Board of Directors

Peter Jon Hartshorne (Chairman)

Peter (known as PJ) was elected to the Softball Australia Board in November 2013 and was appointed Chairman in June 2020.  He has worked largely in systems planning and commercialisation with corporations in Australia, Canada, UK and India.  For the past 15 years, he has been a Managing Partner with Infinity, an Enterprise Customer Management and ICT Recruitment service offering consulting, recruitment, training, systems integration and support services.  PJ is a Director of Kidney Health Australia Ltd, a non-profit charity organisation committed to substantially improving life for Australians suffering from kidney disease.

Christine Heron

Christine was elected as a Softball Australia Director on 25 November 2012.  She has previously played key roles at state level as a key member of the Executive for Softball NT.   At state level, Christine has been involved in event management, in particular, coordinating and convening U23 National Championships as well as NT Championships for many years.  In conjunction with the NT Government and Softball Australia, Christine oversaw the development of the Northern Territory Softball Indigenous Program.  She is currently working as an Integration Project Manager in the Northern Territory and has expertise in administration and interpretation of legislation and policies, mediation and risk management.

Fiona Crawford

Fiona took up a casual vacancy position on the board on 13 October 2015.  She brings over 15 years’ experience in the Human Resources industry to the Board including operating her own agency, ‘4 Bases’ in Sydney, NSW while also being the General Manager Human Resources for InfoTrack.  Fiona has been an enthusiastic ambassador for her sport.  She has represented Softball in the media, as commentator and guest speaker.  She has been a career mentor for NSW Institute of Sport athletes, and a Softball NSW Board member.  Fiona was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame in 2010 and the NSW Hall of Champions in 2015, being the first softball inductee.

Sandra De Witt

Sandra joined the board of Softball Australia in October 2017. She brings with her eight years of communications, marketing and advertising experience from both client and agency side.  Over this time, Sandra has worked with clients in the areas of higher education, public utilities, policing, first aid, aged care, land development and local government.  She co-founded not-for-profit organisation Street Smugglers in 2011, with the aim to raise awareness of homelessness issues in Western Australia.

Jenny Dunn

Jenny took up a casual vacancy position on the board of Softball Australia in April 2018.  She brings 10 years of accounting experience from Perks Integrated Business Services and six years as a Chartered Accountant.  Working as a senior manager, she specialises in systems, software conversions, management accounting and annual compliance for internal and external clients.  Jenny has been involved in Softball as a player for 20 years, is a life member of Seacombe Softball Club and was inducted into her college Hall of Fame in 2015 – the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Richard Lindell

Richard was appointed to the board of Softball Australia in July 2018.  He has extensive experience in media and journalism having worked for 15 years with some of Australia’s leading news and current affairs programs at the ABC, SBS and Sky News.  As an Executive Producer and senior journalist, he led the design and development of new programs and also served as the ABC’s India Correspondent.  More recently, he was a Director of the International CEO Forum –  a membership organisation for multinational CEOs.  His role included building recruitment and retention strategies – in particular the development and implementation of content and communications strategies to improve engagement.

Philippa Wright

Philippa was appointed to the board of Softball Australia in March 2020.  She is an Accredited Scorer and from a softball family, both her daughters played for many years at Manly Warringah Softball Association.  Philippa brings a wealth of business knowledge to the Softball Australia Board with an extensive background in corporate marketing, previously holding six leadership roles in Deloitte’s Communications, Marketing and Business Development area.  Following her time at Deloitte, she set up Connected Growth, a consulting business offering all-round results driven marketing and business development services to help organisations transform and grow.