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  • SA Football Commission

    SA FOOTBALL COMMISSION

    The SA Football Commission manages and controls the affairs of the SANFL, including its major financial investments and the appointment of committees.

    The Commission comprises seven non-executive elected members, two non-executive appointed Commissioners and the Executive Commissioner. Elected Commissioners are appointed for a three-year terms by the League Directors and
    appointed Commissioners are appointed by the elected Commissioners for one year terms.

    The Commission’s actions are bound by the Associations Incorporation Act, the SANFL Constitution and the League’s own regulations.


    John OlsenTHE HON. JOHN OLSEN AO

    SANFL President and SA Football Commission Chairman 

    • Appointed SANFL President and Commission Chairman in November 2010.
    • Appointed a member of the Commission in February 2010.
    • Early involvement with Kadina Football Club, cemented during his tenure as Kadina Mayor in the 1970s.
    • Awarded Life Membership of the West Adelaide Football Club
    • Served as West Adelaide’s number one ticket holder for 17 years.
    • Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.
    • Served as the 42nd Premier of South Australia from 1996 to 2001. After leaving politics, he was appointed by the Howard Government as Australian Consul-General to Los Angeles and later became the Australian Consul-General in New York.

    David ShipwayDAVID SHIPWAY 

    SANFL Vice President and SA Football Commission Deputy Chairman

    • Appointed as a member of the SA Football Commission in 1997. He became Chairman of the Affiliated Leagues Council the following year.
    • Elected to the West Adelaide Football Club’s Management Committee in 1985 where he served for 10 years becoming Chairman in 1988-1989, then President from 1990-1994.
    • Awarded West Adelaide Football Club Life Membership in 2000.
    • Served on the SANFL’s Future Direction of Football Committee from 1992-1994, which oversaw the League’s licence with the Adelaide Football Club in 1991 and the subsequent introduction of the Port Adelaide Football Club in the AFL in 1997.
    • Awarded SANFL Life Membership in 2008.
    • Appointed Chairman of the inaugural Community Football Board in 2009.
    • Awarded an AFL Merit Award in 2010 for outstanding service to Community Football.

    LEIGH WHICKER Leigh Whicker

    SA Football Executive Commissioner and SANFL General Manager

    • General Manager since 1984 and full-time employee of the SANFL since 1981.
    • Appointed Executive Commissioner with the formation of the South Australian Football Commission in 1990.
    • Served as an integral member of the Football Park Steering Committee, which was responsible for the planning, development and completion of a new football stadium at West Lakes in the early 1970s.
    • Established the catering operations at Football Park (now AAMI Stadium), which has since evolved into a business turning over more than $11 million each year.
    • Appointed the first full-time Sturt Football Club General Manager in 1966.
    • Served as League Delegate (Director) to the SANFL from 1968 to 1972.
    • Played 43 league games with Sturt from 1963 to 1966 before injury forced him to retire prematurely.
    • Awarded SANFL Life Membership in 1996 and AFL Life Membership in 2004.

    PHILIP GALLAGHER 

    SA Football Commissioner Philip Gallagher

    • Member of the SA Football Commission since 2000.
    • Served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee since inception. 
    • Served as Norwood Football Club's League Director (1995-1999), Club Chairman (1996-1999), Board Member (1990-1999), Match Committee member and Selector (1986-1995). 
    • Awarded life membership of both the Norwood Football Club and the SANFL.
    • Played 292 games and kicked 216 goals over 14 seasons (1973-1986).
    • Captained Norwood from 1981-1982, played eight State matches and was a member of four Norwood Premiership teams. 
    • Inducted into the Norwood Football Club Hall of Fame in 2006.
    • Philip has been in private practice as an accountant since 1975. He has operated his own practice since 1985, after completing a Degree in Accounting in 1981 and being admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 1984.

