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Hird excited by 2015 fixture

Essendon coach James Hird is looking forward to the challenge that awaits his side over the first two rounds of the home and away season.

3:29pm  Oct 31, 2014

List changes summary

Essendon has finalised its list ahead of the 2015 National Draft to be held on the Gold Coast on November 27 with three spots available on the club's senior list.

9:26am  Oct 31, 2014

Aylett set to move to rookie list

Essendon Football Club has delisted young midfielder Kurt Aylett ahead of next month’s AFL National Draft.

8:27pm  Oct 30, 2014




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.

Paul Brasher



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 PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1982 to 2009. He chaired the Australian firm and was chairman of the global Board of PWC from 2005 to 2009. Paul is a director of Perpetual Limited and Incitec Pivot Limited and is a board member of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust. He was previously chairman of the Reach Foundation and a number of other philanthropic organisations.




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.




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.




Kevin was elected to Board in December 1995. He was a 1965 premiership player and is a life member of the club. Kevin played 65 games before transferring to play with Port Adelaide in the S.A.N.F.L. He coached successfully in the Diamond Valley Football League before returning to the Essendon Football Club in 1976 as a full time administrator, spending the next 16 years as football manager. Kevin is a former chairman of selectors.





Greg was elected to the Board in December 2006. He was a premiership player in 1965, played 83 games and is a life member of the club. Greg was the club's first marketing manager in 1978 and chairman of the Dick Reynolds Club until 2005. He is past president of Rotary Club of Frankston, current chairman of the Lord's Taverners Australia and President of the Wranglers Charity Club Frankston. Greg is the owner of Gregory J Brown Pty Ltd Financial Planning Business since 1973, a life member of the AMP Advisers Association, Trustee of the EFC Past Players Foundation and Chairman of Pretlock Ltd. 


Jo-Anne Albert



Bachelor of Business; MAICD

Jo-Anne has spent her working life in the financial services sector and has been a Director of the Essendon Football Club since 2008.  She is Managing Director of an independent financial and business advisory practice that she founded in 1989.  Her current EFC board responsibilities include membership of the Audit Committee; Chair, Nomination Committee and Board representative on the Centenary Commemoration 2015 Anzac Day Working Group.  Previously Jo-Anne served on the club’s Innovation and Investment Committees.  A long time member, she is active in club affairs as a founding member of the Essendon Women’s Network; Jo-Anne is also a member of the Dick Reynolds Club.

Phil Pryor



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 managing director of IMP Aust Pty Ltd and a director of Ezybonds UK PLC.




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 17 years. He runs his own small business-coaching consultancy, Winning Pty Ltd and is also a Director of Leap Performance, an elite performance coaching organisation. He has previously been the President and a Director of the AFL Players Association.