Lindsay Tanner - President
Lindsay joined the Board in 2015. He was MP for Melbourne in the Australian Parliament from 1993 to 2010 and Finance Minister from 2007 to 2010, and currently works as a special advisor to Lazard - a financial advisory and asset management firm.
Lindsay is also a Board member for Virgin International Australia, VIC and Covata Ltd, and chairs the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Research. He was previously the club’s number one ticket holder from 2009-2010.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws, Master of Arts
Paul Brasher – Vice-president, finance director
Paul was appointed to the Board in October 2011 and is vice-president and finance director of the club. He also serves as chairman of the audit, risk and integrity committee and is a member of the nominations and remuneration committee.
Paul was a partner in the accounting and professional services firm 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 chairman of Incitec Pivot Limited and a director of Amcor Limited and a board member of Teach For Australia.
He was previously chairman of the Reach Foundation and a number of other philanthropic organisations and a board member of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics (Hons), FCA, FAICD
Dave Barham – Director
David was elected to the Board in December 2015. He has over 25 years’ experience in the AFL industry, having established the AFL’s film and videotape library in the early 1990s.
In 1996, David was the Executive Producer of 100 Years of Australian Football for the Seven Network.
For the following 10 years, David produced all of Channel Ten’s AFL programs, including eight AFL Grand Finals. From late 2010 until the end of 2015, David was head of sport for the Ten Network. He’s now the Ten Network’s executive responsible for the Big Bash and the Australian F1 Grand Prix.
Melissa Green – Director
Melissa joined the Board in December 2017. She has over 26 years of experience in the media and advertising industry and is currently the head of Melbourne agency and government at Facebook, and a member of ANZ’s leadership team.
Following a successful 20-year career in radio, she joined Fairfax Digital in 2010 as its state sales manager (VIC), later becoming agency sales director at Fairfax Media.
Melissa previously held a Victorian board member position at Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Sean Wellman – Director
Sean was elected to the Board in December 2017. He has been involved in the AFL industry for over 20 years as a coach (assistant) and player.
An Essendon life member, he played 212 AFL games and was part of the club’s 2000 premiership team.
More recently, Sean he was a partner in the Waterside Group, who owned and operated hotels in Melbourne from 2004 to 2017. Sean currently runs his own Mortgage Broker business, Wellman Finance.
Katie (Catherine) Lio – Director
Katie Lio is the chief operating officer at WORK180, where she is responsible for the operating processes across the business, driving product innovation and prioritisation, and general support of all departments.
Katie has previously overseen the digital platform strategy and development at Sensis and led the launch of Apple Music in Australia at Telstra - the first-ever service partnership with Apple globally.
Katie was elected to the Board in 2014 and was recently appointed president of the Essendon VFLW program.
Simon Madden – Director
Simon was elected to the Board in 2013. He played 378 games for the club and was a star of the 1984 and 1985 premiership teams.
He is a life member of Essendon, the AFL and the AFL Players Association, and 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 20 years. He runs his own business-coaching consultant Simon Madden Consulting, specialising in sustainable high performance.
He has previously been the president and a director of the AFL Players Association.
Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching, Grad Dip. Special Ed.
Andrew Muir – Director
Andrew joined the Board in 2015 and is chair of the nominations and remuneration committee.
He is a successful business leader, thought leader and philanthropist with over 25 years of retail, leadership, strategic and management experience.
Andrew served as executive chairman of The Good Guys from 2005 to 2017 after being CEO of The Good Guys from 1993.
He’s also co-founder of the national Best Friends Pet Supercentres chain, the founder of the digital timeline app Momatu, and the founder and director of The Good Foundation - a not-for-profit which promotes good health and nutrition, including being the sole licensee of Jamie’s Ministry of Food in Australia.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics, Post Graduate Diploma of Financial Management, Advanced Management Program – Harvard Business School
Peter Allen – Director
Peter joined the Board in March 2019, bringing commercial, finance, leadership and community experience.
He’s an executive director and chief executive officer of Scentre Group.
Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group in 2014, Peter was an executive director and chief financial officer of Westfield Group.
He’s also chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, a director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, and a member of the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of NSW and the Property Council of Australia.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science (Valuation); AAICD
Kate O’Sullivan – Director
Kate joined the board in August 2019, filling the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Ken Lay.
She brings a wealth of experience to the Board, with her most recent assignment as chief executive officer of the Pegasus Leisure Group (subsidiary of the Melbourne Racing Club).
Leading the management of a 13-venue hospitality enterprise, Kate expanded the group by completing multiple acquisitions and merging the new entities into the portfolio. She is also the managing director of Portishead Pty Ltd, specialising in executive coaching for women.
Kate has held a board member position at the Moonee Valley Racing Club and is also a member of the Marcus Oldham Agriculture College Council and Melbourne Girls Grammar School Foundation.