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Board Members

Glen Bartlett - President

Glen, until very recently, was Managing Partner of, leading Australian law firm, Clayton Utz in Melbourne.  Glen has worked in the area of industrial relations since 1986 and as a lawyer acting for employers since 1994. 

In 2009 Glen moved to Melbourne with his family to assist Clayton Utz rebuild its workplace relations practice.

During 2010 Glen was appointed Managing Partner of Clayton Utz Melbourne with his 3 year term ceasing on 30 June 2013.  Glen has been recognised by Best Lawyers Australia in the areas of industrial relations and employment law and also Government. He has also performed considerable community and pro bono work during this period including as one of the Business Mentors in the Victoria Police Leadership Program.

Glen has also previously run his own law firm and was an academic lecturing and tutoring at Murdoch University from 1991-1994.

Glen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Football
Glen is a life member of East Perth Football Club having played League football from 1983 -1993 including 4 years as Captain before retiring at 26 to focus on his law career. 

His football career also involved being selected in the inaugural West Coast Eagles team. He had a reputation as a rugged defender which culminated with him winning the Eagles Best Club Man Award in the Club’s inaugural season. 

Glen finished his league career at East Perth playing Full Forward and winning the WAFL Goal kicking award in 1990 and coming second in 1991 with 90 goals. 

His football related experience has also includes:
- President of the WAFL Players Association
- Vice-Captain of the WA state team (1990)
- Assistant Coach and runner at Subiaco Football Club (1997)
- Captain-Coach Narrogin Towns (1994)
- Member of the Appeals Tribunal for the WAFL (2004-2008)
- Honorary Legal Adviser on Rules to the WAFL (2000 - 2008)
- Co-founder and a Director with John Worsfold and Reg Gillard of a sports management company called Specialist Sports Management (1997-2001)
- Initial WA Representative on the Board of the AFL Player Agents Association set up to educate and regulate player managers (1998-2000).
- Assistant Forward Coach at St Kevin's School since 2011

From 2007-2008 Glen also sat on the Board for Venues West, a government owned statutory body in WA which owns and operates sporting venues and stadiums.

Glen is married to Janine and they have four sons.

Geoff Freeman

Geoff Freeman was a founding partner ( 1975 ) of Freeman McMurrick. He holds an advanced diploma in financial services and is a qualified practising insurance broker.  The business went on to become the largest privately owned Insurance Broking House in Australia. In 2006, Freeman McMurrick was acquired by international insurance giant, Aon, the world’s largest insurance broker. Geoff continues to serve on the Aon Australian Advisory Board and other industry boards.

Geoff is married to Lesley and has two children and six grandchildren. He is a lifelong Melbourne supporter and a Foundation Hero.

 

Russel Howcroft

Russel Howcroft is Executive GM of Network Ten.

Previously Russel was the Regional CEO of the Y&R Group ANZ and CEO of The Furnace, the Havas-owned agency he co-founded as Brandhouse in 1995, Russel has also worked for McCann Erickson and Lowe Howard-Spink in London and did a previous stint at George Patterson.

Russel is a permanent panel member of Andrew Denton’s new ABC TV show “The Gruen Plant" and a regular media contributor.

As the former Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia, Russel has addressed a number of major industry issues, from self-regulation to agency remuneration; helped build a strong relationship with the AANA (Australian Association of National Advertisers), and launched the world’s first agency accreditation programme. He is married to Kate and has three children Claudia, Charlie and Louis (demons all).

Jeremy Nichols

Nichols joined the Melbourne board on November 1, 2013. He has more than 20 years experience in the Management Consultant industry specialising in organisational strategy, culture, leadership and change.

Nichols also has a football background having played for the Melbourne Football Club from 1983 to 1986 – including four senior matches in 1986 – and later playing with Old Melburnians from 1987 to 1994, captaining the club from 1992-94, which included B grade and A grade premierships.


Kate Roffey

Kate has over 20 years of experience within the commercial, government and not for profit sectors, providing high level expertise in strategic and operational planning and delivery, stakeholder management, organisational change management and political strategy.

As CEO of the Committee for Melbourne, Kate is responsible for delivering the Committee’s vision to make the city a better place for all Melburnians.  The Committee for Melbourne is a member based organisation that strives to provoke debate and thought leadership on a range of important issues concerning greater Melbourne and Victoria’s long term development.  As CEO, Kate represents the views of the Committee’s broad membership across a range of forums, including in the public realm, from Federal, State and local government, and among business and academia, with the aim of turning innovative ideas into outcomes.

Before her current role, Kate held a senior position at Tennis Australia (2008 to 2012).  While at Tennis Australia, Kate travelled extensively to world leading sports and entertainment venues in order to gain a cutting edge understanding of international best practice in facility design, city integration and organisational management. Throughout her travels, she spent time with leading organisations, such as the New York Yankees, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Manchester United FC, Arsenal FC, LA Live and Madison Square Garden.

Kate has also held the role of CEO of VicSport, the peak body for the Victorian Sport and Recreation sector.  In her time at VicSport, Kate was an influential leader of the Victorian Sport and Active Recreation sector, playing a key role in advancing the sport and recreation agenda on behalf of all member organisations.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Science, and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Mentoring at Victoria University.

Kate has a strong interest in governance, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and regularly presents workshops and forums regarding good governance and strategic planning practices, particularly for small entities and members of the not for profit sector.

David Thurin

David Thurin is Managing Director and Owner of Tigcorp, a privately owned company that owns, develops and manages retirement communities. Tigcorp also has a general investment arm, focusing on both listed investments and private equity.

David also worked for property developer and manager; The Gandel Group of Companies.  He was a Director for fourteen years and Joint Managing Director of both the Gandel Group and Gandel Retail Management for six years during a period of accelerated growth.

David has a medical background, and was in private practice for over a decade, holding post-graduate qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology as well as general practice.  He also holds a Masters Degree in Management from Stanford University, California.

He is currently a Director of Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute and the former President of the International Diabetes Institute.  He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organisation and the MCC.

David sits on the MFC HR Compliance and Remuneration Subcommittee.

David is married to Lisa and they have three children and all the family members are passionate Demons and Foundations Heroes.

John Trotter

John has been a director of the Melbourne Football Club since 10 November 2010. John is the Chair of the Club’s Audit, Risk & Governance Committee and a member of the Bentleigh Club and MFC / MCC sub – Committees. He has particular involvement at the Board level on the governance structures, risk management and finance operations of the club as well as being on the Committee of Melbourne Business Community network.

John recently retired from his role as Managing Partner of Deloitte Victoria and advisory member of the Deloitte New Zealand Board after 37 years in the accounting profession. At Deloitte he was a member of the firm’s national executive for 14 years, was Global Managing Partner of Risk Services for 2 years and Asia Pacific Managing Partner for 5 years. He has consulted to some of the worlds and Australia’s leading businesses focussing on corporate governance, risk management and strategic revenue growth.

He is currently Chairman of Entity Solutions Pty Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University.

John’s football background extends more than 40 years with Old Brighton Grammarians Football Club where he has filled a number of roles from player to President. John also played a key role in the formation of the “peace Team from the middle East, which has participated in the AFL international Cup competitions