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Advisory Group

The ASADA Advisory Group is appointed by the Minister for Sport to act as a consultative forum for ASADA's Chief Executive Officer on matters relating to deterring, detecting and enforcing doping issues in sport. The group is made up of experts in the areas of the law, sport, health, law enforcement and education.


Mr Brian Ward OAM - Chair

Brian Ward is a graduate in law from the University of Melbourne. He was admitted to practice in 1970. He is the founder and present Managing Director of the Melbourne based mid-sized law firm Brian Ward and Partners Pty Ltd.

 In his younger days, he played Australian Rules football at a senior level and completed in athletics as a pole vaulter. He carried his passion for sport into the law and quickly
established a reputation as a sports lawyer.

He is a foundation member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association. He has presented papers on sport and the law at a number of international conferences. He has published widely.

He has been professionally engaged in a number of seminal movements in sport,
particularly in the context of restraint of trade, ambush marketing, privatisation in
commercial sports, restructuring and the administration of discipline for rules violations.

He is regarded as a creative, experienced, balanced and fair practitioner who understands that the future of sport depends fundamentally on the fairness and purity of the competition.

He and his partner Lesley Ward live in Melbourne and have three adult children. Sadly, none have followed him into the law. In 2008, he was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the community and in particular, in recognition of his long association with the Red Cross movement.

Ms Kate Palmer

 Since her appointment as Chief Executive of Netball Australia in November 2007, Ms Palmer has led
the relocation of the national headquarters from Sydney to Melbourne, secured significant Federal Government funding, was integral in the development of the ground-breaking ANZ Championship
and recently headed up Australia’s successful bid for the 2015 World Netball Championships.

A Williamson Fellow, Ms Palmer is currently Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport and a member of
the MCG Trust.


Mr John Drury PSM

John Drury was formerly Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs Service where he worked in both regional and central office positions. In 2003, Mr Drury was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours list for outstanding public service in the development of standards in the Australian Customs Service, including cargo management and border control procedures.

Mr Drury has extensive experience and knowledge in both law enforcement and regulatory environments, which will be useful in light of the increasing role of the investigative and intelligence work that ASADA undertakes.

Professor David Handelsman

David Handelsman is inaugural Professor/Director, ANZAC Research Institute (1998-), Australia’s first Professor of Andrology (Univ of Syd, 1996-) and Head of the first Andrology Department (Concord Hospital, 1999-).

 After training in medicine (FRACP Endocrinology) and research (NHMRC & Wellcome Research Fellow), he has worked in USA and Germany and has served numerous research and health policy bodies.

He was awarded the RACP’s Susman Prize (1994), the inaugural AMA Men’s Health Award (2003) and Honorary Life Member, Endocrine Society of Australia (2008). In 2011 he was appointed to the World-Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Health Medicine and Research Committee.

Over 30 years, he has published more than 360 scientific papers (cited over 8000 times, h index 50), served 12 Editorial Boards (current Associate Editor for Male Reproduction, JCEM) and been ad hoc peer reviewer for over 100 scientific journals, supervised or co-supervised 21 PhD students and 11 other graduate students while maintaining continuous peer-reviewed and industry grant funding.

His expertise in male reproductive health, medicine and biology has involved research into basic, clinical, translational and public health domains centred on the physiology, pharmacology and toxicology of androgens.

Ms Anne Gripper

Anne Gripper has an extensive history of working with key national and international organisations on anti-doping issues.
Ms Gripper is currently the CEO of Triathlon Australia and was formerly the Director of the Anti-Doping Foundation at the International Cycling Union (UCI) and General Manager of Operations at the Australian Sports Drug Agency (the forerunner to ASADA).

As a member of the Australian Age Group World Championships team in the sport of triathlon, Ms Gripper will also provide an athlete’s perspective to the Advisory Group.

Mr Steve Moneghetti

Steve Moneghetti began athletics in 1976 at age 14, and has run 22 international marathons and finished in 11th place or higher in 20.  He has represented Australia at four Olympics and won medals in four Commonwealth Games, including the gold medal for the marathon in 1994.

Mr Moneghetti retired after Sydney 2000 Olympic Games but is still heavily involved in running within Australia.

While best known for his sporting achievements, he also has an Engineering Degree and a Diploma in Teaching. He chaired the State Review into Physical and Sport Education in Victorian Schools and is currently a consultant to Nike Australia.

He lives in Victoria with his wife Tanya and their four children.