Generate Network (AUS)

Proudly sponsored by Otium Planning Group, the Generate Network is Parks and Leisure Australia's (PLA) commitment to the development of our young professionals and emerging leaders. Driving our work is our vision for 'More parks and recreation go-getters for generations to come'.


About Us

The Generate Network is a launch pad for up and coming parks and recreation go-getters! We break down the barriers of hierarchy, geography, age and economic status and provide a network for up and coming young professionals in our industry to connect, learn and grow. We connect and engage people new to the industry and anyone looking for their next leap forward. We provide a platform for people to have a voice, to network and engage in professional development opportunities.

Executive Committee - launching Generate into the next phase

We are excited to announce the appointment of the inaugural Generate Network Executive Committee. It is wonderful to have such a passionate and diverse group driving opportunities and outcomes for young professionals and emerging leaders in our industry. The Executive Committee comprises 12 young professionals led by the Chair, and for the first time includes representatives in every Parks and Leisure Australia region. The Executive Committee is 50/50 male and female and is representative of a diverse range of sectors within our industry including; local and state government, planning consultants, engineers, leisure managers, and sports peak bodies.

Over the coming months the Executive Committee focus on formalising our platforms, broadening our network, running events, and connecting people with opportunities and each other. We look forward to launching into the next exciting phase of Generate with all of this passion and expertise on board.

Who We Are


Kristin Davies | Generate Network, Chair

Kristin is an energetic, versatile and focused leader with over 10 years' industry experience. Kristin has a diverse background in sports, recreation, leisure, hospitality, events and gaming sectors, including involvement in a number of start-up and member-based organisations. She has a critical appreciation and sound knowledge of a wide range of industry fields with a strong background in strategic policy and planning, business and finance, governance and operations, stadium and venue management, consultation and engagement, change and issues management, funding acquisition, promotion and advocacy. In addition to studying a Bachelor of Sports Administration and Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement (current) at Victoria University and a Certificate IV in Business Administration, she successfully completed the Parks and Leisure Australia Leadership Program in 2016. Kristin's recent work history includes management and senior strategy positions with the City of Greater Geelong, Baseball Victoria, insideEDGE Sport and Leisure Planning and Fernwood Women's Health Clubs.

Executive Committee 2019/20


DOM MCGLINCHEY | VIC | Finance

Dom McGlinchey is an accomplished sports and recreation professional a strong track record in developing exceptional stakeholder relationships and advancing community sport.

As the youngest Regional Cricket Manager to be appointed at Cricket Victoria, Dom established and developed the first junior and senior female' cricket leagues in the Barwon region. He was recently appointed as Business Development Manager at Cricket Victoria, leading new commercial partnerships and business opportunities. A recent secondment with the Japan Cricket Association in 2019, Dom helped build capacity, develop infrastructure and coached the Japan national side to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier, a first for the country.

Dom continues to play cricket at Premier level and has represented Australia at the Under 19 level on a tour of India. He holds a Batchelor in Sport & Recreation Management.

Driven to bolster the quality and reputation of sport and recreation bodies through a relationship focused approach, Dom is a passionate believer in the potential of the Generate Network to connect up-and-coming industry go-getters. He looks forward to contributing to and learning through the experiences of other Generate Network members!




TARRYN ELVERD | VIC | Marketing and Communications

Tarryn found her passion for Local Government Sport and Recreation through an internship position at the City of Casey, whilst studying a double degree in Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation and Bachelor of Business at Monash University.

Tarryn currently works for Yarra Ranges Council in the Recreation and Active Living Team. In her role as a Project Officer, she has a strong interest in delivering sport and recreation opportunities for the community, with an emphasis on trail development. Her passion lies in activating people and places, and helping people become healthier and connected to the outdoors.

Prior to her current role, Tarryn worked for YMCA Victoria in a marketing role. Her other areas of interest include facility management, consultation and engagement, promotion and advocacy and acquiring funding.

