First Woman on Karting NSW Board

Last weekend’s AGM was an historic moment.  First was the complete change in structure with a new constitution implemented and the other was the appointment of Ilona Alsters as Director of Administration.

Karting NSW, like most sporting groups has struggled to retain members over the last few years.  Outgoing Chairman, Derek Ferry made the bold move to reinvigorate his association by bringing independence, corporate structure and expertise to the table.

Independent recruiter Challenge Consulting, were engaged to seek nominations for the new board, with specific skills based criteria and independence utilised as the basis of selection.  

As the first female to be appointed on the Karting NSW Board, Alsters, a commercial lawyer of almost 20 years, holds both a Bachelor and Masters in Law and accreditations from the Australian Institute of Corporate Governance. She has also competed in a number of karting events, proudly stating that she has held a Pink Plate.

 “I would highly recommend more women get involved. Whether it’s with your local club, association or governing body just put your hand up and make a difference” states Alsters. “Teams with greater diversity outperform those without.”

Alsters has a passion for change-management, good governance and development of talent. She has also recently been named as a Finalist in the upcoming Lawyers Weekly - Women in Law Awards 2017 as General Counsel of the Year.

The new Board of Karting NSW includes David Filipetto (Chairman), Ilona Alsters, Ross Allen, Brian Appledoom, Steve Dorian, Paul Meischke, Craig Sargent, Tom Nipperess and Paul Harris.