About NUsport

A University of Sporting Distinction

The Forum is a leader in providing quality health, fitness, sport & recreation services to its Newcastle community and surrounds.


Throughout its history NUsport has grown and succeeded because it understands and adds value to the role that sport and recreation plays within the University of Newcastle and the wider community. It has worked with students and staff of the University of Newcastle, sporting authorities and groups and with the wider community to promote sport as an essential part of life.


Supported by the knowledge and experience of our highly skilled team, our activities and our programs are designed to help our community lead a healthy lifestyle.


The Forum is actively part of its community and through our partnerships we work towards the right outcomes for our members and the wider community. 

The Forum in ancient Rome was originally a meeting area where people exchanged goods, and ultimately became the social centre of the city. In its fullest sense, The Forum means the place where we truly become citizens by our involvement in social activities.

Today The Forum is more than just a place to exercise. It is positive living – creating a healthier mind, fitter body, happier spirit.

The Forum, managed by NUsport

‘Mens Sana in Corpore Sano’
‘A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body’

  • Executive Management

    Our people are qualified and experienced fitness and health professionals.

    A combination of experience, industry training and education supports our team. They are qualified, many with University qualifications, and they are members of peak representative bodies and groups.



    Chris Hicks 

    CEO (Chief Executive Officer)


    Roxana Olivares 

    Director Programs


    Sally Hinchey

    Director Venues


  • NUsport Board Of Directors

    The NUsport Board of Directors is a group of highly respected people who represent various stakeholder groups of the organisation.

    The Board is responsible for the performance of NUsport and defines the organisational purpose, sets the long-term strategic direction; and oversees strategic implementation.

    The Board regularly reviews NUsport's financial management and administration structure, monitors management's performance and is responsible for ensuring the accountability of directors and management.

    The Board is responsible for the good governance of the company including employee relations and standards of service to members and other clients. It is responsible for the company's compliance with its statutory responsibilities, acts as the custodian of the University's sporting culture, traditions and history and, where appropriate, seeks to effect change.

    The Board reports on its activities to the Members of NUsport and the University Council.

    The Board has established five (5) committees to assist it to meet its roles and obligations. These are Audit; Clubs; Finance; Infrastructure & Planning and Personnel. The NUsport Student Sports Advisory Committee advises the Board on matters pertaining to student sport and recreation.

    The current members of the Board of Directors are:
    Ms Dianne Allen
    Ms Judy Alexander (Chair)
    Professor Liz Burd
    Professor Stephen Fityus
    Mr Alex Hambly
    Mr Joshua Manvell
    Mr Tim Osborn
    Mr Taylor Johnson
    Mr Nat McGregor
    Ms Gabriella Sainsbury

NUsport plays an important role in the University community. Therefore, we support the University's code of conduct for promoting a respectful and collaborative workplace. We also engage with other areas of the University to deliver a Healthy University strategy and encourage our staff to collaborate with other University staff under this initiative.

If a University of Newcastle student believes they are being bullied or witness bullying at the University they can contact Campus Care or the Complaints Office.

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