MELBOURNE has appointed Kate Roffey, the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne, to the club’s board.

President Glen Bartlett said he was thrilled to have Roffey join the Demons.  

“We are absolutely delighted that Kate has agreed to join the board of the Melbourne Football Club,” he said.

“Kate brings diverse experience, having recently spent four years at Tennis Australia and before that as CEO of VicSport, through to her current role as CEO for the Committee for Melbourne.

“Kate is passionate about the City of Melbourne and the Melbourne Football Club as an icon of the city. We look forward to Kate’s input and contribution to the Board of the Melbourne Football Club.”

In accordance with the club’s constitution, Roffey will join the board immediately and stand for reelection at the 2013 AGM.  She joins Bartlett (president), vice-president Peter Spargo, Geoff Freeman, Greg Healy, Russel Howcroft, David Thurin and John Trotter on the Melbourne board.

Roffey has more than 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, Roffey held a senior position at Tennis Australia (2008 to 2012). While at Tennis Australia, she 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.

She 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.

Roffey 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.

She 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.