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Fremantly Football Club

Board member since December 2011
Dale, who was appointed to the board of the Fremantle Dockers in December 2011 and became the club's fifth president in November 2016, is a homegrown success story, from bricklayer to Australia’s leading home builder. He commenced his career as an apprentice bricklayer in 1979 in Kellerberrin. Under the direction of his father, Dale learned practical skills that would stay with him for life. But more importantly he gained valuable tactical knowledge and experience that would shape his career and ultimately the future of Australia’s building industry. At 25, Dale moved to Perth and joined since-retired partners, Garry Brown-Neaves and John Webb, to launch Dale Alcock Homes. The company exceeded all expectations from the very first year. It was a sign of great success to come when, in the years that followed, Dale went on to establish the ABN Group as it operates today – Australia’s leading construction, property and finance group of companies. Under the leadership of Dale as Managing Director, the ABN Group operates in Western Australia and Victoria and has built almost 70,000 homes across the two states. It is comprised of 20 companies with more than 1400 employees, 150 apprentices and 1500 contractors. Dale remains an avid believer in the social responsibility of his companies. As an industry advocate, Dale provides valuable support to industry training programs and promotes career opportunities within the building industry. Since establishing his own dedicated apprenticeship training program in 2004, the ABN Group continues to manage Australia’s largest private training group in the industry, with more than 1000 apprentices graduated. Through his Alcock Family Foundation, Dale has also donated more than $8.4 million during the past 10 years to worthy causes including medical research, humanitarian relief work and the environment.

Board member since December 2009
Stephen was a foundation member of the Fremantle Football Club, playing 98 games between 1995 and 1999, winning the Doig Medal in 1996. In 2000, O’Reilly ended his 146-game AFL career, which included two seasons with Geelong and one season at Carlton. Since that time he has worked at KPMG, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, where he is a senior manager in the Private Enterprise division of the firm’s Perth practice. O’Reilly is an active member of the Fremantle Past Players and Officials group and is also a member of the AJ Diamond Club, one of the club’s leading coterie groups.


Board member since December 2012
Former Fremantle Dockers’ captain and inaugural Doig Medallist Peter Mann was elected to the club’s board of directors in 2012. Mann, who played 77 games for Fremantle and captained the club in 1997 and 1998, joined inaugural club captain and fellow member-elected director Ben Allan on the board. He is a sustainability consultant at water engineering company MWH Global. A former president of the AFL Players Association, he was also the association’s executive director for five seasons from 2000 to 2004. He has held positions at Macquarie Bank and Boston Consulting and has worked on strategic plans for Cricket Australia, the Fremantle Dockers, the AFL PA, Fosters Brewing and Toyota’s AFL sponsorship.

Board member since December 2014
Fremantle Dockers’ foundation member and former Macquarie Bank senior executive director Craig Carter was appointed to the board in December 2014 and became vice-president in November 2016. The former executive director of Macquarie Capital Advisers, who is also a foundation member of one of the club’s key business groups – the AJ Diamond Club – grew up in Fremantle and attended South Fremantle High School before completing a Bachelor of Business. Craig specialises in corporate advice and equity capital markets. During his time at Macquarie Group, he syndicated capital and arranged cornerstone investors for dozens of many well-known Australian assets and companies. Following his retirement from Macquarie after a 35-year career in investment banking and stockbroking, Craig has been appointed to the Board of AFG Home Loans, maintains diverse business interests, is a keen offshore sailor and also sits on the board of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

Board member since March 2016
Fremantle Football Club inaugural member, Quay Club member and former KPMG partner Andrea Hall has been appointed to the club's board of directors for a three-year term.

 Hall, who holds a BA Commerce from the University of WA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, was appointed a director on the Insurance Commission of Western Australia in October 2015 and is a member of its audit and risk committee. She is on Murdoch University's Senate and the board of LotteryWest, and chairs the audit and risk committees at both organisations.

Board member since November 2016
Sue, who was CEO of the Water Corporation from 2008 to 2018, was awarded an Order of Australia in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honour list for "distinguished service to the natural resources sector in Western Australia, and to engineering". Prior to being appointed chief executive of the Water Corporation in 2008, Sue, a civil engineer who holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Western Australia, had a distinguished 25-year career at Clough Engineering. Sue’s tenure as a long-time site engineer and project manager at Clough preceded various corporate roles at the company before she was ultimately appointed to its board. Sue is also a member of UWA’s Senate, a board member of UWA’s Business School and a director of the WA Treasury Corporation.

Board member since November 2016
Company director Tony Grist is the founder of Perth-based private investment group Albion Capital Partners. Tony was the co-founder and chairman of Amcom Telecommunications, which subsequently merged with Vocus Communications to become a national telecommunications powerhouse. Tony, who has a BA Commerce from UWA, has held directorships in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia in the healthcare, mining and energy industries. He is also a director of the Minderoo Foundation, the umbrella organisation for the philanthropic programs of Andrew and Nicola Forrest.


Board member since September 2017
A Fremantle member since 2004, professor Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout WA’s South-West. Since 2009, she has been the head of Kurongkurl Katitjin; ECU’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and concurrently holds the position of pro-vice-chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) across the university. For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has a wealth of previous board experience and an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, leadership and governance. Colleen’s formal qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University. In 2012, professor Hayward was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame and recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. She was made a Western Australian Ambassador for Children and Young People in 2012 as well as being named as one of WA’s 100 most influential West Australians in both 2015 and 2016.


The Fremantle Football Club (FFC) board oversees a complex, high profile club with a turnover of more than $60 million and more than 50,000 members, plus various other key stakeholders and interested parties.

The governance duties and commitments on FFC board members are extensive, including, but not limited to, FFC monthly board meetings, FFC board sub-committee meetings, assistance with key club strategic projects and relationships, attendance at FFC home games and selected away games, engagement with key internal and external stakeholders, members and supporters, attendance at various club and community events, ongoing advocacy of FFC interests with relevant business, government and industry relationships, and promotion of the development of AFL and AFLW at the elite and community level.

The board consists of eight directors, with all appointments approved by the WA Football Commission following consultation and recommendation by the FFC board.

All board positions are on a volunteer basis and directors receive no remuneration. 

Club members, with an appetite for hard work and to giving their time generously for their fellow members, can nominate for board positions.

Eligible members can, at any time, submit an expression of interest to be considered for a position on the FFC board when director vacancies arise. 

Expressions of interest should be addressed to the company secretary via the following email address

The expression of interest must contain a cover letter and CV explaining your background, membership details, relevant skillset complimentary to governance and oversight of a complex member-based club, relevant board governance experience, and motivation for being interested in joining the FFC Board. 

All valid expressions of interest received will be reviewed periodically by the relevant board position selection committee, and as director vacancies arise.