In her spare time, Tarryn loves to get outdoors and explore, whether it be surfing, hiking, mountain biking or landscape photography.



ALLANA SHARMAN | VIC | Sponsorship / Partnerships

Allana is an experienced government professional with Australian and international experience in the physical activity, community sport and public health sectors. She is a strong female leader and passionate sportswoman driven by a desire to improve whole of community access to sport and recreational opportunities. In particular, she is passionate about increasing access to and participation in community sport and leisure opportunities for young people, women and marginalised communities.

Having worked in a leadership role in the sport and recreation industry for the past 6 years Allana has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to manage, develop and mentor people. Describing this as one of the most fulfilling elements of her role, she is keen to give back to the sector in a broader capacity through the Generate Network Australia.

Allana's background in public health brings a different lens to the world of sport and recreation. The principals of the Generate Network to break down the barriers of hierarchy, geography, age and economic status resonate with her strongly - not only are these barriers evident in the sector in which we work but this also reflects the broader issues we tackle on a daily basis in trying to get more people, more active, more often.

Allana holds a Bachelor of Health Science from La Trobe University and is currently working towards her Master of Business Administration at La Trobe University. Personally, Allana is a keen sports woman who plays netball and has a keen passion for snow skiing.




MICHAEL MCKAY | VIC | Membership Services / Engagement and Activation

After completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws at Monash University Law Chambers and finding his passion in recreation and leisure, Michael commenced his career at Belgravia Leisure as the General Manager of Yarrambat Park Golf Course in June 2016. Following some key innovations, he was quickly promoted to the role of Golf Area Manager.

Michael now plays a strong role in Belgravia Leisure's approach to golf course management, greenspace activation, tendering on park assets and major capital projects. He has a passion for golf's community outcomes, from its mental health and social outcomes to its environmental mantle and housing of wildlife populations.

Michael's vision for golf is one that is increasingly diverse and inclusive. In recent years he has led the transformation and engagement associated with the Yarrambat Park Golf Course management structure, now comprising arts graduates, skateboarders and musicians. This diversity has resulted in an increase in participation beyond traditional user groups.

Michael also introduced a series of innovative and engaging 'non-direct golf' initiatives such as food truck parks, twilight movie nights and Easter-egg hunts which have generated unprecedented utilisation by young families in the area, who had previously never visited the facility.

Michael is very excited to join the Generate Network Australia and work alongside other committee members who value the benefits of green infrastructure.




JOSH GERAGHTY | QLD Representative / Social Media

Josh has worked in the sport and recreation industry for 4 years, alongside some of the industry's leaders at Otium Planning Group. He completed his Bachelor of Planning with Honours at James Cook University in Cairns in 2014. It was here he found his desire to work in sport and recreation planning, with his thesis on developing sport tourism in a regional centre.

Josh has spent the last 4 years working with regional communities and councils and understands the unique circumstances that impact the delivery of sport and recreation in these areas. He has seen, firsthand, the impact social media has had on the perception of what is expected in these areas and he understand how important the role of peak bodies like Generate and Parks and Leisure Australia will have on how these communities move forward.

Before joining Otium, Josh spent time in the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, assisting in the approval of planning scheme in Far North Queensland.

When he isn't working, Josh loves to be involved in any sport he can, including hockey, soccer, and basketball.




PATRICK BEAZLEY | QLD Representative / Events

Patrick is a Civil and Environmental Engineer working at SPORTENG in Brisbane where his line of work includes the design and construction supervision for sporting fields of play. Patrick's diverse work ranges from elite stadiums, to school fields, sports clubs and parks in Australia and New Zealand.

Patrick is passionate about sports, the communities they foster and providing facilities that encourage people to get active and social. Patrick also contributes to 'whole of industry life' with his involvement in industry conferences, networking events and industry development workshops.

