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Seven Essendon VFL players will take to the field this Saturday for our first NAB Challenge clash. 

2:38pm  Mar 6, 2015

Ashby looks to launch 2015

Up-and-coming defender Jason Ashby will look to launch his 2015 season with strong performances in the upcoming NAB Challenge series.

12:13pm  Mar 6, 2015

Match Day Information - NAB Challenge 1

The Bombers will kick off their first game of the NAB Challenge against St Kilda in regional Victoria on Saturday afternoon.

10:46am  Mar 6, 2015




Paul was elected to Chairman in July 2013. He joined the Board in 2011 and is Chairman of the fundraising working group for the new elite training and administration facility at Melbourne Airport. Paul is the Chairman and Founder of Little Property and a Director of Little Projects. Previously, Paul was managing director of Toll Holdings from 1986 until 2011. He won the inaugural Trans-Tasman Business Leader Award in 2005, the CA/Zurich Business Leader Award in 2002 and in 2010 was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the transport and logistics industries and to the community. In 2008 Paul was awarded the Doctor of Business Honoris causa by RMIT University.



Bachelor of Economics (Hons), FCA

Paul was appointed to the Board in October 2011 and is finance director and chairman of Audit Committee. Paul was a partner in the accounting and professional services firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers from 1982 to 2009. He chaired the Australian firm and was chairman of the global Board of PWC from 2005 to 2009. Paul is currently the Chairman of Incitec Pivot Limted and a board member of both Perpetual Limited and Amcor Limited. He was previously chairman of the Reach Foundation and a number of other philanthropic organisations.



Greg was elected to the Board in December 2006. A life member of the club, Greg played 83 games and wa s a premiersehip player in 1965, the club's first marketing manager in 1978 and chairman of the Dick Reynolds Club until 2005. Greg was awarded an OAM for services to the community. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Frankston and Frankston Wranglers Charity Club and is current chairman of the Lord's Taverners Australia. Greg formerly owned a financial planning business, is a life member of the AMP Advisers Association, Trustee of the EFC Past Playuers Foundation and Chairman of Prelock Ltd.



Paul was elected to the Board in December 2014. Following a successful stint in Hospitality Management Paul spent several years in IT Management and Business Development with an Accounting and Financial Services firm before starting the small digital agency Web initiatives in 2004. Managing a diverse client base ranging from small to large business and government agencies, Paul has spent the past 10 years growing his business by building strong client relationships while focussing primarily on the areas of the website design and development, social media, marketing and web hosting.




Bachelor of Business (Admin), Master of Applied Finance

Chris joined the Board in October 2011. He played 170 AFL games and was a member of the 2000 premiership team. Since his retirement in 2007, Heffernan worked at Deutsche Bank in New York for three years in the asset and funds management business. He returned to Melbourne in 2011 and joined Ernst and Young as a member of the mergers and acquisitions team that advises large private and ASX listed companies.



Diploma of Architecture

Daryl joined the Board in 2004 and was elected Deputy Chairman in 2006. He is a distinguished architect and a Gold Medallist of RAIA, best known in sporting areas for his work at the MCG, Telstra Dome, Subiaco and the Gabba. Daryl was captain of the Essendon Under 19s, an Essendon reserves player and a Coleman Club member for some 15 years. His former public roles include vice-president of Melbourne Cricket Club, National Gallery of Victoria and chairman of Wesley College Council, the Australian Film Institute and Melbourne Major Events Corporation.




Diploma of Business, Bachelor of Communications (2012 - )

Katie has spent the last eight years working in digital media for Telstra Media. She has spent her career managing external and internal stakeholders, participating in and chairing steering committees, managing digital products and executing large scale campaigns. Her present role entails being on the cusp of emerging technologies and harnessing them to enhance every aspect of customer experience.




Simon was elected to the board in 2013. He played 378 games for the club and played in the 1984-85 premiership teams. He is a Life Member of the Essendon Football Club, AFL and AFL Players Association. He is also a member of the Essendon Hall of Fame and the AFL Hall of Fame. Originally a teacher, Simon has worked in business for 19 years. He is the director and founder of Winning Pty Ltd, a business education and training organisation specialising in leadership development, team building and change management. He has previously been the President and a Director of the AFL Players Association.





Bachelor of Economics; FAICD

Phil was elected to the Board in 2008 and is a member of the audit committee. He played in the under 19s and Reserves. He has been a senior company manager and director for over 30 years. He has worked for prominent Australian and International companies with extensive experience in Asia. Phil is currently the CEO/Executive Director of Priority One Network Limited and a director of the listed UK company Ezybonds UK PLC.