Board of Directors

The Notice for the 74th Annual General Meeting is available HERE. It will be held at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Tuesday 17 July at 6:30pm. For members who wish to nominate for Flag Officers or Directors positions that are able to by filling in the Invitation to Nominate.

Commodore – John Markos

Commodore John Markos

John has been the Managing Partner of Hicksons Lawyers since 2003. He advises clients in a range of commercial matters and in dispute resolution.  In July 2008, he joined the CYCA board as a director and served as Vice Commodore; Rear Commodore, and as Chairman of the Members Services Committee, the Audit, Planning & Risk Committee, the Disciplinary, and Rules Committees.  He has also been a member of the Training & Development Committee.

John is currently on the Board of a communications company, and several Trusts companies.

He is the co-owner of Eye Appeal, a Sydney 36CR.  John has competed in three Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races (97, 98 and 99) aboard Marchioness (which he co-owned with others).

Committee Chair: Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Planning; 75th Anniversary Planning



Vice-Commodore  – Paul Billingham

Vice Commodore Paul Billingham

Paul is the National Managing Partner Growth Advisory at Grant Thornton. In this 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 racing – racing Defiant in Shorthaul, Winter Series and Twilight series.

With 11 years of CYCA Board service to date, Paul is the longest serving current member of the Board, having been appointed as Treasurer in 2006, Rear Commodore in 2014 and Vice Commodore in 2016.

Paul is also Chairman of the Grant Thornton Foundation and a Director of the CYCA Safety of Life at Sea Trusts.  He is presently focussed on developing the Club’s long term strategy; driving the redevelopment of the Club house and Annex and the expansion of the CYCA’s youth sailing program.

Committee Chair:  Redevelopment; Invictus Games Sydney 2018 CYCA Committee

Committee Member:  Audit Planning & Risk Committee (since 2005); Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Planning; 75th Anniversary Planning


Rear Commodores Cornish and Lane

Noel Cornish

Rear Commodore Noel Cornish AM

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.

Committee Chair:  Audit, Planning & Risk; Sailing

Committee Member:  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Planning

Arthur Lane

Rear Commodore 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.

Committee Chair:  Marina & Site; Member Services

Committee Member:  Audit, Planning & Risk; Redevelopment; 75th Anniversary Planning


Treasurer – Janey Treleaven

Treasurer Janey Treleaven
Treasurer 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.

Committee Chair:  Technology

Committee Member:  Audit, Planning & Risk; Redevelopment; Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Planning; Young Members; 75th  Anniversary Planning




Dr Sam Haynes

Director 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.

Committee Member: Marina & Site; Sailing

Arthur Psaltis

Director Arthur Psaltis

Arthur is the Managing Director of VMG Capital which provides strategic corporate advice to a range of corporate, government and charitable organisations with a focus on SME and emerging businesses. Arthur has more than 30 years experience in financial services at Nab, Westpac, Macquarie and PwC in advising corporates on capital market transactions including capital raising, acquisitions, joint ventures, funds management and divestments.

Arthur jointly owns Into the Mystic, a Hanse43e and sails regularly in the blue water, ocean, short haul and twilight point scores.  Arthur has sailed extensively with brother Ed on Midnight Rambler competing in 15 Hobart’s including crewing on the overall winner in the 98 Hobart race.  He devotes considerable time to junior sailing and is the current Secretary of the Ascham Sailing Association, Treasurer of NSW Teams Racing Association and director of the Australian Teams Sailing Association.

Arthur is the current cruise captain for the RSYS annual cruise.

Committee Chair:  Training & Development

Committee Member:  Cruising; Sailing

Tony Kirby

Director Tony Kirby

Tony Kirby’s family background and multi-generational involvement in sailing has laid the foundation for his extensive sailing career with over 30 years of blue water sailing including 34 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht races.  Much of his childhood was spent at the CYCA with his father, Raymond Kirby. It was here that he learned the ropes sailing on his father’s yacht Patrice.

Tony has strong connections with the boating industry through his experience in a sailing school, ship chandlery, yacht chartering, project management and racing a large number of ocean racing boats.

Tony has been a member of the CYCA since 1994 and represents CYCA as a director of Yachting NSW. He has served as a Safety Auditor, of the Safety Committee since 1997.  In 2011 he joined the Sailing Committee and in 2014 he joined the Board as a Director.

Committee Chair:  Cruising

Committee Member:  Sailing; Technology

Leander Klohs

Director Leander Klohs

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.

Committee Chair:  Archives

Committee Member:  Member Services; Redevelopment; Technology; Training & Development; Young Members; 75th Anniversary Planning

Chief Executive Officer

Karen Grega

CEO Karen Grega

Karen joined the CYCA in February 2016.  Previously Karen was the Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association, an Incorporated Association representing the interests of over 70 diverse businesses including from the major sporting, entertainment, accommodation and exhibition / conference venues (ANZ Stadium, Accor Hotels, Allphones Arena, Sydney Showground and Waterview in Bicentennial Park).

Her role also saw her promoting the interests of the small service organisations, food and beverage providers and not-for-profit sporting organisations including the Australian Paralympic Association, Special Olympics Australia and NSW Wheelchair Sports associated with Olympic Park.

Prior to this Karen held a number of General Manager positions with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust in the areas of Operations, Marketing, Membership and Media.

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