Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is honoured to serve the member community of The Alliance.

We would like to welcome you and thank you for choosing to be part of this journey. #StrengthThroughAlliance


Abbi Bosward Fielding, Chair and Managing Director

Skills and Experience: Abbi is a Delivery Lead at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Her experience ranges across commercial media, government, and non-profit organisations where she specialises in large scale people and technology change initiatives.

Abbi completed her Master of Business Administration (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management and will graduate “with excellence” this year.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Abbi has a background as a successful dancer and dance teacher. She has transitioned into an International-level Powerlifter, proudly representing Australia at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in New Zealand. Abbi is dedicated to fostering a democratic federation that empowers athletes of all abilities to reach their full potential.

Ian Wood, Director Finance, Audit and Risk

Skills and Experience: Ian is the managing director of Value Beyond, a Chartered Accountant, and has 25 years of experience in advising businesses on tax strategy, business planning and business management. Ian has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws from QUT. 

Beyond the accounting business, Ian has experience on boards of not for profits, as well as running multiple businesses in industries including retail and property development. 

Ian has been lifting weights for over 30 years , has competed in both bodybuilding and powerlifting, and has aspirations to represent Australia at the IPF World Classic Masters Powerlifting Championships.

Cathy Talley, Director

Skills and Experience: Cathy has held a variety of senior executive roles in management, marketing, and advertising in several Fortune 500 companies in both Australia and the US, including Merck & Co. Inc; Johnson & Johnson; WPP; as well as not for profit organisations including the Mayo Clinic in the USA where she was Director of Marketing. She has worked in both technical scientific roles spanning Chief Scientific Director in healthcare education (IntraMed, in both Australia and the USA), as well as Client Director for advertising and promotions with companies such as Pfizer; Amgen; Sanofi Synthelabo and GSK. 

Cathy’s sporting interests include equestrian activities and she has experience in working within pathways for athletes with disabilities in swimming and athletics. In her own business, Cathy works as Campaign Director for clients seeking election to Boards, or senior executive roles, as well as in not-for-profit businesses to support public health initiatives, and in promotions related to political campaigns. In her spare time, Cathy breeds and trains horses for equestrian disciplines. Her interest in powerlifting comes from being involved through her son’s participation.

Cathy has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Management.


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