There is an upcoming election for two places on the Essendon Board. If you are happy with the current Board’s performance then you do not need to do anything. If not then I encourage members to vote. Typically only 4% of members vote. This means your vote will have a big impact on the outcome. I believe we need new faces to drive change and I have put myself forward for election.
Like many members I am so disappointed with Essendon’s performance on and off the field over the past 15 years. I can only conclude that leadership from the top is our problem. I find it ironic that our Board is now conducting a “brutally honest” review to find out the problems. I expect an in-touch Board should already know the Club’s problems.
We have connected, business people and past players and a coach on the Board. I just think we need some grass roots members to provide a more balanced profile. People who have the time and energy to immerse themselves in the Club. This is difficult for Directors who are on multiple Boards.
Sitting “outside the fence” it is hard to gauge the exact problems inside the Club. But if I am elected I will find out. I won’t need a review to tell me.
I live close to the Hangar in Tullamarine. I will be able to visit often and mix with players and staff and see things for myself. Not just attend the monthly Board meeting.
I would like to see more open and transparent communication with members and the Club more accepting of member feedback. I would like to see open days at Tullamarine where members can tour the facilities and perhaps meet some players. Also some open training days that enhance the connection with members.
Naturally, I want to see an improvement on the football field. Whether we win or lose, that we are hard at the ball and don’t give up. The wins will then come. We have a good young team with some handy early picks in the draft. Combined with a new coach and greater support I’m confident it is a foundation for moving up the ladder where we belong.