Board of Directors

Ned Coten (Chair)

Ned CotenNed Coten boasts extensive experience across all levels of basketball – as a participant, administrator and Board Director (Basketball Victoria and BigV) in both professional and volunteer capacities across the past 35 years. An MBA holder, Ned has built a number of businesses from the ground up and continues to work with a range of clients from multinational to start-up in Australia, Asia, US and Europe. Ned’s expertise in brand and business strategy, marketing and client acquisition has seen him engage clients at all levels of business in a number of industries and environments. He has written a book on marketing and brand development and was responsible for implementing the current branding for Australian basketball. Elected to the Basketball Australia Board in March 2014, Ned’s key interests in basketball include improved communication with grassroots participants, driving a comprehensive National Registration Database to facilitate better industry knowledge and promotion and stronger commercialisation to bolster growth and revenue diversification in the sport.

Ned sits on Basketball Australia’s High Performance and Associations Commissions.

David Reid (Deputy Chair)

David Reid

David Reid has practiced law for more than 20 years, bringing a strong background in commercial and accounting law, the Corporations Act and regulatory matters. Previously partner at a large practice specialising in commercial and governmental legal work, David is now a national corporate partner of Sparke Helmore Lawyers. David boasts substantial directorial experience, having served on the Boards of Newcastle Basketball, Basketball New South Wales and various other companies across manufacturing, private investment and mining. David also has significant experience in playing and coaching basketball, having represented NSW, Newcastle, Manly-Warringah and Port Macquarie as a player, coach and manager. David was elected to the Basketball Australia Board in March 2014.

David is Chair of Basketball Australia’s Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and sits on the Competitions Commission.

Brian Delaney

Delaney copyBrian, currently Senior Managing Director-U.S. for QIC, has had more than a 30-year career as a financial services executive, serving in leadership roles with responsibility for strategy, finance and business growth. His board experience spans companies representing a variety of industries and addressing global issues.

Brian is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a former member of the Boards of Directors of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), Lonsec Fiscal Holdings, the Investment Management & Consultant Association (IMCA) and CCube Financial Software.

Brian has a long association with basketball, having played in the NBL in addition to coaching at senior levels in Queensland and NSW. He is also a former advisory board member for the Sydney Uni Flames. His wife, Gail Henderson, is a WNBL life member having played more than 270 games in the WNBL.

Brian and Gail have two daughters, Alex and Bree, who also both received NCAA Division 1 scholarships to play and study in US colleges

Bronwyn Marshall

Bronwyn has worked in Sports Administration at local, state and national level in Australia and overseas, in a variety of positions and sports for over 20 years. She brings significant experience in working with local, state and national level funding bodies and sponsors. Her firsthand experiences provide her with an invaluable insight into the Australia sporting industry and the intricacies of working within federated structures in sport. She is currently the Executive Officer of ACHPER QLD, an organisation that provides professional development for HPE teachers and promotes healthy and active lifestyles to school children.

Bronwyn was a director of Basketball Queensland for 6 years including two and a half as the Chairman. She was a recipient of the Australian Sports Commission’s Women Leaders in Sport 3-year scholarship which allowed her to access the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and other high level professional development opportunities.

As a former Opal, she was a member of Australia’s first women’s team to compete at the Olympic games and she played at two World Championships. Bronwyn has coached in the WNBL and currently coaches junior girls’ representative teams in Brisbane.


Elizabeth Woods


Libby_Wood_BWElizabeth joined the Council of Basketball WA in 1992 and remained a Council member until 2006. She was elected to the Basketball WA Executive Committee in 1996 and served as Vice President between 1997 and 2002. Elizabeth served as President from 2002 until 2011, at which time under the new Constitution, she was appointed to the position of Chair of the new Board – a position she held until August 2014. She was awarded life membership to Basketball WA in 1999, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and Basketball WA Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002. Elizabeth has been a FIBA Technical Commissioner since 2005, having officiated at the Sydney Olympic Games and also at previous Commonwealth Games. Elizabeth holds memberships to a number of professional groups, has been on the Board of Wheelchair Sports since 2005 and is a member of the Fisheries Review Group IFAAC. She is a former member of the WA Sports Federation (2006-08) and Department of Sport and Recreation Officials Reference Panel (1996-2005). Elizabeth previously served on the BA Board between 2006 and 2008, and was re-appointed in August 2014.


Libby sits on Basketball Australia’s WNBL Commission.

Anna Cicognani

Dr Anna

Anna is currently the CEO of NZAX listed Company GeoOp (GEO). She has served as CEO and other C-level roles in public and private Companies, such as APN, PMP, Telstra and Fairfax while also being involved in digital media and technology projects of all sizes as an operator and an investor. She has accumulated valuable experience in using technology to operate efficiently and grow sales and customer engagement. Her passion for all things digital and innovation have driven successful outcomes in the businesses she has operated in. Anna was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney, is an Honorary Professor at the University of Wollongong in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and a Director on the Board of Basketball Australia.


Ian Silk
Silk-ConvertImageIan Silk is the Chief Executive of AustralianSuper – the largest and fastest growing superannuation fund in Australia. AustralianSuper has more than 2.1 million members, over 220,000 contributing businesses, and more than AUD$100 billion in assets. AustralianSuper is a multi-industry fund with membership spanning most industries.

Ian is a member of the Australian Government's Financial Literacy Board, a Director of Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and, a Director of Industry Super Australia. He brings a balance of strategic perspectives with particular strength in contemporary corporate governance, with experience on sporting and not-for-profit boards. Ian is a former club basketball player and a keen follower of our sport and understands the current basketball landscape.