Patrick's constant search for innovation in our industry was recognised by his nomination for the Young Innovator of the Year Award at the 2019 National Sports Convention for his role as the Lead Designer and key contributor for the western Sydney Stadium Filed of Play.

Outside of work Patrick is involved in a lot of social sport, mainly Touch Rugby League and Futsal as a player and referee. In his spare time Patrick also works at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (Gabba) assisting the greenkeeping team.




CASEY GRICE | NSW Representative / Partnerships

Casey is an experienced general manager with over 10 years' working in the sector. Casey has a diverse background in the industry starting as an Australian representative in beach volleyball before using his passion for sport to branch into planning and leadership roles across the Sport, Local Government and State Government sectors.

He is a highly regarded leader with technical skills across strategic planning, project management, change management and finance. His recent achievements included authoring the SANFL Strategic Facilities Plan 2018-22, developing SA's Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Fund and leading the Modular Sporting Facilities Project, which was nominated for a range of national innovation awards in 2019.

In his current role, Casey is focused on leading the activation of sport and active recreation plans across the western region of NSW in his role as Western Cluster Director for the NSW Office of Sport.

Casey spends his spare time currently completing his Master of Business Administration with Torrens University.

Casey remains committed to using sport and recreation as a vehicle to building stronger, healthy and better-connected communities.




SARAH MCPHEE | VIC/TAS Representative / Events / Ambassador

Sarah McPhee was awarded the Parks and Leisure Australia, National Emerging Leader Award in 2018 due to her personal attributes, work ethic and significant list of achievements. This award is in recognition of the beginning of a very promising career.

Sarah graduated from Federation University with a Bachelor of Sports Management and Business (Marketing) in 2016, along the way completing placements at Geelong Football Club, Maribyrnong Sports Academy, AFL Goldfields and the City of Ballarat.

After graduation Sarah was employed in a communications role at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre for 18 months, working her way up, Sarah has spent the past two years at Macedon Ranges Shire Council as the Recreation Development Officer.

Sarah comprises a diverse background with experience in legal administration, hospitality, marketing / communications and sport / recreation.

Sarah aims to deliver excellence and professionalism to the best of her ability and to learn from every experience. Sarah believes that her past experiences have increased the value she places on quality communication and that a discussion can go a long way.

Sarah likes to try new things and be challenged along the way. But most of all she is a great fit for the executive committee because, as she says, "I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up", and that is exactly what the Generate Network is all about.



LAUREN CLOSE | VIC | Policy and Governance

Lauren is an emerging leader at the Otium Planning Group with a background in Local Government leisure and community facilities both in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

In her previous role with Darebin City Council, Lauren oversaw the delivery of leisure and recreation services, including the development and delivery of a number of sporting programs and activities to benefit the community.

Lauren also has strong experience in governance, procurement and contracts in local and state government environments.

Lauren is also a very experienced netballer, with over five years' experience in the Victorian and Australian Netball League, and the State and National Mixed Netball Teams. Lauren continues to coach, and to play netball in the Victorian Netball League.



GEORGIE BEVAN | VIC/TAS Representative / Events

After completing a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering) degree at Victoria University in 2015, Georgie started at SPORTENG as their first Field of Play Consultant and Irrigation Designer.

In her role at SPORTENG, Georgie contributes to the design of sports fields across the country in a variety of ways. She provides technical advice, conduct condition assessments, develop concept designs and design the irrigation systems for natural turf areas. Georgie has worked on a range of awesome projects from elite stadiums to local facilities in her time at SPORTENG, and she always loves seeing the utilisation and enjoyment of the end user.

Georgie is one of Australia's youngest irrigation designers. Having been mentored by Australia's first certified irrigation consultant she is currently completing my Irrigation Designer Certificate and will likely become Australia's youngest certified irrigation consultant.

Georgie's drive and initiative led her to join the Women in Design and Construction group where she attends networking events and workshops with other women within the industry.

In her spare time, Georgie is a keen netballer, playing 3 nights a week, and she loves being outdoors and active.



