Kelly Ryan
CEO
Netball Australia

Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan was appointed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia in July 2021. Having completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing, Kelly Ryan has held Executive roles for the past 12 years leading disciplines such as Marketing, Commercial, Consumer Business, Customer Experience, Member Acquisition and Retention, Stadium Operations, Major Events and Women’s Strategies. 

She has a demonstrated ability in every core aspect of business including innovative strategic planning, stakeholder management, financial management, commercial growth and people management. She is a strong leader and passionate about building other great managers and leaders. 

Kelly has also graduated from Harvard Business School completing the Authentic Leadership Program and is on the Board of Athletics Victoria. 

Key career highlights include: 

  • Launching two businesses – Nova 100 and the Gold Coast SUNS. 
  • Part of the Executive team that delivered the award of Venue of Year in the International Stadium Business Awards in 2019. 
  • Involvement in the Western Bulldogs first AFL Premiership in 62 years and maximising the success commercially. 
  • Launching one of eight inaugural AFLW teams including transforming the Clubs spiritual home of VU Whitten Oval into a mecca of community and elite sport. 

Kelly was awarded AFL’s highest off field honour in 2017 being named the recipient of the Graeme Samuel Scholarship. 

Most importantly she is a proud mum to two beautiful girls. 

Champions of Change Sport

Kelly Ryan is a Member of the Champions of Change Sport Group established in 2015. The Sport Group includes leaders from every major sport in Australia, and of some of Australia’s most successful sporting clubs. The group is focused on advancing women in leadership, pay equality and creating safe, respectful and inclusive sporting environments.