Matt Allen (President)
Matt has competed in 27 Sydney Hobart Races and was overall winner in 1983, is a past World Champion in the 11 Metre Class, four times winner of the Kings Cup and was second in the Farr 40 World Championships in 2006. He has a strong background in the governance of the sport as Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race Australian Challenge in 2005/06; Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia from 2007 to 2010; Past Treasurer of the International Farr 40 Class, Director of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts from 2005 to 2017 and Chairman from 2006 to 2016; President of the Australia Day Regatta and Past Rear Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Matt became a Director of Australian Sailing in 2011, serving as Vice President and a member of the Planning and Finance and Nominations Committee and was elected President of Australian Sailing in November 2013. In May 2017, Matt was elected to the Australian Olympic Committee Executive Board; is Chair of the Finance Commission of the AOC and a Member of the Australian Olympic Foundation Investment Advisory Committee.
Matt is former Regional CEO and President of UBS AG Japan and Managing Director of Swiss Bank Corporation in Australia and past President of the Australian Farr 40 Class Association. Matt is a member of the Olympic Team Appeal Committee (NSW), sits on the Arbitration Panel for the 35th Americas Cup and in 2017 was elected as Vice-Chair of World Sailing’s Oceanic & Offshore Committee.
Sarah Kenny (Vice President)
She was Sportswoman of the Year at University of Sydney in 1984 and awarded a Blue for Outstanding Sporting Achievement in Windsurfing. Representing Australia internationally, in 2017 Sarah was elected as Chair of the Events Committee for World Sailing and closer to home Sarah also sits on the Australian Sailing Nominations Committee and was member of both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Nomination Panels.
Sarah is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sarah is involved in junior sailing through her sons, who are keen Optimist and 29er sailors.
Garry Langford, President of Yachting Tasmania until February 2013 was elected to the Australian Sailing Board in 2013. At Yachting Tasmania, Garry had a strong interest in establishing a pathway for Tasmanian sailing athletes that resulted in the establishment of a formal agreement with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport in 2008
Garry's sailing career began in International Cadets and he has sailed in the Diamond, Dragon and Etchell Classes, as well as competing in three Sydney to Hobart's in the 1980s.
He has cruised extensively on the Australian east coast and spent six months in the South West Pacific visiting New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu. In his professional life, Garry manages the intellectual property portfolio at Apple and Pear Australia Ltd.
Daniel Belcher started racing at age eight in sabots out of Southport Yacht Club. He won the International 420 World and World Junior Championships in 2000, and campaigned for the Sydney and Athens Olympics in the 470 Class, winning international, Australian, and state titles and achieving a top 10 ISAF world ranking in 2004. Daniel moved to the United States after campaigning, racing Vanguard 15s, Etchells, Viper 640s and various IRC boats out of New York and Larchmont Yacht Clubs. While the demands of a young family mean a brief slow-down, Daniel continues to cruise with his young family and when able race Etchells.
Daniel has extensive professional experience in the Retail and Private Equity fields through his work as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Co in Sydney and New York, CEO of a Sands Management, and now Managing Partner of a private equity firm. Daniel has completed an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York as well as LLB/B.Com (Accounting) from Bond University. In 2006, Daniel co-founded Melanoma Patients Australia a non-profit organisation offering a national network of support and information to patients, their families, carers and friends about melanoma prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.
Jenni Maclean is currently a lawyer in an in-house legal team which services the legal requirements of one of Australia’s leading diversified property groups. Her role involves working with business managers to initially develop proposals then negotiating, advising on and documenting property development transactions, including: purchases, development joint ventures, third party development structures, planning, leasing, vacant land and developed property sales, construction, risk identification and mitigation and property trust investments across the group’s commercial & industrial and investment property divisions.
Before making the switch to law, Jenni was a senior leader in the water safety and aquatic recreation industry, working for peak not-for-profit organisations where her roles included: providing strategic advice to industry bodies and government for the promotion and delivery of water safety knowledge and skills to members of the public, overseeing operations delivering state-wide and national water safety and aquatic education and training programs, and securing and acquitting government grants and sponsorships, including the initial commitment of $6 million for the Victorian ‘Play it Safe by the Water’ campaign.
