»Governing Board and Committees

Inas is managed by a Governing Board comprising 11 members, 6 of whom are elected by the membership at the General Assembly under the direction of the nominations committee, and a further 5 nominated by their respective region. The Governing Board meet twice a year and oversee strategy and policy on behalf of the membership.

The Governing Board are supported by a number of sub-committees who oversee specific tasks including:

Governing Board Members 2013-2017

To contact a member of the Governing Board, email firstname.lastname@inas.org.

Jose Amaury Russo – President

Robyn Smith – Vice President


Karon Nicol Karon Nicol – Treasurer


barryBarry Holman – Secretary General


Marc Truffaut – Sport Technical Officer


Jan Burns Prof. Jan Burns – Head of Eligibility
Jan Burns is a Clinical Psychologist and currently a Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University where she is involved in training clinical psychologists and research. She has been involved with the research group looking at sports classification for people with intellectual disabilities and became Head of Eligibility for Inas in 2009.


Geoff Smedley Dr Geoff Smedley – Inas Europe


Lizzie VogelLizzie Vogel – Inas Africa

Lizzie has been a teacher in special school since in 1992, Chairperson of the Province (Polokwane) since 1996, and President of SASA-II since 2007.


Laura Ling – Inas Asia

Laura is a retired principal of a special school in Hong Kong with over 30 years of experience working with students and athletes with intellectual disability. Currently she is involved in developing sports with intellectual disability as well as in the coaching and pedagogical education of coaches and teachers.


Wayne Bird – Inas Oceania


Adilson Ramos – Inas Americas