    DION McCAFFRIE 
    Dion McCaffrie
    SA Football Commissioner 

    • Appointed a member of the Commission in February 2004.
    • Chaired sub-committees reviewing the SANFL’s underage structure (2008) and the League Tribunal (2007-2008).
    • Involved in football administration since the 1980s.
    • Served 13 years as a member of the West Adelaide Football Club's Management Committee.
    • Appointed West's Chairman and President in 1993 and 1994 respectively – positions he held until joining the Commission.
    • Served as SANFL League Director for 11 years and was a member of the SANFL Boundaries Commission in 1990.
    • Awarded SANFL Life Membership in 2005.
    • Dion has been a Solicitor and the Partner of Andersons Solicitors for 36 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1975.

    Richard AllenRICHARD ALLEN

    SA Football Commissioner 

    • Appointed a member of the Commission in October 2010.
    • Served as Sturt Football Club’s Treasurer (1995-2010), later becoming a Club Board Member (1999-2010)
    • Appointed Sturt President in 2005, a role he held for six years.
    • Awarded life membership of the Sturt Football Club, Scotch Old Collegians Football Club and the SA Amateur Football League.
    • Richard is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia. He has served as the director of his own public accounting and tax agency firm, Allen & Co since 1995.

     


    Tom ZorichTOM ZORICH

    SA Football Commissioner
     

    • Appointed to the Central District Football Club Board in 1994
    • Appointed Club Vice-Chairman and Football Director in 1999
    • Appointed Club Chairman in 2006, a role he has held for five seasons
    • Central District player (1974-1977)
    • Managing Director of the Zorich Group that owns Sportspower, JT Surf and Rivalry Urbanwear
    • Involved in the retail industry for 25 years
    • Elected member for the City of Gawler for four years (2006-2010)
    • Director on the Board of Sportspower in the 1990s 

     


    SIMON RODGER

    SA Football Commissioner
     

    • CEO of Johnston Grocke Accountants and Financial Planners
    • 25 years experience in strategic planning, risk management and workshop facilitation
    • Played over 350 games of SAAFL Football with Adelaide Lutheran Football Club
    • Provided consultation services for AOSMA and SANFL.

     

     



    Andrew KilleyANDREW KILLEY

      SA Football Commissioner

    • Appointed a member of the Commission in May 2011.
    • Founding partner of KWP!, a South Australian advertising company responsible for a range of high-profile clients including RAA, Yalumba Wines and the SA Tourism Commission.
    • Board member of Kain Corporate & Commercial Lawyers, Hutt St Centre and the Carbine Club
    • Previously involved with Thoroughbred Racing SA and Norwood Football Club. 

     

     


    PHILIP DUVAL

    SA Football Commissioner

    • Appointed a member of the Commission in July 2011.
    • Managing Director of Realtycorp Property Solutions, a boutique property advisory firm
    • More than 30 years of experience in property consulting, along with tertiary qualifications in Valuation and Town Planning
    • Board member of the NT Government’s Land Development Corporation
    • Previously served as Managing Director of Realty Solutions Australia, Managing Director of CB Richard Ellis’ Adelaide office and a member of the Australasian Board of CB Richard Ellis for more than a decade.

     

     

    SANFL LEAGUE DIRECTORS

    The SANFL League Directors represent the interests of the SANFL clubs – Central District, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood, South Adelaide, Sturt, West Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens.

    A Community Football delegate serves alongside the League Directors to ensure the interests of grassroots football are represented at the highest level.

    The League Directors are also responsible for appointing elected members to the SA Football Commission.

    These directors are:

    • David Cavenett (Central District)
    • Nick Chigwidden (Glenelg)
    • Bohdan Jaworskyj (North Adelaide)
    • Joe Tripodi (Norwood)
    • Peter Alexander APM (South Adelaide)
    • Jason Kilic (Sturt)
    • Paul Sperling (West Adelaide)
    • Kurt Slaven (Woodville-West Torrens)
    • Rob Kerin (Community Football)