Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Welsh, who will join the Board of Directors.
Welsh will fill the vacant position left by Simon Madden’s departure and will stand for election in the lead up to the AGM in December, alongside Andrew Muir who will be seeking re-election.
Since retiring in 2011 due to injury and after 163 games in the red and black, Welsh successfully transitioned into the business world.
As founder and Managing Director at Wel.Co, Welsh has worked with Australia’s leading property developers on residential, commercial, and retail developments across the country.
Welsh also has over a decade of experience working in the media industry as an AFL expert commentator and media personality.
President David Barham said Welsh would bring a range of knowledge and expertise to the Board.
“Andrew is a great addition to our Board. He brings not only a wealth of football experience, but also extensive business acumen,” Barham said.
“We are all looking forward to working with him, as we reset the club for the future.”
“I would also like to acknowledge fellow director Andrew Muir, for his diligent work as chair of our board nominations committee. His thorough process has led to the identification of the right candidate for this position.
Welsh said he was excited to contribute to the next chapter of the Essendon Football Club.
“I am delighted to join the board of the Essendon Football Club and am excited to be part of the next chapter of this great club,” Welsh said.
“This club has been a huge part of my life and I want to do everything I can to help it return to being a powerhouse in the AFL.
“I am pleased with the way the club is handling the appointment of a new coach. A fully independent panel, that is dedicated to finding us the best person is exactly the right process.
“I am also a big supporter of the club’s external review. For too long, we have not been successful on the field, and we need to work out why and address the issues.
“I look forward to reading the report and then playing an active part in making the necessary changes to help us become successful again.”