Commodore – Paul Billingham
Paul is the National Managing Partner of Grant Thornton Consulting in which role he leads a large and diverse team of partners and professionals providing performance improvement, leadership consulting, strategic advice, restructuring and risk consulting services.
Paul is co-owner of the Bavaria 41s Defiant and is a keen supporter of short-form offshore and harbour competition – racing Defiant in Shorthaul, Winter and Twilight series. He became Commodore in July 2018 after serving as Treasurer (2006-14), Rear Commodore (2014-16) and Vice Commodore (2016-18).
Paul is also a Director of the CYCA Safety of Life at Sea Trusts and is focussed, during his tenure as Commodore, on implementing the Club’s long-term strategy; completing the redevelopment of the Club’s premises; and building a ”Members First” culture at the Club as it celebrates, in 2019, both its 75th anniversary and the 75th running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Vice Commodore – Noel Cornish
Noel Cornish retired from executive life in 2011. Noel Cornish’s former roles include National President Ai Group, Chief Executive BlueScope Ltd’s Australian & New Zealand steel manufacturing businesses & President Northstar BHP LLC Ohio USA. Noel is currently Deputy Chancellor University of Wollongong, Chairman Snowy Hydro Ltd, Chairman IMB Bank, Chairman Standard Communications Pty Ltd and Director ForestCorp NSW and Venues NSW. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Noel has been a member of the CYCA since 2002 and has been a director since 2013. He is the owner of the Sydney 47 St Jude. Noel regularly competes in club races, including the Blue Water series and has competed in 10 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races.
Rear Commodore – Janey Treleaven
Janey Treleaven joined the CYCA in 1994 as a Youth Sailing Academy member and competed in her first Sydney Hobart Yacht Race the following year on board the Elliott 56 Rager, with Past Commodore Peter Bush. She subsequently completed two more Sydney Hobarts and raced inshore during school years. Janey specialises in Financial Services Technology and Project Management and is currently an Executive Manager at CBA. She holds a degree in Bachelor of Information Systems.
She has worked in the sailing industry including events and logistics for Maximus, the New Zealand supermaxi campaign, racing in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Janey was President of the Associates Committee from 2009-2012 and served on various committees before being elected to the Board in 2014. Janey recently purchased a Farr 40 for inshore racing and the Bluewater series.
Rear Commodore – Dr Sam Haynes
Sam began sailing as a teenager on the Swan River, on various water craft including a plywood scow moth, a traditional gaff rigger, a Hobie 14 and also a 24 footer. He moved to Sydney about 30 years ago.
He is the owner and Director of Sydney Animal Hospitals, a six veterinary hospital group. Sam is also a Director of Cenversa Pty Ltd, a National Veterinary and Pet Wholesale and Drug supply company, and he is a Director of Assistance Dogs Australia, a national charity organisation providing assistance dogs to disabled, autistic and post-traumatic stress clients.
Sam’s current sailing program includes the Bluewater Point Score and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, of which he has competed seven times. His offshore career started in 2004 with a Cavalier 35; a Rogers 46; later a Sydney 39CR (all called Celestial) and currently a TP52 Celestial. Sam has been a keen CYCA member since 2004.
Treasurer – Arthur Lane
Arthur is a qualified Quantity Surveyor and Town Planner with over 35 years experience in the international property industry, including a Director of the Macquarie Bank Group’s Real Estate Division. He was involved with the negotiation of joint ventures and other complex structures as well as the development of new business opportunities for Macquarie. Prior to joining Macquarie, Arthur was an Executive at Westfield assisting in the development of major shopping centres. Arthur is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Property Industry Foundation and its Beneficiary Review Board and is the chairman of the Property Industry Foundation Regatta which raises funds for youth at risk. He has served on the boards of the Australian National Sabot Council and the International 420 Association.
He is a passionate sailor competing in both inshore and offshore events and is the owner of Inkonkoni, a Beneteau Oceanis 46. He became a Director of the CYCA in July 2010 and has been part of the Redevelopment Committee since 2010, the Audit, Planning and Risk Committee since 2012 and the Treasurer 2014-2016.
Leander has worked in executive management roles at the City of Sydney for the last decade, with a focus on governance, communication and the provision of support for the elected officials. She holds a degree in Communications.
Leander sails regularly both inshore and offshore and has competed in four Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races. She continues to enjoy all forms of racing.
Leander has been a member of the Board since 2014.
Justin Atkinson is the Australian Sales Director for a global legal outsourcing company. For the past 20 years he has worked in sales management roles for corporations and professional services firms. His professional roles involve a high degree of client relationship management and marketing initiatives, through this experience he brings a strong desire to enhance the service offerings to members.
He has served on the CYCA Member Services Committee since 2014 and the CYCA Technology Committee (2016-2018). Most recently Justin has led the initiative to develop the CYCA’s Sustainability Program, an initiative to reduce wastage and ultimately the club’s impact on the environment.
He has competed in the Sydney to Hobart (2014), Sydney to Southport (2012, 2014) and regularly races in the CYCA Twilights and Winter Series. Justin owns Kia Kaha, a Young 88 which he races inshore.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Management, and is a previous Rear Commodore of RANSA (2010-2013)
David is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer, whose practice focused on the tourism and leisure industry. He was a partner of the international law firm Baker McKenzie before retiring to pursue other interests. At Baker McKenzie he had many roles in management, including Australian Managing Partner, Chairman Asia Pacific and member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. As such he has been deeply involved in strategy, finance and risk management.
Since retiring from Baker McKenzie, one of David’s interests has been the CYCA. For several years he has assisted the club in the negotiation and documentation of numerous contracts and has been a member of the Marina & Site Committee and the Audit, Planning & Risk Committee. David is a co-owner of First Light, a Dehler 41 DS.
Bradshaw joined the CYCA in 1993. Over the past 27 years as a member he has competed in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, being the youngest person to race in 25 consecutive races and has represented the CYCA in various sailing regattas.
Bradshaw was a student of the first Youth Sailing Academy intake, a team member of the first international regatta the Youth Sailing Academy competed in, represented the CYCA at the Youth Match Racing World Championships in New Zealand and was one of the first Youth Sailing Academy alumni to race in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. He is also member of the CYCA’s Young Australia 2000 America’s Cup team and a member of SOCOG’s Sydney 2000 Olympic Regatta Race Officers.
He and wife Tori operate B-Sure Boating Services, a business they started in 2002. Whilst regularly sailing in the major CYCA events, he is also around the CYCA on an almost daily basis. This is when their business, which has expanded overseas, isn’t taking them to many yachting regattas around the world. This travel creates a fantastic insight to how the world of sailing is run successfully, with new ideas arising from different events.
Chief Executive Officer
Karen joined the CYCA in February 2016. She was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association, an Incorporated Association representing the interests of more than 70 diverse businesses from major sporting, entertainment, accommodation and exhibition / conference venues to retail and not-for-profit sporting organisations including the Australian Paralympic Association, Special Olympics Australia and NSW Wheelchair Sports.
Prior to this Karen worked overseas in the Scottish Premier League (football), with the International Cricket Council in sponsorship and branding and held a number of General Manager positions with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust over 12 years in the areas of Membership, Operations, Marketing, and Media.
Karen was a consultant to the Olympic Security Command Centre in Crowd Management for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and is also a past Member of the Venues NSW – Western Sydney Local Venues Council.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Communications Degree and is a Member and past lecturer with the Venue Management Association (VMA). She is currently the Licensee and Secretary of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS).