risk management and compliance service lines.

Catherine’s clients included State and Federal Departments and Regulators, Ministerial Councils, ASX Top 20 companies, and not-for-profits and NGO’s. She is also a Director on the Board of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia (RMIA).

Catherine is one of 140 Certified Practicing Risk Managers in Australia, she is Certified in the UK Office of Government Commerce Management of Risk (M_o_R) program (2013), and is PRINCE2 Certified.

Mark Hawthorne

A seasoned publishing professional, Mark Hawthorne brings more than 25 years of media and communications experience to Civic Financial.

Prior to founding Civic Financial, Mark has held some of the most senior executive, management and editing roles at Fairfax Media.

He was Victorian Publisher of Fairfax Media, the company’s most senior Victorian media executive and a member of the executive leadership team running The Age, the Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald mastheads across print and digital.

Mark is a former Business Editor of both The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and in 2012 was appointed National Business Editor of all of Fairfax Media’s metro mastheads.

It was under his editorship that The Age and SMH published the news stories that would ultimately lead to the Hayne Financial Services Royal Commission. 

Prior to joining The Age in 2004, Mark spent seven years in the United Kingdom, working for some of the world’s most respected financial and magazine publishing companies.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, literature and economics from Monash University in Melbourne.

Jayne Hrdlicka - President, Tennis Australia

Jayne was recently re-appointed as the President of Tennis Australia.

From 2017 to late 2019 she was the Chief Executive Officer of a2 Milk. 

Jayne has recently been appointed CEO of Virgin Australia. 

Previously, Jayne headed up the Qantas Loyalty Program and was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar.

Jayne joined Qantas in August 2010 as Group Executive Strategy and Information Technology. Qantas is a portfolio of related businesses which include Qantas Airlines, Jetstar and Qantas Frequent Flyer Program.

Jayne is a former senior partner with Bain & Company in the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice, and led Bain’s Customer Practice for the Asia region. She was also an inaugural member of Bain’s Global Women’s Leadership Council.

Early in her career, Jayne left consulting and spent six years as an executive and was subsequently the CEO of two publishing and marketing related businesses. She later returned to Bain as a senior leader in the Australian practice.

Jayne holds an MBA from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire USA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from the Colorado College, Colorado USA.

In addition to her role as the President of Tennis Australia, Jayne is a member of Chief Executive Women and a member of the Scotch College Council in Melbourne.

Sameer (Sammy) Kumar


Sammy Kumar is the Co-Founder of Sayers Group and CEO of Sayers Advisory & Investments. 

Sammy is a business leader with over 30 years’ experience in Management Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Risk Management, Strategy, Technology and Ventures. 

Sammy’s work includes significant experience in many overseas markets including the US, Canada, South America and Asia Pacific. 

He has advised companies in a number of sectors including Financial Services, Telecommunications, Technology services, Private Equity and Venture Capital. 

During his time at PwC he started, led and grew businesses both in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region managing revenues of over $1 billion. 

Sammy is a thought leader on a range of topics including revenue risk management, mega trends impacting economies and the impact of technology on business strategy. 

Sammy is a committed member of the broader community. 

Additionally, Sammy has been re-appointed to the Board of The Royal Children’s Hospital from July 2018, and is also a Foundation director since 19 October 2015 and Chair of Audit Committee since 15 June 2016.

Diana Nicholson

Diana is a senior partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice in the Melbourne office of King Wood Mallesons.

Diana's practice primarily involves securities industry law, fundraising acquisitions and takeovers, as well as the more general aspects of commercial law.

Diana holds Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Hons) degrees from the University of Melbourne.

While Diana has worked primarily for Mallesons Stephen Jaques, she has also spent a number of years in London working with Herbert Smith in their corporate group.

Diana has held various management positions with Mallesons, including Partner in Charge, Melbourne.

Jacqueline (Jacqui) Pirone - President, Tennis Victoria

Ombudsman with strong governance and stakeholder experience.

Demonstrated complex decision making skills across strategy, investment and operational issues which impact not for profit and private organisations.

Led complex strategies and engaged with stakeholders to lead and work through resolutions at various levels of sensitivity and complexity.

John Ribot

John is an Australian sports administrator and former rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 80s.

Once a Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative winger or lock forward, John was the 1980 NSWRFL season's top try-scorer.

Also a member of the 1982 'Invincibles' Kangaroo touring squad, he played club football in Brisbane for Fortitude Valley, Wests and Redcliffe, and in Sydney for Newtown, Wests and Manly-Warringah.

Following his playing career, John became the foundation CEO of the Brisbane Broncos and later Super League (Australia).

When the Australian Rugby League merged with Super League to form the NRL at the end of 1997, he moved south to set up the Melbourne Storm.

Well known for his expansionist attitude towards professional football administration in Australia, in 2004 he switched codes, working as a soccer administrator until 2008.

He has since taken up a position at the Queensland Rugby League.

Ken Roche

Ken is a fellow of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Civil Engineering). 

Throughout his professional career he has had wide ranging experience in civil construction, contract mining and in large and small scale property development. 

He has held positions in industry associations, publicly and privately listed Boards and in particular was President of the Primary Tungsten Association, the world body which represented the Tungsten ore mining industry. 

His family civil engineering and contract mining company, Roche Bros Pty Ltd, was sold to Downer EDI in 1997.

Liberty Sanger

Liberty is a Principal, Board member and Practice Group Leader at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, co-leading the Victorian WorkCover and Road Accident injuries (TAC) departments.

Liberty is a qualified Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Accredited Specialist and she is recognised by the prestigious Doyles Guide as one of only five leading lawyers in workers' compensation in Victoria.

She is also Chair of Maurice Blackburn’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, a Committee charged with recommending strategies and initiatives to the Board to ensure that every employee feels comfortable to bring their whole unique self to work and thrive in an accepting and supportive environment.

Liberty has also been appointed Chair of the Victorian Government’s Equal WorkPlaces Advisory Council as part of their Gender Equality Strategy.

The Council has been asked to identify government action that will promote the achievement of gender equality, to identify promote and publish good practice examples of initiatives that work to promote gender equality and to consider the issues and linkages relating to pay equity, equality and productivity to achieve equitable outcomes for women and men.

Liberty is a regular panellist on The Friday Wrap with Jon Faine on 774 Melbourne radio, reviews newspapers on ABC News Breakfast with Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland, and a panellist on Sky’s Politics HQ program. She has also been a guest on the ABC’s Q & A TV show.

Janice van Reyk

Janice is an experienced non-executive director primarily in infrastructure and capital intensive asset businesses.

She specialises in chairing audit & risk committees, and is a current director of Tennis Australia, Lochard Energy Group, Australian Naval Infrastructure, Citywide Services, Victoria Police and NT Environment Protection Authority.