The Australian Government has appointed former elite swimmer and international sports law expert, Dr Michelle Gallen, as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Tribunal.
The Tribunal is an important part of ensuring the integrity of sport in Australia. It is an independent dispute resolution service for athletes, sporting bodies and support personnel.
Dr Gallen has held leadership roles across government organisations and as President of Swimming Australia. She has impeccable credentials in sports policy and holds a PhD in international sports law. Dr Gallen has been appointed for a five-year term.
The Tribunal is a way to settle sporting disputes including doping violations, disciplinary matters, governance issues, bullying, discrimination, safety and eligibility reviews.
The Government thanks and acknowledges the services of inaugural CEO John Boultbee AM, who as part of an extensive sports administration contribution across many sporting organisations, oversaw the Tribunal for three years following its establishment in 2020. Dr Gallen will replace Acting CEO Kitty Chiller AM from 18 September 2023.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, Anika Wells:
“The National Sports Tribunal is fundamental to how we are making sure sport is an equal playing field for everyone, and that safety and fairness are upheld at every level.
“Dr Gallen is an outstanding choice as the CEO of the Tribunal. Her background in international sports law, as an elite swimmer and a President of Swimming Australia give her a unique perspective.”
Quote attributable to Dr Gallen:
“It is a great privilege to be appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Tribunal.
“The Tribunal plays an integral role in upholding a level playing field in Australian sport, and I look forward to continuing its work to ensure the delivery of a fair and positive experience for the athletes and sporting bodies who access the tribunal.”