State Volleyball NSW Board of Directors

Deb Chung – President and Board Director since June 2012 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Key area of focus:

  • Operational and strategic planning
  • Stakeholder relationships
  • Finance and administration.


In rare times when Deb is not at volleyball, she works as a Senior Paraplanner for an AMP Financial Planning firm.

Deb has also been a passionate volunteer coach, player and Treasurer for the UTS Volleyball Club for over 20 years.

Deb is almost always at volleyball. Luckily, the rest of the family is also there. Deb’s husband Mark is also a volleyball coach and her son, Wolfie (aged 13) has been playing for NSW for the past 3 years. Deb’s daughter Bella (aged 8) has not yet started playing beyond the lounge room but already loves the social aspect of volleyball and is planning a career in volleyball coaching! 



Keith Suckling – Board Director since June 2012  


Key Areas of focus:

  • Strategic planning & future scoping
  • understanding performance
  • data & systems
  • constitution


When Keith isn't playing coaching or refereeing volleyball, he works in a Market Insights and Analysis role for for Cochlear, as well as his consulting business.

Keith continues to try to keep retirement at bay, holding onto his playing career with UTS Volleyball Club. He has also played in the National League for a large number of years.

Keith's partner Jo is also heavily involved with UTS volleyball club. He is yet to get his daughter Emma to take up volleyball, but continues to try.


Stuart Mackay – Board Director since June 2015  


Key Areas of focus:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Staff Training
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Coach and Devil’s advocate.


Stuart has been playing volleyball for 11 years, since moving to Australia from his native United Kingdom.

An avid member of the sport, Stuart has participated in local, state, interstate and even international competitions. He’s a passionate Referee, sitting his state level indoor as well as participating in the National Level outdoor course.

Stuart sits as the Vice President of the Freezone Volleyball Club as well as being President of Team Sydney, the NSW Association for all sporting clubs that play under the LGBTIQ banner, roughly 40 sporting clubs and 4000+ athletes.

Stuart brings over 20 years’ experience and dedication to his role as head coach in both our U15 and U17’s women’s youth championship programs.

If you can’t find Stuart on the volleyball court, then try the nearest pool with his kids or on the water sailing the harbour. He hates sitting still and his ideal holiday is skiing down a new slope in some remote mountain or jet skiing in the sun.


Victor Jiang - Board Director since May 2013  



Key area of focus:

  • Financial
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance administration.


Victor has been a long-time volleyball fan since he was a child, but he only learned to play in his 20s.

Victor is a CPA working for in the Not for Profit sector that helps people with Disabilities.

Like many Volleyball players in our community, Victor met his partner because of Volleyball. He counts himself lucky and loves our sport even more now it’s a family affair.


Ian Garrett – Board Director since June 2018  



Key area of focus:

  • Coaching
  • IT
  • Elite Athlete Development


Ian has been involved in Sport at an Elite level both as an athlete and a coach for around 30 years. He competed at both Commonwealth and World Championships in the High Jump in the early 1990s.

Professionally Ian was working in the IT industry up until 2012 when he and his wife opened an Early Education Centre and is now mixing the running of our business with his many Volleyball coaching roles.

"How much is too much Volleyball?" Ian should make time for a holiday this year that doesn't involve Volleyball. Although, as his son will probably be playing Volleyball somewhere other than Australia in the second half of the year, this may just be a pipe dream!!



Roger Jones – Board Director since June 2018  


Key area of focus:

  • Beach volleyball
  • Junior Beach volleyball
  • Junior development


As Roger’s playing days reduce, his volleyball passion continues; helping grow and develop the next generation of volleyball players and supporting the community through his contributions as NBVA board member (Coaching & development) and SVNSW.

Besides work and volleyball commitments, Roger’s treasures time spent with his amazing little girl who constantly keeps him on his toes.


Lucy Coggan – Board Director since September 2016  


Key area of focus:

  • Communication
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Strategic planning, brand, marketing and sponsorship.


Lucy has broad experience across professional marketing and communications leadership roles across agency and in-house environments in private and not-for-profit sectors.

Lucy’s love of volleyball started in High School, when she finally attended a training session following a year of daily persistence from one of her teachers; “You’re tall. You should play volleyball.”

Since then, the sport has given her so much pure joy and friendship. Lucy’s driven to ‘give back’ to the sport that has given her so much, and to help others discover the very special magic of Volleyball.

Lucy is a proud member of the Sydney North Volleyball Club, serving on the club as a Board Director since November 2013.

Lucy has two awesome kids who are passionate balloon volleyballers!  When she’s not on court, you can find her in the Hunter Valley helping to make (and sample) wine at her family vineyard.


Paul Smith – Board Director since April 2020  

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Key area of focus:

  • Promote whole-state approach for programs
  • Web development projects
  • Coach & Athlete Development


Paul has been hanging around Volleyball courts since he was a toddler, playing with volleyballs whilst watching his parents play socially in Adelaide. He played his first full season at 8 years old and hasn't looked back since, including representing SA and Australia at Junior and Senior levels in both indoor and beach.

After finishing up his successful playing career, he went on to coach teams at 3 Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004). After a break of 12 years which included a move with his young family to Ulladulla/Mollymook on the south coast, he has recently returned to the sport, helping build up Volleyball in the area including coaching local juniors and facilitating in the formation of South Coast Volleyball Inc.

He's been involved with VNSW in coaching and mentoring roles for our indoor and beach State Junior programs for the past few years and has a keen interest in helping to build the sport in regional areas.

Outside of Volleyball, Paul runs a web solutions company, enjoys the beautiful local beaches and drinks plenty of coffee.


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