My name is Martin Carter and I reside in Werribee, having lived here for 28 years.
I was originally an inner suburban boy having moved from Northcote post my studies, marriage and the beginning of my working life.
I have been involved as a Board Member for approximately 13 years spanning from 1992 to current times. I was a past President of the Werribee Sports Club and also served on other sporting boards in an executive capacity. My current portfolio is Strategic Planning and am intimately involved in our prime revenue source, The Tigers Clubhouse.
My working career post a commerce degree has been in banking, finance and fleet with senior roles at Citibank, ORIX, Toyota, Manheim, Thrifty WA and most recently Morris Finance. At Citibank l was responsible for the launch of the first revolving line of credit, Mortgage Power and at Thrifty as CEO l led the company through a period of record growth and profitability post the GFC.
On the football front our mission statement, "to enhance the reputation of our community by developing excellence in people through sport" was developed as part of my portfolio's responsibility. Finally, l am passionate about the Werribee Football Club and am determined to see us have sustainable success both on and off the field.
Ian joined the Board at the beginning of the 2013 season.
He has been involved in football in one way or another since he was a young boy. In his early days, he lived in the western district and started playing football at the age of 11 in the Under 18's for the Scott's Creek Football Club (now defunct). He and his family moved to Geelong in 1966 where he joined the Barwon Football Club (now known as South Barwon). At 17, he was recruited to the Geelong Under 19's and was eventually promoted to the Reserves where he played about 20 games, in between bouts of hamstring injuries and broken jaws.
In 1975, Ian and his wife Micki moved to Werribee to live. He played a few games with the Werribee seniors in the 1976 season before returning to his old club, South Barwon. After finishing his playing career, he got involved in coaching and managing under-age teams that his sons, Matthew and Aaron, played for at Wyndhamvale and Werribee Juniors.
Throughout Ian's professional career, which spans 40 years, he has worked in the IT industry. He is currently working as an IT consultant at Brimbank City Council.
Ian has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Werribee for the past 25 years and was President in 1993. It has been a rewarding association because the club is continually raising funds to provide financial support for many local causes and volunteer organisations.
Having lived in Werribee for many years and having followed the Werribee team's fortunes and misfortunes from a distance, Ian felt that it was time to actively contribute to the successful operation of the club. In particular, he wants to help set and support achievable strategic goals that benefit the club and the community as a whole. There are, and will continue to be, many challenges facing the football club and he is very keen to assist in working with his fellow Board members, club management, staff, players and supporters to resolve those challenges.
Roland joined the Werribee board in 2006. A long-time resident of Werribee, he now lives in Essendon. He is a civil engineer and commercial builder and has worked in the civil construction industry for 40 years, which has seen him take on project management roles across Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
Roland’s chief portfolio in his time on the board has been capital works development at Chirnside Park. Most recently, he has worked closely with the City of Wyndham and AFL Victoria to help deliver the $11.75 million redevelopment of Avalon Airport Oval.
Jamie joined the board in 2016, bringing with him an intimate knowledge of and passion for both the Werribee Football Club and the football landscape more broadly. His 20 years of playing and coaching experience include seven years as a player in both the junior and senior Werribee ranks from 1989 to 1995, during which he was a member of the club’s 1990 under-19 premiership team and a senior player during the club’s 1993 premiership year.
Jamie’s business background also lends itself well to a board role within a sporting club environment, as his more than 20 years’ experience in insurance broking includes almost 10 years in his current role as Divisional Manager with JLT Sport, through which he manages major sport insurance accounts for organisations such as the AFL.
Jamie is also a prominent member of the Werribee Football Club Past Players and Officials Association, playing an active role in organising group functions and reunions and creating past player profiles for the club website.
Michael brings more than 15 years of management experience in the healthcare and disability sectors to his new role along with previous board and council experience. Since May 2016, he has served as CEO of Very Special Kids, a not-for-profit organisation that supports children with life-threatening conditions by providing a children’s hospice and professional family support services.
He also has a long history with Werribee Gold Sponsor MatchWorks – which provides specialist employment services to people with a disability, medical condition or injury – where he previously spent eight years as executive director and a further five years prior to that as operations manager.
A resident of Wyndham since 2006, Michael is passionate about sport and understands the important role it plays in the local community. He has participated in a range of different sports but has been most heavily involved in cricket, having played in the UK and at the district level locally in addition to taking on coaching roles at two clubs in the Geelong Cricket Association.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant, tax advisor and registered auditor with over 30 years' experience
advising SMEs from most industry sectors. He heads the Werribee office of Findex (formerly Crowe
Horwath) Australia's largest accounting and financial services network.
Peter has clients in property development, medical, legal, manufacturing, retail, tourism and
hospitality, market gardeners and primary producers. He advises them on business purchase and sale,
mergers and joint ventures, valuations, business structuring, management accounting, budgeting and
cashflow management, tax planning and minimisation strategies, income tax, CGT, GST, FBT small
business concessions, and auditing. As well as succession issues, asset protection, and planning
for their financial future.
At the start of 2020 we welcomed Jack Elliott onto the Board. Jack has been a passionate Werribee supporter from early childhood, with decades of strong family ties to the club.
At a prosperous time in his career, Jack possess a wealth of experience working in the global sports industry. Having previously worked at three AFL clubs (Sydney Swans, Hawthorn and North Melbourne), Jack will play a pivotal role in driving Werribee Football Clubs consumer business strategy and football operations.
Jack currently works for Australia’s largest sports marketing organisation – TLA Worldwide, as a Talent/Athlete Manager. Jack represents over 25 athletes across a range of different sports, including some of the country’s biggest names such as Mack Horton, Cate Campbell, Scott McLaughlin, Caitlin Bassett and Sharni Layton. He also works alongside sporting legends and national icons such as Michael Klim, Susie O’Neill, Nicole Livingstone and Sharelle McMahon.
Separate to his expertise in Sport, Jack is the Business Development Manager for a nationally recognised electrical compliance company – JAE Electrical, in which he helped establish in 2017.
Simone joins the board after a ten year career at the Geelong Cats Football Club, where she was responsible for the establishment of the inaugural AFLW women's team. As Head of Women's Football and Pathways, Simone managed the strategy and operations for the Cats' female football teams and created opportunities for females in employment, coaching and playing throughout the club. Prior to this, she managed the Cats' Community development program, working closely with the club's players and sponsors to deliver programs in education, health and sport. Whether in sport or her previous community portfolios, Simone's has always focussed on building teams and inclusive frameworks within organisations. She currently works for Leisure Networks, a disability services provider with an office based in the main street of Werribee.