I am standing for election to the Essendon FC Board and I am asking for Your Vote
Members will decide who they will vote for on many different levels.
The question I am asking members is, who meets your objectives and values and who has the skills and desire to achieve these aims.
Hopefully after reading my statement and work life overview you will consider my qualifications to achieve the objectives in my statement.
I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Over the last year I have heard complaints from members in Melbourne, Country Victoria and Interstate.
All a very similar message:
That the communication from the club to membership is poor
That they feel like their views are not considered
And that they feel like when there is communication from the club it’s not the full story.
Off the 9 people on the current Board they all have strong Medium to Large Business backgrounds.
But the club is not made up of 60,000 members with medium to large Business background.
I think that the main reason there is a disconnect between many members and the Board can be directly linked to the lack of a mix of society on the Board.
The question I am asking member is, what is missing from the Board?
Do we need another person with the same background as the other 7 remaining Board members?
Or do we need a different type of person on the Board?
I believe what is missing is someone who can devote their time and energy in improving the links between the Board and the majority of the membership, to take on the task of reviewing the current communication process and seek improvements.
Over my working life, the most rewarding roles have always been the ones where I have been involved in change, where I have investigated and then implemented change that added value to the organisation.
Additionally, I have years of experience representing members in a union environment, including currently an elected member of the CPSU Governing Council, which is my unions peak decision making body, representing a membership of over 50,000.
I am confident my qualifications in administration and management as well as my life work experience fills a void and will be a valuable addition to the Board.
Summary of my background and skills.
Finishing Year 10 in 1977 aged 16 year I went straight to work
The MWS&DB (now Sydney Water)
1978 I started at TAFE: in Public Administration.
1981 Completed Post Public Administration.
Course. (Now Cert IV.)
1982 – 1990 Moved up layers of Sydney Water.
At time of resigning was in a middle management role
1980 - 1989 I was involved in a soccer club and the ALP.
I was the club’s secretary / register for a number of years of a local club.
I stopped playing soccer after 35 years of local soccer at aged 40.
I held the post of Senior Vic President of the Parramatta Branch of the ALP and on various sub groups.
1991 – 1992 Took a sabbatical and travelled Overseas and around Australia
1992 – 1993 Various roles
1993 Randwick Mite 10 Medium size business, 40 staff (General Administration)
• Redesigned stock management procedures
• Established and controlled first stocktake at Store in many years
• Created and implemented new administrative and purchasing procedures.
1995 – 1999 Assistant Manager
(Auxiliary staff, marketing/promotions and purchasing)
1993 – 1996 Advanced Certificate (now Cert IV) in Retail Management.
State Medal winner
1997 - 2002 Part Time Lecture at St George TAFE
1997 National Teaching and Learning Certificate
1999 – 2002 Franklins Distribution Centre (Team Leader and Weekend Shift Manager)
2000 The Bullet Proof Management Training Series
2001 Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training
1998 – 2000 Supervising results at Club/State/National Comps for Australian Synchronized Swimming
2000 Olympics Volunteer - confirm that & published the Synchronized Swimming results.
2001 Met my future wife (Married 2003) who introduced me to AFL and the mighty AFL club Essendon FC and her hero James Hird
2002 Moved to Melbourne
2003 – 2006 Various contract Teaching roles in Retail, Business and Job Searching
2006 Volunteer at Melbourne Commonwealth Games
2007 – Current Australian Public Service.
• Most interesting role to date: Jobless Families / Helping Young Parents Team
Community presentations / Workshops / Counselling.
• Develop relationships with Local Government & Community Organisations.
Additionally: I took an interest in staff /Management relations and OHS.
Currently I am an elected member of the Community and Public Sector Union Governing Council