Jenni has also served the aquatic recreation industry as a board member of Yachting Victoria and the peak Victorian water safety organisations and as Commodore of Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS). As a passionate volunteer, she has drawn upon her professional experience and the law to influence risk and change management processes, guide organisational restructure and governance improvements and provide planning, construction, native title and leasing advice in connection with the major redevelopment of facilities at BYS.
Jenni holds a Juris Doctor in Law (University of Melbourne), Master of Sport Management (Deakin University), Graduate Diploma of Arts in Recreation (Phillip Institute of Technology) and Degree of Bachelor of Applied Science with Distinction in Medical Biophysics and Scientific Instrumentation (Swinburne Institute of Technology).
Jenni is an active and competitive club sailor at BYS in her Farr 1020 Navaho and is also a promoter of women and girls sailing. She also enjoys cruising, with plans to do more of this in her recently acquired Beneteau Cyclades 43.3 Hotel.
A member of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Jo learnt to sail as a young adult and competed in club racing both on her boat and sailing with others. She has sailed Hobie 16s at State, National and International level together with 14” skiffs. Jo has competed in a Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race, sailed the east coast with her husband for 6 months and now enjoys spending time kitesurfing and sailing with her family on their trimaran. She has been a panel member for Australian Sailing in youth misconduct matters and is involved in youth sailing through her daughters.
Jo is a senior executive and General Counsel with extensive experience in the energy sector. Jo provides strategic commercially focused legal advice including the development and implementation of governance frameworks to enable Boards and organisations achieve optimum outcomes through robust decision making. Jo has a deep commitment to safety, leadership, diversity and inclusion and is an experienced not for profit Company Director.
Sarah has enjoyed sailing from the age of 10 trying a variety of dinghies, including Minnow, Sabre, 420, Europe dinghy and the Laser class. Sarah's sailing pathway to the elite level spans over 20 years and includes winning three World Championships and competing at two Olympic Games, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 finishing 4th in both. Sarah has won many awards including Sailor of the Year and Australian Junior Athlete of the year. Sarah was Co-Captain of the Australian Sailing team in 2008.
Sarah has continued her involvement in sailing since retiring as athlete, where she is involved in administration and coaching of the sport. Co-ordinating the Sailability program in Victoria for 2 years, and for over 10 years has coached for many Victorian Clubs and Class Associations, coaching athletes at Club level through to coaching at World Championships. Recently Sarah has worked closely with Australian Sailing and Senior Coaches to redevelop the Sailing Coach Course. Sarah has a special interest in increasing the participation of women and girls in sport and athlete wellbeing, to achieve this Sarah delivers Sailing and Fitness events, and offers specific fitness and mindset programs to athletes.
A well-regarded and experienced sailor, Skip has recently retired from heading up Swan River Sailing and the West Australian Yachting Foundation which focused on delivering team building and leadership programs and developing youth match racing sailors. During this time, he also chaired the Warren Jones Regatta.
Skip’s own extensive sailing background includes crew member of ‘Australia II’ in the successful 1983 America’s Cup and the Louis Vuitton Cup in 1983; crew on ‘Ragamuffin’ winning the 1979 Admirals Cup and first on corrected time in the Parmelia Race in 1979. He is also an Australian Champion in the J24s’ and Australian Match Racing and continues to race in the Etchells class where he was the National Champion in 2006/07. In 1984, Skip was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to sailing.
Alistair’s involvement in sailing spans across a wide front over many decades. Currently Chairman of Ronstan, a company he recently retired from having commenced in 1976, Alistair was instrumental in the development of the Australian industry and overseas markets, securing long term distributors and instrumental in setting up an office in the United States. Alistair has been recognised with numerous export and business Awards, in Victoria as well as nationally.
Alistair has supported sailing serving on many Committees and Boards including Sail Melbourne, Sail America, Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Boating Industry Association of Victoria, Bayside Business Network, as well as Board member and past President of AIMEX.
Alistair started sailing at the age of 11 with his father in a Corsair dinghy. Since then, he has sailed Fireballs, Lasers, Ultimates, Etchells, Tasars, 11 Meter One Design and numerous keelboats. He has won numerous State Titles, National Titles and a World Masters Championship.