JULIA WALLACE | SA/NT Representative / Events

Julia is a driven sport and recreation planning professional with over 6 years of experience in the sector. She has a background in programming and infrastructure planning projects in her roles at West Beach Parks and the City of Adelaide including policy development, funding acquisition and the development of major sporting hubs and public open space plans.

Julia is keen to have a positive impact in the community by creating quality public open spaces and by implementing initiatives that encourages happier, healthier lifestyles.

Julia has a love of learning and professional development opportunities and was identified as an emerging leader to participate in the Take the Lead program and the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing's Developing Women Sport Leaders Program. Through these opportunities, Julia recognises the importance of empowering and encouraging young professionals to gain new networks, strengthen their knowledge and strive for continual improvement. Julia believes that driving positive change and equitable access to opportunities is fundamental for success.

In her spare time Julia enjoys football, hiking and adventuring locally or abroad. Her favourite pastimes are road trips and hiking.



CHRIS EARL | WA Representative / Events

Chris has a great passion for the Sport and Recreation industry and being able to positively influence people's lives through physical activity and recreation. Chris has a diverse range of experience in facilitating Sport & Recreation programs and events through working across a number of sectors including national sport organisations, schools, universities and local government.

As a New Zealand native, Chris made the move across the Tasman from his role at Auckland Council at the beginning of 2016. Chris challenged himself to get outside of his comfort zone and try something others may not and was given an opportunity to do this at Curtin University in Western Australia.

In his current role of Sport and Recreation Coordinator he manages a team that leads the facilitation of a range of Sport and Recreation Programs and developing junior pathways for sport. Chris' passion for engaging the wider community in sport and recreation led to him starting a number of new programs at Curtin. Chris' efforts in building collaborative programs for the community have also earnt him a Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Collaboration in 2018.

Chris currently sits as a Regional Councillor on the Parks and Leisure Australia, Western Australia and enjoys the opportunity to make an impact on the industry.

Outside of work Chris generally enjoys playing and being involved in sport in any capacity, whether it be watching or playing.

Contact

Kristin Davies
E: Kristin.Davies@outlook.com.au
M: 0402 483 381

Our Partnership


Through our partnership with the Otium Planning Group Pty Ltd, we offer a fantastic mentoring program. No matter where you live in Australia you have the opportunity to partner with an Otium Planning Group Director so you can learn from an experienced industry professional who can provide a tailored development program.

We will soon be calling for Expressions of Interest to help match our young professionals to a suitable mentor so sign up to our newsletter so you don't miss out.

News

10 December 2019

It is with incredible excitement to join PLAQLD as the new Executive Officer and lead the growth of the People Behind the Places across our exciting and diverse industry within Queensland. I look forward to connecting further with our members, partners, governments and stakeholders, and growing our PLAQLD network with you all. I thank the Queensland Councillors for their support and look forward to my PLA QLD journey.

4 December 2019

YMCA in partnership with Skate Australia have launched the new Skateboarding Participation and Competition Strategy. This strategy outlines the national grass roots competition pathways and how local and state governments activate skate parks under the strategy's programs and event framework.

28 November 2019

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12 November 2019

The Parks and Leisure Australia Annual Report 2018-19 and Financial Report 2018-19 were tabled at our Annual General Meeting on 28 October 2019. PLA is a complex beast with tentacles across Australia all underpinned by the support of our members who give their time and expertise to help build and sustain the organisation

12 November 2019

Sport Australia partnership to enhance community health and well-being (Published 12/11/19). Parks and Leisure Australia and Sport Australia have launched a strategic partnership, united by a goal to enhance community health and wellbeing through sport and physical activity. Sport Australia Chief Executive Kate Palmer and PLA President Paul Jane signed a partnership agreement at the PLA National Conference in Perth last month that will, in the future, expand into a memorandum of understanding on the peak body and Federal agency's shared areas of interest.

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